London - Waltham Forest




Waltham Forest within Greater London


Participating Schools

Handsworth Primary (Adam Bukojemski)

Henry Maynard Primary School (Paul McKeown and Darren Durkin)

Our lady and St. George's (Vladimir Agasaryan)

CSC Tutors shown in brackets


Previous projects

Sybourn Primary
















St Patricks Primary School chess club

June 2017

Walthamstow's St Patricks Primary School chess club was founded in October 2016 and club sessions are delivered for one hour on Tuesdays. The lessons are facilitated by Paul Haddock, a CSC trained tutor. The pupils fall in the age range 7 to 11 years, a mix of boys and girls; the club has a core of approximately ten pupils who have attended most of the 23 lessons to date.



The initial lesson plan covered basic rules, aims of the game, tactics, opening strategy, touch move rules, basic checkmates, use of chess clocks, and chess etiquette. The children have made good progress and could now be described as early stages competent. Some of the children work on their game outside the lessons and show good potential. The schools senior management have been very supportive and provided additional funding for two digital clocks.


At the time of writing the club are exploring the possibility of Paul Haddock making additional visits to the school during the lunch break when Paul would deliver additional coaching in the playground area.


The club will also field a team of eight players in the forthcoming Waltham Forest schools tournament in 21 June 2017.















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