Jonathan Reynolds MP

Representing the communities of Stalybridge, Hyde, Mossley, Longdendale, and Dukinfield
labour and coop candidate jonathan reynolds

Young Chess Players Challenge MP in Parliament

YOUNGSTERS from a Stalybridge primary school proved more than a match for MP Jonathan Reynolds, when they challenged him to a game of chess.

The pupils from Stalyhill Junior School, in Stalybridge, were in Westminster as part of celebrations to mark the launch of the Chess in Schools and Communities project.

The event -attended by global Chess legend Garry Kasparov -gave dozens of youngsters the chance to take on chess star Nigel Short.

But before their big match, 10-year-olds James Wilde and Elise Donohoe challenged Stalybridge and Hyde MP Jonathan Reynolds to a warm-up game.

And they proved more than a match for Mr Reynolds - who was struck by the youngsters' strategy and skills.

"The pupils from Stalyhill Junior School were quite impressive," said Mr Reynolds. "And I am delighted that they were able to visit Parliament for this very special occasion.

"I did think I had a fail-safe strategy to win any game of chess - but I was soundly beaten by these talented youngsters, who showed incredible flare and skill.

"We often talk about children as being part of the Xbox or Playstation generation - but it is clear there is still a place for chess too.

"At Stalyhill there are more than 100 children who regularly play chess. The children tell me that they really enjoy it. Their teachers tell me it helps them develop important skills that are useful in and out of the classroom.

"I used to enjoy playing chess when I was a child and I am pleased to see that it is still enjoyed by youngsters today.

"I am pleased to support the Chess in Schools and Communities project and I hope it will encourage the next generation of youngsters to give it a go."

Chess in Schools and Communities has been launched to encourage the playing of chess in state schools and in inner city communities. They aim to organise and promote world class chess events and to raise the profile of the game and its educational benefits.

The organisation is already working with 3000 children in 80 schools across the country

The event at Westminster was hosted by Labour MP Rachel Reeves. It was attended by children from 18 schools from across the country, including Leeds, Newham, Bristol, Cardiff and Greater Manchester.

Jonathan is pictured with Stalyhill Junior School chess players James Wilde, aged 10, and Elise Donohoe, aged 10.


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