The first two days of ChessFest 2022 - the Summer extravaganza presented by Chess in Schools and Communities - had hundreds of children from across the United Kingdom enjoying a whole range of activities at London's Manchester Square Gardens.We had four tournaments, simultaneous displays by former British Champion Grandmaster Chris Ward, Rachel Reeves MP and seven-year-old stars Kushal Jakhria and Bodhana Sivanandam, chess lessons from our excellent CSC tutors, games on the giant boards, an opportunity to try on the armour kindly provided by The Wallace Collection and a trip to Madame Tussauds.
There were also four extraordinary characters - a White Queen, a Wizard, a Knight and the Jester, from The Provibers, who kept everyone entertained throughout both of the days.
Here are some images (© Chess in School and Communities) from the first of the two (extremely hot!) days. A gallery from the second day will follow in the next post.
The third and final day of ChessFest 2022 is happening this Sunday and the details can be found here.