Robert Chandler first started playing chess with his Mum at the age of 8 and he still remembers well the day he eventually beat her. Back then in Auckland New Zealand, there was not much of a chess scene so chess slipped until it was time to teach his children, all of whom regularly beat him now.


For the last three years Robert has been teaching the Westbury on Trym Primary Chess Club and brought about a more structured and teaching base style to the Chess Club.


Now the club has 30 active members (with more wanting to join on the waiting list!) and recently won the South Gloucestershire Primary Schools Championship 2011 of which eleven of the players went to the UK Chess Challenge Mega Finals, with six players making it to the Giga Finals.