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I have been working in the community for over 40 years and I’ve been passionate about junior chess for some time. In March 2006 I started the Greenwich Chess Group after I found out that not much chess was played or taught in Greenwich schools. [Read More]

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The main consideration is not when you might bring your child along to start chess, but more about choosing which club suits your timings.

Sharing my passion for teaching children chess is ongoing and I’d also like parents to encourage their children to play.

Learning chess is not a luxury activity and playing the game can be a necessary add-on to children’s education in schools and in the community as well.

As parents, you might want to research the benefits of playing chess to read about the positive ways that chess can improve your child’s attitude to learning.

Preparing young minds is satisfying as every child is unique.  So when I’m nurturing my students I also get lots of opportunities to understand each of them.

There’s no doubt about it.  I really enjoy being part of the community and teaching children how to play chess allows me to do just that and so much more.

The journey into a game of chess is filled with uncertainty, mystery, adventure and imagination. The learning curve however, is just great and your child should enjoy learning how to play!

Reminding children of their manners and good sportsmanship is all part of the service I offer in each of my junior clubs.

Chess is so easy to learn and that’s one of the reasons why it’s still quite popular nowadays. Playing chess well however, is something totally different.

And learning to play chess can also help to change the attitudes to learning of both girls & boys who are not reaching their academic potential.


You’ll be pleased to know that I’ve restarted my three chess clubs in Herne Hill SE24, Eltham SE9 and Crofton Park SE23.

I am glad that you’ve made it here to find out what’s happening so that your child can learn how to play chess.  I know that it’s sometimes difficult to find an activity that your child will enjoy, but now that your child has an interest in chess, I’m happy to say that I’ll be delighted to teach them how to play. You’ll be pleased to know that I only teach children – in schools and my junior clubs – and that I’ve had a clear and current DBS certificate for many years.

If your child, or a child you know wants to learn chess, you could encourage them to join a junior chess club in SE London. Places are available Click To Tweet

I provide chess lessons for children in who live or attend school in South East London.

There’s so much evidence that shows how children who play chess perform better in school, have improved calculating ability, are more imaginative, creative, self-motivated and problem-solve easier.

Junior chess challenges the minds of both girls & boys and it’s a fun game that all children can play. Click here to continue reading


A short introduction to starting chess

It’ll be brilliant for your child to get involved soon, so just let me know when you can make it to one of the junior chess clubs and you’ll both get a warm welcome from me.

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If your child is not yet familiar with the rules of chess, please let them know that chess is a fun war game where there’s a battle of minds between two players called Black and White. The battle takes place on a chessboard which has 64 dark and light squares and before they can set up the chessmen, they must turn the board around so there is a light square in the bottom right-hand corner. Have a look at the board below with numbers and letters around the edges. One player puts the white chessmen on rows 1 & 2 and the other player puts the black chessmen on rows 7 & 8.

There are 8 white pieces and 8 white Pawns.  In the lower left-hand corner on square a1 the chessman that looks like a castle is called a Rook.   Next to the Rook we have the horse we call a Knight on b1, then a Bishop on c1, a Queen on d1 and the King on e1.  Next to the King we then have one more Bishop on f1, another Knight on g1 and another Rook on h1. In front of these 8 pieces on Rank number 1 are 8 Pawns on Rank number 2.  The player with the Black chessmen has the same number of pieces on Rank 8 and Pawns on Rank number7.

There are just a few children that can play chess at 4 or 5 years old. However, I usually accept girls and boys from 6 years old at my chess clubs. Click To Tweet

This is just a quick intro to the chessmen and the board and what to do at the start of a game. There’s so much more that your child will learn, so as soon as they join up I can introduce them to lots more. Come along when you can and check out the nearest junior chess club to you and the one that suits the busy activities timetable that you’ve created for your child.

Here’s hoping you can fit chess lessons into that!

I’m also trying to increase the number of girls that learn to play chess too.  So if your daughter wants to have a go, she can come along and join in as well.

Girls can play junior chess too

I usually recommend this book as the one to purchase, if you wish to buy an easy to read beginners chess book.


Girls can play chess just as good as boys when they’re encouraged to join in and have a go.

school junior chess tournament

Chess players that keep practicing and work hard at it, somehow develop more confidence to face other challenges in life.

girl at junior chess tournament

And when it’s their turn to move, all the thinking skills that’s been developed encourages children to search for the next best move as part of their overall plan.

Playing chess also helps children to improve logical thinking. In a game you have to rely on yourself and nobody else.  There is no luck involved whatsoever as you have to make all the decisions.  Chess is pure skill and this skill improves and increases the more your child practices regularly.

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My junior chess clubs take place at:

1) Herne Hill Baptist Church, Herne Hill, SE24 9HU (on Tuesdays)

2) Eltham Park Baptist Church, Eltham, SE9 1JE (on Wednesdays)

3) Glyndon Community Centre, Plumstead, SE18 7LB (on Fridays, but closed until further notice)

4) St Hilda's Church, Crofton Park, SE23 1PL (reopening 1st May)

Click the link to find out more about my Junior Chess Clubs. If you're a parent or a school looking to get in touch click here now to complete the enquiry form and Richard will get back to you soon.

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