Thursday, 19 October 2017

From the Archive: Westminster Celebration

It was on this week back in 2011 that we took a party of children from CSC Teesside to London celebrate a fantastic first year of Chess in Schools and Communities.

Guests on the day included former World Champion Garry Kasparov and a gallery of stars from British chess.

One of our players was interviewed for 'Newsround' and we all had a great day.

Chess in Schools and Communities has grown considerably since that first year.

Here is the report I wrote back in October 2011.

Monday, 16 October 2017

New Pupils at Broadway

The first of my three scheduled visits to Sunderland's Broadway Junior School took place today and I had the pleasure of meeting the two new classes of Year 4s.

Prior to today, my most recent visit had been back in April, when I worked with last year's Year 4s for the third and final time.

Long-term chess supporter and Year 4 teacher Lisa Hastie had already taught the new students half of the pieces and we were able to examine two more during my time there today.

It was a good day to be involved in an indoor activity, as the remains of Hurricane Ophelia had turned day into night with a sinister surfeit of Sahara sand.

Concentration is required while moving around the room like a chess piece
Today we covered the powerful queen and the tricky knight, utilising a range of mini-games, quests and other tasks.

Two brave volunteers demonstrate the Queen vs. Pawns mini-game
Suddenly everyone is playing
Make way for the Queen of Chess!
The children worked hard all day and I am looking forward to seeing how much they will remember by the time I return in the New Year.

Lots of questions from attentive students
Two more volunteers for a mini-game
I wonder who won?

The pain of defeat and the joy of victory

Thank you, Broadway!

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Training Day Tour: New Dates Announced

The CSC has three more training days on the horizon.

One is in Manchester and two are in London.

Full details can be found here.

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Project 30: Simultaneous Display

The first two events for Project 30 were unveiled at the start of October.

We can now reveal the next event will be a simultaneous display by WFM (Woman FIDE Master) Sarah Hegarty.

Sarah, the owner and organiser of the UK Chess Challenge (the world's largest chess tournament) is an England international, former British Champion and former winner of the UK Chess Challenge.

Find out more about Sarah and her chess on her official website.

Sarah will be appearing at one of our schools soon to play against 15-20 of our juniors at the same time.

Further details will follow.

Schools can enrol here for the UK Chess Challenge.

There will be at least 10 more announcements for Project 30. Stay tuned!

With Sarah at the 2017 UKCC Gigafinal. David Hardy looks on

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Project 30: More Announcements Tonight

Project 30: More events will be announced tonight...

Tactics Test

An extra feature at our recent junior tournament was an open workshop run by my great friend and long-term supporter of chess on Teesside, Mr Nevil Chan.

Nevil very kindly spent the day demonstrating all sorts of strategies and tactics to anyone who wanted to improve their play.

The children visited the workshop after every tournament game and we are very keen to make this a permanent part of our future events. 

Top solvers, earning a travel chess set, were:

Eden & Freya (Westgarth)

Lilaia & Joe (Hemlington)

Jasmine & Connor (Broadway)

Leia & Lili (Outwood)

Amelie, Natasha, Schlok & Edward (Yarm)

Thank you, Nevil! Your efforts are greatly appreciated, as always.


Our CSC workbooks have now started to land at our schools.

Hard work ahead, pupils!