Yes2Chess 2016


Yes2Chess Final report



Yes2Chess, a partnership between Barclaycard and the educational charity Chess in Schools and Communities, is an international online chess tournament for primary/elementary schools. Teams consist of 5 children, including at least one girl, and matches are played on the Yes2Chess webserver, hosted by ChessBase.


The 2016 finals took place in July, with teams from Germany, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, the UK and the USA. They were hosted jointly on the Yes2Chess webserver and at Heathside Preparatory School in London but not before getting the sight-seeing out of the way. The participating children were taken on a boat tour of London along the River Thames, passing from the Houses of Parliament at Westminster, through Shakespeare's Globe Theatre and the Millenium Bridge, and on to the Tower of London. Then it was on to the British Museum, where the iconic Lewis Chessmen are housed.




Finally, the children took on Grandmaster David Howell, English number four, in a simultaneous display. Unfortunately for them, David was on excellent form, and after some difficult struggles scored an impressive 18/19.




And so onto the Finals Day itself. By this stage, the nearly 400 teams who entered the competition had been whittled down to eight. Games in the finals were played at a time control of 25 minutes + 10 seconds per move. The favourites, defending champions Mission San Jose Elementary School from California, reached the final with two 5-0 victories, but the deciding match against Portugese champions Escola Filipa de Lencastre, was a tense affair in which both sides blundered queens. It ended in a 2-2 draw but the tiebreak favoured Mission San Jose, who thereby retained their title. This was the most exciting game of the match (Annotated by IM Malcolm Pein):



Once the dust had settled, there was still time to squeeze in a trip to the hit musical Wicked before the children headed for home, and Yes2Chess was finished for another year.


We would like to thank Barclaycard for their support of the event, Heathside Preparatory for hosting the finals, and ChessBase for providing the webserver. But, more than anyone, thanks go to everyone who took part in a memorable tournament.


Full results from the day


Mission San Jose Elementary A 5-0 CEIP Rosario Pereda A
Heathside Preparatory A 1-4 Ricardo Mallen A
Escola Filipa de Lencastre A 4-1 Werner-von-Siemens-Gymnasium Magbedurg
Essingeskolan Lag 1 4-1 William Patten Primary A
Mission San Jose Elementary A 5-0 Ricardo Mallen A
Escola Filipa de Lencastre 5-0 Essingeskolan Lag 1
Mission San Jose Elementary 2-2 Escola Filipa de Lencastre
(Mission San Jose Elementary win on tiebreak)


All results and prizewinners 2016



What is Yes2Chess?


Yes2Chess is a project developed by Chess in Schools and Communities and Barclaycard which combines mentoring in schools, where Barclaycard employees volunteer to assist in chess in schools projects, and a competition held mostly online in eight countries. More information here.







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