The splendid venue of St. George's Hall hosted the first
Yes2Chess and CSC Chess Tournament for Liverpool primary
schools on Monday 29 June. 400 children took part. There
teams, each of 5 players, from 26 schools; Teams U11's
- 20, U10's - 26, U9's - 24 and U8's - 10.
The splendid St. George's Hall hosted the 1st Yes2Chess
An experienced team of local players,
teachers, teaching assistants and helpers supported Chess in
Schools and Communities Chief Executive Malcolm Pein and
Tournament Director Bob Clark to run this outstanding event.
Following the prizegiving, the
children were given a round
of applause from the
grown-ups for their
friendly, competitive play
and for their excellent
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
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.
Oftsed recognises chess's
role in children's social development
- 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:
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
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.
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
member of England’s Seniors
International chess team,
Chris was happy to do
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.
The chess stars of CSC Teesside were recently in
action at two of the UK Chess Challenge Megafinals.
Grace Crawford: Under-7
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.
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
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
here. See the
More about Yes2Chess and
Say YES2CHESS !
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
Member of Parliament visits primary schools in Leeds
Rachel Reeves MP and CSC Chief Executive Malcolm Pein
visited Stanningley Primary School and Whingate Primary School on Friday
Rachel played a
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
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
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.
better at math, if they drop a math hour each week and play chess
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
during her chess
with Garry Kasparov
at the House of
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
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.
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 ...
Chess in Schools and Communities launches first
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
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
focus of the campaign is a written
declaration which can be found here
This was sponsored by 5 MEPS from the UK, Finland,
Italy, Bulgaria and Malta.
Pein, CEO of CSC and Rudi
Valcke, chess teacher (BE)
benefits of chess during the Chess in
School seminar at
the EU (on the
left, Garry Kasparov)
declarations need the support of half of all
MEPs before they can go before the
European Commission for consideration and
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!
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