Chess is an exercise of infinite possibilities for the mind, one which develops mental abilities used throughout life: concentration, critical thinking, abstract reasoning, problem solving, pattern recognition, strategic planning, creativity, analysis, synthesis and evaluation. Chess can be used very effectively as a tool to teach problem solving and abstract reasoning. Through chess, students learn how to analyse a situation by focusing on important factors and by eliminating distractions. They learn to devise creative solutions and put a plan into action.
At All Saints, all students in Years 1, 2 and 3 have weekly Chess lessons. Students are able to participate in the Chess Club which provides on-going lessons and games. Chess Club continues in Middle and Senior School with students also participating in the Gold Coast Inter-Schools' Chess Competition and the Association of Private Schools Chess Competition.