In December, the 7th London Chess Classic was again a
great success. It's now firmly established as one of the world's leading
tournaments, as Sagar Shah from ChessBase explains. World Champion
Magnus Carlsen won the Grandmaster section in a late-night tiebreak,
which also secured him the inaugural Grand Chess Tour title.
Meanwhile, five continents were represented at the
London Chess Conference, and the LCC Festival received over 1,000
entries. We were pleased to repeat the offer of free entry for women and
under-25s, two groups which are under-represented in the chess world.
But for Jonathan Bryant, the real stars were the children visiting the
free school activity days – the hidden classic ...
CSC are delighted to announce the renewal of our
partnership with Barclaycard, and that the 3rd Yes2Chess International
Challenge is open for registrations.
As well as giving schoolchildren access to a secure,
free and entirely web-based chess server, the initiative includes an
international chess tournament, played online, for primary and
elementary schools from the UK, the USA, Germany, Spain, Portugal,
Norway, Sweden and Denmark.
The Yes2Chess mentoring scheme will also continue,
with Barclaycard employees donating their time and expertise to
scholastic chess projects, 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
The charity is pleased to announce the establishment
of the Brian Kerr Girls' Award, funded by a £25,000 bequest.
Brian Kerr (1944-2014) was a Cambridge mathematician
who became an Irish international and competed at the Chess Olympiad at
Havana in 1966. Over the board he was an imaginative tactician and an
enthusiastic chess problem solver who played in the British Solving
The bequest will include a £1,000 award each year for
ten years, to fund four girls on CSC courses who demonstrate exceptional
enthusiasm and achievement. The remainder of the funds will be used to
promote girls' chess within CSC.
Congratulations to Sacred Heart Catholic Primary
School from Liverpool, who have enjoyed a double tournament success.
In November they won the North-West regional stage of
the National Schools U-11 Chess Championship (and celebrated their
success with a real (arch)bishop!)
Then, in January, three Sacred Heart teams qualified
for the finals of the EPSCA Championships, with Joshua Roque, Bashar
Rovezi and Roman Rivera all qualifying for the England U-11 trials
despite playing up a year – congratulations to them!
Sacred Heart were one of the very first schools to join the CSC project,
and it has been so encouraging to watch them develop.
If you'd like to learn more about how you can help
the charity, then please feel free to call us on 020 7935 3445, or
e-mail us at .
YOUR SUPPORT is key to ensuring the work of the
charity continues, and that we keep bringing the benefits of chess to
our schools and communities. Please do pass on this newsletter to your
contacts and help to spread the good word! If you, your organisation,
friends or acquaintances wish to make a donation to help the charity
then please read more and remember to Gift Aid the donation, if
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