CSC organised the UK-Ukraine Solidarity Chess Match in March 2023. The 8-game match pitched Britain's top grandmaster, Mickey Adams, against the Ukrainian champion, Andrei Volokitin. The first 4 games were hosted by the Ukrainian embassy in London with the remaining games being played at the offices of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in Canary Wharf. The purpose of the match was to show support for the Ukrainian Chess Federation and its players. The match was officiated by IA Shohreh Bayat, herself a tutor for CSC. 

The match was opened in the Palace of Westminster. The Speaker of the House of Commons, Sir Lindsay Hoyle made the first move for the UK while Vadym Prystaiko, Ukraine's Ambassador in London, responded for his country. There followed an exhibition blitz game between the two players and a hard-fought match between the House of Commons and the House of Lords. 

Back in the Ukrainian embassy, GM Volokitin took an early lead in the match in Game 2, playing some incredibly accurate moves in his own time trouble to score a fine victory. GM Adams bounced back in Game 4, sacrificing a pawn to put his opponent under pressure before displaying fine technique to convert a material advantage. 

GM Volokitin took control of the match when play switched to the EBRD, winning games 5 and 7 to secure overall victory. GM Adams scored a consolation win in the final game, grinding out a long endgame that threatened to delay the closing ceremony. The final score: Ukraine 4.5 - UK 3.5. 

The match concluded with a simultaneous display at EBRD's offices in Canary Wharf, a charity event aimed at raising money to support those affected by the war in Ukraine. Many children from Ukraine, currently living in the UK, took part and had a great time meeting and getting signed mementos from the players. 


The UK-Ukraine Solidarity Chess Match carried a prize fund of £38,000 and was supported by a private donor.