Plaudits and Letters

Thank you so much for the event yesterday - Abi had a fantastic day.



The children had a wonderful time on Friday and gained valuable experience.

Ursuline Prep


Thanks a lot … for organising everything and inviting us!

Arnold House


The children really enjoyed it.

Drayton Park


Our kids had a great time. The head from my school - who has come two years running now was very positive about the whole inclusive and supportive style of the event.


I particularly liked the junior programme this year, which was great for keeping the kids occupied on the bus on the way home; a really good innovation. The kids passing chess sets between them across the public bus also impressed the other travellers!

SS Mary and John




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I have received some tremendously positive emails from parents and teachers involved. It sounds like a tremendous event.



We had a great time. They were already asking on the bus home if we are going next year!!! Abe would like to "defend his title”


The goody bags were great, especially the magazine which kept them quite for nearly the whole journey home.


Please thank all the people there & thanks for organising such a great event.

Princess Frederica


Thank you for having us. The children enjoyed it a lot and are looking forward to their next chess events.

St John


What impressed me was all 10 Classic players signing some chess books the KEGS students had got at the bookstall when they were in the auditorium waiting to head onto the stage. The boys were chuffed and it was really kind of them to take the time a few minutes before the start of the round. Please pass on our thanks to them because little things like this make a big difference to the experience.



A big thank you from all of the boys who attended from the Judd yesterday. They all had a great time and very much enjoyed the day. Thank you to the wonderful coaches and staff who made us all feel welcome.

The Judd


[Our children] had a great time - what a fantastic experience for them. Thank you for all your hard work.

English Martyrs


A big thank you …for organising such a brilliant event. The children thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it, I could hardly contain them with the excitement they've come in with this morning in class. I look forward to having more fun and opportunities like this for our pupils.

St Marks


The kids had a great time and, as always, the event was superbly organised.



Thank you for having us there. The children thoroughly enjoyed it. A fabulous experience.



… wonderfully organised events … our players had a marvellous time … we look forward to it every year.



The children from Grange Primary really enjoyed the event and were really pleased with their goody bags!



[Our] team really enjoyed the day.

Henry Maynard


Sheen Mount had a really good day - nice to see the younger ones enjoying it so much, and a few more girls coming through in particular.


A big thank you from all of us at Sheen Mount for such a superbly organised event. The individual medals and the trophy for the school were a bonus on top of a very good day out!

Sheen Mount


Many thanks for having us - was a truly lovely day and incredibly inspiring for the children. They also loved the present at the end and were engrossed in playing chess on the way home!


Can you pass on our thanks to the chess coaches who were lovely with us and treated the children with such politeness and respect.

Shaftesbury Park


It was a great event again this year. Had one of our medal winners tell me on the way home it was the best school trip ever. We have students who attend every year from year 3 to 6 and they never want to miss it. You all do amazing work organizing it.

William Patten


We all had a great time. Thank you and everyone at Chess in Schools for a fantastic day.

Deptford Park


All staff, parents and pupils who attended yesterday’s tournament are totally thrilled about the fun time that they had as well as their success.



Thank you for organising - they had a great time!

Fulham Boys


Thank you for holding the LCC; our children had a fantastic time and we are immensely proud of them.



Thank you so much, the children really enjoyed themselves and I think they did tremendously well considering they've only had 2 terms of lessons. They got an awful lot out of the event …


We'd love to come again next year. You organised a fantastic event and the kids were amazed by all the chess pros. We caught 2 guys playing speed chess as we were leaving which impressed everyone immensely.

Blue Gate Fields


It was an incredibly day and the children loved it!!!!!! We're very proud of our children.


Thank you for all your hard work organising it and we'll see you next year!

Combe Down


Thank you so much … The children had a fantastic trip!

William Tyndale


Congratulations on organising such a successful and well-run event. Every year it seems to be a smoother day … the boys really enjoyed their day so a huge thank you from me and them.

King’s College


Thank you for organising such a fabulous tournament. The children were really inspired by the event and getting to meet some chess superstars!

New North Academy


… the children had a fantastic time yesterday and were really pleased with their medals. I'm pleased to hear the festival has been such a success.


… the whole day was very well organised and the children enjoyed every moment.

Oldfield Park


Thanks for a wonderful day. All the kids enjoyed it, especially the medal winners!

Arnett Hills


I wanted to drop an email to say how much the kids got out of today's tournament and how excited and enthused they were to be part of the day.


That's the 4th year I've brought a group of year 5'a and year 6's and each time I remember how lovely it is that they have the opportunity to learn chess- all of them!


I always love coming as it's so well organised and the staff at so friendly and helpful. It's really a great thing!


Thanks again and keep up the fantastic work!



Thank you so much for this great event ! Well done, all very positive and I can't emphasise enough what an amazing thing CSC does.



Thank you for such a memorable day, for 9 of the participants it was their first ever tournament so we are very fortunate to have such an amazing CSC Tutor ….


They are already looking forward to next year.



Thanks for having us … the kids had a great day.

Our Lady and St George’s


The children had a really great time. They were discussing chess all the way back to school. I was really proud of them.

Blue Gate Fields


It was such a wonderful day today. The 14 simultaneous games Lucas played with us at the start, the 'Question and Answer time' with the grandmaster, the interactive show and lesson and the tournament were all brilliant. So well organised and so much fun. Such a wonderful experience from start to finish. Everyone there, on all levels, was so welcoming and passionate about chess.


I've already spoke to our head, Jan, about coming with us next year.


Thank you to you and your team.

Prince of Wales Primary


The children – and staff – had a wonderful experience.


Gwaelod y Garth


The children had a fantastic day and were absolutely thrilled with the results .The very proud team will be presented with the cup again today during our school merit assembly.



Congratulations to you and all your helpers in organising a really interesting and stimulating chess festival day which we all thoroughly enjoyed.


My very keen 5 boys came away full of enthusiasm and they are now asking how they might be able to play as a team against other schools or play individuality in tournaments.



Our children had a fantastic time. The whole day was so well organised, it was really easy for us, time flew and the children in their words 'had the best day ever, even better than Christmas'.


They also met a number of the players who took the time to sign autographs. It couldn’t have been any better for them.


We look forward to returning next year.

Sacred Heart (Liverpool)


The Teesside children had an amazing time and they have lots of stories to tell their friends and teachers.

Teesside Schools


They are all happy and very impressed how well the event was organized.

Widcombe Primary


Thank you so much- we had a wonderful time!

St Joseph’s (Oxford)




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