Manchester

 

 

 

Greenside Primary School
Tutor: Paul Keech

 

Hey with Zion Primary School

Tutor: Roger Glover


Holden Clough Primary School
Tutor: David Hardy


Holy Trinity Primary School
Tutor: Roger Glover


Hurst Knoll Primary School

Tutor: David Hardy


Moorside Primary School
Tutor: Neil Dainty


Our Lady's Primary School
Tutor: Neil Dainty

 

Stalyhill Primary School
Tutor: David Hardy

 

St. Agnes Primary School
Tutor: Roger Glover

 

Broadbent Fold Pr School

Tutor: David Hardy

 

Springfield Primary School

Tutor: Neil Dainty

 

Christ Church Primary School

Tutor: Paul Kane

 

Lewis Street Primary School

Tutor: Paul Kane

 

Silver Springs Academy

Tutor: David Hardy

 

St Thomas Primary School

Tutor: Paul Keech

 

St James Primary School

Tutor: Paul Keech

 

St. George’s Primary School
Tutor: David Hardy


St. John's Primary School
Tutor: Neil Dainty


St. Mary's Primary School
Tutor: David Hardy


South Failsworth Primary School
Tutor: Neil Dainty


The Heys Primary School
Tutor: David Hardy


Watersheddings Primary School
Tutor: Roger Glover


West End Primary School
Tutor: David Hardy

 

St George’s Primary School

Tutor: David Hardy

 

Greenside Primary School

Tutor: Paul Keech

     

Previous Projects

Broadoak Primary School, Christ Church Primary School, Manor Green Primary School, St. Peter's Primary School, Waterloo Primary School

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2nd One Day Chess Congress of 2014

 

 

   

Chess in 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 book early.

 

Entry fee payable on the day is £3.00. Bookstall provided.

 

Competitors should 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 952252.

 

Please send your entry to your school chess coach.

 

Alternatively email or 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 | CSC Facebook page

 

 

Sue Kitchen, 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."

 

"Children with self-confidence issues have benefitted from having a “chance to shine” with a new skill."

 

"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 children."

 

 

First Manchester Junior Congress of 2014

 

Chess in Schools and Communities first Junior Congress of 2014 took place on Saturday 15th February at Broadoak and Smallshaw Community Centre, Broadoak Road, Ashton-under-Lyne Lancs.

 

 
 

   

The event 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 diary.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fifth Manchester Congress of 2013

 

   

The fifth Manchester CSC Junior Chess congress of 2013 took place at Broadoak & Smallshaw Community Centre, Broadoak Road, Ashton-under-Lyne on Saturday 21st December.

 

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.

 

Competition at Hey with Zion Primary School

 

 

   
 

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.

 

Winners: U/11's 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 champions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Third Manchester Congress of 2013

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 prize.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

First inter school competition - David Hardy

 

   

Manchester CSC held its first inter school competition at Hurst Knoll Primary School, 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 to support.

 

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.

 

 

2nd Manchester One-Day Congress - David Hardy

 

 

   

 
   

Chess in Schools and Communities in Manchester held its 2nd one day congress on Saturday 20th April. A record number of 56 children aged from Year 2 to Year 6 attended with 16 different schools being represented.

 

The children were each allocated to a team of 4 based on their past performance with each team being named after a previous World Chess Champion. The winners were Team Lasker named after the German born, Emmanuel Lasker who held the title from 1894 to 1921.

 

The winning team members and the best scorers on each board each won trophies, medals and gift vouchers. Two children also won book prizes for correctly solving several chess puzzles during the day.

 

Once again we were grateful to Broadoak and Smallshaw Community Centre in Ashton-under-Lyne for allowing the building to be used and to Councillors Lane and Whitehead who came to watch the proceedings.

Our next event is scheduled for 22 June at the same venue.

