Charity chess to support the Kids and Art of Ukraine initiative

by Malcolm Pein
11/23/2023 – Last week, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) held a charity event in London in aid of the Kids and Art of Ukraine initiative. Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant played a match against FM Miguel Senlle Caride and then gave a simul. | Photo: GM Ketevan starting the simultaneous against the oldest opponent in the room | Photos: EBRD

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EBRD plays for Ukrainian kids

Last Wednesday 15th of November, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) hosted at its headquarters in London, a charity chess event for the initiative Kids and Art of Ukraine, with the support of Chess in Schools and Communities (CSC).

Malcolm Pein introduces Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant

The event included two main activities:

An exhibition match between the Scottish GM Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant and the Spanish FM Miguel Senlle Caride.

GM Ketevan vs FM Miguel before the start of the first game / Photo: EBRD

The match consisted of 4 rapid games, time control of 10 minutes with an addition of 5 seconds per move, starting from move one.

The result was 3.5 – 0.5 in favour of FM Miguel Senlle Caride.

After the two-hour exhibition match, GM Ketevan played very competitive simultaneous games that lasted for more than 2 hours with 19 victories and 1 defeat.

The organisers

About Chess in Schools and Communities

Chess in Schools and Communities (CSC) is a UK charity whose mission is to improve children’s educational outcomes and social development by introducing them to the game of chess. Founded in 2009, CSC works with 1,500 schools across the UK. Each year, the charity stages ChessFest, a free mass participation event, in Trafalgar Square as well as an elite tournament, the London Chess Classic. See

Chess is a low-cost, high-impact educational intervention. It knows no boundaries of age, gender, faith, ethnicity or disability, and can be played anywhere at any time. The game fosters intellectual and emotional skills crucial to a child’s wider development; CSC teaches chess in disadvantaged communities to give every child the chance to realise their full potential and has expanded its programme to include libraries and prisons. 

About the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) was created in April 1991 to ‘foster the transition towards open market-oriented economies and to promote private and entrepreneurial initiative’.

Since then, the EBRD has invested over €180 billion in more than 6,500 projects across three continents.

The EBRD are a climate finance leader and actively support Ukraine and other countries affected by the war there. We have also committed much of our recent activity to countering the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic.


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Malcolm Pein is the CEO of Chess in Schools and Communities, organiser of the London Chess Classic, Managing Director of Chess and Bridge Ltd, the publisher of CHESS Magazine, and chess correspondent for the Daily Telegraph.