Laurence Hawker recently joined the Chess in Schools programme and now teaches at 2 schools in Bristol. He learnt chess at Primary school, going on to beat fellow students who had considerably more experience (for someone of that age). Not only did chess allow Laurence to acquire important skills, but it also served to boost his confidence, which he attributes to a marked improvement in academic performance.


This has led Laurence to attain a PhD position researching flood modelling, where a great deal of the skills learnt in chess are applied every day. The tutor role has served to inspire him to reignite his interest in playing chess.