Thanks to support from
Newham Borough Council, the
John Robinson Youth Chess
Trust, the English Chess
Federation and many others,
Joshua John has been able to
take part in the World
Schools Championship in
Romania. He made an
excellent start in the first
round, drawing with black
against someone rated more
than 400 points above him!
Well done too to Joshua's
Newham team-mate Shahjahon
Saidmurodov, who has been
invited to join the National
Chess Junior Squad.
Inspirational story from
In rural Franklin County,
Mississippi, just seven of
the 93 high school graduates
last year went on to a
But that number may rise
dramatically over the next
few years, thanks to a chess
program that has broadened
the outlooks of hundreds of
school children, while
lifting the hopes of their
parents and community.
The iconic US TV show 60
Minutes, who have previously
made documentaries on Magnus
Carlsen, broadcast this
inspirational story in the
US on Sunday, March 26.
Farshad Ai, a former
CSC tutor, has started up a chess club
Parkwood Academy in Sheffield since
January. The school is fairly
challenging in terms of behaviour and it
is hoped that chess would attract some
of the young minds of the academy and
improve their social and academic
Last week, the Maths
department organised a charity
fundraiser with a twist. Farshad invited
any member of staff or students to a
simultaneous chess match on Red nose day
with a capacity of up to 40 players. All
players needed to do was to offer a
minimum donation of £1 for charity and
if any member of staff or students beat
Farshad during the games, then the Maths
department would put an additional £100
to the charity of the winner’s choice.
Due to an unfortunate
clash of events with football, only 10
students and 3 members of staff turned
up for the simultaneous display which
luckily for Farshad ended with all round
wins! This was also an opportunity to
promote chess in the academy as a few
more students have shown an interest in
joining the club.
Farshad has also made
a PowerPoint presentation for the school
TV screen system to promote chess to all
school and thanks to the extra equipment
provided by the CSC, the chess club at
Parkwood Academy is thriving.
Chess Tutors Required
Chess tutors are required in Doncaster and in
Faversham, Kent with immediate vacancies available. For further
information please contact Dan Staples (Head of Safeguarding and
National Library Coordinator).
Phone: 020 7935 3445 or email .
CSC supports chess at Walden
Saturday 25 March
Melanie Lopez-Welsch and
Margharita Boroni helped organise a community chess day called 'Chess
Challenge', which sounds fantastic and CSC were very pleased to support.
They had about 30 children aged 6-13 come along. Melanie said that "it
was a really great day with a chess master and international arbiter in
attendance. We have been asked to do another one and people hope it will
become a regular event. Thanks to CSC for your support."
Melanie is keen to build on
the success this year with the Walden School chess club, the whole
school chess day and now the Chess Challenge, and she and Margharita are
really looking forward to learning more about the CSC approach and
gaining new skills at the CSC training course in April.
Minichess in Nairobi
really pleased to have
started a project in Kenya
with the Kasparov Chess
We were approached by a teacher at High View Classic
Academy, Pascal Angulu, and are glad we are able to help.
We are co-funding the project with the KCF. It is being
run by MiniChess Kenya in collaboration with the Nairobi Chapter of Sports
100 children from three schools will benefit from the
MiniChess program in 2017. The participating schools are High View Classic
Academy, Imara Daima Primary School, and the Red Roof Primary School
which are all located in Makuru in Nairobi.
Jon Lloyd is a CSC tutor
in Berkshire and Surrey who has been active
in the voluntary sector for vulnerable
adults over the last 15 years and recognised
the potential value of the Chess in Schools
program for use in the wider adult
In 2015 Jon successfully
approached CSC with a proposal for teaching
chess to older people in order to help
maintain or improve cognitive functions
[thinking skills] and socialisation.
Queensbridge Primary School coached by
CSC Tutor Lee Bullock equalled the record score ever
achieved at the London Chess Classic Schools events this
year with 73/75!
Several players scored five wins and
15/15 and there were lots of individual medals! Players
score three for a win, two for a draw and one for playing
Last year Queensbridge finished 3rd in
the schools event, only losing out to North West London
Jewish Day School, another school Lee teaches in. Two years
ago Queensbridge were joint first with William Patten,
another school with a fine chess pedigree.
A funny story from the day was
Queensbridge’s Hector playing on the stage in the auditorium
during the Chris and Danny Show and holding up his captured
pieces as the electronic demo boards were not working.
