''I started chess when I was seven. I liked to dominate the people I was up against. I think chess is quite a big game to learn. I enjoyed the tournament when it was York. I got three points and I won a rosette.''
''I enjoy chess because you learn new tactics to dominate your opponents. Chess is a logic game. You really have to think. It's fun.''
''I started chess at the age of eight. From that day forward I love chess. I play with my brother every day. I went to a competition with the school.''
''I like chess because it is a challenging and skillful game. It makes you smarter and you can play it no matter what age you are.''
''I like chess because it has lots of competitions and lots of prizes. It is very calm and fun to do.''
''I enjoy chess because it is a fun, tactical and strategic game in which one decision could get you in check. I play this game also because it's a fun relaxing game and takes my mind to something else.''
''Chess is a fun board game. It tests your mental strength and makes you concentrate. I really like chess because it spends your time and it is a lot of fun. So if you get in a tournament it will be memorable and challenging. It will also be lots of fun learning about different pieces and moves like skewers and pins. Chess is enjoyable and memorable because you can think ahead - and win or lose! Have some fun!'' Charlotte (8)
''I like chess because I love how you need to be able to push your skills and test them to see how good you are.''
''I enjoy chess because it's fun and easy. You can participate in competitions. I enjoy playing lightning chess where you have 10 seconds then you hear a beep and you move.''
''Chess is a lovely game. If you like challenges or problems chess is the thing for you. Chess is easy to learn; you will pick it up in a flash. I love chess so much because it is so much fun.''
''I like chess because it makes you think outside the box. My best moments were coming third in the team tournament, being Best Girl in the U-11 Teesside Individual Championship and the first time I came into the class and instantly thought - I'm going to love this!''
''I LOVE chess! Because of the brilliant Mr Marsh telling weird but wonderful jokes. I also love winning a game. My absolute favourite playing piece is the queen! I LOVE CHESS!'' Thea (9) ''The thing I like about chess is it's a complicated but fun game. The most memorable moment of chess is when I won a game by one point which I got at the last minute! Chess makes you concentrate and is also a calming game.'' Erran (9) ''My best memory is at the Yarm tournament because I thrashed a boy in chess and his face went bright red and he stormed out of the hall crying!'' Shino (9) ''I think chess sis a very tactical game and you always need to be on the ball. I like chess because you have to be quiet and you have to win.'' Charlie (9) ''I like chess because you make friends and it makes you concentrate. My best memory of chess is beating my dad.'' Samuel (10) ''I like chess because it is interesting and fun. My best memory is when I went to Yarm School. My best place to play chess is in my room and downstairs with my family.'' Rebecca (9)
''My favourite piece is the queen because it can move anywhere it wants.'' Cole (Aged 10) ''I enjoy chess and I played in the UK Chess Challenge at my school. Furthermore, I played Pirate Chess where you can take the king.'' Mia (10) ''I like chess because all the pieces have got got amazing movements and it's all about your tactics and the way you play.'' Harrison (10) ''When I am older I want to play in chess tournaments and win them. I am already good at chess.'' Kelesha (9) ''I like chess because I like competitive games and chess is one of them.'' Leon (10) ''My favourite piece in chess is the knight because it is always last on the board.'' Billy (9) ''I like chess because it is full of ideas to take your enemy. My favourite person is the rook.'' Memphis (9)
I am currently collating the thoughts of our CSC Teesside children and will be presenting their words of wisdom here on a regular basis.
''Chess makes me feel determined; like I have to fend for my own kingdom. When I win, I practice to be perfect; when I lose, I practice to get better.'' Parul (aged 10) ''I enjoy chess because I really like to enjoy a friendly challenge. Playing reminds me of the people who are very good at chess, like Magnus Carlsen.'' Yusuf (8) ''I enjoy chess because it cheers me up, as I usually win my games.'' Henry (8) ''Chess is a mind game. You need to be patient. I play because I like it when you can see a good move and it is fun even if you lose - and it helps academically.'' Luke (10) ''Chess is a great way to portray your strategic talent and a great way to get your brain working. Chess is also a time to play with all ages and it helps you in many other subjects!'' Shrish (10) ''I like chess a lot because it is a very logical game and makes my brain think. My dad encouraged me to play more often. Now I feel more competitive and it has helped me in maths.'' Jasmine (11)