Award highlights QE’s long and successful record in chess

Queen Elizabeth’s School has been awarded a rare and prestigious accolade in recognition of its achievements in chess and its work to promote the game.

Just two schools are selected annually to receive the British Chess Educational Trust Award. The awards, which are administered by the English Chess Federation, began in 1913. QE was last chosen in 1952.

The award citation details the high priority given to chess development at the School over many years, pointing out, for example, that it has entered the Times chess competition since at least 1959 and consistently enters the largest number of teams of any school into the UK Schools Chess Championship. The citation also highlights QE’s “growing reputation” in chess, as evidenced in recent years by its invitation to compete in an international tournament in Dubai.

QE Chess Master Geoff Roberts says: “We have in excess of 100 boys of a wide variety of standards, who regularly participate in a wide variety of chess activities. We are very pleased to have been nationally recognised as a school that makes a significant contribution to the development of chess.”