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Yes2Chess CSC Liverpool Tournament


01.7.15 - The Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson provided the splendid venue of St. George's Hall for the first CSC Chess Merseyside Junior Tournament for primary schools on Monday 29 June. 400 children in 80 teams from 26 schools took part in sections for: U11's - 20, U10's - 26, U9's - 24 and U8's - 10.



The first CSC Chess Merseyside Junior Tournament - St George's Hall


The splendid St. George's Hall hosted the 1st Yes2Chess Liverpool event A team of CSC tutors supported by volunteers from Barclaycard’s office in Sefton together with local players and teachers ensured supported Tournament Director Bob Clark and CSC Chief Executive Malcolm Pein to ensure that this was a 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 behaviour throughout. As part of the Yes2Chess programme supported by Barclaycard, every child received a free chess set and board.


Great thanks to Bob Clark whose meticulous planning ensured that everything ran smoothly and to time. Malcolm Pein gave two lectures in the breaks between rounds.


CSC’s leading school Sacred Heart usually sweep the board but this year the expanded tournament included many schools from the Wirral and Ladymount just pipped Sacred Heart to the gold medals in the U10 Section.


Final results and tables | Gallery of images from the eventBay TV video report |

Yes2Chess Newham v Hamburg Match


09.4.15 - For the third year running Chess in Schools and Communities participated in the annual Alsterrufer tournament in Hamburg where over 2000 children compete in a huge match between schools located on the different sides of the River Alster .



Dave Chan CEO Barclaycard Europe making the first move for the

Newham team


Once again, the match took place as part of Yes2Chess and was supported by Barclaycard in both Hamburg and London. Five players from the charity’s project in Newham came to the CSC offices at Baker St to play children from Hamburg on the ChessBase Yes2Chess server and Dave Chan CEO of Barclaycard Europe made the ceremonial first move for the team in London.



At Hamburg the first move was made by Felix Magath a former footballer and manager who is a big celebrity in Germany and is the official ambassador of Yes2Chess in Germany.


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CSC Teesside Training Day 2015

Monday, 6 July 2015




This year's CSC Teesside Training Day once again utilised the fabulous venue of the City Learning Centre based at Acklam Grange School.



Is this checkmate...?


The day attracted delegates not only from our Teesside Schools but from much further afield too, with Andrew Green's journey from Edinburgh being a record travelling distance for one of our events.


Working alongside my trusty assistant Rachel Trotter (recent star of Radio Tees) we delivered a day of material based on our school lessons and CSC curriculum.


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Ofsted recognises chess's role in children's social development


15.5.15 - Bradford Central PRU (Pupil Referral Unit) received an Outstanding grade in their February 2015 Ofsted inspection, and the school’s CSC programme was given particular praise. The section of the report that discussed the safety and behaviour of the pupils – which was also deemed ‘outstanding’ – said the following:


“Inspectors were extremely impressed by student’s attitudes when observing the weekly chess sessions, where all students spend up to an hour learning and playing chess with each other and staff. These are special moments and contribute hugely to students’ social development.”


The charity began work at Bradford Central PRU after a referral from a school in Leeds, where the charity has been working for four years. After an initial year under the tutelage of CSC’s Leeds and Bradford Coordinator, Winston Williams, Bradford Central PRU took on the teaching themselves, creating a worthwhile and sustainable programme that we are delighted to have been recognised by Ofsted.


Click to download the complete Ofsted report in PDF format.


Sunday 31 May 2015


Checkmate! Pupils battle England International player


On 29 April, fourteen Year 4 and 5 children from Thurlby Community Primary School’s Chess Club threw down a challenge to visitor Chris Fegan, Chief Operating Officer of the charity Chess in Schools and Communities (CSC) – play fourteen v one!



Thurlby Primary School chess club UGC


As a member of England’s Seniors International chess team, Chris was happy to do battle.


The children sat around a table encircling him as he moved swiftly from one board to the next.


After Chris made his play against one child and moved on to the next game, each child had some time to think of their response. However, as Chris’ calls of “Checkmate” saw players gradually defeated one by one, the pace of play really began to heat up.


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CSC Teesside at the 2015 Megafinals

Monday, 8 June 2015




The chess stars of CSC Teesside were recently in action at two of the UK Chess Challenge Megafinals.



