Nobody could have predicted how strangely my 32nd year of teaching chess in schools would end.
By the time the news of the potential worldwide spread of Covid-19 became a reality, we were already making plans to stop our school visits until the coast was clear.
Nearly six months later and the virus is still a major problem.
We have, however, been able to return to the art of delivering chess lessons in our schools, albeit via a variety of methods.
The loyalty of the 15 CSC Teesside schools who signed up for the year 2020-21 - prior to the spread of the virus - is impressive. They clearly value what we are doing.
Every one of our schools still wants to be part of CSC Teesside for the year ahead and I am very grateful for their support, especially as they have so many other things to deal with at the moment.
A small number of our schools preferred to wait a little while longer before resuming their chess lessons but the majority wanted an instant return to action.
|My halo is still intact|