Chess in Schools and Communities

Chess in Schools and Communities' aim is to establish a chess club in every primary school in England

Chess in Schools and Communities' aim is to establish a chess club in every primary school in England and Wales. Research has shown that chess can benefit academic performance, encourage better behaviour and classroom engagement, improve self-esteem and of course it's a lot of fun. All schools in the public sector are eligible to join Urban Chess. Once accepted your school will be eligible for som

Operating as usual

ChessFest - Schools Day & Manchester Square 17/02/2024

Just thinking of the warmer times to come and I find my mind wandering to the wonderful days of ChessFest.

If we had the chance to do it all again tell me, would we? Could we?

Well, I have heard some rumours about an incoming announcement, so stay tuned for further updates...

ChessFest - Schools Day & Manchester Square ChessFest is an over-the-board chess event in UK organized by CSC with an intent to improve children's educational outcomes by introducing them to chess

Glorney Cup 2024 16/02/2024

The 2024 Glorney Cup will be held in Hull, from 23-25 July.

The English Chess Federation has issued a call for expressions if interest:

'The ECF is inviting players who wish to take part in the Glorney Cup in Hull, England. The England team will enter four sections: In addition, we expect to field an England B team, making space for a total of 40 players. The other teams will be Ireland, Scotland, Wales and an International team.'

Further details can be found on the ECF website.

Glorney Cup 2024 The 2024 Glorney Cup will take place between 23-25 July at the University of Hull. There will be 6 teams: England; England A; Ireland; International; Scotland; Wales. There will be 5 rounds, with 2 games on 23 July and 24 July, and one game on 25 July in the morning. If you wish for your child


There are three events coming up soon in Sheffield.

The Sheffield Chess Centre hosted our recent CSC Training Day and it is an excellent venue.

Follow the links if you are interested in participating in any of the new events.

Some dates for your diary: we're announcing four events which will take place in February and April at the Chess Centre - some for juniors only, some for adults too. Details are in the link below, but we'll be posting about them all individually later!

Tuesday February 13th - Chess & Pancakes Event

Friday February 16th - Junior Training Day

Sunday February 18th - ECF-rated Rapidplay (U2000 and U1500, five rounds)

Saturday April 20th - Zonal competition for EJCOA National Youth Championships (age group sections)

British Chess Championships 2024 14/02/2024

The 2024 British Championships will take place in Hull, for the first time since 2018.

Further details can be found by following the link.

British Chess Championships 2024 The 2024 British Chess Championships will take place in Hull from Thursday 25th July to Sunday 4th August. This will be the 110th British Chess Championships in a series which has run almost unbroken since 1904 and a welcome return to Hull, which last hosted a full British in 2018. Chess events wil

Tutor Training Day Belfast, Saturday 27th April 2024 - 27/04/2024 10:00:00 13/02/2024

We are excited about all of the dates on our CSC Training Day Tour, whether they are in areas which are new to us, or in places we know and love from previous tours.

Today, we have a special announcement which shows our increasing ambition.

Belfast - are you ready...!?

Tutor Training Day Belfast, Saturday 27th April 2024 - 27/04/2024 10:00:00 Belfast Chess Tutor Training Day

Chess In Schools & Communities at DeepMind HQ, December 2018 12/02/2024

Reminiscing about a simpler time with some excellent memories of one of the best London Chess Classic events in our long-running series.

The comments on the benefits of chess are still just as valid today, of course - and who wouldn't want to watch a couple of minutes of a video showing so many happy people?

Chess In Schools & Communities at DeepMind HQ, December 2018

The fourth edition of Queens' Festival returns in March 2024 11/02/2024

This looks interesting and is coming up soon.

There are two events:

1) Queens' Women Open Tournament (open to all female participants with FIDE ID). Continental qualifying events running from Match 09-17 and Semi-Final and Final scheduled on March 24 and 30, respectively

2) Unrated Princesses' tournaments (for U16 (born on 1.1.2008 or later) female players with no FIDE rating). The qualification stage is scheduled for March 24, and finals will be held on March 30.

Further details can be found by following the link.

The fourth edition of Queens' Festival returns in March 2024 The Queens' Online Chess Festival, a series of continental women's online blitz tournaments, is returning this spring


More on the excellent work being done in the Gambia, as quoted from Twitter.

Follow the link for further information.

'1,000 chess sets are safely arriving in Gambia under the leadership of , these sets will be distributed across schools, prisons, refugee communities & centers creating a generation of critical thinkers.'

Photos from Chess in Schools and Communities's post 09/02/2024

Incoming message with some impressive and exciting news from our friends in the Gambia:

'Remember us? Christina, Viviane and Matthew from the Gambia.

We attended your online course last year. Great things have been happening since.

Christina and Matthew were appointed ambassadors to TheGiftOfChess and have been given 1000 chessboard with the goal to distribute and promote chess in schools and communities.

I must say your CSC course and workbooks have been wonderful resources! We have been visiting schools, distributing chess sets, starting chess clubs and coaching.'

Excellent work; well done!

Photos from Chess in Schools and Communities's post 08/02/2024

Our most recent stop on the CSC Training Day took Matt Piper to Portishead, for a full weekend featuring two sets of delegates.

