Bringing Chess to all in the outdoors

Providing Chess Tables will bring people together to play chess or draughts which will also bring about connectedness, social inclusion and general well-being to all concerned. Being outdoors with ample shade next to a local cafe, it will also be beneficial to the local shops.


 Site for the tables is on the right.  a 
narrow strip of land which will take two 
tables with two fixed single seats.

Site for the tables is on the right. a narrow strip of land which will take two tables with two fixed single seats.

Chess, draughts and other board games are very popular in Glen Eira and particularly in Murrumbeena-Carnegie.  Chess is now taught in many schools. Aside from the competitive aspect, chess and board games bring opportunities for social connectedness, creating interactions with other people and building relationships together, promoting positive health and well-being. It also helps to exercise the mind as players have to think through not just the next moves but also counteracting other's moves at the same time.  Age is no barrier and inter-generational play, such as between grandparents and grandchildren, are an entertaining way for them to connect. and will be very welcomed.   

It has long been thought that there is a need for local opportunities to play chess in public as is seen in many cities of the world such as St. Petersburg in Russia, and St Louis, Missouri in the United States. to name just two. These areas have a thriving chess community, thanks to the local Chess Clubs.

However, with Chess Boards being cumbersome and large to carry around, to connect with friends and complete strangers, so having chess tables in public spaces enables ease of opportunities. Chess and draughts sets can be quite small and easy to carry in a backpack or handbag. 

We are proposing that the tables be made from recycled plastic, This Club has long been involved in sustainability projects, including having run a Recycling Centre and won several Environment Awards, so supporting a recycled plastic furniture option would fulfill its commitment to environmental objectives. 
The Site is a narrow strip of land which will take two Chess tables with two fixed single seats, is outdoors, with ample shade.

Faye Kirkwood

Rotary Club of Caulfield