Chess players are brushing up on their strategies and tactics in preparation for the one-day national level tournament hosted by the Mount Maunganui RSA Chess Club on February 24.
The club's long established teaching programme is being run as part of the lead up to the tournament, which offers a prize pool of $1400 spread over three graded groups.
The teaching programme which is aimed at beginners, is from 6pm to 7.30pm from the beginning of February.
It's expected that international chess masters and club members Bob and Vivian Smith, who have attended each annual event in the past will attend again, says club president Werner Corbe.
The club has been a shining example for others to follow in what works locally in tournament and club chess, says Werner.
The club prides itself in local knowledge being hard to beat.
Werner enjoys the atmosphere and a good fun challenge when it comes to a game of chess.
"I have been a chess player for the last sixty or so years after being taught by my father when about ten years old and every game is a challenge, win, draw or loss." says Werner.
"Importantly I like to mix with the other people at the Mount Maunganui RSA Chess club, coming and going as I wish.”
Last year, 58 players pitted their skills against each other. The event is open to all players of all strengths and ages.
Entry forms for the one-day national level tournament on Saturday February 24, can be collected from the Mount Maunganui RSA Chess club on Mondays from 6pm onwards, or the Tauranga RSA Chess club on Fridays from 5pm onwards.
The club was established in 1999 and has about 60 players with ages ranging from five to 80 plus.
The Mount Maunganui RSA Chess Club meets on Mondays from 6pm onwards and 7.30pm onwards for the late programme.