Thursday, 21 May 2015

5th CSC Team Tournament

5th CSC Team Tournament
Sacred Heart Primary School

Eight teams were in action and they competed over the course of two rounds played on the Jamboree system.

It was an early start to the day as we were featured on Ali Brownlee's Radio Tees Breakfast Show.

Together with Sacred Heart's long-term chess TA Rachel Trotter and Saran Hill (the winner of the school's UK Chess Challenge) we chatted about the impending chess tournament and about the Chess in Schools and Communities charity in general.

 'Live' on air: Saran talked the listeners through the basic moves of the pieces.

Photo tweeted by Ali Brownlee from the studio
On to the tournament, and the first of the two Jamboree rounds saw Billingham South and Throston - both former champions - storm into a shared lead.

Throston kept the pace going for the second round and managed to win all of their games, but Billingham South dropped two points which saw their challenge falter.

Ultimately, as Throston were crowned as champions, Billingham South held on to a share of second place with Whale Hill.

Here are the final placings, in reverse order.

8th: Brambles
7th: Sacred Heart B
6th: Dormanstown
5th: Sacred Heart A
4th: Ings Farm
=2nd: Billingham South and Whale Hill
1st: Throston (with a 100% score)

All players received a certificate and there were medals for Throston, Billingham South and Whale Hill.
Sacred Heart B
Sacred Heart A
Ings Farm
Billingham South
Whale Hill

Roll of Honour

2011: Ings Farm and Throston
2012: Ings Farm and Billingham South
2013  Throston
2014: Errington
2015: Throston

Monday, 13 April 2015

Yes2Chess: More Volunteers Ready For Action

Teesside Barclaycard Training Day


Two months on from our previous training day, we were ready for a return visit to Teesside Barclaycard to prepare a whole host of new volunteers for action.

As usual, the morning sessions with the new volunteers included lots of mini-games, designed to test out chess pieces one at a time, just as we would do in schools.

The mini-games saw Bishops take on three pawns...

...and Rooks battle five pawns.

10 children from two of CSC Teesside's schools - Ings Farm and Brambles Primary Academy - arrived for the afternoon sessions and they started off by taking on all-comers from the Teesside Barclaycard canteen.

Mark Singleton organised the day - and was not afraid of playing the eager juniors either...

...although he chose a very tough pair of challengers, who can be seen here in the last stages of administering a checkmate after chasing Mark's king from one side of the board to the other.

Mark then took the children on a tour of the Barclaycard offices, where the children recognised some of the volunteers who had already been into their schools.

A special and unexpected bonus saw the day finish in style; free lollies all round!

After a hard afternoon's chess, it was time to head off home, accompanied by Mrs Holmes (Ings Farm) and Mr Mayle (Brambles Primary Academy).

Thank you everyone - it was another very memorable day.

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Yes2Chess: New Teesside Training Day Initiative

Teesside Barclaycard Training Day


The latest CSC training day at Teesside's Barclaycard offices took place last week and proved a worthy follow up to October's successful event (covered here).

Two groups of new Barclaycard volunteers were trained and are now ready to participate in curriculum sessions in our chess schools on Teesside. Indeed, Sue Ellis, who had no experience of chess whatsoever before the training day, was in action just two days later at Throston Primary School, where she worked with children from Y2, Y3 and Y4.

The new volunteers particularly enjoyed the challenge of the mini-games.

The afternoon sessions introduced a new initiative, with 10 of our children (five from Brambles Primary Academy and five from Sacred Heart, Middlesbrough) coming to the Barclaycard offices for the first time. This brought an element of role reversal, as its normally the Barclaycard volunteers who see the children in their place of work.

The children took on all-comers who dared to approach the chess tables we had set up in the dining hall.

Impressively, the impact of the children was such that 14 new member of Barclaycard staff signed up for the next training day. Comments from the staff were all extremely positive, with the exemplary behaviour of the children attracting particular attention. They were admirable ambassadors for their schools, for the CSC and for Teesside in general.

The children concluded their memorable experience with a tour of the Barclaycard offices, led by Teesside Barclaycard chess supremo Matt Allan, where they were delighted to meet some of the volunteers with whom they had been working earlier in the term.

We are hoping to repeat this particular initiative at the next CSC Teesside Barclaycard training day, which is provisionally scheduled to take place some time during the Summer term.

Thank you everyone - it was a fabulous day.