Most importantly all the children had a
great day and love their chess. A big mention also has to go
to Julian Erwin who has been so supportive of chess at
- Lee Bullock
Bath Echo News Team |
September 27 2016
of local funding helps bring chess to Peasedown St
John school curriculum
Year 5 children at Peasedown St
John Primary School can now enjoy chess each week as
part of their Maths curriculum, thanks to a some
Chess in Schools and Communities,
who run chess lessons and workshops across the
country, have secured £1,500 from local sources to
fund a fully qualified and experienced chess tutor
to visit the school each week.
Headteacher Damian Knollys said:
“Ours is a school serving a diverse community, with
varying levels of opportunity and disadvantage.
“Having recently joined the
Dragonfly Education Trust, we are seeking to build
on a strong track record in curricular enrichment,
with a view to offering as broad a range of
opportunities to our children as we can. Chess fits
very well into this programme."
Councillor Ken Clark, Shahjahon
and Sir Robin Wales
On Sunday 10th July, Chess in Schools and Communities
Newham supported the Newham Lord Mayor’s Show with a chess tent, where
all comers could play throughout the day.
One of the stars of the Newham junior squad,
Shahjahon Saidmurodov, made a big impression on everyone by giving a
simultaneous display against members of the police force, fire and
ambulance services, as well as council leader Ken Clark and Lord Mayor
Sir Robin Wales.
Yes2Chess, a partnership between
Barclaycard and the educational charity Chess in Schools and
Communities, is an international online chess tournament for
primary/elementary schools. Teams consist of 5 children,
including at least one girl, and matches are played on the
Yes2Chess webserver, hosted by ChessBase.
The 2016 finals took place in July, with
teams from Germany, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, the UK and the
USA. They were hosted jointly on the Yes2Chess webserver and
at Heathside Preparatory School in London.
- There is considerable international interest in
using strategy games to help
to develop children’s
thinking skills. A seminar
in Cambridge on 1st October
2016 brings together experts
at teaching strategy games
including chess, go and
backgammon in order to share
knowledge and exchange
Through a mix of talks
and workshops, the seminar
will explore why we teach
games, the use of games in
education, the relative
strengths of different games
and insights into how to
teach the various games.
Places are very limited.
The event is organised by
Chess+, a specialist games
The latest CSC Newsletter
is now available.
Read about CSC's successes in Wales,
the Yes2Chess prizes for 2016, the Brian Kerr Award
the first Newham
Tournament including results.
Yes2Chess CSC Liverpool Tournament
- The Mayor Liverpool Joe Anderson provided the splendid venue of
St. George's Hall for the second CSC Chess Merseyside Junior
Tournament for primary schools on Monday 27 June. 390
children in 78 teams from schools across the region took part in sections
for U11's, U10's, U9's and U8's.
The 2nd CSC Chess Merseyside Tournament - St
team of CSC tutors supported
by volunteers from
Barclaycard’s office in
Sefton together with local
players and teachers helped Tournament
Director Bob Clark and CSC
Chief Executive Malcolm Pein
to ensure that this was another
day to remember.
Following the prize
giving, the children were
given a round of applause
from the grown-ups for their
friendly, competitive play
and for their excellent
thanks to Bob Clark whose
meticulous planning ensured
that everything ran
Chess wins out at first CSC
Haringey Schools tournament
Seven Sisters Primary
School in Tottenham
hosted the first CSC
Haringey Schools Chess
Four local schools -
Earlsmead and Seven
Sisters - took part
involving almost 50
provided an opportunity
to children who learnt
to play chess through
CSC to play against
children in other
schools. So winning
games was less important
than just the experience
of playing chess in a
place different to their
classroom or the school
chess club. And
hopefully having a fab
Well done to all the
children who took
part. They played
their matches in a
friendly manner and
regardless of their
Some of the children
Coldfall had the
best score (14 out
of 15) of all the
part. She was the
overall winner. An
There were a
came close to
scores of 12/15
and 13/15. They
and Gold medals
Finally, a huge
thank you to
thanks also to
the staff and
parents of the
taking part for
children to the
back home at the
Academic Year Extension
As a result of increased charitable
giving to CSC, we are pleased to be able
to extend our core programme to 35 weeks
for this academic year at no additional
cost. Participating schools who wish to
take advantage of this should contact
their CSC tutor.
The charity is encouraged that schools
are already signing up for the
additional weeks: "We've been
delighted with the chess this year and
are pleased that we are able to continue
for another few weeks" (Cumnor
Primary School, Oxford).
End of Year Tournaments
11.5.16 - T
annual end-of-year regional tournaments for CSC schools are
See the National Calendar for details of events in your
area. The list will be updated as more dates are confirmed.
