Delancey UK Schools’ Chess Challenge

“The World’s Largest Chess Competition”

Megafinal 2018 - Now Open!

Last Chance Saloon

If you have not qualified for the Megafinal through your school or club your last chance to enter is through a Last Chance saloon where you will play all 7 rounds in one day in order to qualify for the Megafinal.

Why Chess?

Critical Thinking

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. Engagement in chess can develop strong community ties:

  • 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

Welcome to 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.

Entry to the UK Chess Challenge is now open for 2018.

School Stage

Spring Term
Enter before December 15th to avoid late entry fee.

Held during school in chess club. Suitable for all levels- all players win badges, mascots, certificate and more successful players will win mini book and the winner will win a trophy.

The top boy and girl in each age group qualify for the Megafinal, as well as anyone getting 17 points.


March – June 2018
Each region has their own megafinal. Dates and times will go on website from January.

Parents accompany children to this event. 6 rounds are played throughout the day. It is not a knockout.

Anyone scoring 3.5/6 in their category will qualify for the Gigafinal.


July 2018
There are 3 gigafinals:
Southern  30th June – 1st July
Midlands  7th – 8th July 2018
Northern  14th – 15th July 2018

Parents accompany children to this event. 6 rounds are played throughout the day. It is not a knockout.

The top 3 players in each category will qualify for the Terafinal.


15th – 16th September 2018
6 rounds are played throughout the weekend. It is not a knockout.

The winner will receive £2500 and will be crowned UK Schools’ Chess Challenge Champion.

Last year’s winner was Harry Grieve from Royal Grammar School, Guildford. Who will be this year’s champion?


Solution to 15 point school stage mini-book prize


Sponsored by Delancey, the UK Schools’ Chess Challenge begins every Spring Term, and continues over four stages and eight months.

Simple Online Entry

School/Club Entry

Standard entry
for a single school/club


Includes 30 players and One Trophy.
Additional players can be entered
at £15 for each additional 15 players.

Additional Trophies

Additional Chess


Per Trophy incl. Postage

Note: You can also enter offline – Click here

Games of Chess

2017 Entries