Dear Mr Chan,
I would like to say a huge “thank you” to you and to
everyone who played a part in organising and running the
schools’ event today.
The boys who came last year enjoyed themselves
greatly, but I have to say that those who returned this
year, as well as my colleague and I, all felt that today was
a special event which far surpassed last year.
It was an absolute pleasure to bring young chess
players to such a welcoming, well thought out and well
organised event; and it was quite clearly a pleasure for the
boys to take part. The fact that they came back with a cup
obviously helped, but they were all really happy before the
prize-giving and the results were announced. The same seemed
to be true of the children from the other schools present.
If I might make two specific observations, the
organisation of the tournament part of the day was so much
smoother with the novel ‘no name’ system; and it was great
to have the Classic games underway so that the children
could see (although sadly briefly) the GMs at play. It was
heartening to have eleven year olds not known for spending
long on their moves talking with surprise mingled with
admiration rather than scorn about the fact that they had
watched Judit for nearly ten minutes without her making a
Of course it takes a large team to make the event
work, and I hope you will be able to pass on my thanks to
them, but to those more “front of house” I would like to say
a particular thank you: to Daniel King for taking the time
to play a few more moves with the boys in the simul rather
than adjudicating when he was told to! To Mr King again, and
Chris Ward, for their entertaining (and of course
educational) double act; to Malcolm Pein, for today, but
also more generally for helping to bring such a great
tournament to London chess nuts, young and old(er); and to
you for your efficient help both in advance of the
tournament…and today with my parking.
With every good wish for the rest of the tournament,
and for Christmas,
Matt | King’s College Junior School
The 4th London Chess Classic 2012 took
place at Olympia in London recently. Record numbers of
pupils from around
the UK arrived daily for free chess lessons,
tournaments and the opportunity to see the world number one
Magnus Carlsen, former world champion Vladimir Kramnik and
current world champion Vishy Anand.
Many other side events
took place too during the festival including the English
Junior Rapidplay Championships.
See more photos of the junior events and visits.
The 4th London Chess Classic 2012 will again
offer free admission to children for the duration of the
event which runs from December 1st to 10th at
We are offering a
comprehensive program of schools
activities. Click the links in the schedule grid below for
A full schedule of events at the London
Classic is here.
ECU President, Silvio Danailov,
opens the first school chess year in Slivnitsa.
31.10.12 - Bulgaria has become the first
European Union country to introduce chess as part of the
formal school curriculum, the European Chess Union has
announced. ECU and national federation president Silvio
Danailov and local education officials were in the Bulgarian
municipality of Slivitsa on 26 October for the formal
opening of a new term which will feature chess on the
curriculum for the first time, in accordance with the
continental chess federation’s Chess in Schools initiative.
Eighty of the 240 children at the St Cyril
and Methodius School in Slivitsa have chosen chess as a
subject, which means that they will be the first students
from the European Union to be formally assessed in chess in
this academic year.
Complete story and more photos.
Photo - ECU
Chess Coach Training Courses on
December 3rd, 4th, 6th and 7th
Do you love playing chess and want to
help others improve their game? Or do you know little about
the game but want to find a new career or further your PSD?
Then learn how to teach chess!
Courses are run by Chess in Schools and
Communities, a registered charity that work in over one
hundred and fifty schools around the UK and have been
featured on BBC Breakfast.
The courses are aimed at teachers,
teaching assistants, parents or anyone planning on becoming
a professional chess trainer or who wants to learn how to
play and teach the game.
Click for further details or to book your place.
If you unable to attend one of the
courses you can register your interest in becoming a chess
coach by completing a short questionnaire.
history, and cultural significance of chess
Thursday, August 2, 2012 at 10:00 PM
The Summer Olympics are well under way, but chess is not
included in the list of events even though it is an
officially-recognised sport. This hour, Rob Ferrett and his
guests discuss the benefits, history, and cultural
significance of chess.
[Runtime: 60 mins]
- Susan Polgar, Chess Grandmaster and winner of
4 Women's World Chess Championships. Director, Susan
Polgar Institute for Chess Excellence (S.P.I.C.E),
- Lisa Suhay, journalist and children's book
author. Founder, Norfolk Initiative for Chess Excellence
Royal Commended Performance
25th July 2012
Schools and Communities
received the Royal seal of
approval on 19th July at St
Executive IM Malcolm Pein
received the ‘highly
commended’ award from HRH
Prince Edward the Earl of
Wessex at the Sport and
Community Sport and
Recreation awards ceremony.
was made in recognition of
CSC's 'innovative work in
Read more ...
Pein at the Palace
31.07.12 - IM Malcolm
Pein, the CEO of the British charity Chess in Schools and Communities,
received the Royal seal of approval earlier this week at St James’s Palace.
He was presented with the ‘highly commended’ award by HRH
Prince Edward the Earl of Wessex during the Sport and Recreation Alliance's
Community Sport and Recreation awards ceremony.
NNIS | July 24 , 2012
take up chess as a sport: Vishwanathan Anand
Vishwanathan Anand has done the Indian nation proud not only
nationally but effectively at the international level too.
Anand has constantly been on the mission to encourage chess
playing in schools. Also through his own academy the world
champion is very keen that India produces many more greats
in this sport too.
How to raise
a chess champion
With age comes wisdom, the saying goes, but at an
elementary school in New York's Chinatown the children are
wise beyond their years when it comes to playing chess.
In 2011, Public School 124 took its students
to compete in the second highest category at a national high
school chess competition - and won.
The pupils at the school, where kids are
aged six to 11, are predominantly Asian American and come
from the surrounding middle- to lower-income neighbourhood.