Eric Sachs is a retired accountant who began teaching chess after a request from his grandson’s primary school. That was a distant three years ago now; the school has just won the Junior Schools’ trophy in the Mayor of Bournemouth Schools Chess League.


Eric believes that chess is a wonderful game because it teaches discipline, ingenuity and creativity. He says that “If you can play chess you can communicate with people from all around the world; it is a great leveler and you can make some great friends. This alone will open doors for you in life.”


In the last year Eric has been involved in running and coaching a local secondary school. The numbers were small to start with, but now over 60 boys come to the chess club for weekly games, competitions and coaching. They recently won the Senior Schools’ trophy in the Mayor of Bournemouth Schools Chess League, beating the local grammar school in the final.


Eric has been involved with CSC for just over a year and is enjoying teaching Y2 (six year olds) the basics of the game. Seeing the children’s development and their response to learning the game is particularly rewarding.


For the forthcoming season CSC have recruited another local primary school and will have two schools in the Bournemouth area from September 2013.