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.
better at math, if they drop a math hour each week and play chess
It is the result of a major research project from the
University of Aarhus, Aarhus where five schools participated. The
children were taught chess instead of mathematics once a week for ten
months - and it gave the result: Students in the classes that have
played chess has had up to 30 percent greater progress in math compared
to the classes who have not had chess.
And scientists have an idea of why this is so:
Chess is complicated, where you have to concentrate,
to learn to think ahead, you learn to plan, solve problems you sit with.
All these things you can use to learn, but especially in mathematics.
For example, with respect to recognize patterns -
diagonals, rows, columns, and coordinate systems. And then you have to
exercise self-control. One should not strike too early, you have to
sometimes sit on your hands and think five seconds longer instead of
just acting immediately, says Professor Michael Rosholm from Aarhus
University, who was responsible for the research project.
Today TV2 news on visits to Virupskolen in Hjortshoej
that were included in the study back in 2013. When we visited the school
at the time, had the current fifth grade replaced one of the four weekly
mathematics hours with chess. Today you convinced that it worked:
'When I say goodbye to my five classes, which of
course has been this chess course through, then I started making exactly
the same in first class. It gives them something, but it's a little hard
to put into words what it is' - says math teacher Lene Nissen.
The 6th London Chess Classic is taking
place at Olympia from Saturday 6th December to Sunday 14th
December 2014 and CSC school events have proved great
2000 children from all parts of the UK have made the journey to
Olympia to enjoy a programme delivered by our professional chess tutors
including grandmaster classes, lectures and tournaments. The events are
intended for children of all chess abilities.
MP for Hereford Jesse Norman is one of the strongest players in the
House of Commons and a great supporter of CSC and the All Party
Parliamentary Group on Chess.
Prime | Thursday 22nd January 2015
City's MP sees the benefit of chess for young people
HEREFORD and South Herefordshire MP Jesse Norman is
urging more children to enjoy the benefits of chess after going
head-to-head against the world’s greatest ever player Garry Kasparov at
the House of Lords.
Jesse Norman playing
chess | Photo: RAY
Norman joined three other members of the
All Party Parliamentary Group for Chess for a specially
arranged simultaneous display against the former world No.1
as part of the 6th London Chess Classic.
And it was not just Norman and his colleagues looking to get
the better of Kasparov with four pupils from London schools leading the charge
for the younger generation.
Recent surveys by the Chess in Schools and Communities (CSC)
found pupils as young as seven should be given compulsory lessons in chess amid
claims it boosts concentration levels, numeracy and reading comprehension.
14.1.15 - Vacancy at a school in Southwark afternoons,
2.00-4.15pm. Please contact if interested.
Wednesday 10 December 2014
Bolton MP Yasmin Qureshi takes on Garry Kasparov at chess
BOLTON South East MP Yasmin Qureshi is urging more
children to enjoy the benefits of chess after helping to kick off a
display match against the world’s greatest ever player - Garry Kasparov
- at the House of Lords.
Bolton South East MP
during her chess
with Garry Kasparov
at the House of
Yasmin, who helped set up the All Party Parliamentary
Group for Chess (APPG) last year, was on hand to make the ceremonial
first move for a specially arranged display against the former world
No.1 as part of this week’s 6th London Chess Classic.
She then watched on as a quartet of her colleagues were
joined by four pupils from London schools in trying to get the better of
Recent surveys by the charity Chess in Schools and
Communities (CSC) found pupils as young as seven should be given
compulsory lessons in chess amid claims it boosts concentration levels,
numeracy and reading comprehension.
07.12.14 - The
winner of the New Game Design Competition is Tatyana Ogneva from Moscow.
Her chess variant called Football Chess was judged to be perfect to
encourage children to play chess. One of the attractive features of the
game is that uses the word “football” which automatically engages
interest (not only with boys). Scoring a goal is easier to understand
than getting checkmate.
Research in over 200
Chess in Schools and
Communities schools shows
that two thirds of teachers
believe that children's
performance in the classroom
(and maths especially) is
improved by chess ...
By Graeme Paton,
Education Editor 5 Dec 2014
Chess 'raises levels of sportsmanship in
The charity Chess in Schools and
Communities calls for compulsory lessons for all
under-11s because the game teaches young pupils to "cope
with winning and losing"
Chess can make
the charity Chess in
should be given
an hour of chess
each week after
raised levels of
for children as
young as seven
tuition in the
game for at
least a year
because it could
have a major
Chess in Schools
the classroom –
maths – had
being taught to
play the game.
We are pleased to announce
two courses for new tutors
in London (taking place
during the Chess Classic).
Chess and Mathematics ~ Chess and Education Conference Sat 6
- Sun 7 December
The second London Chess and Education Conference will
bring together leading experts on school chess and
mathematics education on 6 and 7 December at the Olympia
Kensington. Presentations from the US, Denmark, Hungary and
Italy will provide best practice examples of how to connect
school chess and mathematics. New research from Italy, the
UK, Sweden and Denmark will shed light on the impact of
chess on mathematics learning in primary education.
8.7.14 - Yes2Chess
is an Internet Chess
primary and elementary
schoolchildren, which offers
pupils the opportunity to
play chess online with
children from other
countries and also to
compete in a tournament.
