Act Now!

If your school still hasn’t entered the UKCC then NOW is the time for action. All you have to do is head here to enter. Please remember this magnificent event is open to ALL UK schools. Every child will win a prize, from chess badges upwards. The top scorers...

Three For London

London will be the place to be in 2018. Three top events will all be happening during the course of the year. First, we have the much-anticipated return of Chess: The Musical, written by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus (from ABBA) and Tim Rice. It is now time book...

Do You Want to Improve?

Do you want to improve your chess skills? Here are some easy ways… Play more games. Play against: school friends, brothers, sisters, parents, grandparents, cousins. If nobody in your family can play then teach them the basics. It won’t take long....

Let’s Keep It Simple

Let’s keep it simple… Enter your school for the Delancey UK Schools’ Chess Challenge and you will receive a box with everything you need to run the tournament in your own school. Play the seven rounds over a seven-week period (or play two games per...

Take the Challenge!

Entries are now due for the 2018 Delancey UK Schools’ Chess Challenge. It is important to remember that the tournament is open to all UK schools and chess clubs and not just those who have entered in previous years or who have any sort of history with the world...

Sarah’s Teesside Simul

Recently I posted about the basic details regarding simultaneous displays. Today produced excellent evidence of the impact such an event can have in schools, when WFM Sarah Longson (née Hegarty), England International and former British Champion (not to mention...
Special Events

Special Events

Simultaneous Display There are lots of different special events that can be used to boost a chess club. One such event is a simultaneous display, in which a strong player plays a number of games at the same time. This can be a very large number indeed. For example,...
Six Simple Steps to Starting a School Chess Club – Part 2

Six Simple Steps to Starting a School Chess Club – Part 2

Part 2 You have a person to run the club. You have a suitable room and all the equipment you need. Time to continue the journey…   Step 4… Players This is the easiest step of all. Send a note around a school asking if anyone would like to join a new chess club and the...
Six Simple Steps to Starting a School Chess Club – Part 1

Six Simple Steps to Starting a School Chess Club – Part 1

Part 1 Eddie Cochran revealed the Three Steps to Heaven back in 1960. Many have since followed in his footsteps, with varying degrees of success. I cannot offer a comparable path to such an exalted plain but I can offer advice on a more terrestrial matter. Here are...
Chess and Special Needs Education

Chess and Special Needs Education

Between 20% and 25% of children are classified as ‘special needs’ and diagnosed with a wide range of neurological conditions. For many of these children, chess can have a dramatic effect on their lives. But it is exactly these children, who have the most...