Chess Mania Day in Elephant and Castle was a roaring success.

The day was crisp, sunny and Elephant Square was filled to the sounds of chess pieces clashing. 

Ayelen Martinez the Argentine Woman International Master was there to take on all comers in a simultaneous chess match. The Giant Chess set was a great attraction, with the younger chess players playing with pieces not that much smaller than they were!

A Chess King and Queen welcomes you to the day

A Daughter and Dad make a great chess team

The little ones couldn't stay away from the Giant chess set


You are never too young to start learning how to play chess

Not every day you get to meet a real life Chess Queen!

Everyone was welcome.

Having represented Argentina at chess WIM Ayelen Martinez was a tough opponent.

WIM Ayelen Martinez had to keep track of 224 pieces across 7 boards!

Chess in Schools and Communities team