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Baltic Summer Chess Camp 2014


23 Aug 2014 - The first International Baltic Summer Chess Camp was held in Riga during August 13-16.



It was an intensive and enjoyable experience which will invigorate the chess practice of the 14 children who attended including five from the UK: Jonathan Pein (London), Megan Richards (Cardiff), Michael, Emily Green (Canterbury) and George Harman (M'Chester).


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Yes2Chess Team Final, London

8 July 2014


Yes2Chess is an Internet Chess Community for primary and elementary schoolchildren, which offers pupils the opportunity to play chess online with children from other countries and also to compete in a tournament.





This innovative event saw the participation of primary and elementary schools from eight countries: UK, Germany, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Denmark and the USA.

The qualifications took place in a moderated area on Playchess.com, and the grand prize was an all expenses paid trip to London for the finals, which took place on Tuesday 8th July.

Congratulations to the winners, Private Gymnasium Brecht School from Hamburg.


Photo Gallery by Ray Morris Hill | Detailed report by Frederic Friedel of ChessBase | View all results from the Final.




There were 8 tournament zones: Denmark, Germany, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, United States. The international finals brought the 8 winners together. They played in 2 groups of 4.


Match results: Group A | Group B   Final Group Tables: Group A | Group B

There were then a series of playoff matches. The winner of each group played off for 1st place. The runners-up played off for 3rd place. The third placed teams played off for 5th place. The fourth placed teams played off for 7th place.


Playoff results: 7th place | 5th place | 3rd place | 1st place |


The 1st place playoff, i.e. the Final, was a 5-0 victory for Privates Gymnasium Brecht (GER) over Columbia Grammar Preparatory (USA).


We would like to extend our congratulations to all the competing school teams in the final:


Denmark: Skolen på Nyelandsvej

Germany: Private Gymnasium Brecht

Norway: Lassa School

Portugal: Associação Escola 31 de Janeiro A

Spain: Zola Villafranca M

Sweden: The English School, North

United Kingdom: St. Bridget's Church of England Primary School

United States: Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School



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.

This innovative event will see the participation of primary / elementary schools from eight countries: UK, Germany, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Denmark and the USA.


Find out how your school can get involved .



Chess and politics 'are linked'






15.8.14 - There is now an all-party parliamentary group on chess, which will be chaired by Labour MP Yasmin Qureshi. Malcolm Pein and Labour MP Maria Eagle discuss the link between chess and politics.

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Presenter - Evan Davis


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Coaley Primary School Endorsement



"Dear Sir, I am writing to say how delighted we have been with our involvement with Chess in Schools this year. Mr Wandowicz has been an inspiration to all our pupils and the simultaneous match he played on the last day of term was extremely enjoyable."


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The CSC Pupil of the Year awards have been announced




Many nominations were received from all over the UK and after giving the matter considerable thought I have decided that the winner is Megan Richards, 14, of Bishop of Llandaff Secondary School. Megan is an ex-CSC pupil who has continued to play chess at her secondary school and recently helped them become the first state school to win the Welsh School Championships.


Megan receives a £500.00 grant towards participation in a week long chess coaching camp in Riga, Latvia in August. Further details here.


The runner up is: Anjali from Y5 in Victoria Junior School in Hounslow who has shown remarkable progress this year. According to her chess tutor Paul McKeown, after just a few months of learning chess Anjali can now answer his questions before he has finished asking them!



Anjali receives a £250.00 towards participation at the TSK Residential Chess Course in South Wales.


I also made 3 extra awards of chess books and chess sets for 3 pupils from Southwark commended by their tutor Peter Mant. Medina from Surrey Square; Madison from Cobourg and Ayatt from Ivydale.


Malcolm Pein

Chief Executive

CSC Teesside Training Day

Middlesbrough Community Learning Centre, 7 July 2014



John Foley - the chief trainer of Chess in Schools and Communities returned to Teesside yesterday to deliver another day of top quality instruction and highly entertaining chess challenges.