The first day brought forth 16 juniors, aged between 11 and 15.

The day was organised by Portishead Chess Club.

New dates are in the process of being added to our tour, including one which will be significantly further than usual. Stay tuned for further details!

Megafinals 2024 | Delancey UK Schools' Chess Challenge 04/02/2024

The Delancey UK Schools' Chess Challenge Megafinals are now open for business!

There are plenty to choose from and more are on the way.

Top tip: Enter as soon as possible as the Megafinals are always very popular and each one has a limited number of places.

Megafinals 2024 | Delancey UK Schools' Chess Challenge Take part in the largest UK junior chess competition For players aged 5 – 18. All abilities welcome. The UK Chess Challenge, proudly sponsored by Delancey, first took place in 1996 and has since grown into one of the largest junior chess tournaments in the world. The beauty of the event is that it...

CHESS Magazine - February 2024 03/02/2024

The new issue of CHESS Magazine is out now and there are some preview pages available via the link.

CHESS Magazine - February 2024 All the regular features of the UK's best-selling CHESS magazine and more! Regular features include: How Good is Your Chess? by GM Daniel King, Saunders on Chess, Find the Winning Moves, Never Mind the Grandmasters..., Studies, Home & Overseas News, Forthcoming Events Calendar and Book Reviews.....

Photos from Chess in Schools and Communities's post 01/02/2024

We delivered two back-to-back online sessions after school today.

First, there was a training session for the annual City of London Schools' Tournament and this was swiftly followed by the second in our brand new series of CPD Twilight Sessions.

The next event in that particular series is coming up in March and places are selling out quickly, so please book as soon as possible if you would like to participate.

Photos from Chess in Schools and Communities's post 30/01/2024

Two more pictures from Woody Harrelson's visit to Wormwood Scrubs, organised by CSC.

IM Malcolm Pein, CSC's CEO, is clearly enjoying the games too.


Woody Harrelson surprised the chess club at HMP Wormwood Scrubs with a visit on Thursday.

The award-winning actor and major chess enthusiast spent the afternoon with the prisoners and staff, playing matches and discussing tactics.

Chess is a transformative game for many prisoners – it instils a sense of sportsmanship and critical thinking, improves mental health, relieves boredom and isolation, and can, in some cases, directly contribute to reducing the risk of reoffending on release. The Chess in Schools & Communities organisation delivers chess clubs in prisons around the country every week.


CSC will be at the London Careers’ Festival on Monday 26 February, advertising our services and offering games of chess to the students.

Additionally, we will be running a workshop for SEN children, which we are very pleased to report is already fully booked.

The event is organised by


Meanwhile, on Twitter…an update on our growing and highly successful prisons’ programme.

Tutor Training Day, London, Friday 8th March 2024 - 08/03/2024 10:00:00 26/01/2024

The forthcoming London leg of the CSC Training Day Tour, scheduled for 9 March, has sold out, so we have added another one for the day before.

Places are going quickly, so please book as soon as possible if you are interested in attending the course.

Tutor Training Day, London, Friday 8th March 2024 - 08/03/2024 10:00:00 London Chess Tutor Training Day

Photos from The Redeemer Church of England Primary School's post 22/01/2024

More children made happy with the gift of chess.

CSC Training Day Tour 2023-4: Debut in Sheffield 21/01/2024

A report is now available on yesterday's very successful CSC Training Day in Sheffield.

Thank you, Jonathan Arnott and the Sheffield Chess and Education Centre, for hosting the event.

More tour dates can be found by following the link.

CSC Training Day Tour 2023-4: Debut in Sheffield The Sheffield leg of the 2023-4 CSC Training Tour was the first of 2024 and the first time I have ever delivered such a day in the famous St...


A rare behind the scenes snap of one of our CSC training days.

We had a great day in Sheffield and a full report will follow later on today.

Set up for training day with Sean Marsh for Chess in Schools and Communities, looking good! Hoping new chess tutors come away informed and inspired.


Birmingham, the largest of all CSC’s sleeping giants, is waking up.

We are currently preparing a CSC Training Day date to be added to our tour; details coming soon!

Chess Club is happening at the Children’s Library every Monday 5:30pm- 6:30pm, Lower Ground Floor for 7-13 year olds ♟️

Chess in Schools and Communities will also be offering tuition for budding chess players!

Chess sets will be available at this time each week ♟️

Photos from Chess in Schools and Communities's post 18/01/2024

Meanwhile, on Twitter…

Further evidence of our impact in a plethora of schools all across the country.


We have sent out so many boxes of equipment over the last few months that we are still catching up with reports showing the children enjoying playing chess for the first time.

Here we see the pupils of Wayfield Primary School in action.

There is no point in anyone highlighting the fact that one of the boards is the wrong way around (not showing as 'white in the right') but is important to remember that when children start off playing chess it always takes time to get such details correct.

Thank you to Chess in Schools and Communities for supplying us with 6 free chess sets. Year 6 have been eagerly learning the rules of Chess and are beginning to form a chess club for other KS2 children to learn and enjoy the game. ♟️

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