My study has been groaning under the ever increasing weight of chess books for some time and in an effort to free up some space on my bookshelves I asked Malclom Pein if the Chess in Schools Charity might have a use for some of the more antiquated tomes. Local CSC organiser Robert Chandler came to pick them up, I had planned to link up with him for an event in Bristol last year but it hadn’t panned out. We came up with a plan for me to do a simul at one of the schools in his area, the Westbury on Trym Church of England Academy, which sports one of the cutest logos I’ve seen. Every year at the London Chess Classic, the good news of the increased number of new chess teachers, students and schools involved with the charity is announced and it was great to get more involved at ground level.

It only remains for me to wish my new friends, the Westbury on Trym Academy team, good luck at the National U-11 event at Uppingham today.