The Runnymede Chess Club has now been running for 10 years.
Due to its growing popularity it is now held two days a week, in order to cater for all those interested in taking part. Members have the choice of either coming on Tuesdays or Thursdays, from 4 to 5 p.m.
There are many reasons why Chess should be part of every child’s education. Not only have studies shown that it improves academic results at school but it also teaches and develops fundamental skills we all need in our personal and emotional growth i.e. problem solving skills, resilience, patience, respect, long term planning, analysis, imagination, creativity and self-confidence, amongst many others.
Apart from the Runnymede Chess tournament, held each Summer Term and open to all children from Years 3 to 6 in the Junior School, the members of the Chess Club have also played friendly matches against the International School of Madrid and won the Aldovea Open Chess Tournament two years running, before the COVID pandemic interrupted life in general.
It has been an absolute pleasure observing the enthusiasm and motivation of all our young chess players throughout these years. Future plans will include widening the scope of external competitions and, eventually, include some form of Inter – Schools Tournament.