Wednesday, 21 September 2022

Training Day Tour 2022-23: London and Online

The 2022-23 Training Day Tour started in style with two consecutive days of training action; one in London and one online.

The original plan was for three days, but the announcement of untimely train strikes meant we had to combine the proposed Bristol and Cotswolds dates into a single online delivery day.

In an unexpected twist, the strike action was called off, due to the death of Queen Elizabeth II. This, in turn, added large potential problems to my London expedition, but all turned out well.

Matt Piper and I delivered the training and we were very pleased to meet - and work with - so many people.

We had a new venue for the London day - the London MindSports Centre, which proved ideal for us.

I tested the London congestion and found it was surprisingly easy to get around, despite the build-up to the Queen's funeral. I was pleased to take in some of the London culture on the evening before the training day.

Following London, it was back to the less scenic venue of my office to deliver the online training.

Both days brought a significant number of hard-working delegates. Thank you, everyone!

Here are some captured moments from the two days.

CSC COO Chris Fegan, making the opening remarks

Meeting old friends!

Together with Modesta, Aga and the great Matt Piper

Training days are coming soon to Hull, London and various other towns and cities. There is another online day coming up too.

Further details can be found here.

Thursday, 8 September 2022

Park End Staff Training Day

I had a thoroughly enjoyable day at Park End Primary today, delivering a CSC Staff Training Day.

It was at Park End, back in 2016, where we delivered a full series of Staff Training Days, prior to chess starting in the school.

Today brought an excellent and highly attentive set of delegates, who will now be able to help me to deliver sessions throughout the school.

The chess roots are very strong at Park End and we are looking forward to seeing what we can achieve this year.

Tuesday, 6 September 2022



Linda Milne and I had two excellent years working together at Errington Primary, almost a decade ago.

Now we have been reunited for more Errington chess capers!

Monday, 5 September 2022

27th Yarm Team Chess Championships

The first big chess tournament of the new school year is now taking entries.

All of our schools and library clubs have received entry forms and we are looking forward to seeing how many teams will be in action on the day.

Sunday, 4 September 2022


CSC Teesside chess tutor Catherine Lloyd and I returned to the River Tees Multi-Academy Trust to present Headteacher Leanne Chilton and her staff with two sets of giant white chess pieces.

The pieces, which were donated by a friend of Catherine's, were originally purchased without their black counterparts.

Therefore, Leanne is going to set up a school project in which the children are going to paint half of the pieces black (besides, Yoko Ono has already taken the headlines for her all-white chess set).

The chess set will then become an important playground resource.

Back to School

Traditional 'back to school' photograph.

Wednesday, 31 August 2022

Testing, Testing...

Our CSC Teesside tutors are testing their equipment this week, ahead of the big return to classroom action next week.

Catherine Lloyd's brand new demonstration board certainly works, but by the look of the update sent to me this morning, she appears to have been testing it not with chess pieces, but with...draughts!?