FAQs for Schools


Q. Is it free to join the CCC?

A. Yes, although we do ask parents to pay a voluntary £1 contribution to the CCC's running costs each Saturday that they play.


Q. How do children travel to and from the events?
A. Parents are responsible for dropping off and collecting their children.


Q. What if a child does not turn up?
A. The school will forfeit the game with a player missing but will still be able to win the match 5-1 if all others win their games. It is recommended that you invite eight children to each event; schools' extra children can play friendly games against each other.


Q. What if a child turns up late?
A. They will forfeit their game but will be able to play in the remaining matches for that event.

Q. Can children above primary school age play on my team?

A. Year 8 is the maximum allowed but children in Years 7 and 8 play with a 5-minute time handicap.


Q. What if all of my players are beginners?
A. There will be other schools in a similar situation and the Swiss system that we use to pair teams ensures that players are matched with others of a similar ability.

Q. How can I get professional coaching for the children at my school?
A. There is a Cambridgeshire-based company called Chess For Kids who will travel to your school to coach at reasonable rates.