A real KNIGHT to visit Chess in Schools at Colston's Primary, Bristol
By kiwikid. | Thursday, June 14, 2012, 19:12
Lib Dem Member of the European Parliament Sir
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Graham Watson will visit Colston's Primary School, Cotham this Friday to take
part in a chess in schools initiative.
Graham will take on students in a game of
chess in addition to discussing with teachers how they incorporate games into
the curriculum. The visit follows the launch of chess Grandmaster Gary Kasparov's
foundation at the European Parliament earlier in the Spring to encourage more
students to play chess in school.
The event is organised by Chess in Schools and Communities who
organise chess tournaments and events in schools to promote the game.
Sir Graham commented,
"Chess improves concentration skills, teaches
pupils to take responsibility for their decisions and teaches problem solving.
"With university and top job places becoming
ever more competitive, these skills are vital in a child's education in order
to prepare them fully for further education and the wider workplace.
"I am very pleased to be taking Gary Kasparov's
initiative to the South West and I will contact Mr Kasparov to see if he would
be able to visit one of these events in the future."
flattered that Sir Graham Watson MEP is going to visit our project at Colston's
Primary School Bristol" said Robert Chandler Chess in Schools, South West
Development. "We believe that chess should be made
available to everyone, irrespective of background. Apart from the mathematical
and cross-curriculum benefits of chess, there are many life-skills it teaches
like taking decisions, being responsible for your actions, how to win and
loose, consideration towards others and how to concentrate. Chess gives many
children self confidence, which will stand them in good stead for the rest of
The Chess in Schools and Community runs its 30
week program in 14 schools in Bristol with the objective of improving
children's attainment through the skills learnt through chess. Currently
there are over 600 Primary School Children across Bristol who are learning 1
hour of chess every week, during curriculum time. The success of the first year
has resulted in Bristol being identified as a 'Super Project', which will grow
over the next 2 years to 50 schools and 3,000 children learning life-skills
through the game of chess.