The start of the new school term marks the search for the 2018 Delancey UK Schools Chess Challenge champion. Beginning every spring and continuing over four stages and eight months, school children from all across the UK and of all chess playing abilities are encouraged to enter this nationwide chess challenge.
Once entered, every child has the chance to walk away with various winnings including badges, mascots, trophies, prize money and of course the chance to win the prestigious Delancey UK Schools Chess Challenge Champion ‘STRAT’ title in the last stage of tournament, the ‘Terafinal’!
The competition, which is now the world’s largest children’s chess championships, began in 1996 and has this year seen a staggering 1,280 schools and clubs enrolled across the UK, involving close to 40,000 children.
Sarah Hegarty, Director of the Delancey UK School’s Chess Challenge comments,
“We are very excited to officially open the entries to next year’s Challenge and believe this year will be our best yet. I am excited to be a part of this great sport and look forward to finding our next winner! The educational benefits that chess provides, such as teaching us how to think outside the box whilst under pressure, are second to none. I would like to say a big thank you to our headline sponsor Delancey for once again providing support for the Challenge for another year.”
The Delancey UK Schools Chess Challenge provides an opportunity for complete beginners to become involved in a fun competition, whilst providing a spring-board to national and international titles for the strongest players. This year the tournament is looking to reach out to even more schools to promote the educational and social benefits of playing chess.
Jamie Ritblat, Founder and CEO of Delancey said:
“Delancey is proud to support the UK Schools Chess Challenge for another year. Under the new management of Sarah Hegarty, we have already seen the competition grow, and we are sure the competition will continue to go from strength to strength over the coming year. I would like to wish all participants involved the best of luck and we look forward to finding this year’s STRAT winner.”
“We are delighted to continue our support for the Delancey UK Schools Chess Challenge. Not only does the event bring together children from a diverse range of schools across the UK, but also provides an educational opportunity, encouraging children to think outside the box and engage in a friendly but mentally challenging activity. We look forward to seeing the results of the tournament next year and naming the next Delancey Chess Challenge Champion.”
For more information about the Delancey UK Chess Challenge head to the website.