Friday, 7 February 2014


The Chess in Schools and Communities charity has teamed up with Barclaycard to create Yes2Chess.

What is Yes2Chess?

Yes2Chess is a free online schools’ chess community which is designed to bring top class chess resources, online play and an international competition to primary school children.

Who can join?

Children aged between 7-11 in schools from the UK, the USA. Germany, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Denmark are eligible to join.

How many children can play?

Each school may sign up to 100 pupils to the Yes2Chess server, where they will be able to play chess against children from all over the world in a safe environment.

Is it secure?

Only children who are registered to Yes2Chess by their school teacher or chess tutor will have access to the chess server.

There is no chat function between players

We do not capture any pupil information, including pupils’ names.

Each child will have a unique username that only their schools will have access to.

Do children have to be good players?

Not at all. They just need to know the rules of chess and later this year we will be offering free lessons to those that don’t know how to play!

How does the tournament work?

Participating schools will be placed in groups within countries, the winners of which qualify for a knockout stage. Schools can enter up to 20 teams, each consisting of five players, who must have been born after 1st January 2002. The winning teams from each country will receive an all expenses paid trip to London to take part in the final!

Why chess?

Learning chess has been shown to improve children’s educational and social development. Chess develops children’s critical thinking and logical reasoning skills, whilst helping to improve their memory and concentration. The game also facilitates children’s emotional development by promoting imagination and creativity, teaching that success rewards hard work, building self-esteem and encouraging good sportsmanship.

How do I sign up?

There is a short application form to complete, after which you will receive a link which will enable you to download the necessary software to your school’s computers. The process is very simple and will only take a couple of minutes!

To join the Yes2Chess community, please go to this page.

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