This innovative event saw
the participation of
primary and elementary schools
from eight countries: UK,
Germany, Norway, Portugal,
Spain, Sweden, Denmark and
The qualifications took
place in a moderated area on
Playchess.com, and the grand
prize was an
all expenses paid trip to
London for the finals, which
took place on Tuesday 8th
Congratulations to the
Gymnasium Brecht School from
were then a series of
playoff matches. The
winner of each group
played off for 1st
place. The runners-up
played off for 3rd
place. The third placed
teams played off for 5th
place. The fourth placed
teams played off for 7th
The 1st place playoff,
i.e. the Final, was a
5-0 victory for Privates
Gymnasium Brecht (GER)
over Columbia Grammar
We would like
to extend our
all the competing school
teams in the final:
Skolen på Nyelandsvej
Associação Escola 31
de Janeiro A
Zola Villafranca M
The English School,
St. Bridget's Church of
England Primary School
Grammar and Preparatory School
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.
This innovative event will see the participation of
primary / elementary schools from eight countries: UK, Germany, Norway,
Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Denmark and the USA.
Broward County in South Florida USA
is embarking on a huge chess in schools and community project. As well
bringing chess to 10's of 1000's of children they are encouraging everyone
WSVN -- King, queen, pawn
and bishop are all terms for the game of
chess. Now elementary school students in
Broward County are learning to play chess in
addition to reading and math! 7's Lynn
Martinez shows us in today's Parent to
These third graders are making bold new moves. That's
because students at Discovery Elementary School in Sunrise are now
learning the game of chess. The school was chosen to be part of a pilot
program last year.
Chess transforming students at Jones Leadership Academy
Jones Leadership Academy chess students
honored by Toledo
City Council. Photo Courtesy Warren
In the halls of Jones
Leadership Academy — the former Jones
Elementary School, now reborn as part of the
district’s plan to transform itself — one of
the most striking transformations taking
place may be centered around one of the
world’s oldest forms of competition: chess.
In 2013, students under the guidance of coach Warren
Woodberry won the 10th Annual TPS Chess Tournament, covering 35 schools
from all over the Toledo area. For any group of kids to rise to the top
in such a competition is impressive. But for a program only a few
semesters into its existence — from a district struggling to reinvent
its academic reputation in a time of restructuring — it’s extraordinary.
The first International
Baltic Summer Chess Camp was
held in Riga during August
was an intensive and
which will invigorate
the chess practice of
the 14 children who
attended including Megan
Richards (Cardiff) who
benefitted from a
bursary as CSC Pupil of
It is one of the oldest and most enduring board
Pupils at Horton Park Primary School in Bradford
help to improve
their education and social development through
game of chess.
Dating back more than 1,000 years, chess
continues to challenge and intrigue players and now the
benefits of this strategic game are being explored in
education – and with great benefits according to the chess
experts who are instrumental in introducing chess into the
Nick Mullan, an accredited coach with charity Chess
in Schools whose mission is to highlight the game’s educational and
social benefits, has played on and off for years after learning it
during his school days.
16th May 2014 Rushanara Ali
- the MP for Bethnal Green
and Bow – visited Bonner
School in Tower Hamlets and
saw the CSC programme in
action. CSC’s work in Bonner
School is funded by a
generous donation from
Investec, and we were
delighted that Susie Robbie
was able to represent the
organisation on the day.
visit, Rushanara Ali MP
said: "I am delighted to see
young people building
important skills through
playing chess. I was
delighted to attend Bonner
school in my constituency
and see the children learn
how to play chess as part of
their enrichment activities.
It was fantastic to see
young people develop their
The former president of the
Association of Teachers and Lecturers calls for chess to
be introduced in all state primary schools to boost
children’s concentration levels
Fewer than 1-in-10
pupils in state
to chess at school
Pupils as young as seven
should be given compulsory lessons in chess
amid claims it boosts concentration levels,
numeracy and reading comprehension,
according to a teachers’ leader.
Primary schools should give all
pupils at least one term’s worth of chess in an attempt
to get them interested in the game at a young age, it
Hank Roberts, former president of the
Association of Teachers and Lecturers, said Britain was
one of the few European countries that failed to
recognise chess as a sport or fund a proper “in-school
He insisted the game was hugely
popular in private schools but too many in the state
system failed to offer it to pupils.
Schoolchildren are flocking to take up chess, and the
resurgence of the game is boosting them socially and
Chess players at
School overseen by
Kouchak from the
Chess in Schools &
Chess has long evoked
images of surly Russians hunched over a
board. But a resurgence in the game termed
by one former champion “the gymnasium of the
mind” is taking place in British schools.
Next month, an all-party parliamentary
group on chess aims to meet for the first time, having
gained the support of more than a dozen MPs. According to
Yasmin Qureshi, MP for Bolton South-east, who has helped to
set up the group, it will “work to promote chess and the
benefits brings”. The group plans to lobby for chess to be
recognised as a sport and to highlight its importance in
early learning and primary and secondary education.
The group follows the establishment in
2010 of the Chess in Schools & Communities (CSC) charity,
the brainchild of Malcolm Pein, an international master and
director of the London Chess Classic tournament.
Newham Primary Schools’ Team Chess
The second CSC Newham Primary Schools’
Team Tournament was held at the Old Town Hall in
Stratford on March 27th 2014.
Sir Robin Wales - the elected
Mayor of Newham - opened the event, and spoke of the
formative experiences he had on his school chess team.
Graeme Betts - Newham’s Executive
Director of Strategic Commissioning and Community – also
visited, and was extremely pleased that the CSC programme in
Newham was going so well and that such tournaments were
Alison Davenport and her team were fantastic
and CSC hopes that they can host events at the Old Town Hall
in the future.
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
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