Newsletter no.5 - March 2017






London Chess Classic



In December, the 8th London Chess Classic played host to ten of the world’s leading Grandmasters, over 2,000 children in school activity days, and the largest ever LCC Festival. Meanwhile, the third London Chess Conference ran alongside, discussing The Didactics of Chess; the Conference included a competition to design a collaborative classroom mini-game, and the winning entries have been published.


Thanks to everyone who helped make the event a success. We hope to announce dates for the 9th London Chess Classic soon on the LCC website.



Chess in Parliament



The London Chess Classic also saw the revival of an old tradition: the chess match between the Houses of Parliament, held alongside a meeting of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for chess.


The Commons team ran out surprise winners.



Joshua John at the World Schools Championship



Joshua John, 9, of Hartley Primary in Newham has been selected to play for England in the World Schools Chess Championship in Romania next month. Joshua is the first child on the CSC programme to be honoured like this – congratulations! We would like to thank Newham Borough Council, the John Robinson Youth Chess Trust, the English Chess Federation, and the many others who have generously supported the costs of his participation.



Winning in Wales!



CSC students past and present continue to shine in Welsh junior competitions, winning a number of Welsh and Cardiff championships with many children also being selected for county and regional teams.


Sarah Kett, Tim Kett and Richard Stevenson have more.




Big Lottery Funding for Bracknell Forest


We are also pleased to announce that we have received a grant from the Big Lottery Fund in support of a senior citizens’ chess project in Bracknell Forest. Project leader Jon Lloyd explains more.



Brian Kerr Girls’ Award 2017



Thanks to the generous bequest from the late Irish international Brian Kerr (1944-2014) we are pleased to again invite nominations for the Brian Kerr Girls’ Award.


There will be four £250 bursaries for girls being taught chess by CSC who demonstrate exceptional enthusiasm and attainment. 


Last year’s successful nominations can be read here.




CSC Tutor Training



Dates have been announced for the revamped CSC Tutor Training courses. They will be held in London (6th April and 29th June), Newcastle (27th April), Cardiff (4th May), Leeds (24th May) and Middlesbrough (21st June).


Our training courses cover classroom skills as well as the CSC Curriculum and the challenges of teaching chess to children. No chess-playing experience is required to attend. Further details and online booking are available on our website.



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