Welcome to the UK Chess Challenge
Easy to learn – a lifetime to master. Chess is that rare thing which has massive educational value and kids just love to play. We offer a range of classes and competition encouraging children to “Learn, Practise and Play”
Delancey UK Chess ChallengeNow in its 26th season the Delancey UK Chess Challenge is once again open for some exciting chess action. Compete against players from all over the UK in range of formats and receive tips from past champions on how to level up your game.
Summer Term ClassesJoin our Summer Term Club for weekly lessons, workouts and group games. We cater for five different ability levels from complete beginner to International Pathway. All our sessions are fully immersive and led by experienced qualified trainers.
International PathwayThe ECF Academy is a joint venture with the English Chess Federation (ECF) for those students prepared to go the extra mile and keen on international selection. Every month there is a distinct chess topic and set exercises to help students achieve their goals.
About the UK Chess Challenge
The UK Chess Challenge first took place in 1996 and has since grown into the largest children’s chess tournament in the world. The beauty of the event is that it welcomes all-comers from beginners to National Champions and schools from all corners of the United Kingdom take part. Some of our ex-champions have gone on to become Grandmasters or even chess coaches themselves.
It is a multi-stage event with some memorable event names: Megafinals (quarterfinals), Gigafinals (semifinals) and Terafinal (final). Experience the thrill of competition and pitting your wits against children across the UK.
Key Dates For Your Diary
Saturday 12th June
Sunday 13th June
Saturday 26th June
Sunday 27th June
Online Player Registrations
Online Games of Chess
Number of Moves
Chess is all about making decisions, and having a full array of tools to assist in this:
- Analysing the problem
- Selecting and evaluating options
- Knowing when to use intuition
- Creativity and Learned Knowledge
Sense of Community
Chess requires Organisers, Volunteers and Teachers to make things happen.
- Have fun
- Meet new people & make friends
- Respect for others and their ideas
- Anticipate and react to your opponent’s intentions
Chess is a fantastic tool for developing character at a young age:
- Knowing your strengths and weaknesses
- Understand consequence of decisions
- Resilience in the face of defeat
- “Growth mind-set” – learn from setbacks
Are you ready?Join the many thousands who entered the Challenge. Win, lose or a draw the life skills you develop through playing chess will stay with you for a lifetime. So what are you waiting for…!?
Resources for Parents
Whether you are a non-playing parent or know a thing or two about chess one thing is the same - being a chess parent is a challenging role. Knowing how best to support your child and help them get the best out of themselves whilst dealing with the inevitable highs and...read more
Everyone learns in a different way and the last thing we would try and do is foist our own preferences onto another individual. Chess is no different and what worked for one player doesn’t necessarily mean it will work for another. In this spirit we have...read more
A history of chess computing and a look into the future Deep Blue was intelligent the way your programmable alarm clock is intelligent. Not that losing to a $10 million alarm clock made me feel any better Chess has been an important hurdle in the...read more