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 saviour of the UK Chess Challenge), came to Teesside to take 20 of the most experienced players at Ings Farm Primary School in Redcar.

The children were extremely excited by the prospect of playing such a string chess player and they certainly played their part in making it such a successful event.

However, once Sarah started to deliver a fine selection of checkmates the remaining children were really up against it as they had to play more quickly. The final score was a sensational 20 wins from 20 games for our star visitor.

I am sure the children and staff of Ings Farm Primary School will still be talking about today’s very special and hugely inspirational event for some time to come.

Thank you, Sarah!

Why not plan a simultaneous display for your own chess club? It is guaranteed to be one of the high points of any chess season.