The “Knox Community Chess Enthusiasts”(KCCE) is here in the heart of Knox City and the group gather every Thursday from 10:30am to 3:30pm at the community space, located on the ground floor of Knox Westfield Shopping Centre near the fresh food market and Liquorland.

The community space is managed by Coonara Community House and volunteers.

The group was instigated by Eddie Atacador, an active member of the over 600 registered Westfield Knox mall walkers. Eddie told The Philippine Times, “In the beginning, I saw a need to form a hub for seniors like me waiting for their wife or companion to finish their shopping. Chess connects you with others. And being a game which requires critical thinking and problem solving, it’s an excellent way to keep your mind active.”

There is evidence that you can lower your risk of developing dementia by keeping your brain challenged.

Whether you are a master or beginner of the game, everybody is welcome. “There are no fees to join KCCE and you can come and go as you please. There are no age or skill requirements. Young or elderly can play, even my grandson comes along sometimes on his school holidays,” said Eddie.

KCCE will be participating during the Knox Seniors Festival over 55s Zest4life Program on Thursday 5 October and Thursday 12 October 2017 from 10:30 am to 4:00 pm. You can find them battling it out on their chess boards at the Knox Westfield community space.

For further information please contact Eddie Atacador 0409 417 719 or Gerry Ocampo 0412 384 651.

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