What is Yes2Chess?

Yes2Chess is a free online schools’ chess community which is designed to bring top class chess resources, online play and an international competition to primary school children.

Who can join?

Children aged between 6-18 from schools across the world are invited to sign up so their pupils can play friendly games. Children aged between 7-11 in schools from the UK, the USA. Germany, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Denmark are eligible to take part in the Yes2Chess International Challenge.

How many children can play?

Each school may sign up to 100 pupils to the Yes2Chess server, where they will be able to play chess against children from all over the world in a safe environment.

Is it secure?

Only children who are registered to Yes2Chess by their school teacher or chess tutor will have access to the chess server.

There is no chat function between players.

We do not capture any pupil information, including pupils’ names. Children are only identified by school. Each child will have a unique username that only their schools will have access to.

Do we need any particular software or computers to take part?

You do not have to download any special software, as Yes2Chess is entirely web based. Only internet access is required and you can use a PC, MAC, tablet or even smartphone.

You can find out more information on how to use this software with our Yes2Chess Client Guide.

Is there is a user guide for the web chess playing client?

Yes – you can find out more information on how to use this software with our Yes2Chess Client Guide.

Do children have to be good players?

Not at all. They just need to know the rules of chess.

How does the tournament work?

Participating schools will be placed in groups within countries, the winners of which qualify for a knockout stage. Schools can enter up to 20 teams. Each team will consist of five players, who must have been born after 31st December 2004. All teams must have at least one female player; all-boys schools will be required to find a female competitor from outside the school.

Why chess?

Learning chess has been shown to improve children’s educational and social development. Chess develops children’s critical thinking and logical reasoning skills, whilst helping to improve their memory and concentration. The game also facilitates children’s emotional development by promoting imagination and creativity, teaches that success is the reward of hard work, builds self-esteem and encourages good sportsmanship.

How do I sign up?

There is a short application form to complete, after which you will receive an e-mail with all the usernames and a password for your school, which you will be able to change. You will also receive a link to the website where all the games will take place, and a guide to using it.

To join the Yes2Chess community, please register here.

Can I watch anything about Yes2Chess?

View the highlights of the Yes2Chess Final 2015