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Leeds Refugee Forum
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
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
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.
24 November 2016
Stanningley held their first chess tournament on
Thursday 24th November. Stanningley is a really keen chess school. A
ll of their KS2 (Years 3, 4, 5 and 6) learn and play chess on
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
I can recommend the
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
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
- Dan Staples
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 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.
Rachel Reeves MP and CSC
Chief Executive Malcolm Pein visited Stanningley Primary School and
Whingate Primary School on Friday 6th February.
Rachel played a
Malcolm did some
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
Sally Clifford | 5
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
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
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.
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Related video: Chess to get minds of young
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
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
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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."
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