Summer Chess Camp

Keep your brains engaged this summer with our ever popular summer chess camps. Select from a range of interactive activities and competitions lead by former British Ladies Champion Sarah Longson.

Summer Camp runs from Monday 26th July to Sunday 29th August. Pick and choose which weeks you can do – or do all five with our discount bundle.

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 Challenge

Now 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 Chess Camp

Join our Summer Chess Camp for a daily diet of brain workouts, games and activities lead by former British Ladies Champion Sarah Longson. Catering for novice players through to international level – we promise to keep your brains engaged this summer!

International Pathway

The 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

Megafinal Dates

Saturday 12th June

Sunday 13th June

Saturday 26th June

Sunday 27th June

2020 Statistics

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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.

  • 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

Top 10 Tips For Chess 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...

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Chess Learning Personas – Which one is your child?

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...

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The Rising Tide of AI – Chess and Computers

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...

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