Schools and Communities are
hosting our 2nd One Day Chess
Congress of 2014 for Year 2 to
Year 6 pupils. Broadoak &
Smallshaw Community Centre,
Broadoak Road, Ashton-under-Lyne
OL6 8RS. Saturday 26th April
2014 from 10.00am – 2.30pm.
The tournament is NOT run on
a knockout basis and all competitors will play a
minimum of 6 games.
Places are limited so please
Entry fee payable on the day is
£3.00. Bookstall provided.
bring a packed lunch with them although some
drinks and sweets will be available to purchase.
Parents are welcome to stay. Prizes and medals
will be awarded for Winners, Runners up and 3rd
in each section.
Queries on the day 07974
Please send your entry to
your school chess coach.
or phone David on
07974 952252 with the following information:
Name of Pupil; Date of Birth;
Name of School; Emergency Contact Number
"My son, Matthew,
really enjoyed his first chess tournament.
Thanks to the guys from Manchester for
organising the today in Ashton." -
Lucy Anderson |
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Headteacher, Stalyhill Primary School
"The children in the
able and talented maths groups have shown a
marked improvement in their skills of
resilience and perseverance. Their team work
has also improved."
"Chess has created
opportunities for children to learn together
with new friends from other year groups. The
Y6 pupils have displayed a real maturity in
setting up a club for the younger children."
self-confidence issues have benefitted from
having a “chance to shine” with a new
"Chess in school has
been popular with parents who see it as a
very valuable experience."
"The opportunity to
attend the CSC celebration at the House of
Commons and the upcoming tournament to
London has been fantastic and an experience
to remember for all involved."
"Staff have also taken
to chess with over half of the teaching
staff either learning how to play or
improving their skills alongside the
Chess in Schools and
Communities first Junior Congress of 2014 took
place on Saturday 15th February at Broadoak and
Smallshaw Community Centre, Broadoak Road,
which was once again full to
capacity, attracted 62 entries
who were split in to three
sections according to their
estimated playing strength.
All sections were closely
fought so much so that a tie break system was
used to determine the 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize
winners in all 3 sections. As well as medals all
9 prize winners won a chess book to help them
improve their game.
Our next event is scheduled
for 26th April at the same venue - one for the
Manchester CSC Junior Chess
congress of 2013 took place at
Broadoak & Smallshaw Community
Centre, Broadoak Road,
Ashton-under-Lyne on Saturday
The event attracted 62
entries who were split in to three sections
according to their estimated playing strength.
All sections were closely fought so much so that
a tie break system was used to determine the
1st, 2nd and 3rd prize winners in the Open and
the Intermediate sections.
Additional prizes were also
awarded to the most consistent player over the
year, the most improved player of the year and
the best girl player of the year.
Chess in Schools recently
held an inter school competition within the Lees
area of Oldham. 42 children from 5 schools took
part in this heat.
Knowsley - r/u Hey with Zion
Winners: U/9's Hey
with Zion r/u St Agnes
Next week 5 schools from the
Saddleworth part of Oldham will compete in their
own heat. In early July the top 4 teams will
play each other for right to call themselves
Once again we had a
sizeable entry of 54 players who played in
the 6 round swiss event. Each player was
allocated to a team that was named after a
World Chess Champion. The winning team this
time around was Team Karpov named after
Anatoly Karpov who was FIDE World Champion
from 1975 to 1985 and 1993 to 1999. The
winning team members won a trophy and a book
Medals and book prizes were
also awarded to the best scorers on each board
and to the best puzzle solver on the day.
We are very grateful that
Councillors Whitehead and Lane were able to lend
their support to our series of events.
CSC's next congress will be
held in October at the same venue but for those
wishing to play chess regularly and improve
their game before then visit the Ashton Chess
Club website at www.ashtonccc.co.uk which meets
every Wednesday and is just for children.
- David Hardy
CSC held its first inter school
competition at Hurst Knoll
Ashton-under-Lyne on 30th April
2013. As well as the hosts, two
other local schools The Heys and
Our Lady of Mount Carmel were
also invited. Several parents,
brothers and sisters turned up
The tournament was held on an
play all basis with Hurst Knoll scoring 9
points, Our Lady 6.5 points and Heys 2.5 points
although many of the games had to be adjudicated
so could still have gone either way. As each
team sent more than a full team, players were
subbed in and out with the extra players playing
friendly games between each other.
Our thanks go to Hurst Knoll
for hosting the event and providing the players
with drinks and biscuits - The Heys have already
said they would like to hold the next event.
After the success of our Summer
chess camps in August - CSC held
a half term chess camp in
Ashton-under-Lyne on Thursday 27
37 children attended the camp
all of whom had only started
learning how to play chess in
September at their respective
By the end of the day they had
learned how the rest of the
pieces move, the rules on check
and checkmate and were able to
play a full game - with some
A great day was had by all -
look out for details of our 1
day Congress that will take
place in Ashton-under-Lyne on
Saturday 17th December.
Tuesday 8th March 20111
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At the annual Tameside
Primary School Championships
held on 25 June one of our
schools Stalyhill Junior won
the title by a clear 2
points. 10 players took part
in the team of 6 event all
playing at least 4 games in
the 7 round event.
Special mention should go to
Thomas Curtis who scored 6/7
on Board 1, Elise Donohue
who scored 6.5/7 on board 4
and James Wilde who scored
7/7 on Board 6.