CSC Merseyside joined up with Liverpool Chess Club to welcome King Charles and the Queen Consort to Liverpool Central Library as part of the city's Eurovision celebrations.  Their Majesties were invited to open the Eurovision stage in the city's M & S Bank Arena before making their way to the library to twin the building with Odesa's Regional Scientific Library where they were treated to a series of performances from children from across the city.

Six young chess ambassadors from Whitefield Primary School, accompanied by Ms Beale (Deputy Head), Jenny Long (CSC Merseyside Coordinator), and Rob Steele (CSC Tutor), showcased their chess skills on a giant board for guests including the King and Queen, the Ukrainian Ambassador, the Mayors of Liverpool, and Councillor Harry Doyle, who has been hugely supportive of our work in the city. Whilst the King explored the history of Liverpool Chess Club with Liverpool Chess Club President Jim Gallagher, the Queen Consort checked out our CSC ambassadors' playing skills and saw some tense moments on our specially painted blue and yellow chess set. David and Astrid, two juniors from Liverpool Chess Club, took the time to explain the significance of the blue and yellow portions of the Ukrainian flag to all of us and we were all thrilled to learn from them. 

We were incredibly proud to be asked to represent the city as part of the day, and our representatives from Whitefield Primary were outstanding champions, who came armed with their thoughts on exactly why chess is so important and what great key skills it helps us to develop.  It was an unforgettable day for all involved.