National Chess Week for Barnardo's

9/24/2003 – From Ocktober 20 to 26 the National Chess Week is being organised in Britain. Half a million players are expected to take part, generating a fund of £500,000 for children's charity. The money goes to Barnado's, an organisation that helps handicapped children and young people. Details...

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The partners in this extraordinary event are:

  • Barnardo's is an organisation that helps handicapped children and young people to transform their lives and fulfil their potential. They are Britain's largest children's charity, supporting 100,000 children and their families through more than 300 projects in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Barnardo's helps children, young people and their families over the long term to overcome the most severe disadvantages – problems like abuse, homelessness and poverty – and to tackle the challenges of disability.

  • The British Land Company is one of the major quoted UK property companies, with the largest total funds under management of £11 billion.

  • Chess Academy (UK) Limited is the official distributor for the Fritz powered range of PC chess games. These include award winning games designed to help children learn to play chess and games for more experienced players to improve their playing skills and play competitive chess against a powerful opponent.

Barnardo’s, The British Land Company PLC and Chess Academy have joined forces to launch the first ever National Chess Week, beginning on Monday 20th October 2003.

More than half a million children and young people throughout the UK will have the opportunity to play at least one game of chess during the week.

For every game played, each player will pay £1 to Barnardo’s to help fund their work to help disadvantaged children and young people across the UK.

During the National Chess Week for Barnardo’s, there will be lots of events taking place up and down the country and online too. As well as playing chess against your friends one can also take part in an online Celebrity Chess Challenge or Pit your Witz against the powerful Fritz Chess Program. If you want to take part, you will find instructions on how to participate here.

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