Whether you’re well-versed in the world of chess, or have no idea what ‘checkmate’ actually means, the UK Schools’ Chess Challenge is something you need to know about! The popular annual event, which is in fact the largest chess tournament in the world, brings children from across the country together to compete. This year is extra special as it marks the tournament’s 20th anniversary.
Back in 1996, 700 schools entered and approximately 23,000 children competed for the title. It’s been so successful that now 2,000 schools take part across the UK every year! In the early stages, players with little experience and those with advanced skills are invited to compete – the finals then call for the best of the best to go for gold!
The tournament, which is sponsored by Delancey, begins every Spring Term, and runs for eight nail-biting months. The 2016 challenge is currently moving into the second stage regional Megafinals, meaning we are one step closer to discovering this year’s worthy winners!
One of the most rewarding things about the Delancey UK Schools’ Chess Challenge is that every child is able to win prizes including badges, mascots, trophies and basketball caps – so they all have something to play for!
Despite technology being increasingly at the forefront of our lives, there is no sign of the passion for chess slowing down. Junior chess clubs are springing up all over the country and the numbers of young chess players continues to grow. It’s a fantastic way for children to learn how to think strategically while meeting new people in an inspiring environment.
Keep an eye out on the challenge results page to see who this year’s winners are at each stage, and if you’re interested in competing next year – make sure to keep an eye out for how to enter. Find all the information you need here.