Editor of the Independent
and Independent online Amol
Rajan has written an article
in support of chess in
school which appeared in the
Evening Standard on 17th
March. We wholeheartedly
agree with his conclusions!
17 March 2016
Amol Rajan: Chess - the
cheap, easy solution for our
Grand master: Reigning world chess champion
Osborne announced in
yesterday’s Budget that £1.5
billion would be made
available to extend the
hours of British state
schools. This is a
marvellous and long-overdue
development and I have an
idea to make it even better,
while neutralising the
immediate and predictable
criticism levelled at the
be admitted that a causal
link between school hours
and educational performance
is not easy to prove. The
Finns have outstanding
performance levels but
shorter days than even us
lazybone Brits, though they
well-qualified and trained
teachers (usually seen as
the best determinant of
again, Asian countries such
as India and Singapore
generally have longer school
days than us, and much
17 March 2016 | By Katherine Sellgren Education
After-school clubs were shown to close the gap
from the Centre for
Longitudinal Studies at UCL
has found that participation
in after-school activities
can boost the academic
performance and social
skills of disadvantaged
Attendance at after-school
clubs led to Key Stage 2
results significantly better
than expected among children
backgrounds, suggesting that
they may help bridge the
attainment gap to other
children, the authors
The latest CSC Quarterly Newsletter is now available.
it here for updates on another successful London Chess
Classic, the return of Yes2Chess, the new Brian Kerr Girls'
Award and successes for Sacred Heart Catholic Primary.
13.2.16 - Chess in Schools and Communities is delighted to
announce that Yes2Chess is getting underway again. Barclaycard and Chess
in Schools and Communities will be partnering to bring the 3rd Yes2Chess
International Challenge to schools in the UK, USA, Germany, Spain,
Portugal, Norway, Sweden and Denmark.
Yes2Chess gives schoolchildren
access to a secure online chess server, free of charge and entirely
web-based where they can play chess anonymously against other children
in a safe environment. The Yes2Chess International Challenge is
a tournament for primary and elementary schools and is open
to every UK primary school, not just those in the CSC
programme. Teams consist of 5 players born after 31st
December 2004 and must include at least one female player.
The tournament begins with a regional group stage before
progressing to national and international knockout rounds;
matches can be played either face-to-face or online via the
The Yes2Chess mentoring scheme will also continue
with Barclaycard employees donating their time and expertise to chess in
school projects in London, Northamptonshire, Liverpool and Teesside,
where employees will help with chess lessons, both after school and in
Last year 443 Barclaycard employees gave the equivalent of
over two working years to such projects across 8 countries as Yes2Chess
impacted over 40,000 children.
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.
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 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 ...
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