Olympia Conference Centre, Kensington, London


Junior Events - Thank you

Dear Mr Chan,



I would like to say a huge “thank you” to you and to everyone who played a part in organising and running the schools’ event today.


The boys who came last year enjoyed themselves greatly, but I have to say that those who returned this year, as well as my colleague and I, all felt that today was a special event which far surpassed last year.


It was an absolute pleasure to bring young chess players to such a welcoming, well thought out and well organised event; and it was quite clearly a pleasure for the boys to take part. The fact that they came back with a cup obviously helped, but they were all really happy before the prize-giving and the results were announced. The same seemed to be true of the children from the other schools present.


If I might make two specific observations, the organisation of the tournament part of the day was so much smoother with the novel ‘no name’ system; and it was great to have the Classic games underway so that the children could see (although sadly briefly) the GMs at play. It was heartening to have eleven year olds not known for spending long on their moves talking with surprise mingled with admiration rather than scorn about the fact that they had watched Judit for nearly ten minutes without her making a move.


Of course it takes a large team to make the event work, and I hope you will be able to pass on my thanks to them, but to those more “front of house” I would like to say a particular thank you: to Daniel King for taking the time to play a few more moves with the boys in the simul rather than adjudicating when he was told to! To Mr King again, and Chris Ward, for their entertaining (and of course educational) double act; to Malcolm Pein, for today, but also more generally for helping to bring such a great tournament to London chess nuts, young and old(er); and to you for your efficient help both in advance of the tournament…and today with my parking.


With every good wish for the rest of the tournament, and for Christmas,

Matt | King’s College Junior School



Record numbers of children and schools visit the Classic

The 4th London Chess Classic 2012 took place at Olympia in London recently. Record numbers of pupils from around the UK arrived daily for free chess lessons, tournaments and the opportunity to see the world number one Magnus Carlsen, former world champion Vladimir Kramnik and current world champion Vishy Anand.


Many other side events took place too during the festival including the English Junior Rapidplay Championships.





See more photos of the junior events and visits.


Chess is Free for Children at the London Chess Classic 2012


The 4th London Chess Classic 2012 will again offer free admission to children for the duration of the event which runs from December 1st to 10th at Olympia.


We are offering a comprehensive program of schools activities. Click the links in the schedule grid below for more information.


A full schedule of events at the London Classic is here.




December 2012




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Schools Coaching

- - Yes Yes - Yes Yes - - Yes 09.30 - 12.30 East Hall

CSC Junior Tournaments

- - - FULL - Yes - - - - 13.00 - 15.30 East Hall

3rd English Junior Rapidplay

- - - - - - - 1-6 - - 10.00 - 18.00 East Hall


First EU municipality introduces chess as school subject


The ECU President, Silvio Danailov,

opens the first school chess year in Slivnitsa.

31.10.12 - Bulgaria has become the first European Union country to introduce chess as part of the formal school curriculum, the European Chess Union has announced. ECU and national federation president Silvio Danailov and local education officials were in the Bulgarian municipality of Slivitsa on 26 October for the formal opening of a new term which will feature chess on the curriculum for the first time, in accordance with the continental chess federation’s Chess in Schools initiative.

Eighty of the 240 children at the St Cyril and Methodius School in Slivitsa have chosen chess as a subject, which means that they will be the first students from the European Union to be formally assessed in chess in this academic year. 

Complete story and more photos.





Photo - ECU

Chess Coach Training Courses on December 3rd, 4th, 6th and 7th

Do you love playing chess and want to help others improve their game? Or do you know little about the game but want to find a new career or further your PSD? Then learn how to teach chess!


Courses are run by Chess in Schools and Communities, a registered charity that work in over one hundred and fifty schools around the UK and have been featured on BBC Breakfast.


The courses are aimed at teachers, teaching assistants, parents or anyone planning on becoming a professional chess trainer or who wants to learn how to play and teach the game.


Click for further details or to book your place.


If you unable to attend one of the courses you can register your interest in becoming a chess coach by completing a short questionnaire.


Benefits, history, and cultural significance of chess

Thursday, August 2, 2012 at 10:00 PM


The Summer Olympics are well under way, but chess is not included in the list of events even though it is an officially-recognised sport. This hour, Rob Ferrett and his guests discuss the benefits, history, and cultural significance of chess. [Runtime: 60 mins]






  • Susan Polgar, Chess Grandmaster and winner of 4 Women's World Chess Championships. Director, Susan Polgar  Institute for Chess Excellence (S.P.I.C.E), Webster University.
  • Lisa Suhay, journalist and children's book author. Founder, Norfolk Initiative for Chess Excellence (N.I.C.E).


Royal Commended Performance

25th July 2012


Chess in Schools and Communities received the Royal seal of approval on 19th July at St James’s Palace.


Chief Executive IM Malcolm Pein received the ‘highly commended’ award from HRH Prince Edward the Earl of Wessex at the Sport and Recreation Alliance's Community Sport and Recreation awards ceremony.



The award was made in recognition of CSC's 'innovative work in schools'.


Read more ...



Press releases: CSC | SRA | ECF |






Pein at the Palace


31.07.12 - IM Malcolm Pein, the CEO of the British charity Chess in Schools and Communities, received the Royal seal of approval earlier this week at St James’s Palace.


He was presented with the ‘highly commended’ award by HRH Prince Edward the Earl of Wessex during the Sport and Recreation Alliance's Community Sport and Recreation awards ceremony. Congratulations!


NNIS | July 24 , 2012

Kids should take up chess as a sport: Vishwanathan Anand


Grandmaster Vishwanathan Anand has done the Indian nation proud not only nationally but effectively at the international level too.


Anand has constantly been on the mission to encourage chess playing in schools. Also through his own academy the world champion is very keen that India produces many more greats in this sport too.












How to raise a chess champion


11.07.12 - With age comes wisdom, the saying goes, but at an elementary school in New York's Chinatown the children are wise beyond their years when it comes to playing chess.


In 2011, Public School 124 took its students to compete in the second highest category at a national high school chess competition - and won.


The pupils at the school, where kids are aged six to 11, are predominantly Asian American and come from the surrounding middle- to lower-income neighbourhood.



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