 

To find more about CSC in the Manchester area e-mail david@chessinschools.co.uk

 

 

Second Manchester Congress of 2013

 
   

The second 1 day tournament of 2013 for 6-11 year olds will take place at Broadoak & Smallshaw Community Centre, Broadoak Road, Ashton-under-Lyne OL6 8RS. Saturday 20th April 2013 from 10.00am – 2.30pm.

 

Download a poster with entry details (PDF).

 

 

 

First Manchester Congress of 2013

 
   

Chess in Schools and Communities held its first Manchester area chess congress of 2013 at Broadoak & Smallshaw Community Centre, Ashton-under-Lyne on Saturday 16th February.

 

56 children entered the event aged from year 2 to year 6 with 16 different schools being represented. Trophies, medals and book prizes were awarded to the leading players and runners up in each age group category.

 

Competition for the top places was very close meaning that for the last round the top 12 players had to be placed on timers where they each had 15 minutes to complete the game.

 

Our next event will be held on Saturday 20th April at the same venue.

 

- David Hardy

 

 

5th CSC Manchester Congress

The 5th children's chess congress of 2012 organised by Chess in Schools was held on Saturday 15th December at Broadoak and Smallshaw Community Centre in Ashton-under-Lyne.

 

A record 64 children from 27 schools took part each playing 6 games over the course of the morning and afternoon.

 

 

As well as trophies and medals book prizes were won by the age group winners and runners up on the day. Over the year children have been competing for our Grand Prix prizes of chess books, sets and boards which were also awarded.

 

Our next event will be held in February - for more information e-mail david@ashtonccc.co.uk.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Manchester Local Advertiser

Dec 2012

 

Andy Clowes, Deputy Head Hey with Zion Primary School

"I want to put in print how delighted I am with the impact of chess in our school, beyond the chess board, and how it has had a beneficial effect on the children's performance in other lessons- particularly, I think, Maths.

 

I had noticed that our chess players had been making particularly good progress in Maths, in many cases in advance of the rate we would normally expect of them. I find they're eliminating the kind of careless errors which exist in many pupils' work at this age, and are approaching their work with an increasing maturity and ability to make and take decisions about their work, e.g. how they will solve problem questions.

 

We have also been in "SAT season" and while many teachers from other schools have commented to me about how there was too much to get through in this year's reading comprehension, this wasn't really an issue for our chess players, as they have learned to pace themselves in the kind of exam situation which I suppose every chess game presents.

 

We have had our best ever SAT results this year, with an astonishing 71% scoring a top grade in Maths, and while I know it was a good set of children which we had, I am convinced that your chess input has contributed to these results. So thanks!"

 

 

The 4th Manchester CSC Congress of 2012

This event took place in Ashton-under-Lyne on Saturday 13th October.

 

 

   

The event attracted 44 children from 23 schools from Year 2 to Year 6. Some of our new entrants only started playing at the beginning of September but acquitted themselves admirably. The last game of the last round saw 2 players with 5/5 and as the position was still level as the round came to an end they had to be put on to clocks with 5 minutes each left to complete the game.

 

By the time the game was finished over 60 children and parents were watching the drama unfold and after White resigned the whole audience broke into well deserved applause.

 

Prize winners

Joe Hurst - Holy Trinity, Anton Sodha - Stalyhill

Jamie Rowson - Greenside, Tim Fetea - Broadoak

Deacon Everett - Stalyhill

 

CSC Schools taking part were - Holy Trinity, South Failsworth, Broadoak, Holden Clough, St Marys, Our Lady, Stalyhill, Greenside, Hey with Zion, Denton West End, St Johns & Hurst Knoll.

 

Our final event of the year takes place on 15th December where as well as the normal book prizes our Grand Prix mega prizes will be awarded.

 

 
   

Whilst at CSC we teach chess to help children achieve both socially and educationally it is always a bonus to find children who could go on to be strong players.

 

In Manchester all our schools took part in the UK Land Chess Challenge with many of the children doing very well in the local Mega Finals.

