THE UK CHESS CHALLENGE
The largest chess tournament in the world - Is your school in?
UK Chess Challenge began in 1996 and was an immediate success, with
700 schools entering, involving approximately 23,000 children. By
2006 numbers competing had more than trebled to 74,000.
The structure of the tournament is simple, allowing the most inexperienced
players to compete in the early stages, yet testing the mettle of
the finest at the end.
tournament begins every Spring Term, and continues over four stages
and eight months. In the first stage children compete week by week
in schools all over the UK (currently the number of schools taking
part is over 1,500). Every child is able to win prizes,
whether badges, gold spots, mascots, trophies and even baseball caps,
so every child has something to play for.
and parents comment on the enormous enthusiasm amongst the children
for their badges, gold spots and mascots. Junior chess clubs are springing
up all over the country, both in schools and outside; numbers in existing
clubs have mushroomed. All this shows that chess is one of the most
enjoyable and exciting ways for children to learn how to think.