Newsletter no.3 - May 2016






CSC Wales



CSC continues to go from strength to strength in Wales.


The charity is active in 25 schools across Cardiff, Chepstow, Merthyr Tydfil and Torfaen, with children from these schools now forming a substantial part of Welsh junior chess, including 85 of the 200 participants at the recent UK Chess Challenge Megafinal for South Wales.


Sarah and Tim Kett, review a busy year.






The 2015-16 Yes2Chess international online tournament for schools was completed last week.


Thanks must go to Heathside Prep School for hosting face-to-face quarter-finals and semi-finals, providing IT equipment and a fast wireless connection. Congratulations to Mission San Jose Elementary School, who retained their title.



London Classic 2016



Reach for your diaries! The 8th London Chess Classic will take place at Olympia from 9th - 18th December 2016. As well as the final leg of the Grand Chess Tour, the event will also feature a festival and free school activities once again.


Further details will be published soon on the London Chess Classic website.



The Brian Kerr Girls' Award



We received an excellent response to the Brian Kerr Award, for girls in the CSC programme who demonstrate exceptional enthusiasm and achievement. There have been many deserving nominations from across the country, but we can now announce this year's winners.


They are: Hannah Hodgson (Netherton Moss School), Loise Estrada (Sacred Heart RC Primary School, Liverpool), Fiona Thet (Oldfield Park Junior School, Bath), Anna Boyle and Madeleine Smith (both from The Dell, Monmouthshire). All five will receive a 250 bursary towards teaching, learning and tournament costs. Their nominations can be read here.


We are pleased to also give support to two highly commended nominations, Daisy Price (Whitchurch Primary School, Cardiff) and Geeya Joy (Sacred Heart RC Primary School, Liverpool), and to Yael Braunstein (Brodetsky Primary School), Sarah Rysbekova, Lizzie Evans, Megan Childs and Maddie Reis (all from St Margaret's CoE Primary School, Leeds).



Newham Community Tournament



The inaugural Newham Community Chess Tournament, a partnership between CSC and the London Borough of Newham, took place on Saturday 18th June. There were four sections for all ages and abilities, attracting over 160 entries. Prizewinners and a report are available here.



A Training Marathon and Barclaycard Volunteers: The CSC Teesside Blog


Once again, the team of volunteers from tournament sponsor Barclaycard has made a big contribution in schools across the country.



Sean Marsh has been reporting on their progress, students' comments, event reports, his recent challenge to train every member of staff at Park End Primary School in Middlesbrough how to teach chess, on the CSC Teesside Blog.



Charitable Support


CSC would like to acknowledge all of the charitable support that has been received this year. In particular, we have recently been awarded 35,000 by John Lyon's Charity and 30,000 by The Alan & Babette Sainsbury Charitable Trust.



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