Promising young chess players in Jersey are to get extra support for 2012 thanks to the Jersey Office of Appleby which has stepped in as inaugural sponsor of Jersey Chess Club’s junior section. Appleby, a leading provider of offshore legal, fiduciary and administration services based in Jersey, will be providing vital funding for the newly named Appleby Junior Chess Academy. The Academy attracts more than 20 promising young players from across the Island, aged between 7 and 14 years old. Appleby’s sponsorship will help to raise awareness of the sport and encourage youngsters to take up the game. Children wanting to learn will have access to free coaching sessions and will be able to compete in various competitions and tournaments for their age group throughout the year. Eventually, it is hoped that through nurturing talent in this way, the Academy will be able to send children to the World and European Chess School Championships and compete overseas. David Benest, Appleby’s Jersey Office Managing Partner said: “Supporting the Academy in this way is part of our commitment to education and nurturing the development of young people in Jersey. The volunteers at the Club provide an excellent support network for children, and it is fantastic to be able to give them the means to expand and develop what they can offer.” “Chess improves concentration, enhances memory, develops logical thinking, builds self-esteem and improves decision-making skills. It also teaches youngsters independence to make important decisions influenced only by their own judgment. These are exactly the qualities we should be developing in the next generation of talent in Jersey.” Marcin Mazurkiewicz, Jersey Chess Club Junior Representative commented: “We are very excited that Appleby have agreed to support junior chess in the Island. The young players we have are extremely motivated and committed to the game. With the help of Appleby we are now able to provide them tournaments they can work towards which further their development, raise awareness of the sport and encourage new players to the game.” The Academy plays every Thursday evening at 6pm at Victoria College.