Magnus Carlsen with Purling Bespoke trophy
Magnus Carlsen with Purling Bespoke trophy by Nette Robinson

Since 2012 Purling London has been supporting the Chess in Schools & Communities charity and its fundraising tournament ‘London Chess Classic’. Over the years Purling has been very much a part of the LCC. We have created pop-up spaces for participants and spectators to come to and play chess, show-cased the latest hand-painted Art Chess sets at the venue. Purling has been pleased to donate many chess sets and games to CSC for their schools and for their charity fundraising through galas and auctions. We have provided chess sets and chess installations to entertain guests at the London Chess Classic closing ceremony dinner at Simpson’s-in-the-Strand and the Savoy. Purling has even specially created a bespoke London Chess Classic trophy!

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 people in terms of things such as life skills, social interaction, cognitive development, creative thinking, decision making, communication, amongst others. Read more about the benefits of Chess here.

Children at London Chess Classic playing with Purling London’s Bold Chess
Nette Robinson and Levon Aronian at the London Chess Classic
Dark Chess Den at the London Chess Classic
Grandmasters' table at London Chess Classic closing Dinner
Grandmasters’ table at the LCC Closing Ceremony Dinner
Purling London Dark Chess Board, signed by the players – For the auction
Chess in Schools & Communities
CSC – A charity providing chess education and positive and exciting life opportunities for people in schools, prisons, libraries and other communities in the UK and across the globe. Find out more HERE.

“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.

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 is an ideal match with the quiet contemplation of the library, and there is a growing network of clubs nationwide.
  • There is growing interest in the benefits of chess for senior citizens, since it can be deployed not just to keep cognitive abilities active but to tackle the growing social problem of loneliness.
  • As a game which rewards foreseeing the consequences of one’s actions, there is great potential for chess in prisons.
  • Children who don’t attend a chess-playing school can still benefit from the many junior clubs across the country”

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

School children playing in the Purling London Chess Den
At the London Chess Classic Purling London Chess Den
Playing chess in Purling London’s Chess Den at London Chess Classic
Maurice Ashley speaking at London Chess Classic Closing Dinner at the Savoy
Maurice Ashley speaking at London Chess Classic Closing Dinner at the Savoy
London Chess Classic Dark Chess Den
Simon Purkis with Demis Hassabis at London Chess Classic at Google Deep Mind
Simon Purkis with Demis Hassabis at London Chess Classic at Google Deep Mind
Simon Purkis and Vishy Anand at LCC
Simon Purkis and Vishy Anand at the London Chess Classic with Bold Chess
Fabiano Caruana and Hikaru Nakamura at the London Chess Classic 2018
Fabiano Caruana and Hikaru Nakamura at the London Chess Classic, Google Deep Mind
London Chess Classic Games Pop up
Purling London Games Pop up & display
Simon Purkis and Fabiano Caruana at LCC
Simon Purkis and Fabiano Caruana at the London Chess Classic with Art Chess by DS