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Academic Year Extension

19.5.16 - As a result of increased charitable giving to CSC, we are pleased to be able to extend our core programme to 35 weeks for this academic year at no additional cost. Participating schools who wish to take advantage of this should contact their CSC tutor.

The charity is encouraged that schools are already signing up for the additional weeks: "We've been delighted with the chess this year and are pleased that we are able to continue for another few weeks" (Cumnor Primary School, Oxford).

Training Course in Lancaster


13.6.16 - We are pleased to announce a course for new tutors in Lancaster on 12 July. It is open to anyone regardless of teaching or playing experience.


Online booking available here.

CSC Bristol Championships 2016

21 June 2016 | Henleaze Junior School



Bristol had seen three days of chess weather on the run-up to the tournament.


Daily lashings of torrential rain meant most school sports events were cancelled. But it is, of course, a fact universally acknowledged that chess playing children are the bravest of all sportsmen: they will play come rain, hail or snow. In fact, several players were playing with broken wrists or indeed legs in plaster, showing blatant disregard for their health, comfort and safety to defend the honour of their schools.


Read Kajetan Wandowicz's large pictorial report

CSC Gloucestershire Championships 2016

17 June 2016 | Berkeley Primary School



Weather was fine and spirits were high as teams representing rural Gloucestershire schools were arriving at Berkeley Primary to contest the 3rd annual Chess in Schools Gloucestershire Championships.


Double defending champions from Coaley looked focused and motivated, determined that their late entry would not negatively affect their form, but several strong challengers were seeking to deny them, hungry for the title.


Read more in Kajetan Wandowicz's pictorial report

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 underperforming schools


Grand master: Reigning world chess champion Magnus Carlsen


George 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 Chancellor.


It should 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 have exceptionally well-qualified and trained teachers (usually seen as the best determinant of outcomes).


Then again, Asian countries such as India and Singapore generally have longer school days than us, and much better performance.


Read more online | Newspaper cutting


Photo: Alex Lentati / Evening Standard

CSC Teesside Training Day 2016

Wednesday, 15 June 2016





The 2016 CSC Teesside Training Day took place today at the Middlesbrough City Learning Centre, Acklam Grange School.


The students were a fabulous collection of teachers, TA's, parents and chess players.


Claire Nixon, assistant for the course, very skilfully facilitated everything required to ensure the day would run very smoothly and highly efficiently. Claire also took most of the photographs in this report.


Thank you to everyone who came along today. We really enjoyed working with you.


Read more in Sean Marsh's pictorial report

End of Year Tournaments

11.5.16 - The annual end-of-year regional tournaments for CSC schools are now starting. See the National Calendar for details of events in your area. The list will be updated as more dates are confirmed.

After-school clubs 'boost poorer pupils' results'

17 March 2016 | By Katherine Sellgren Education reporter


After-school clubs were shown to close the gap between rich

and poor


Research 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 children.


Attendance at after-school clubs led to Key Stage 2 results significantly better than expected among children from disadvantaged backgrounds, suggesting that they may help bridge the attainment gap to other children, the authors concluded.


You can read the full study in full here


BBC News report

CSC Quarterly Newsletter



03.3.16 - The latest CSC Quarterly Newsletter is now available. Read 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.

Yes2Chess 2016


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 Yes2Chess server.


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 lesson time.



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.


Key Dates

Registration opens: Wednesday 10th February

National Tournaments begin: Monday 22nd February

Registration closes: Thursday 31st March


National Tournaments

Final Stages: Monday 9th May

National KOs/Finals: w/c Monday 30th May

The Final: w/c Monday 4th July



2015 Grand Final | Photos
2015-16 Tournament Rules
Web Client User Guide


For more information please visit www.yes2chess.org.

Chess Chief Executive Gives Masterclass






17.3.16 - Chief Executive Malcolm Pein was in Nottingham last week to give a simultaneous to CSC volunteers from Nottingham University.


He also dropped in on nearby Arnold Mill Primary School.


He gave a short lesson to the school's chess club, which has written a report here.

Newham kids take on the World champion

17.12.15 - 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 simul. After the games Magnus signed each player’s score sheet and the children took him a Play Magnus Chess Set and signed board.


More Photos here

Free chess for your school until July 2016!


19.12.15 - We have some fully-funded places left on our chess e-learning programme. Your school can get chess until the end of the year with all equipment, materials and teaching completely free of charge.


Click here for details



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).


On 9th 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.


The award 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 ground-breaking initiatives 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 ...


Read more ...



Royal Commended Performance 2012

25th July 2012


The Earl of Wessex presents the award to Chess in Schools and

Communities Chief Executive Malcolm Pein.


Chess in Schools and Communities received the Royal seal of approval on 19th July at St James’s Palace.


Chief Executive IM Malcolm Pein received the ‘highly commended’ award from HRH Prince Edward the Earl of Wessex at the Sport and Recreation Alliance's Community Sport and Recreation awards ceremony.



The award was made in recognition of CSC's 'innovative work in schools'.


Read more ...


  Press releases: CSC | SRA | ECF |


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 who recently visited 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 done!


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 of Liverpool.

Photos © Ray Morris-Hill

Malcolm Pein, Chief Executive.                                                                                                             


Click to see more photos from the event .


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