Friday, 20 May 2022

Thornaby Library: Queen's Gambit Challenge

It has been a busy week for library announcements and here is another one.


Over to Brian Whitaker...

In this most royal of years why not take on the challenge of this most royal of games?

Can you defeat the maestros? To give you a chance Chris and Brian will be taking on five players all at the same time!

Choose your colour and take a seat at a board. Make your move when Chris or Brian arrives at your board. They will reply and then move on to the next challenger.

Are you the next Magnus Carlsen or Beth Harmon? Give it a go and you could win a prize!

Display will run from 10.00 a.m. - 2 p.m. on the day.

Thursday, 19 May 2022

More Library Chess

Four of the CSC-supported chess sessions at our local libraries are now back up and running on a regular basis.

They are: Stockton, Thornaby, Billingham and Stokesley.


Please check with the individual libraries for the finer details.

Stockton Library Session Back On

Mr. Cassidy’s Stockton Central Library chess sessions are back on this Saturday (21 May), after a break of one week.

Everyone is welcome, regardless of current playing strength.

Friday, 13 May 2022

Coming Soon: The 10th CSC Teesside Team Tournament

The 10th CSC Teesside Team Tournament is coming soon.

This event is for our current CSC Teesside curriculum schools and it started at the end of the very first year of CSC (2010-11).

Unfortunately, the COVID emergency prevented me from running the tournament in both 2020 and 2021, but we are now reconnecting with our history.

Roll of Honour

2011: Ings Farm and Throston
2012: Ings Farm and Billingham South
2013: Throston
2014: Errington
2015: Throston
2016: Sacred Heart
2017: Westgarth
2018: Westgarth
2019: Westgarth and Billingham South

Invitations have been sent to the relevant schools and we look forward to seeing their teams (of four players) in action.

Further details - and a report - will follow in June.

Winning Debut

Alice Sturman, our most successful local junior, made her debut for the Redcar A team this week.


A winning debut in Teesside’s top chess division represents another big step forward for mighty Alice.

Monday, 2 May 2022

Event Announcement: 9th Teesside Individual Junior Chess Championships


All of our CSC Teesside Schools and CSC Libraries have received a copy of the entry form. Please check with your school if you have not received a form.

Event: 9th Teesside Individual Junior Chess Championships.

Venue: Yarm Preparatory School, Grammar School Lane, Yarm, Stockton-on-Tees, TS15 9ES

Please note - if you played in the recent Megafinal, that was at the Senior School just across the road from the Preparatory School.

Date: Saturday 11 June 2022

Timings: Please arrive for 9.45 a.m. Play will start at 10.00 a.m. The prize giving will be at approximately 2.30 p.m.

Format: All players will play five rounds, on the Swiss system.

We have sections for Under-7s (Year 2s), Under-9s (Year 3s and 4s), Under-11s (Year 5s and Year 6s) and Over-11s.

The champions (Boys and Girls) of each section will receive the trophies and titles.

Open to junior players in the boroughs of Stockton-on-Tees, Hartlepool, Redcar & Cleveland and Middlesbrough.

The tournament is not just about winning titles and trophies. It should be seen primarily as an excellent experience for all competitors who will be able to learn a lot by playing against new opponents from a large number of different schools.

General Information

The closing date is Wednesday 8 June 2022

We cannot accept late entries and will definitely not be able to take extra entries on the day.

We cannot offer full supervision anywhere outside of the playing rooms. Parents/guardians must supervise their children at all times other than when the children are in the playing rooms.

Parents, guardians, teachers and chess coaches will not be allowed in the playing rooms during the rounds.

Problems arising during the games will be solved by the tournament Arbiter or another member of the control team. Children must alert the officials to any problems by raising their hand at the time. It is very difficult to solve problems retrospectively.

We will not be operating a tuck shop at this event and we advise you to bring a large packed lunch.

We will be working very hard on the day trying to ensure everyone has a great time. As usual with our events, we want to keep the pressure on the children to an absolute minimum. To help protect this ethos, we want the children to relax between the rounds and to temporarily forget about their chess battles. It would be greatly appreciated if all parents, guardians, teachers, chess coaches et al supported this ethos too and helped all of the children to enjoy the day without applying any pressure between the rounds.

Full reports will appear across our range of social media platforms. Please let me know on the day if you have any concerns regarding the use of photographs, names or any other information.

The Arbiter's decision in all matters relating to the tournament is final.

Any late announcements and updates will follow on here, on our Facebook page and via our Twitter account.

The Fifth Delancey UK Schools' Chess Challenge Teesside Megafinal: Gallery

Here is a gallery to accompany our report on the The Fifth Delancey UK Schools' Chess Challenge Teesside Megafinal.

All photographs in this gallery are © Johannes Grundmann.