 

However the unexpected bonus was that 6 of our children made it through to the Northern Mega final and that even better half of them scored 50% or better.

 

Here is our roll of honour!

James Wilde - Stalyhill - Year 6 (2/6)

Elise Donohue - Stalyhill - Year 6 (3/6)

Xingye Chen - Hurst Knoll - Year 2 (4/6)

Steven Turner - Greenfield - Year 3 (0/6)

Tomas Miranda - Denton West End - Year 5 (1/6)

Aidan Lloyd-Walsh - Denton West End - Year 5 (3/6)

 

- David Hardy

 

 

3rd Manchester CSC Congress

 

   

The 3rd CSC Manchester Congress of the year took place over the weekend of May 26-27 2012 at Broadoak & Smallshaw Community Centre, Ashton-under-Lyne, Lancs.

 

Despite many of us enjoying temperatures of over 26 deg C - 41 children braved the weather to take part!

 

Once again the 8 prize winners came from different schools in the area - there were 15 schools represented with ages ranging from year 2 to year 6. As well as receiving trophies and medals the winners and runners up also won chess books which will help them to improve their game.

 

CSC's next event in the 2012 Grand Prix will be in September with the final event in December.

 

- David Hardy

 

Manchester CSC Quickplay Congress

Over the Easter weekend CSC's second Manchester quickplay tournament of 2012 was held at our new venue of Broadoak & Smallshaw Community Centre, Ashton-under-Lyne, Lancs.

 

45 children attended with the 8 age group winners and runners up being represented by 8 different schools.

 

Our 3rd event will take place on May 26th at the same venue with the final 2 events of the Grand Prix taking place in October and just prior to Xmas.

 

The idea is that children will choose their best 3 scores from the events they attend to win mega prizes that will be awarded at the December event.

 

   
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2nd Manchester CSC Congress

The 2nd CSC Manchester Junior Congress took place on Saturday 17 December 2011 at Ashton Bridge Club (pictured above right) with a record 53 entries. 12 local schools were represented with the year group prizes being well spread between 8 of the schools.

 

The children some of whom only learnt the moves in September played 6 games each and in between the rounds a quick tips Tutoring session was held. Many of the children asked when the next event was to be held - we expect that this will be at Easter

 

- David Hardy

 

Half term chess camp

 

   

After the success of our Summer chess camps in August - CSC held a half term chess camp in Ashton-under-Lyne on Thursday 27 October 2011.

 

37 children attended the camp all of whom had only started learning how to play chess in September at their respective schools.

 

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 supervision!

 

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.

 

- David Hardy

 

Tuesday 8th March 20111

 

 

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Tameside Primary Championships

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.

 

Manchester Junior Congress

 

 
   

The first CSC Manchester Junior Congress took play on Saturday 18th December.

 

Despite the heavy snow that had fallen the night before there were 34 entries between ages 7-11.

 

All the children, had a great time and won at least one game plus there were some notable performances particularly from those who didn't know what chess was before September.

 

 

 

 

We hope to hold a similar event at Easter by which time the snow should have gone!

     
 

Chess Camp report by David Hardy

 

 
   

We offered a number of FREE sessions in the October 2010 half term chess camp for children aged between 7 and 11.

 

They were held at; Ashton Bridge Club, Carr Street, Ashton Under Lyne, OL6 8ES.

 

CSC's first half term chess camps in Manchester proved to be a great success.

 

Over the 2 days just over 40 children attended the sessions which involved formal Tutoring plus lots of competitive play. The level of play improved dramatically over the sessions.

 

 

The children had the chance to use chess clocks for the first time and some were able to write their games down.

 

They really enjoyed playing on Fritz & Chesster and by the end of the each day everyone wanted to know when the next one would be held.

 

     

 

Next chess camp: Date & details to follow soon.

 

We are now Tutoring in 17 schools throughout Tameside and Manchester.

 

See this news story at http://chessinschools.blogspot.com/ 

 

 

 

 

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