Fresh from winning the
London Chess Classic in
Olympia, the World Champion
Magnus Carlsen took on six
children from the London
Borough of Newham in a
simultaneous display at
Hamleys Toy Shop.
The lucky six were Shahjahon Saidmurdov, Stefania Iosub, David John, Kata
Szatmatri, Joshua John and Robert Dybowski, are all taught chess in curriculum
time as part of the 'Every Child a Chess player' partnership between Newham
Council and Chess in Schools and Communities.
After the exhibition all the children received a signed 'Play Magnus' chess set.
During the exhibition the children were interviewed by
Norwegian TV. Go to 23 minutes and 28 seconds for the news segment on the
After the games Magnus signed each player’s score sheet and the children took
him a Play Magnus Chess Set and signed board.
Thursday 14th January 2016 |
Submitted by: Emma Mason
Chess, gambling and cards: Tudor games and indoor pastimes
Hundreds of years before the invention of radio or
television, how did the Tudors occupy themselves of an evening, or
during long, winter nights? Melita Thomas, the editor of Tudor Times,
Interior of a hostelry, after a woodcut in a
folio edition of Virgil,
published Lyons, 1517.
'Playing Chess', engraved
by T Fry, 16th century.
Wandering around a Tudor house or garden on a sunny
day is a delightful experience. We can imagine the lady of the house in
her velvets and French hood picking flowers and herbs, or the maid
turning those herbs into cooking ingredients or medicine.
Visiting during the day, we seldom think of what the
evenings must have been like – long hours, with no entertainment other
than what the household could provide. How did they while away the
evenings? The answer is board games – some of which we still play to
similar rules today, and some that have been adapted over time.
The most enduring game of all is chess, which has
been played in western Europe since the early Middle Ages – witness the
Lewis Chessmen (chess pieces of walrus ivory, found on Lewis in
1831, but likely made in Norway in around AD 1150–1200).
The rules of chess, however, underwent a significant
change in the mid-to-late 15th century when the queen, originally a weak
piece, became the most dominant figure on the board. The romantic among
us might date the change to the emergence of powerful female rulers,
such as Isabella I of Castile or Anne of Beaujeu, regent of France from
Sunrise making name for itself in
wide world of chess
October 8 2015 | SUNRISE
10.10.15 -On 10 October 2015, the Mayor of Newham, Sir Robin Wales, will play a
friendly chess match against Mike Ryan, the Mayor of Sunrise City in Florida, in
the Transatlantic Mayors' Chess Challenge. Children from Newham and Sunrise will
also play against each other by internet link.
Newham Borough Council are working with CSC and East Village
in a Charity-Public-Private Initiative to teach chess in all 64 Newham primary
Sunrise has recently been named the US Chess City of the
Year, and teaches 30,000 children the "First Move" programme that is now being
piloted by CSC.
- The Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson provided the splendid venue of
St. George's Hall for the first CSC Chess Merseyside Junior
Tournament for primary schools on Monday 29 June. 400
children in 80 teams from 26 schools took part in sections
for: U11's - 20, U10's - 26, U9's - 24 and U8's - 10.
The first CSC Chess Merseyside Junior Tournament - St
The splendid St. George's
Hall hosted the 1st
Yes2Chess Liverpool event. A
team of CSC tutors supported
by volunteers from
Barclaycard’s office in
Sefton together with local
players and teachers helped Tournament
Director Bob Clark and CSC
Chief Executive Malcolm Pein
to ensure that this was a
day to remember.
Following the prize
giving, the children were
given a round of applause
from the grown-ups for their
friendly, competitive play
and for their excellent
behaviour throughout. As
part of the Yes2Chess
programme supported by
Barclaycard, every child
received a free chess set
It was the second edition of
an initiative to get
children all over the world
to play chess. 4,200
competitive games took place
in a special Yes2Chess room
on Playchess, and in person,
and 40 finalists from the
UK, Spain, Portugal, the US,
Sweden, Germany, Denmark and
Norway played the final
matches of the international
tournament in Hyde Park on
24th June to determine the
overall winning school.
In June 2015, the Yes2Chess Grand Finals
were once again staged at the Barclaycard Presents British
Summer Time music festival in Hyde Park. The second edition
of the tournament followed the first’s successful formula,
as primary school teams from Denmark, Germany, Norway,
Portugal, Spain, Sweden, and the USA were flown to London
for a three day programme of events. The schools from Norway
and Denmark took part in over the board qualifying
tournaments, whilst the schools from Germany, Portugal,
Spain, Sweden, the UK and the USA qualified via the private
Yes2Chess room on Playchess.
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.
Ofsted 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.
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 !
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.
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
An hour of chess replacing maths made Danish pupils
better at maths
Pupils are better at maths, if they drop one math
class every week and play chess instead.
It is the result of a major research project from the
University of Aarhus, where five schools in Aarhus participated.
The children were taught chess instead of mathematics
once a week for ten months - and it paid off: The pupils in the classes
that have played chess has had up to 30 percent greater progress in math
compared with the classes who have not had chess.