I am the Chess Power tournament manager in Wellington. I am not a particularly good chess player, although I have played the game recreationally for over 40 years. Chess is a unique game and it stimulates the mind in a way that possibly no other activity can. Chess has the advantage of not requiring a battery, or a plug to be able to play it.
I love the idea that Chess is a great leveler in my view, because anyone can become a champion regardless of size, strength, age or background.
Watching children play chess and seeing them develop so quickly in the game is immensely satisfying. After every tournament I have a sense that I am helping (in a small way) to develop a future generation of players and that gives me a great deal of enjoyment.