After-school clubs 'boost
poorer pupils' results'
17 March 2016 | By Katherine Sellgren Education
After-school clubs were shown to close the gap
from the Centre for
Longitudinal Studies at UCL
has found that participation
in after-school activities
can boost the academic
performance and social
skills of disadvantaged
Attendance at after-school
clubs led to Key Stage 2
results significantly better
than expected among children
backgrounds, suggesting that
they may help bridge the
attainment gap to other
children, the authors
The latest CSC Newsletter
is now available.
Read about another successful London Chess
Classic, the return of Yes2Chess, the new Brian Kerr Girls'
Award and successes for Sacred Heart Catholic Primary.
13.2.16 - Chess in Schools and Communities is delighted to
announce that Yes2Chess is getting underway again. Barclaycard and Chess
in Schools and Communities will be partnering to bring the 3rd Yes2Chess
International Challenge to schools in the UK, USA, Germany, Spain,
Portugal, Norway, Sweden and Denmark.
Yes2Chess gives schoolchildren
access to a secure online chess server, free of charge and entirely
web-based where they can play chess anonymously against other children
in a safe environment. The Yes2Chess International Challenge is
a tournament for primary and elementary schools and is open
to every UK primary school, not just those in the CSC
programme. Teams consist of 5 players born after 31st
December 2004 and must include at least one female player.
The tournament begins with a regional group stage before
progressing to national and international knockout rounds;
matches can be played either face-to-face or online via the
The Yes2Chess mentoring scheme will also continue
with Barclaycard employees donating their time and expertise to chess in
school projects in London, Northamptonshire, Liverpool and Teesside,
where employees will help with chess lessons, both after school and in
Last year 443 Barclaycard employees gave the equivalent of
over two working years to such projects across 8 countries as Yes2Chess
impacted over 40,000 children.
Fresh from winning the
London Chess Classic in
Olympia, the World Champion
Magnus Carlsen took on six
children from the London
Borough of Newham in a
simultaneous display at
Hamleys Toy Shop.
The lucky six were Shahjahon Saidmurdov, Stefania Iosub, David John, Kata
Szatmatri, Joshua John and Robert Dybowski, are all taught chess in curriculum
time as part of the 'Every Child a Chess player' partnership between Newham
Council and Chess in Schools and Communities.
After the exhibition all the children received a signed 'Play Magnus' chess set.
During the exhibition the children were interviewed by
Norwegian TV. Go to 23 minutes and 28 seconds for the news segment on the
After the games Magnus signed each player’s score sheet and the children took
him a Play Magnus Chess Set and signed board.
Interview: Mayor of London at the
London Chess Classic
07.2.15 - Boris
Johnson talks about the importance of chess during a visit to the 6th
London Chess Classic in 2014.
Chess in Schools and
Communities wins Innovative Project Award
10th July 2013
The Earl of Wessex presents the Innovative
Project Award to Chess in Schools and Communities Chief Executive Malcolm Pein,
alongside Sam Franks (Hiscox).
July 2013 Chess in Schools
and Communities (CSC) was
presented with the
Innovative Project Award at
the 2013 Sport and
Recreation Alliance Awards
sponsored by specialist
insurance company Hiscox.
was presented to the
charity’s Chief Executive,
Malcolm Pein, by HRH The
Earl of Wessex at St.
James’s Palace in London
after the charity impressed
the judges with their
over the past year.
With studies showing a clear link
between playing chess in primary school and improved
concentration and educational attainment, CSC has
doubled in size in the past year ...
First birthday reception for the charity
Chess in Schools and Communities
18 October 2011
Rachel Reeves MP, Member of Parliament for Leeds West,
hosted our first birthday reception in the Jubilee Room
at Westminster on Tuesday. A huge thank you to Rachel
one of our schools in her constituency to give a
simultaneous display. Despite not having played
competitively for many years, she remains a very good
player and even Garry was impressed.
Children from Teesside, Leeds, Manchester, Liverpool,
Swansea, Cardiff, Bristol, Barnet, Hackney, Newham and
Hammersmith and Fulham were accompanied by their
teachers and parents. Every child got the chance to take
on Nigel Short in a simultaneous display. Rachel spoke
about how learning chess at an early age had helped her.
CSC are also grateful to the 13th World Champion Garry
Kasparov who came to London and spoke at the event as
well as making many media appearances. Thanks also to
Nigel Short who played the children and a few MPs
without losing a game!
Grandmaster Jonathan Rowson and our Field Worker England
international Sabrina Chevannes, also made some moves.
There was an outstanding performance from Matteo Walls
of William Patten School in Hackney who nearly drew. I
played a few moves and came to his board to find the
position completely equal after about 30 moves – well
Rachel’s colleagues in the Labour Shadow Cabinet; Angela
and Maria Eagle also attended the event. They, like
Rachel, were strong junior players but in my home city