As usual, we were very pleased with the facilities offered by the Community Learning Centre, which is a fantastic venue, ideally suited for such an event.

See full pictorial report by Sean Marsh.






6th London Chess Classic

The 6th London Chess Classic will take place from December 6th-14th at Olympia. More details will be announced shortly.

Training Courses


CSC Training Course




Details will be published here about courses taking place from September 2014 onwards.






Times leader calls for chess in schools

Primary schools’ chess – and the question of whether chess should be included in the national curriculum – has been in the news a great deal recently.


On Friday 18th April, the Chess in Schools and Communities programme was the subject of one of The Times’ leaders, a link to which can be found here.


The leader was inspired by a recent speech by Hank Roberts, former President of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL), who said that "chess should be compulsory at around seven" and the government should fund chess in schools projects .

Local MP visits CSC in Tower Hamlets

16 May 2014



On Friday 16th May 2014 Rushanara Ali - the MP for Bethnal Green and Bow – visited Bonner School in Tower Hamlets and saw the CSC programme in action. CSC’s work in Bonner School is funded by a generous donation from Investec, and we were delighted that Susie Robbie was able to represent the organisation on the day.


After the visit, Rushanara Ali MP said: "I am delighted to see young people building important skills through playing chess. I was delighted to attend Bonner school in my constituency and see the children learn how to play chess as part of their enrichment activities. It was fantastic to see young people develop their skills."


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Fulham Junior Chess Club

14.5.14 - The Fulham Junior Chess Club provides a structured and fun environment in which children, from five to fourteen years of age, can learn to play chess.



They work with well  qualified and experienced chess coaches in a youth club setting. All standards are catered for, from beginners learning the moves for the first time, to experienced students playing in formal junior competitions; our strongest recently came third in the British Under-9 Championships.


Time is set aside for formal learning and for competition against other members of the club, as well as light relief provided by occasional fun activities.


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By Graeme Paton, Education Editor 16 Apr 2014


Chess 'should be compulsory in primary schools'


The former president of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers calls for chess to be introduced in all state primary schools to boost children’s concentration levels



Fewer than 1-in-10 pupils in state schools currently get access

to chess at school


Pupils as young as seven should be given compulsory lessons in chess amid claims it boosts concentration levels, numeracy and reading comprehension, according to a teachers’ leader.


Primary schools should give all pupils at least one term’s worth of chess in an attempt to get them interested in the game at a young age, it was claimed.


Hank Roberts, former president of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, said Britain was one of the few European countries that failed to recognise chess as a sport or fund a proper “in-school programme”.


He insisted the game was hugely popular in private schools but too many in the state system failed to offer it to pupils.


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6 April 2014 | Frances Ivens and Henry Readhead


Smart move, young man

Schoolchildren are flocking to take up chess, and the resurgence of the game is boosting them socially and academically.



Chess players at Melcombe Primary School overseen by Jason

Kouchak from the Chess in Schools & Communities charity


Chess has long evoked images of surly Russians hunched over a board. But a resurgence in the game termed by one former champion “the gymnasium of the mind” is taking place in British schools.


Next month, an all-party parliamentary group on chess aims to meet for the first time, having gained the support of more than a dozen MPs. According to Yasmin Qureshi, MP for Bolton South-east, who has helped to set up the group, it will “work to promote chess and the benefits brings”. The group plans to lobby for chess to be recognised as a sport and to highlight its importance in early learning and primary and secondary education.


The group follows the establishment in 2010 of the Chess in Schools & Communities (CSC) charity, the brainchild of Malcolm Pein, an international master and director of the London Chess Classic tournament.


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Photo | Jeremy Young



Newham Primary Schools’ Team Chess Tournament 2014



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 taking place.


Alison Davenport and her team were fantastic and CSC hopes that they can host events at the Old Town Hall in the future.


Tournament Report



Photo © by Ray Morris-Hill | More here



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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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 .



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)


This was sponsored by 5 MEPS from the UK, Finland, Italy, Bulgaria and Malta.



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.                                                                                                             


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