I have played competition chess since the mid-1990s, and attained my FIDE Master title (an internationally recognised chess title) in 1999. I have coached school children, library groups and individuals (adults and children) off and on for over 20 years. While some of my students have learned from me purely for the enjoyment of playing chess, others have gone on to win national and state titles in their age groups, and one has even become a master himself! After previously using my own name as a sole trader, I created GS Chess in early 2019.
Grant Szuveges, FIDE Master
I learned how to play chess when I was 5 years old, and began playing in tournaments as a teenager. In 1999, aged 22, I attained my FIDE Master (FM) title. I have competed in tournaments throughout Australia as well as overseas, and have won various tournaments, including the strong 1997 Christmas Swiss event in Melbourne. My best ever result was finishing equal 7th in the 1998-1999 Australian Open on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, ahead of a particularly strong field. I retired from competitive chess in 2000, aged 23.
Between 2009 and 2013, I served as president of the Melbourne Chess Club – the oldest chess club in the Southern Hemisphere. After serving as president for five years, I stepped down in order to pursue post-grad study. I am also a life member of the club.
After retiring from competition chess, I completed a Bachelor of Contemporary European Studies at La Trobe University, followed by a First Class Honours in History. In 2015, I began my PhD in History.
Away from the chess board my life revolves around my family: my twin boys, and my partner Natalie. I am a lifelong supporter of the Richmond Football Club, and have visited 48 different countries. My passions include AFL football, travel, animals and wildlife photography.
Why Chess? More importantly, Why Not Chess? Numerous studies have proven that chess assists with developing and enhancing the following skills:
- Critical Thinking
- Reliable Decision Making
- Acceptance of Consequences
- The ability to plan effectively
- Problem Solving
- Pattern Recognition
- The ability to Concentrate
- Winning and Losing Gracefully
Grant suggest's reading the following pieces on the benefits of chess: