Chess in Schools & Communities Charity
Playing chess in Purling London’s artistic Pop-Up

Chess in Schools and Communities (CSC) is a UK charity whose mission is to improve children’s educational outcomes and social development by introducing them to the game of chess. Founded in 2009, CSC now teach in over 300 schools and support 500 more nationwide. CSC also organise a world-class tournament, the ‘London Chess Classic’ (LCC).

Purling London has been supporting the Chess in Schools and Communities charity since our establishment in 2012. We have regularly contributed to their LCC tournament, creating artistic pop-up spaces for school children and spectators to play chess in a unique and fun atmosphere with our colourful boards.

Over the years, we have been very pleased to donate many chess sets and games to CSC for their schools and charity fundraising through galas and auctions. Purling has even specially created and donated a hand-painted London Chess Classic trophy, which was won by World Champion, Grandmaster Magnus Carlsen!

Chess in Schools & Communities Charity London Chess Classic Dark Chess Den illuminated chessboards
Purling’s artistic pop-up at the London Chess Classic
Purling London pop up Dark Chess Den at LCC
Purling’s Chess Den at the London Chess Classic
Children playing chess with Chess in Schools & Communities Charity
School children at London Chess Classic playing at the Purling London stand
Grandmasters' table at London Chess Classic closing Dinner fundraising for Chess in Schools & Communities Charity
The Grandmasters’ table at the LCC Closing Ceremony Dinner with illuminated
Purling chess board – donated to the charity’s auction
Children playing at LCC Dark Chess Den with illuminated chess boards
School children playing in the Purling Dark Chess Den at London Chess Classic

Chess in Schools & Communities is a charity which does incredible work and touches the lives of so many in profound ways. We really believe in the mission of CSC – using chess to benefit young and disadvantaged people in their life skills, social interaction, cognitive development, creative thinking, decision making, communication, amongst others.

Chess is a universal game, knowing no boundaries of age, gender, faith, ethnicity or disability, that promotes key intellectual skills such as problem solving, logical thinking, pattern recognition and concentration. Playing chess also fosters intellectual character. Its cerebral reputation boosts self-esteem and gives children ‘grit’ – the tenacity to cope with adversity – which helps them grow into rounded and employable individuals. It does this by teaching children how to lose and how to win gracefully, to think ahead and foresee the consequences of their actions.” Chess in Schools and Communities

Chess is a powerful educational intervention, but that doesn’t mean that it has to stop at the classroom door. Our mission is to make chess available to everyone regardless of their circumstances, and we work with communities throughout the UK to ensure that everyone can benefit from the game, providing support such as free chess sets, training in how to teach chess and access to our curriculum and other teaching materials.” Chess in Schools and Communities

Read more about the benefits of Chess HERE.

For more information about the work of the Chess in Schools & Communities charity and how it benefits many people from different walks of life and communities in the UK and abroad, visit chessinschools.co.uk

Light up chess sets
School children playing in the unique atmosphere of the Purling London Pop-Up
school children at Purling London Dark Chess Den at LCC with light up chess boards
School children at Purling London Dark Chess Den
Magnus Carlsen with Purling Bespoke chess trophy
We created and donated a Bespoke Art Chess trophy with artist, Nette Robinson, which was won by World Champion, Grandmaster Magnus Carlsen
Maurice Ashley speaking at London Chess Classic Closing Dinner at the Savoy
Grandmaster Maurice Ashley speaking at London Chess Classic Closing Dinner at the Savoy
Purling London pop up at London Chess Classic
The atmospheric Purling ‘Dark Chess Den’ at the London Chess Classic

Illuminated chess set
Young chess players enjoying the unique illuminated Purling chess boards
boy playing chess at Purling London Dark Chess Den at LCC
Young boy playing chess at Purling London Dark Chess Den at LCC
Fabiano Caruana and Hikaru Nakamura at the London Chess Classic 2018
Grandmasters Fabiano Caruana and Hikaru Nakamura at the London Chess Classic, Google Deep Mind
Purling London Chess Classic Games Pop up
Purling London Games Pop up & display
Simon Purkis and Fabiano Caruana at LCC
Simon Purkis and top US player, GM Fabiano Caruana at the London Chess Classic with Art Chess by DS