Sunday, 20 August 2017


Our special library project continues to hit the headlines.

We now have reports on the website of the Cleveland Chess Association.

And on the website for the English Chess Federation.

After a few more weeks we will assess the situation and if the sessions at Middlesbrough and Stockton are both doing well then we will look at starting up in more Teesside libraries.

The ECF website also has a report on the Tyne Tees filming at Park End Primary School.

Hopefully we can continue to attract great publicity as we head into the new school year.

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Library Update

A reminder that our two library projects will be on again this Saturday and that we greatly need YOUR support to ensure the projects are an ongoing success.

I will be there on an occasional basis but the sessions are in very good hands, as can be seen from our report on last week's launch.

If all goes well we will look at expanding into other Teesside libraries, but please remember these things take time, training and negotiations.

We are also looking at supporting special library community events and already have one date in the diary for something *very* might even say *magical*...!

Sunday, 6 August 2017

British Champion

Congratulations to former Cleveland Junior Chess Champion (before we became Teesside) Gawain Jones, who today became the new British Chess Champion after a series of exciting play-off games.

Gawain, who first started winning our local junior tournaments at the age of five (24 years ago, if my maths is correct), was always destined for great things.

Although he left our area many years ago we have always followed his progress very closely.

The last time we worked together was back in 2009, when I interviewed Gawain for CHESS Magazine while he was playing in the Staunton Memorial Tournament at Simpson's-in-the-Strand. This photograph was taken moments after the interview.

Maybe one of our current young stars will become a British Chess Champion one day.

Saturday, 5 August 2017

Library Launch

Today we launched our new project, aimed at taking chess into Teesside's libraries.

First we were at the Middlesbrough Central Library, where David Smith - a former British Senior Chess Champion - is in charge of the sessions. David's main colleague for the sessions is Paul Weightman and today we also enjoyed the company of Julian Allinson (former Cleveland County champion) and Richard Harris (CSC tutor).

David Smith - long-term supporter of junior chess on Teesside
Shortly afterwards we were at the Stockton Central Library, with Sean Cassidy in charge. Here, we were joined by Alan Stockley and Cleveland Chess Association Chairman Brian Whitaker.

Sean Cassidy in full control

I thoroughly enjoyed both sessions.

We had 27 people between the two groups - a fantastic achievement. The ages ranged from three to...83!

A couple of the juniors were already known to me from our current schools but everybody else was new. Several adults now want to join their local chess clubs and there may be more schools interested in joining the CSC. All of this after just one session in each library!

One of the many good sides to having chess sessions in libraries
The project is an innovative drive to encourage as many people as possible to play chess and it is the first time the Chess in Schools and Communities, the Cleveland Chess Association, local libraries and local chess club clubs have all worked together. Thank you to all concerned, including our extremely important library staff: Ruth Cull (Middlesbrough) and Lucy Carlton-Walker (Stockton).

No easy games today!
The sessions will continue next week and the timings can be found here.

Drop in for game! Spread the word! Be an important part of something very special.

Saturday, 29 July 2017

2017 British Chess Championships

The first round of the 104th British Chess Championships is now underway.

There are several North East chess players in action in the top section, including Grandmaster Daniel Gormally, International Master David Eggleston, Tim Wall, Charlie Storey, Roger Coathup, James Moreby and John Garnett.

Grandmasters Gawain Jones and Jonathan Hawkins have strong connections with the North East too, both having lived in the region in former times.

Additionally, Grandmaster Keith Arkell and International Master Richard Palliser have both helped with our Teesside juniors over the years.

Delancey UK Chess Challenge saviours and organisers Sarah and Alex Longson are in action also - fresh from organising two massive Gigafinals on consecutive weekends.

Other friends competing this year include FIDE Master Andrew Horton, whose games are certainly going to be instructive.

Plenty of local interest this year!

You can follow the games 'live' here.

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Radio Chess

Malcolm Pein - Founder and Chief Executive of CSC - has just appeared live on Radio 5 Live to talk about our charity and the impact chess lessons have on our children.

He left listeners with a challenge.

White to play and checkmate in two moves!

Why not go and tweet your answer here?

Friday, 21 July 2017

Park End KO Championship

My last chess tournament of the current school year was the Knockout Championship at Park End Primary.

122 children entered the tournament and here are the results from the latter stages, together with some captured moments from the tense games.

Photograph © Park End Primary Twitter

Park End KO Chess Championship 2017

Last 16

Reggie Foxton 1-0 Kai S. Kelly

Callum Daniels 1-0 Kai Kelly

Zane Yusefi 0-1 Kian Baines

Joshua Lloyd 1-0 Zak Marshall

Ian Robson 0-1 Danni-Leigh Harrison

Lillie Cunningham 0-1 Ebony Duffy

Sam Glew 1-0 Leonie Mulraney

Dominic Jamieson 1-0 Rio Joseph

Photograph © Park End Primary Twitter


Callum Daniels 1-0 Kian Baines

Joshua Lloyd 1-0 Danni-Leigh Harrison

Ebony Duffy 1-0 Reggie Foxton

Sam Glew 0-1 Dominic Jamieson

Photograph © Park End Primary Twitter

Joshua Lloyd 1-0 Ebony Duffy

Callum Daniels 0-1 Dominic Jamieson 

Photograph © Park End Primary Twitter

Dominic Jamieson 1-0 Joshua Lloyd

Roll of Honour

Champion: Dominic Jamieson

Joshua Lloyd

=3rd: Ebony Duffy, Callum Daniels

I presented medals to all four semi-finalists as part of the school assembly last Tuesday.

On the same day, we were very pleased to see Ian (winner of the parent's mini-tournament the previous day) when he came back into school to help with his daughters Y3 class during their chess session.

This very happy photograph concludes our reports on the year 2016-7.

Thank you to all of our schools for such a fantastic year of chess!