PUPILS at St Mary’s R.C Primary in
Chepstow spent yesterday battling a grand chess master in
aid of the Imogen appeal.
Twenty four pupils from Year 2 to Year 6
took part in the fundraiser which involved Marian Petrov, a
Grandmaster chess player playing against them
simultaneously. The sponsored chess tournament has so far
raised £950 to go towards the £40,000 needed for
two-year-old Imogen Ashwell-Lewis’ operation.
Imogen has a debilitating nerve-muscle
condition known as spastic diplegia cerebral palsy, which
means she walks on her toes, has stiffness in her legs and
poor balance and coordination.
The second CSC Newham Primary Schools’
Team Tournament was held at the Old Town Hall in
Stratford on March 27th 2014.
Sir Robin Wales - the elected
Mayor of Newham – opened the event, and spoke of the
formative experiences he had on his school chess team.
Graeme Betts - Newham’s Executive
Director of Strategic Commissioning and Community – also
visited, and was extremely pleased that the CSC programme in
Newham was going so well and that such tournaments were
Alison Davenport and her team were fantastic
and CSC hopes that they can host events at the Old Town Hall
in the future.
The Yes2Chess volunteering scheme is in
full swing, with hundreds of Barclaycard employees –
including Dave Chan, CEO of Barclaycard Consumer Europe –
volunteering in CSC schools. Teesside has become a hub of
recent volunteer activity, with 48 employees of its
Barclaycard office signing up to the project.
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We are pleased to
announce three courses for new tutors in
Sheffield, Liverpool and London.
open to anyone, regardless of teaching or playing
Online booking available here.
Yes2Chess is a fun and exciting way for children to play
games, learn new skills and meet new people from around the
world. Yes2Chess is an Internet Chess Tournament that will
be running during the 2013/14 academic year. Find out how
your school can get
Doncaster (AUS) Primary
School Chess Program
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Yes2Chess: London Chess
As of the beginning of the 2014/15 academic year, Romanian
children will be able to learn chess during school hours.
Chess will be available as one of the ‘optional subjects’
that schoolchildren choose to take until fourth grade, at
the discretion of the individual primary school.
The programme, which has been devised by the Romanian Chess
Federation, will last two years. As well as teaching the
laws of chess, the programme will explore chess strategy.
Sorin-Avram Iacoban, president of the Romanian Chess
Federation, said that it was “a great day for Romanian
Tuesday 18th March
Jesse Norman, MP for Hereford and South
Herefordshire, is supporting Holmer school in Hereford in
their ambitions to be Yes2Chess UK chess champions.
Jesse Norman playing
chess at Holmer
Mr Norman, who is a strong chess player
himself, visited the school on Friday 14th March to give a
simultaneous chess display against the school's elite
development squad as they prepare for the International
Yes2Chess tournament at the end of March.
Speaking after the event Mr Norman said:
fantastic to meet the young
students from the school chess
programme and play against them
in the simultaneous display.
There are some strong players at
Holmer and they should have a
great chance in the Yes2Chess
It would be fantastic if they were
able to win the UK Section of the Tournament and go on to
represent our country in the International final later in
Malcolm Pein, Chief Executive of Chess in
Schools and Communities, said:
"I am delighted that Jesse could take
time out of his busy schedule to visit Holmer school and
take on their best young players. He is an accomplished
player and I am sure the children learnt a lot from the
games. This will be a massive boost for them as they prepare
for the Yes2Chess International tournament."
Chess in Schools and Communities are
delighted to announce that Oscar Idle, formerly of SS Mary
and John Primary School in Oxfordshire, has qualified for
the England Junior Squad.
Oscar learnt chess when he was four, and
started to play the odd game with his dad and his aunt. He
began playing more regularly a few years later, at SS Mary
and John Primary School. This was at their recently launched
chess club, under the guidance of CSC tutor Sandy Ruxton.
It was there that he discovered how much
he enjoyed playing, so his parents looked for other
opportunities for him to play chess outside of school. This
led to him playing for the U9s county team and for his local
chess club in Cowley. As well being selected for the U12
England team this year, he continues to play for the county,
for Cowley Chess Club, for his secondary school and in other
individual tournaments around the country.
Oscar says, 'I really enjoy everything
about chess: strategy and tactics and the complexity of the
game - everything except losing.'
As well as chess Oscar is a big sports
fan, and particularly enjoys playing tennis and running. He
also really enjoys opportunities to write poetry, and is
involved in drama and public speaking at his secondary
school - Oxford Spires Academy - who host the Oxfordshire
Megafinal every year.
eight Bolton primary schools
competed in the Bolton Primary
School Chess League tournament
on Thursday 13 February 2014, at
Kearsley West Primary School.
Yasmin Qureshi, Member of Parliament for
Bolton South East, who spearheaded a campaign to promote
chess in schools,
presented the awards at the end of the