Richard Stevenson played chess for junior school, chosen he believes, on his strength at maths! Although he won the odd game, he had no idea how to improve and his interest dwindled.


At University he learnt to play bridge, and during his graduate days taught the game to a few others. However, when they didnít have enough players, out came a chessboard. Richard was not as bad as he feared, but was not impressed when forced to be the sacrificial lamb on board 1 in an inter-college tournament (the captain bending the rules by placing the best player on board 4 to generate some wins).


Richard played very little chess after that until a chessboard in a holiday let ignited his sonís curiosity. He taught him to play, believed he could teach others and so set up a school chess club.


In summer 2013, Richard encouraged other primary schools in Monmouthshire to play chess by organising a teams-of-six competition. This was held in class time, with prizes donated by CSC.


Richard works as a freelance science and technology journalist: He is the editor of Compound Semiconductor magazine and a contributing editor to IEEE Spectrum.