Graeme Gardiner, former Australian Chess Federation president and founder of Gardiner Chess, has completed his Masters Degree at Southern Cross University, researching the cognitive, social and educational benefits and challenges of learning to play chess in schools. He is now a doctoral candidate in the Chess Education Research Study QLD in association with researchers, Professor Luke van der Laan and Dr David Smerdon. The research project involves matching Queensland Junior Chess ratings with NAPLAN scores.

The study needs “as many people as possible who had a Queensland Junior Chess rating at any stage during the 14-year period from January 2008 to December 2021”.

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A random draw for a beautiful wooden Staunton chess set valued at $470 is on offer.