World’s largest chess competition

Written by: Sarah Hegarty | Published:
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The Delancey UK Schools’ Chess Challenge has run every year for the last 22 years and has grown into the world’s largest chess competition

Sarah Hegarty, CEO of UK Schools’ Chess Challenge and 2013 British Ladies Champion:

“Chess can take a few moments to learn the basics, but a lifetime to master. Trends and fads come and go but, despite being 1,500-years-old, chess remains hugely relevant among young people as evidenced by the huge number of players competing and the organisational infrastructure that exists in the UK and across the world.

“The Delancey UK Schools’ Chess Challenge has run every year for the last 22 years and has grown into the world’s largest chess competition – last year 40,000 children across 1,280 schools took part and more than 130,000 games of chess were played.

“Our core values are to foster a culture of fun and community, to build character and to develop critical thinking skills in young people. This is a friendly competition, ideal for children new to chess – though many participants go on to represent their country in international events bringing great pride to their schools and communities.”


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