Tuesday, 9 August 2016

From the Archive (16)

From the archive...

Tense games at the 16th Yarm Chess Team Championship, 2010.

The 22nd tournament in the series will be early in the new school term.




Saturday, 6 August 2016

In Their Own Words (20)



I enjoy chess because it is a great game, it needs concentration and when you play with your friends it is really fun. I enjoy learning chess because I am learning things I never knew before, which can help me later on in my life. Chess is a great one-to-one game which needs concentration and brain power. You can play chess anywhere as there are travel chess sets and apps which allow you to play chess.

My favourite memory of chess is when I was playing with my friend and I realised we had been in check over 10 times without realising. I also have a memory of playing in a class tournament. I got 12 points! My chess teacher tells strange but funny jokes.

Overall I enjoy chess very much and I hope in the future I can play more chess.

Ellanor (10)

I love chess because it is really fun and I like learning how all the pieces move. My favourite piece is the pawn. I like playing against other people. I like a good challenge. I think chess is a good hobby. I also love playing chess at home.

I love working with my chess teacher. He is very funny. I also love it when I win against big challenges but that's only happened once.

Sienna (10)

I have been doing chess since I was in Year 4. I like chess because it calms me and it is a really fair game. And before Easter we had a competition and everyone got amazing scores, including me! Our chess teacher is a lot of fun.

Amy (10)

I like chess because it's fun and it calms me down on a stressful Friday morning.  It helps me learn my coordinates and also makes my brain work. I practice at home in my spare time with my chess set that I got at my birthday party.

Our teacher is very funny because he makes lots of jokes up that make us laugh. Some of the quizzes he gives us are very hard but some are quite easy. I like when we do chess challenges even though I never win - and I've done it for two years now.

Adaeze (10)


Friday, 5 August 2016

In Their Own Words (19)


The best thing about chess is that I can play with my friends. I also like our teacher because he's fun. I enjoy learning about the pieces and I enjoy working out the puzzles on the big board. My favourite piece is the queen because she can move anywhere.

Jake (10)

I like chess because it is fun and it makes me think. Chess is fun because you play people and that makes it fun.

Kane (10)

I like chess because our teacher teaches show me lots of new problems to solve. It is fun to play and you can play people around the country you don't even know. I am proud of myself because last year and this year I was just one point off qualifying for the Megafinal.

Liam (10)

I like chess because it is challenging and it is a quiet type of game. Also our teacher is the best because he pushes you to your limits and that is really nice if him. Thank you! Chess is a really good game and when you get really good at it you get to go to competitions and you get a certificate of taking part. It is my favourite board game.

Imogen (10)

I like chess because it can be challenging and easy and I like challenges because it is fun. I win a lot of my games. Well, most of them. And I like all the pieces and designs.

Ryan (10)

Thursday, 4 August 2016

In Their Own Words (18)


When you go to a chess tournament you find your team and try and think of the way you are going to win. Then you find where you sit and find out your opponent. Then it's lunch. After lunch you have another game (games usually last half an hour). Then it's home time.

Lillie (9)

I like chess because it is really fun as I may lose a lot - although practice makes perfect. Although it is really hard I do really like it. In Year 5 I tried and tried to get through to the Megafinal but I was a few points away, but it doesn't really matter. It's not the end of the world.

Abbi (10)

Chess helps me with my coordinates and gets me better at playing. I like playing because it is a very fun game to play. You should play it one day.

Curtis (9)

I like chess because it gives my mind a challenge and it is entertaining. You pay lots of attention to your mind. Out teacher is very funny and he persuades you to play and we all have a good time.

Sophie (10)

Chess is a good game to do. It is an amazing game because you can play each other and it's fun.

Grace (9)

The thing I like about chess is there is no winner or loser and you can play with your family and friends. I also like learning with our teacher because he makes lessons fun. The thing I dislike about chess is the tournament because you can't talk and if they do something wrong you can't tell them.

Ryan (9)


Tuesday, 2 August 2016

In Their Own Words (17)


In chess your brain starts working. Chess is the greatest thing ever.

Grace (8)

Chess is the best thing in the world and also it is amazing. In chess I played the school champion and I won. When I went home I taught my Mam how to play chess.

Evie (8)

I like chess because it wakes my brain up in the morning and it's really fun whether you win or lose. My favourite piece is the queen because it looks cool and can move in any direction.

Thomas (10)

I like chess because it is very entertaining and fun. Our teacher is very funny and makes me laugh all the time. 

Ellie (10)

I like to castle because your king is the piece that you must protect the most. I also like check because it makes me really excited because it is a chance that you could win. I enjoy chess because I like to challenge myself. My best moment in chess was when I went from really bad to good. My favourite piece is the queen because it is very powerful and it helps you win most of the time.

Holly (10)

I like chess because it's just a fun game that you can play with your friends. And once I got annoyed because my best friend, Thomas, beat me when I could have qualified for the Megafinal. The thing I am most proud about in chess is the last time we played and I needed to get three points to qualify and I did so I was really happy. The other thing I am proud of is beating my sister.

Charlie (10)

I like chess because you can play against your friends and get them in check. 

Joshua (10)

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Wonderful Wheatlands


As the Summer sun finally emerges from the dark shadows, so the school term issues its last hurrah. Just one day remains for most of our schools (some already brought their term to an end last Friday).

Today was a very interesting day. Quite by chance, I met no fewer than five unrelated friends I had not expected to see (two on the same bus). Three of them I had not seen for a couple of years at least. Strange coincidences.

Chess-wise, I had a wonderful day with two big classes of children at Wheatlands Primary. 

It was the last day of the school year at Wheatlands but that didn't mean a dip in efforts. The children worked hard and played hard. Time flew by - as it always does - and before we knew it the sessions were over once more.

It may sound crazy, but working with remarkable people every day makes me very reluctant to see the Summer break arrive.



Ella solved this Quest Problem. The Queen must capture all of
the pawns but must capture one on every move until there are none left.
There is only one correct sequence. Can you find it...?
I played Molly's father, Michael, several times back in my own junior days


The unusual position is due to this being a game of Crusher Chess.

Monday, 18 July 2016

Summer at Broadway


Summer is upon us and our schools are now just a couple of days away from their long break. There has been no slackening of efforts on the chess front though.

Today I made my third and final trip of the school year to Broadway Junior School in Sunderland. 

Broadway have been utilising the CSC's First Move chess programme and their first year of chess, facilitated by Lisa Hastie, has been a very successful one.

Recently we hosted a special event featuring Broadway at Brambles and prior to that I had already enjoyed full days of chess back in October and April.

The three classes of children have enjoyed learning about chess all through the year and Broadway are about to renew with the First Move programme for 2016-7.




Today we tested - and hopefully expanded - the thinking skills of the children via a number of exercises, including quests and checkmate problems.




 We also played some Lightning Chess, during which the children had to play their best moves after a mere 10 seconds of thinking time.
In Lightning Chess we can take kings!
I had a go myself

I am hoping to visit Broadway three times over the course of the 2016-7 school year.
Checkmate!