Chess and Community

By | February 23, 2024

The connection between Chess in Education and Chess in Communities lies in the game’s ability to promote social interaction. By leveraging the educational and community-building potential of chess, communities can create positive environments that support learning, growth, and inclusivity for all. Through chess, communities can empower individuals to develop their skills, talents, and potential by providing access to resources, training, and support. Communities can help individuals thrive both on and off the chessboard, contributing to their personal growth and the overall strength of the community.

Chess can also serve as a bridge across diverse communities, bringing together individuals from different cultural, socioeconomic, and demographic backgrounds. Inclusive chess programs create opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to participate and contribute, fostering a sense of belonging and acceptance within the community.

In the next Discussion group meeting Devina Rishi will share her story and invite you to discuss

  • How would you engage with community groups within your area to introduce chess as an accessible, social activity?
  • Can you name any possible community partners in your area? 
  • How much time ( hours/week) are you able to give to promote chess in the community and would you do this for free?

Devina set up a chess club in her children’s primary school in 1996 and has been teaching chess in Enfield since then. She joined the CSC team shortly afterward and has tutored in many schools in the North London area. At present, in addition to her work with CSC schools, she runs chess classes and club sessions in Enfield for children and adults on a not-for-profit basis. These have been initiated in partnership with Enfield Library as well as Age UK by offering talks & workshops, free of charge, at various community events, followed by a series of subsidised workshops & classes.

Her interests include playing chess for leisure ( not tournaments), lace-making and studying Horticultural studies & Garden Design.