Students test chess skills against MP

MP JONATHAN Reynolds was challenged to a game of chess during a visit to Stalyhill Junior School.

And year three pupil Joseph O’Neill came close to inflicting a defeat on the MP for Stalybridge and Hyde.

Mr Reynolds was at Stalyhill to see at first hand the Chess in Schools and Communities charity programme.

David Hardy, regional co-ordinator for Greater Manchester, goes in to Stalyhill each Tuesday to give chess lessons to pupils in years three, four and five.

He has been visiting since 2010 when Chess in Schools and Communities was formed with Stalyhill one of 12 schools in Tameside and 24 in Greater Manchester to participate.

An impressed Mr Reynolds said: “It was absolutely fantastic to see how much the kids get out of playing chess.

“I started playing at primary school and it makes you think laterally, plan ahead and learn new skills.

“It is exactly the creative thing needed in schools, and we need more things like this.”

• Chess in Schools and Communities is hosting a one day chess congress for years two to six pupils on Saturday, July 28 (from 10am-2.15pm) at Broadoak and Smallshaw Community Centre, Ashton.

Youngsters will play a minimum of six games and the cost is £3. Entries to David Hardy by email: or call 07974 952252.

• A chess camp is being held at Broadoak and Smallshaw Community Centre on Thursday, August 30 (from 10am-4pm) with coaches David Hardy and Roger Glover working with small groups of children to improve their chess awareness and skills.

The cost is £20 and places are limited. Bookings to David as above.

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