Grace Crawford: Under-7 Suprema


We had players from Billingham South, St. Mark's and Throston at the Northumbria Megafinal on 16 May and four of our players qualified for the next stage of the challenge, the Manchester Gigafinal.


The rest of our schools - Brambles, Whale Hill, Sacred Heart, Dormanstown, Wheatlands, Ings Farm, Westgarth, John Emmerson Batty, Pennyman, New Marske and Errington - had representatives at thew York Megafinal on 7 June, where we enjoyed great success, taking numerous titles, trophies and rosettes.


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Say Yes2Chess !

Yes2Chess offers school children the opportunity to play online in a safe environment on the Yes2Chess server. Access to the server is free of charge and open to all children who register through their school from anywhere in the world to play friendly games. Every UK primary school is invited to register their pupils and start playing. Yes2Chess requires no special software to download, it is entirely web based and once you register and receive your passwords, children can start playing.




The 2nd Yes2Chess International Challenge open to children from USA, UK Germany, Spain, Portugal, Norway, Sweden and Denmark is also underway. Primary schools can register up to 20 teams of five players, all born after 1st January 2003, with each team containing at least one female.


The national tournament winner will receive a fun-filled trip to London in June 2015 to take part in Finals Weekend, where they will compete over the board against teams from the USA, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Sweden, Denmark and Norway. Last year, the finalists stayed in a top London hotel, and enjoyed a simultaneous against Grandmaster David Howell, a bus tour of London, a reception at the Houses of Parliament and a ‘Mad Hatter’s Tea Party’ at Barclaycard’s HQ in Canary Wharf.


The 2014 final was staged at Barclaycard Presents British Summer Time, a music festival in Hyde Park. A report on the 2014 event by Matthew Lunn can be found here. See the video! More about Yes2Chess and CSC.




To sign your school up to Yes2Chess, either for tournament or friendly games, please go to www.yes2chess.org. And don’t forget it’s free of charge to play.


Yes2Chess is brought to you by Chess in Schools and Communities and Barclaycard

Member of Parliament visits primary schools in Leeds

09.2.15 - Rachel Reeves MP and CSC Chief Executive Malcolm Pein visited Stanningley Primary School and Whingate Primary School on Friday 6th February.



Rachel played a 12-board simultaneous with the school children


CSC works in 6 schools in Rachel's constituency of Leeds West. Rachel played a simultaneous at both schools and Malcolm did some coaching for some of the best players at Stanningley who are going on a chess trip to Madrid next month.



Rachel is a former junior champion and won all twelve games but she admits that each time it's getting harder.


Congratulations to all the players at both schools whose chess knowledge was really impressive, a tribute to both CSC tutors Winston Williams and Nick Nixon and the school staff who support the programme.


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Smart chess moves save juvenile court kids

04.3.15 - Kids with troubled pasts learn to think ahead with the Smart Moves Chess Club, WXIA.



ATLANTA -- It's gumbo, jazz, and chess every Friday night. The boards are out and the matches underway.


Samuel Washington has a new student. "This has been a cat and mouse game so far, right?"


The new boy comes from the same school as the rest of the kids here -- the one of hard knocks -- the one of big trouble at tender ages.


"Just a little case, assault cases.," he tells 11Alive's Jaye Watson.


Daquan Wilkins and trouble are like peas and carrots -- you don't have one without the other.


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 makes children smarter

23.1.15 - New research from Denmark showed that primary school children in Denmark performed significantly better at Maths if one hour of matches was replaced with chess.


Pupils are better at math, if they drop a math hour each week and play chess instead.


It is the result of a major research project from the University of Aarhus, Aarhus where five schools participated. The children were taught chess instead of mathematics once a week for ten months - and it gave the result: Students in the classes that have played chess has had up to 30 percent greater progress in math compared to the classes who have not had chess.


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London Chess Classic schools visits 2014

The 6th London Chess Classic is taking place at Olympia from Saturday 6th December to Sunday 14th December 2014 and CSC school events have proved great successes.


Around 2000 children from all parts of the UK have made the journey to Olympia to enjoy a programme delivered by our professional chess tutors including grandmaster classes, lectures and tournaments. The events are intended for children of all chess abilities.








