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Age UK Brighton & Hove offers new chess course for beginners

Published on 04 April 2019 01:25 PM

A beginners chess course for older people is starting at Age UK Brighton and Hove on Monday 29th April. Running from 11.00am – 12.15pm at its office on Prestonville Road, the free eleven week course teaches older people to play, keeps their minds active and allows them to socialise.

The course is being run by the Dementia Action Alliance in partnership with Chess in Schools and Communities, an organisation which works nationwide to promote the uptake of chess. It is aimed at non-players or those who have forgotten how to play. Initially players will complete mini games with a reduced number of pieces, working their way up to playing full games with confidence.

Course teacher Andrew Wallace said “Taking part in higher cognitive activities such as chess has been shown to reduce the risk of dementia.  It’s important to keep the brain active and chess is like a gym for the mind!  It is also a fun way to meet people and a great game you can play with your grandchildren.  People have a misconception that chess is difficult, but by starting with mini games, I believe almost anyone can learn to play.”

For further information, or to sign up for the course, please contact Andrew Wallace on 07900 666 077 or email

The Dementia Action Alliance is managed by Age UK Brighton & Hove and aims to make Brighton & Hove a dementia friendly city. To get involved email or call 01273 720 603.