Tyndall Park MLA Constituency report: Chess popular in Tyndall Park

By: Ted Marcelino, MLA for Tyndall Park

As published in The Times

June 12, 2013

Ted Marcelino (centre) and his assistant Rey Sangalang (left) at the Tyndall Park Open Invitational Chess Tournament in 2012. Chess is growing in Tyndall Park, Marcelino writes.

Important things are happening in Tyndall Park.

I am especially proud of two recent developments that will challenge our young people both mentally and physically. The Tyndall Park Open Invitational Chess Tournament has been growing since it was established two years ago and, coming up, our community will soon have more recreational opportunities when École Stanley Knowles School’s new basketball court is complete.

Chess tournaments bring the game to a new level of popularity among young and old alike. The first Tyndall Park Open Invitational Tournament took place in December 2012 and the Philippine-Canadian Centre of Manitoba hosted the second tournament in April.

Chess knows no barriers — participants aged eight to 87 took part. They competed, enjoyed one another’s company and won friends in the process. Tournament winners later volunteered their time in school exhibition games and chess clinics for students and they invited eight enthusiastic new players from École Stanley Knowles School to join in the April tournament for the first time. Everyone enjoyed this successful event, and a series of additional tournaments are already lined up.

Our young people are often surrounded by easy-to-use technology, so it’s important to give them challenging alternatives. Chess sharpens the mind and the strategic thinking required is a type of "mental aerobics."

To older Winnipeggers, this tournament is the perfect opportunity to connect with other chess enthusiasts while exercising the brain, which is very important for seniors as they age.

Tyndall Park’s new basketball court will provide opportunities for people who also want to stay active. I am pleased that the government has committed $37,000 to École Stanley Knowles School towards the construction of a new regulation-size court. The community is excited about this project and many dedicated volunteers are looking forward to helping the basketball court become a reality. When they’re not playing chess with people of all ages, I expect our youth will be practicing their shots at the future Stanley Knowles basketball court.

If you would like to join in the next chess tournament or learn more about what’s going on in Tyndall Park, please contact my office at 24-360 Keewatin St., Winnipeg, R2X 2Y3.

Call 204-421-9493, or email me at ted.marcelino@yourmanitoba.ca