King's College School

Coeducational Independent Prep school in Cambridge



Chess is very strong at King's College School. The school has won the Cambridgeshire Junior Championships and the Cambridge schools League for the past three years. The King’s Chess team had another outstanding season. With a hundred children (half in the pre-prep) playing chess each week, there has been no shortage of enthusiasm and at the top, some players of high quality. Numerous national, regional and county titles have been won.

King’s A chess team remains undefeated over the last two seasons in 24 fixtures in the Cambridge Schools League.

Chess for Kids at KCS

There are four Chess for Kids clubs running at King’s each week.

The Pre prep clubs are open to Years 1 and 2 and are on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 1500-1600. It is possible for a player to attend both clubs if space permits. The session begins with simple exercises and tactics, and continues with a competition game followed by a round up.

The Year 3-4 club operates on Wednesdays 1600-1700 and the Year 5-8 club on Tuesdays 1625-1725. Competition matches are followed by a round up with examples discussed from children’s and master play.

In the Spring term the competitions form part of the UK Chess Challenge, with badges and points awarded and the higher scoring players are invited to the West Anglia Megafinal for school champions in May.

The school team plays two matches on each of six Saturdays over the year. Dates are on the league website : The school A team has won the League for the last two seasons. There will also be B,C and D teams (which are rotated) entering the League as of 2016-17. Players from Year 3 upwards may be invited to play.

All parents are emailed by Chess for Kids at the end of each term, with details of how to apply for the following term.