CSC EEF Conference -
Held at Hillscourt Hotel and Conference Centre, Birmingham.
Building on the success of our Daventry
event (October 2013), Chess in Schools and Communities
hosted a second conference for chess tutors. This took place
in Rednal, Birmingham, on Wednesday February 19th, 2014.
The conference had two primary aims:
To discuss Chess in Schools and Communities’
latest developments, and the EEF and Yes2Chess
projects in particular.
To examine ways of enhancing our delivery, by
discussing best practice and ‘improving teaching
Anna Boyle from The Dell
won the under 8 title, while Madeleine
Smith, also from The Dell, came second in
the under 9 section.
Both girls told Chepstow
Matters that they were proud to have done so
well, and that their success has encouraged
them to work harder and try to excel in
"We're delighted at this
latest fantastic achievement by our
trailblazing chess players,” said The Dell’s
headmaster, Mr King, who explained that Anna
and Madeleine are part of a group of very
strong players at the school enjoying
success in local and national competitions.
Eugene Brown hosted an open house on Saturday,
at "The Big Chair Chess Club," for those
learning the “Game of Kings.”
When he returned home from prison, the
former Phelps Architecture, Construction and Engineering
High School student said he had no clear direction despite
learning to play and master the game of chess.
However, Brown recognized the struggles
of his grandson and the behavioural problems the young man
experienced in school.
“They wanted to put my grandson on
medication, but I saw something else, a focus that he had in
his eyes and I immediately thought I could teach him how to
play chess and how to push the pieces around on the
chessboard,” Brown said.
Yes2Chess is a fun and exciting way for children to play
games, learn new skills and meet new people from around the
world. Yes2Chess is an Internet Chess Tournament that will
be running during the 2013/14 academic year. Find out how
your school can get
Yasmin Qureshi MP presents school chess
eight Bolton primary schools
competed in the Bolton Primary
School Chess League tournament
on Thursday 13 February 2014, at
Kearsley West Primary School.
Yasmin Qureshi, Member of Parliament for
Bolton South East, who spearheaded a campaign to promote
chess in schools,
presented the awards at the end of the
Magnus Carlsen - Young Person of the Year
He is active on Facebook and Twitter, loves football and
jumped into a pool in his dinner suit to celebrate winning
the world championship. This is the
impossibly cool Magnus Carlsen
Music and lyrics by Jason Kouchak
Jason is a widely-acclaimed concert pianist who plays popular music and
jazz as well as classical music. Jason was born in France and studied
piano at the Royal College of Music in London, and at Edinburgh
He has performed in major concert halls in London, Paris, St Petersburg
and other venues in Europe and Asia. He has recorded five albums,
including his own compositions, and appeared on BBC TV and the Japanese
NHK channel. He has made regular guest appearances with the Royal
Philharmonic Orchestra and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, and recorded
and performed with Julian Lloyd-Webber |
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Yes 2 Chess
is mated well to schools, says charity
PUPILS do not
normally get away with playing games during
lessons – but an educational charity says
chess can improve children's concentration
and ability to learn.
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 ...
Kasparov at the Aquaprofit-Polgar
Chess Festival 2013
This year Garry Kasparov
was the guest of honour of the annual
Aquaprofit-Polgar Chess Festival held in
The Russian world
champion visited many programs at the event
and held a presentation on one of his most
memorable games, which he played against
Anatoly Karpov at the World Chess
Championship in Lyon, in 1990.
At the press conference
of the event Kasparov recalled his first
memories of the Polgar sisters from 1988,
when he was playing for the Soviet Union at
the Chess Olympiad in Thessaloniki, and yet
he gave his support to the very young and
talented Hungarian women team that included
Susan, Sofia and Judit Polgar.
A chess takeover is occurring in schools around the world.
Students in England, India and the US are discovering how
the game can improve their concentration, thinking skills
and even their chances of a university education. Helen Ward
gets on board.
Helen Ward | 7 June 2013
an American teenager who wants
to go to university. She comes
from a poor family, so she needs
to find a way to pay for her
studies. For her, that way is
a British international master
and director of the London Chess
Classic tournament, where the
world's top players compete, is
also chief executive of Chess in
Schools and Communities, which
runs chess programmes in over
200 primary schools in
England and Wales. "Chess used to be
unbelievably popular," he says.
"It still is, it's played by
millions of people in the
Over the next year, the
effect of chess on children's mathematical
skills will be scrutinised. CSC has been
commissioned by the Education
Endowment Foundation to set up a randomised
controlled trial, in partnership with the
University of London's Institute of
Louise Ellman MP visited
Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School
On Friday April 26th, Louise Ellman
MP visited Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School in
Liverpool which is in her constituency to present the
chess team with prizes in honour of their performance at
the National Schools Under 11 Girls Championships.
Louise Ellman MP for Liverpool Riverside
CSC tutor John Gorman, CSC
Chief Executive Malcolm Pein (right) and the
Heart's Under 11 Girls' team
scored spectacularly well
against pupils from fee paying
schools with a long standing
chess tradition, beating the
teams from King's Chester and
Bolton School. Sacred Heart A
would have qualified for the
national final but lost to their
own B team!
Mrs Ellman also awarded the prizes to
the winners of the Delancey UK Chess Challenge
competitions held within the school and these winners
will be going forward to the Mega Final.
CSC Chief Executive Malcolm Pein
congratulated the team and thanked the Head Teacher
Charles Daniels for agreeing to host the next
CSC Training Course. Malcolm also expressed his
appreciation for the work done by chess tutor John
Gorman which has been inspirational.
Sacred Heart is one of 193 schools
across England and Wales with a Chess in Schools and
Communities programme, meaning that they are taught
chess as part of the curriculum for one hour every week.
All chess equipment, books, teaching aids and software
are provided by Chess in Schools and Communities.
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
The Urban Chess funding from East
Village will bring chess sets and lessons to 14
Newham schools, with the aim of expanding to all 64
primary schools in the borough by 2015, so that
every local child can learn how to play the world's
most enduring game.
As well as promoting chess in
schools, the partnership will develop chess clubs
and lessons in libraries, and hopes to set up a
chess festival and provide giant chess sets in the
borough's parks, if there is a significant take up
of the scheme. The borough's first chess club will
open to the community from Thursday 14 March in
The Hungarian Institute for Educational
Research and Development has made Judit Polgar’s ”Skill-building Chess” subject available for elementary
schools from September 2013.
The Judit Polgar Chess Foundation for
Educational Benefits has been working on the "Chess Palace”
program for more than a year.
CSC at the London Chess Classic
The 4th London Chess Classic 2012 took
place at Olympia in London recently. Hundreds of school children from around
the UK arrived daily for free chess lessons,
tournaments and the opportunity to see the world number one
Magnus Carlsen, former world champion Vladimir Kramnik and
current world champion Vishy Anand. Many other side events
took place too including a festival of chess tournaments.
London Classic ran from December 1st to 10th.
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)
This was sponsored by 5 MEPS from the UK, Finland,
Italy, Bulgaria and Malta.
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