Participating Schools

Allerton CoE Primary (Sam Scurfield)

Alwoodley (Winston Williams)

Bramley (Sam Scurfield)
Bramley St Peter (Sam Scurfield)

Brodestsky (Winston Williams)

Cookridge Holy Trinity (Sam Scurfield)
Five Lanes (Hugh Harris & Sam Humes)

Greenhill (Sam Scurfield)

Hugh Gaitskell (Sam Scurfield)
Ireland Wood (Nick Mullan)

Kirkstall Valley (Winston Williams)

New Bewerley (Winston Williams)

Queensway (Sam Humes)

St Margaret CoE (Winston Williams)

Stanningley (Nick Nixon)

Valley View (Sam Scurfield)
Whingate Primary (Sam Scurfield)

CSC Tutors shown in brackets


Community Projects

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CSC Training Day Tour: Leeds

Thursday, 24 May 2017



Following on from the Newcastle Training Day of last month, today we travelled to Leeds continue our tour.




The delegates were an excellent blend of seasoned chess players (including England International Jim Burnett) and lesser-experienced players.


Among other subjects, we discussed the CSC in general, how we teach chess in schools, the benefits of chess and the use of chess mini-games and variants.


If you would like to take part in a CSC Training Day then please keep an eye on the training courses page of our website.


Read more and see many more images in Sean Marsh's report.

Stanningley Chess Tournament

24 November 2016





Stanningley held their first chess tournament on Thursday 24th November. Stanningley is a really keen chess school.​ A l​l​ of ​their ​ KS2 (Years 3, 4, 5 and 6) learn and play chess on Thursday afternoons.​ ​




Nearly 40 children took part in the tournament​ and the tournamenht was hard fought.​ Nick Nixon ​who has taught for CSC at Stanningley for many years did a great job organising with Teachers Susie Pritchatt and Jemma Hudson. ​On the day me and Stephen Welham went along to help and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. This was only the first leg and the tournament will be concluded next week.


Acting Head Mrs Stott-Moore was ​really ​pleased with the event and impressed with the children.


We need more competitive chess for our children in Leeds and this was a great​ start​ . ​It was a great learning experience for us all and ​ ​Stanningley are keen to open up future tournaments to other schools.


I can recommend the Sevilla pairing system Nick used​. It's a free download.​ ​


Nick is leaving at the end of the year and will be missed. ​I know the school will want me to thank him for his teaching and wish him the best for the future.


- Dan Staples

Children teaching parents/grandparents play at Leeds school

13 July 2016



Year 5 at St Margaret’s Primary School Horsforth, held a chess tournament on Wednesday 13 July – Parents/Grandparents vs. Pupils.



There were some intense matches and it turned out to be a 50 / 50 draw of wins to parents and wins to pupils. James Gregory from 5P won overall for pupils.


Sadly we ran out of time for James to play Seth’s dad but I think this will be arranged for the future. Some parents learnt how to play for the first time and had lots of fun! They said it was a refreshing change from seeing their child play a board game and not an electronic one!


- Dan Staples


Match between Bramley and Bramley St Peter's

8 July 2016





'Together with Sam Scurfield and Stephen Welham we organised a 13 board match between Bramley St Peter's and Bramley - two of Sam's classes.




Bramley St Peter's were great hosts - Mrs Watson in particular did a wonderful job.


The large pieces suspended from the ceiling of the room and posters around the school were brilliant. The children were very excited and enjoyed themselves greatly. It was very closely fought match and the scores were tied after two games each at 13-13!!


Maureen Savery teacher at Bramley said "I just wanted to thank you for hosting such a lovely afternoon playing chess.


We really enjoyed the welcoming atmosphere, friendly and relaxed environment. Mr Cave's Year 5 class and Mrs Watson made it all possible. Our pupils were bursting with excitement whilst walking back to school, admiring their medals and discussing their great experience having fun playing chess.


We are looking forward to returning the compliment ...'


- Dan Staples

Rachel Reeves at Five Lanes Primary School

Rachel Reeves visited Five Lanes Primary School in Wortley last week to challenge the pupils to a simultaneous match.



"I had great fun last week when I visited Five Lanes Primary School to play chess with the pupils.



They have been learning chess for a year with the support of 'Chess in Schools and Communities' and there was a lot of enthusiasm from the two classes involved.


I am delighted that so many primary schools in Leeds West are involved with playing chess.


After watching the pupils have a lesson I played against eight groups of children in simultaneous games, it was great fun and we all had to think fast.


I did manage to win all the games but I am looking forward to going back next year and seeing if any of them can beat me!"  - Rachel Reeves.


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 6th February.


Rachel played a 12-board simultaneous and Malcolm did some coaching.


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.


Sally Clifford | 5 September 2014  

Game of kings can help pupils think in new ways


It is one of the oldest and most enduring board games.



Pupils at Horton Park Primary School in Bradford help to improve

their education and social development through the ages-old

game of chess.


Dating back more than 1,000 years, chess continues to challenge and intrigue players and now the benefits of this strategic game are being explored in education – and with great benefits according to the chess experts who are instrumental in introducing chess into the classroom.


Nick Mullan, an accredited coach with charity Chess in Schools whose mission is to highlight the game’s educational and social benefits, has played on and off for years after learning it during his school days.


Read more ...


Related video: Chess to get minds of young moving








Cath Harbrow, Headteacher, Bramley St Peter's C of E Primary School - "Chess in Bramley St Peter's has surpassed my expectations. I had thought that our children would learn to play chess and that it would be a great skill for life - being able to forward plan and think beyond what can be seen. However, our children learning chess has enabled them to have self control, they not only enjoy chess but really look forward to when you come along.


It has taught perseverance thinking logically and also taught them how to lose! The class that are learning to play chess has many challenges - some learning, some behaviour and some concerning low self esteem (put together with some children having to learn English as an additional language) - they are not only coping well with learning to play chess but are coping well with the challenges of learning beyond chess.


I am so grateful that our school had the chance to take part in chess in schools that I wish to have this opportunity for the next school that I am going to in September. Thank you once again for everything CSC have achieved with us this year."



MP Rachel Reeves visits Valley View School Chess Club

14 October 2011



Next week, two pupils from Valley View school will join schoolchildren from across the country in Parliament, for a Chess in Schools event with Gary Kasparov and Nigel Short. In advance of their visit, Rachel today visited Valley View School to meet the students learning chess, and to play against 12 of them at once!


Although none of them quite managed to beat Rachel, all the pupils had a great time, as did Rachel;


"It's great to see young people engaging in chess, which helps to build their problem-solving and logic skills, as well as being great fun. I'm looking forward to next week, when I'll be able to host some of my local schoolchildren in the Parliamentary event."


Source: http://bit.ly/bQ1HmG



CSC Leeds is supported by 'The Tony and Anusha Stewart Foundation'.


Leeds MP takes on primary school youngsters

11th October 2012


MP Rachel Reeves takes on Annabelle Waterhouse at St Peters School Bramley, Leeds.


She’s used to thinking one step ahead in Parliament but Leeds MP Rachel Reeves swapped politics for pawns for the day.


The former junior chess champion tested her wits against youngsters from St Peter’s Primary School, in Bramley, during eight games of simultaneous chess.



Pupils at the school have been learning how to play the game since the start of term as part of an initiative to help boost their education.


The scheme is run by charity Chess in Schools and the Community which aims to teach youngsters about the game for one hour each week as part of the curriculum.


Full Yorkshire Evening Post report ...


Photo - Simon Hulme




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