In-School Leagues

Chess is a fantastic game to promote in primary school especially during the winter months when rainy days are most common and students can’t go outside. 

To further harness the energy students have for chess many schools organise a Winter Chess League. This can be as simple as an 30 minutes to an hour set aside on a Friday for all students in a class to play a game against a classmate or it could involve a number of classes.

There is no one “best way” to organise such a league:

  • All-Play-All Leagues allow every player in the league to play every other player once before a league table is decided – this spreadsheet will do all the work; All-Play-All Event Handler
  • Chess Ladders are also common and easy to display; Chess Ladder
  • use the Swiss Perfect computer program to decide fixtures at Regional Tournaments



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