More information here | More photos by Ray Morris-Hill | More photos by John Saunders | Tournament results |

MP for Hereford Jesse Norman is one of the strongest players in the House of Commons and a great supporter of CSC and the All Party Parliamentary Group on Chess.



by Richard Prime | Thursday 22nd January 2015


City's MP sees the benefit of chess for young people

HEREFORD and South Herefordshire MP Jesse Norman is urging more children to enjoy the benefits of chess after going head-to-head against the world’s greatest ever player Garry Kasparov at the House of Lords.



Jesse Norman playing chess | Photo: RAY MORRIS-HILL



Norman joined three other members of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Chess for a specially arranged simultaneous display against the former world No.1 as part of the 6th London Chess Classic.


And it was not just Norman and his colleagues looking to get the better of Kasparov with four pupils from London schools leading the charge for the younger generation.


Recent surveys by the Chess in Schools and Communities (CSC) found pupils as young as seven should be given compulsory lessons in chess amid claims it boosts concentration levels, numeracy and reading comprehension.


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First published Wednesday 10 December 2014


Bolton MP Yasmin Qureshi takes on Garry Kasparov at chess

BOLTON South East MP Yasmin Qureshi is urging more children to enjoy the benefits of chess after helping to kick off a display match against the world’s greatest ever player - Garry Kasparov - at the House of Lords.



Bolton South East MP Yasmin Qureshi during her chess battle

with Garry Kasparov at the House of Lords yesterday.



Yasmin, who helped set up the All Party Parliamentary Group for Chess (APPG) last year, was on hand to make the ceremonial first move for a specially arranged display against the former world No.1 as part of this week’s 6th London Chess Classic.


She then watched on as a quartet of her colleagues were joined by four pupils from London schools in trying to get the better of Kasparov.


Recent surveys by the charity Chess in Schools and Communities (CSC) found pupils as young as seven should be given compulsory lessons in chess amid claims it boosts concentration levels, numeracy and reading comprehension.


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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).


On 9th 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.


The award 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 ground-breaking initiatives 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 ...


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CSC on BBC Breakfast TV


Chess in Schools and Communities launched it's first Charity-Public-Private initiative in a ground breaking project to teach 20,000 children how to play chess in London Borough of Newham.


BBC Breakfast TV featured the launch on Wednesday 13 March 2013.


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Chess in Schools and Communities launches first Charity-Public-Private initiative



Chess in Schools and the Communities (CSC), a UK registered charity and Newham Borough Council are working together with East Village in an innovative project to deliver chess to all 64 primary schools in Newham and teach 20,000 children to play the world's most enduring game.


The 'Urban Chess' program was launched on 13th March. East Village celebrated its sponsorship of CSC, by welcoming local schools to Stratford Library for a fun and educational morning of chess games and classes on a giant board - led by British Champion Grandmaster Gawain Jones.


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Royal Commended Performance 2012

25th July 2012


Chess in Schools and Communities received the Royal seal of approval on 19th July at St James’s Palace.


Chief Executive IM Malcolm Pein received the ‘highly commended’ award from HRH Prince Edward the Earl of Wessex at the Sport and Recreation Alliance's Community Sport and Recreation awards ceremony.



The award was made in recognition of CSC's 'innovative work in schools'.


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  Press releases: CSC | SRA | ECF |



Strasbourg Visit Report

Wed 15th Feb 2012

CSC is working with the Kasparov Chess Foundation Europe and European Chess Union (ECU) on a political campaign to garner support for chess to be introduced to schools Europe-wide.


The focus of the campaign is a written declaration which can be found here http://www.kcfe.eu/wd50 . This was sponsored by 5 MEPS from the UK, Finland, Italy, Bulgaria and Malta.



Malcolm Pein, CEO of CSC and Rudi Valcke, chess teacher (BE)

explain the benefits of chess during the  Chess in School seminar at

the EU (on the left, Garry Kasparov)


Written declarations need the support of half of all MEPs before they can go before the European Commission for consideration and possible action.


For the last 6 months Garry Kasparov and his team, aided by the office of Bulgarian MEP Slavi Binev have been working tirelessly to secure the signatures of 380 MEPs. I am delighted to report that to date 377 signatures have been received!


Thanks to all those who wrote to their MEP's.


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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 who recently visited 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 done!


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 of Liverpool.

Photos © Ray Morris-Hill

Malcolm Pein, Chief Executive.                                                                                                             


Click to see more photos from the event .


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