24 September, 2006
GRAND FINAL Day- Monday 9th October
I visited the Old Castlemaine Gaols first public open day today.
The facility has a long-term lease from Mt. Alexander Council to CVGT (Central Victoria Group Training) until 2012. It is CVGT’s aim to develop the site into a hospitality training centre, an upgraded tourism venue and viable community facility.
Their long term strategic plan is about getting the ‘formular right’ and developing a sustainable precinct that will benefit the people of Castlemaine.
Although not yet open to the public, the Goal is operating as a training centre for chefs and catering.
So, what’s this got to do with chess you may ask?
As a celebration and ‘Grand Final’ of our program CHESS-SQUARED Innovations & Excellence have contracted Chess Kids to run a primary school tournament open to the 12 primary schools in our cluster on Monday October 9th.
It will be held at the Old Castlemaine Gaol.
Innovations & Excellence are supplying buses to bring students together for the tournament. Hopefully all schools will support the event, and we are hoping to get 200 students participating.
Castlemaine Chess Club convenor Harry Poulton said: “This will be the biggest event in the history of goldfields chess.”
The top four students for the day will automatically gain entry to the Chess Kids Victorian Championship held the following week in Melbourne.
Particpating schools need to enter their school and students on-line:
Sam Grumont will contact all schools in week 1 of term 4 to clarify any questions.