Having fun and fundraising

The Trust subscribes to the view that playing chess and fundraising for the game should be fun! The trustees have all variously been involved in staging fun events for chess and are open to any new ideas for more of the same.

The many photos that surround our web pages are taken from events that range from serious competitive play to much more light-hearted happenings. These include a living chess display in an art gallery, celebratory chess-themed days in a state infant school, simultaneous displays and quickplay tournaments.

We have also raised funds by participating in Charity Bike Rides and organising our own fundraising simultaneous displays with joint partners. We are keen to do more such events.

Tips and ideas

If you want to organise such events in your own school or community, the trustees will be happy to advise you if you need help. Living chess displays and chess in school days require careful planning, but they are undoubtedly well worth the effort (see, for example,

Taking part in fundraising events for your own school or community is also great fun. If you would like the Trust to take part in a fundraiser, such as through arranging a talk and/or a simultaneous display, please get in touch in the first instance with the Trust Secretary.

If you wish to raise funds for the Trust in a sponsored event (Chessathon, Bike Ride, etc) please let us know in advance and we can create an event page on the Trust's profile at BT MyDonate. You can also create your own fundraising page on BT MyDonate, and for offline sponsorship please download HMRC's standard Sponsorship and Gift Aid declaration form. If you would like to send us a report, we will be happy to acknowledge your contribution here. We would also be happy to preserve your anonymity if you prefer. Reports of some previous events are at Chandler Cornered (Bike Ride and Chess, September 2008) and in The Southern Reporter (Sponsored Simultaneous Chess Display, March 2011).

Further advice

While a completely independent charity, the Trust has often worked in partnership with Chess Scotland and shares an essentially common vision in regard to the development of chess for young people with the national body - whose official website ( contains a wealth of further useful information, including a dedicated "Schools" page, regional league and local club contacts and an events calendar.