ISP Chess Tournament

ISP Chess Tournament

learning area


Age Range

Junior 5 –12 / Senior 12 – 18


January – May 2023

Participants per school

15 Junior / 15 Senior


In school and online

This exciting international competition brings teams of ISP students together to play fast chess in an online tournament competing in regional heats with the winning teams going through to the finals.

Chess is a valuable educational tool; studies have found that children who play chess significantly improve their visual memory, attention span and spatial-reasoning ability. By taking part in the competition, ISP players improve their game, develop their problem-solving and decision-making skills, and have great fun at the same time.

As well as fantastic prizes, the best players have the amazing opportunity to play against a chess grandmaster and learn first-hand from them!

It's a good opportunity to improve my chess knowledge and it's a challenge to play with students from different countries.


After 4 months of competition with 18 tournaments, more than 6,600 games and 434,000 moves played in 6 hours, the ISP Chess Tournament Champions were:

Junior Category:

  1. El Altillo International School (Spain)
  2. Tenby Schools Setia Eco Park (Malaysia)
  3. Park House English School (Qatar)


Senior Category

  1. El Altillo International School (Spain)
  2. St George’s College (Peru)
  3. Tenby Schools Setia Eco Park (Malaysia)

All the rounds were thrilling, and the level performed was astonishing. Congratulations to the winners and to the more than 900 students who took part in the tournament!


Junior Category:

  1. Ryan P. – Rowntree Montessori School (Canada)
  2. Nicholas K. – El Altillo International School (Spain)
  3. Giancarlo M. – St George’s College (Peru)


Senior Category

  1. Benjamin V. – El Altillo International School (Spain)
  2. Mikael A. – Lady Elizabeth School (Spain)
  3. Christopher Z. – Lynn-Rose School (Canada)

Learning objectives

Chess has been shown to positively impact on students’ learning, growth, and academic performance. It challenges them to think analytically, logically, and creatively as they combine their knowledge and skills to develop a more complex, deep understanding of the game.

Chess is widely recognised as an exceptional educational tool helping students to build their problem solving and decision-making skills. Studies have found that children who play chess significantly improve their visual memory, attention span, and spatial-reasoning ability.

The most frequently cited general benefits include the development of:

  • Cognitive abilities, such as attention, memory, and logical thinking; essential skills for the development of the individual.
  • Critical thinking, improving the ability to assess strengths and weaknesses, establish value judgements and make decisions.
  • Increased creativity through problem solving.
  • Better results in mathematics and improvements in literacy.

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