Chess in Schools and Communities has announce that Yes2Chess is getting underway again. Barclaycard and Chess in Schools and Communities will be partnering to bring the 3rd Yes2Chess International Challenge to schools in the UK, USA, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Norway, Sweden and Denmark.
Yes2Chess gives schoolchildren access to a secure online chess server, free of charge and entirely web-based where they can play chess anonymously against other children in a safe environment. The Yes2Chess International Challenge is a tournament for primary and elementary schools and is open to every UK primary school, not just those in the CSC programme. Teams consist of 5 players born after 31st December 2004 and must include at least one female player. The tournament begins with a regional group stage before progressing to national and international knockout rounds; matches can be played either face-to-face or online via the Yes2Chess server.
The Yes2Chess mentoring scheme will also continue with Barclaycard employees donating their time and expertise to chess in school projects in London, Northamptonshire, Liverpool and Teesside, where employees will help with chess lessons, both after school and in lesson time.
Last year 443 Barclaycard employees gave the equivalent of over two working years to such projects across 8 countries as Yes2Chess impacted over 40,000 children.
Registration opens: Wednesday 10th February
National Tournaments begin: Monday 22nd February
Registration closes: Thursday 31st March
Final Stages: Monday 9th May
National KOs/Finals: w/c Monday 30th May
The Final: w/c Monday 4th July