Chess Initiative

Ficheall Bunscoile Chorcaí

in partnership with the

Cork Education Support Centre

and the

West Cork Education Centre

The Benefits of Learning Chess 162.4 KiB

FBC Info Flyer 1.5 MiB

FBC Flyer

A chomhphríomhoidí,

It gives me great pleasure to inform you of a new initiative for all Cork primary schools – an opportunity to promote the terrific game of chess in your school!

Who . . .

Ficheall Bunscoile Chorcaí (FBC) is a group of Cork primary school principals and teachers who simply wish to grow the game of chess in Cork primary schools. Ficheall Bunscoile Chorcaí is a group of voluntary teachers. It is only with the organisational and administrative support of the Cork Education Support Centre and the West Cork Education Centre that we can bring this initiative to you.

Why . . .

We have seen first-hand the amazing benefits chess has had for students in our schools and we believe you will agree if you promote chess in your school too. Chess involves no reading or writing and so it is a great leveler for students of all abilities. Chess promotes the skills of problem-solving, forward-planning, respect and discipline not to mention the many other social skills developed by planning a game one-on-one. See attached an article by Clive Hutchby from the Irish Chess Union on The Benefits of Playing Chess.

There is no chess in our school . . .

No problem. As long as there is a will there is a way!

The great thing about chess is that it is so cheap to start up; 30 chess sets can be purchased for €200 – 30 chess sets allows 60 students to play at once!

Liam Murray (teacher at Little Island NS) has been teaching teachers how to play chess for many years and can provide you with the knowledge and resources to introduce chess to your classroom or school

Liam can be contacted at 085 1651137

Our school plays chess . . .

Great, this initiative is perfect for you!

We want to help teachers organise chess leagues in classrooms and schools this winter

We will organise one-day regional tournaments so that chess players in your school can represent their school in chess and play against chess players from other schools (these regional tournaments are planned for January and February 2018)

Please contact your regional chess manager before Friday 1st December 2017 to notify them of your interest to compete in the 2018 regional tournaments in January and February 2018

I have loads more questions . . .

We expect you do so contact your regional chess manager as below before Friday 1st December 2017

Region Chess Manager School Contact Number
North Cork Damien Fallon Killavullen NS 086 1046886
West Cork Méabh Hennessy Kilcolman NS 087 7962068
Cork City, South and East Cork Aonghus Gannon Beaumont Boys Ns 085 2790559

or alternatively email your query to

Please print this email out and/or the accompanying poster attached and post in your staff-room or distribute to a colleague you believe it might be of interest to.

Thank you for your time,

The FBC Team