Head to the Classic website for full details of all of the events on offer this year:
Friday, 26 November 2021
Carlsen, the defending champion, starts as the favourite, but I believe the match will be extremely close.
Find out more on the official website.
Saturday, 13 November 2021
Our 2021-22 CSC Training Day Tour continues to gather pace.Following hard on the heels of the successful tour dates in London and Manchester, plus the online training day, it was time to strike out and plant the flag in a brand new area.
Monday, 1 November 2021
It has been confirmed that the Delancey UK Schools' Chess Challenge will return in 2022.
Sarah and Alex Longson worked wonders to keep the tournament going during the COVID lockdowns and, to the delight of children all across the UK, they even managed to switch the Megafinals and Gigafinals to the online world. The final round of the competition, the prestigious Terafinal, was played at Blenheim Palace in October.
Entries are now open for the initial, school-based phase of the competition. In fact, in an interesting break with tradition, all players can now enter the Megafinals, without having to achieve the formerly required 17 points in their own schools.
The school events can therefore be seen as excellent and essential tournament experience for children before they play in a Megafinal.
We are hoping to run a Megafinal on Teesside again, for the first time since 2019. The date is already pencilled in and further details will follow in due course.
Head here for further details on the the whole initiative, including plenty of free resources.
This is the page you need to enrol your school for the Delancey UK Schools' Chess Challenge 2022.
Saturday, 23 October 2021
Yesterday brought our third CSC Training Day in a week.
Following the success of our London and Manchester dates, this time we delivered the training online.
Online training days were, of course, a 'forced move' caused by the COVID pandemic, but they continue to offer a valuable addition to our methods of delivery. Indeed, online delivery made a big difference to our schools during the lockdowns too.
We had 13 delegates, spanning from my own area of Teesside all the way to India.
What we lost in terms of the physical capacity to play our mini-games and other challenges, we gained in being able to use a multitude of online resources, including Acorn Chess.
More dates will be added to the tour soon, so please keep an eye on this page.
Thursday, 21 October 2021
Our new Training Day Tour continued this week, as we followed up the inaugural date in London with a return to Manchester.
This was our first training day in Manchester since November 2018. The venue was the Cedar Suite of the Broadoak Community Centre in Ashton-under-Lyne, which is also the venue of David Hardy's chess clubs.
My excellent friend David, was of course, instrumental in helping the Manchester training day move from idea to reality and he was there all day, making absolutely sure we all had plenty of tea and biscuits.
Staying with culinary matters for the moment, we must make note of Catherine Lloyd's magnificent contribution of cakes, which deserved their own stand.
Saturday, 16 October 2021
Our CSC Training Day tour was derailed in early 2020, for very obvious reasons.
Now we are back on track, starting with yesterday's return to London for the first time in almost two years.It was very good good to be back at the Irish Cultural Centre in Hammersmith, which is a perfect venue for our days.