Sunday, 25 June 2017

CSC Teesside Hits The Headlines

“Teachers rush over to me saying, ‘come down and look at this child – she can’t do simple sums, but she’s beating everyone in the class at chess!’

Read all about it here!

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

CSC Training Day Tour: Teesside

The three most recent CSC training days have taken me to London, Newcastle and Leeds. Today brought the tour back to Teesside and the excellent CLC Building at Middlesbrough's Acklam Grange School site. 

The day started well with the fabulous sight that greeted us.

We had 13 delegates for the day, which is an increase on our standard number of 10. Indeed, we have broken our attendance records in all of our Teesside events this year.

The delegates proved to an excellent mix of parents, teachers, TAs and chess players. They worked very hard all day long and can certainly be proud of their efforts.

Here are some captured moments from a busy and productive day.

It looks like I am threatening Sean and Paul into making strong moves
Little did Jonathan suspect that he would be coming all the way from
Stoke to be asked to move around the room in the style of a bishop
Sarah, having moved around the room like a rook, makes it back to her chair - in straight lines
However, everyone had to make way for Queen Sophie
It is good to be queen for the day
Knights are tricky

Enjoying the written work

The stares!
Rachel, a long-time supporter of chess in schools, was my PA for the day
Jay - now a teacher - was my chess pupil at Primary School
Mini-games in action and Sophie looks pleased!
More concentration!
Even more!
The magnificent lunch. Nothing but the best on Teesside
Quite possibly a delayed reaction to one of the morning's jokes

Hey - stop chewing that pen! Would you do that at home?

Slightly out of focus group shot (you can tell Rachel didn't take this one)

Thank, you everyone! The fabulous qualities you all brought to the day made it a very enjoyable occasion.

Sunday, 18 June 2017

In Their Own Words (Series 2, Part 1)

Last year we collated the thoughts of our young chess players to bring you their unique insights into the world of chess.

Today we begin the second series of In Their Own Words, which will continue over the months of Summer.

I have change nothing apart from various spellings.

The best thing about chess is that you learn new things every day and it is quite hard but I have a good memory so I can remember all the moves.

Joshua (aged 9)

I like chess because you develop new skills and a new talent. The very first time I played, I didn't know how to play but now I am really good. Every time I played my friend I lost until the last sessions when I beat him.

Spencer (aged 9)

The memories of chess are unforgettable. I can remember most of the things but my best memories would be playing chess games with my friends. I wish I could play chess every year. I feel so happy that I learned chess and I feel so happy and proud that so many people learn.

Ariela (aged 8)

I think chess has been one of the best things in my life. My favourite part about chess is not about winning but having fun while doing it and that's what all my memories have been about while playing chess.

Jake (aged 9)

I like chess and it is the best lesson because we don't have to do writing. It is fun and chess is awesome!

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

6th Teesside Chess Championships: Concluding Gallery

Today we conclude our coverage of the 6th Teesside Individual Junior Chess Championships with our final gallery.

The next big chess event at Yarm School will be the annual team tournament in the Autumn term (date to be confirmed).

The calm before the storm: one large hall and two other rooms all set up and ready to go.

Twins vs. Twins!

Chess in the rest room!
It was good to see the Over-11s playing for the first time in this event. We will expand this new section next year

Zoe gave up her Saturday - and her own chance of tournament success - to act as my Personal Assistant once more

Zoe worked very hard all day on numerous duties and even tackled the Swiss pairings for the last round

Zoe received a Chess Superstar award in recognition of four years of outstanding loyalty and service
My good friend Nevil travelled down from London yet again to support our event
Index of tournament coverage

Tournament Information

Thank You


Gallery 1

Gallery 2

Gallery 3

Monday, 12 June 2017

6th Teesside Chess Championships: 'In Play' Gallery

The drama! The expressions! One large hall and two other rooms full of chess players!

Re-live the moments with today's tournament gallery.

(All photographs in this gallery are © Johannes Grundmann)