Chess in the Community

Saturday 5 December 2015  16.30 – 17.30

Chess touches the lives of many people and there are several ways in which communities organise chess to make it accessible. This workshop brings together experiences from England, Scotland and Spain.

Craig Pritchett UK
Scottish Chess Federation

Craig Pritchett: An inspiration for Scottish chess.

As Schools Chess Development Director for Chess Scotland (2003-2008), Craig maintained links with the Aberdeen Project which was one of the first to obtain public funding for a community chess project. It also hosted the world’s first conference on chess in schools. His 2005 article from CHESS magazine summarises the project. Although the project was successful in achieving its objectives, eventually the funding was not renewed. Craig reflects on the challenges facing the public funding of chess.

Craig has represented Scotland in chess since 1966 and is currently playing in the World Seniors Championship. An International Master, he is an accomplished author of chess books and has twice been Scottish champion.

Obtaining public funds for your chess project


Paul McKeown: reviving junior chess and creating centres of excellence

Paul McKeown (England / Northern Ireland)

Paul McKeown started Fulham Junior Chess Club from scratch just a few years ago and now it is a thriving club. He also revived the fortunes of Richmond Junior Chess Club. These are centres of excellence for the local community. Paul explains the importance of financial management in creating successful junior chess clubs. When not promoting junior chess, Paul teaches adults at the City Lit where he also lectures in chess history.



Luis Blasco

Luis Blasco, Spain
64 Ajedrez Villalba

64 Ajedrez Villalba is a unique club in Spain which is involved in different community projects for different age Groups.