Chess congress returning to Tameside

CHESS in Schools and Communities is hosting its seventh one day chess congress of the year on Saturday (Dec 22).

It takes place at Broadoak and Smallshaw Community Centre, Broadoak Road, Ashton, between 9am and 1pm, registration is at 8.45am.

There are two sections, years two to six and years seven to 11.

The tournament is not run as a knockout and all youngsters will play a minimum of six games.

The entry fee is £3 and entries to David Hardy or or by telephoning 07974 952252.

Competitors should bring a packed lunch and they are also asked to wear a Christmas jumper to qualify for a special prize.

Chess in Schools and Communities, in conjunction with Ashton Community Chess Club, held two recent children’s chess congresses at Broadoak and Smallshaw Community Centre for years two to six and years seven to 11 and those playing league and representative chess, the results of which are used for grading purposes.

The two events attracted 63 children and were the sixth in the series this year which so far has allowed more than 120 different children the experience of competitive chess.

With so many activities available these days, not everyone wants to carry on playing, the group says it is pleasing to see familiar faces each time and how their game is improving.

The usual array of medals, books and gift vouchers were awarded to winners, runners up and third place in the different sections plus slow starter, best newcomer and best girl with many prizes being decided on the tie break system.

For those wanting to play chess each week Ashton Community Chess Club is open every Wednesday from 6-30pm-9pm at the above venue.

For more information about Chess in Schools and Communities, Ashton Community Chess Club and the coaching they offer to all aged, email

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