After the success of our regional pilot chess competitions in 2020, we are very excited that the ISP Chess Tournament is now one of our yearly 11 International Learning Opportunities available to ISP students.
This programme is open to ISP students aged 5 – 18 years old from around the world. The free online competition will bring our students together in school teams to play fast chess with each other in a global tournament through Lichess.org.
The ISP Chess Tournament involves three rounds of one-hour chess tournaments tiered into regional tournaments that then progress to semi-finals and a final. There are two categories:
- Junior – under 12s
- Senior – under 18s
During the competition students play fast-paced chess games – ‘3+2 Blitz games’ and an average of six to ten games in an hour in each round, with different students from other ISP schools. They are automatically and randomly matched with an opponent from another school after each game. Students in a team play individually, but the results are established by counting the best six players per school team. There is also the added opportunity for the top three school teams in each category to win an exciting and valuable chess experience such as playing with a chess grandmaster!
The competition provides inspiring opportunities for students to get better at the game whilst having fun and developing their problem-solving and decision-making skills. Chess is widely recognised as an exceptional educational tool and 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.
- Improvements in literacy.
1 FIDE. Chess in Education Commission (https://edu.fide.com/why-chess/)
The learning goals of the tournament are to:
- Promote chess across ISP schools.
- Encourage positive and stimulating competition on a global stage.
- Foster positive links between ISP schools and build long-lasting friendships across the world.
- Recognise, share and celebrate amazing learning.
ISP Chess Tournament in numbers
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