Chess Rising Stars London Academy is creating the ideal new environment to help to introduce chess to younger children. We are delighted to announce that the Chelsea Chess Club for 5 to 7 year olds will start in January 2024.

Benefits abound as your child discovers the joys of learning chess in an interactive and enjoyable setting. No knowledge of chess is required, although we would suggest that without any chess background it would be best to join the club by week 3 of term.

Lessons are shorter than at our original Chelsea Chess Club and will be held in a smaller teaching group. The venue remains at Marlborough Primary School in Chelsea, where we have been based since 2019.

In 2023 the Chelsea Chess Club was recognised at Level 2 within the English Chess Federation’s Junior Development Pathway initiative. We are one of only eleven junior chess clubs across the country to achieve this status.

Once children have mastered the fundamentals of the game, and are feeling more confident about chess, then the Chelsea Chess Club would be the natural next step in their development.

Registration is now open for the Spring Term at the Chelsea Chess Club for 5 to 7 year olds

Easter & Summer Chess Courses

After a busy and productive Spring Term at our academy, Chess Rising Stars are now accepting bookings for the below courses taking place over the Easter Holiday and Summer Term:

Easter Holiday Chess Camp

Our Online Chess Camp will take place during the Easter Holiday. The camp will have a mixture of chess lessons, friendly games and an internal tournament with trophies posted to the winners. Lessons will take place from 9:00 – 11:30 am on 8th, 9th and 10th April.

Summer Chess Club Dates

The Summer Term Chess Club dates have been published for our Online Clubs, Chelsea Chess Club and Chelsea Chess Club for 5-7 year olds. All of our clubs will run for 10 weeks, with a break for half-term.


Chess Rising Stars Grand Prix

The final round of the Chess Rising Stars Online Grand Prix will take place this Sunday at 4 pm on lichess. There is free entry for all Chess Rising Stars students, parents and friends. Our popular online tournament series is coming to an end (for now) but we are already planning for its return!

Grandmaster Coaching

There will be a new guest coach for our Elite Chess Club lesson on Sunday 24th March. We have booked GM Martin Petrov (not to be confused with Marian!) to demonstrate his best games to the class. Martin will become the 3rd Grandmaster to have coached at the club since its creation in 2021.


Please do get in touch if you would like to register your child.

Nov 22, 2020

London Chess Classic’s Pro-Biz Cup tournament brings England’s leading players together

Tune in or play in the London Chess Classic’s Pro-Biz Cup tournament which this year is open to everyone and will be broadcast for the first time on Twitch.

Wednesday 9th of December on Twitch channels Photochess and Chesscomevents.

The unique format of the Pro-Biz Cup enables anyone to team up with a top player in a pairs chess format. The tournament is usually held alongside the London Chess Classic in a prestigious venue like Google HQ or the Historic RAC Club in London’s Pall Mall. This year it’s being run online on

The 2020 Pro-Biz Cup brings business minds and England’s leading players together in an online tournament to be staged on at 18.00 UK 13.00 EST to raise money for the UK charity Chess in Schools and Communities (CSC). You, and your business, have the opportunity to team up with chess professionals to learn and play with them in a fun format, in which you and your partner make alternate moves as you take on other Pro-Am pairs in rapid chess.

This year, the chess experts include England number one Michael Adams, England internationals David Howell, Luke McShane, Matthew Sadler, Nick Pert, Katarzyna Toma, Kanwal Bhatia and Dagnė Čiukšytė as well as two legends of English Chess, Jon Speelman and John Nunn. Four of England’s top young players: Marcus Harvey, Andrew Horton, Ravi Haria will also be involved as well as England Women’s team captain Lorin D’Costa.

How does it work?

You will meet your chess pro prior to the first game for a strategy meeting and if you want to further hone your skills in advance, extra lessons can be booked with a CSC chess trainer. There will be a minimum of three matches for all teams. See previous Pro-Biz Cup in the video below. (Note this was over the board).

Each team will have 20 minutes on the clock for all their moves (plus an additional 5 seconds per move). The entrepreneurs will be able to take up to two 1-minute timeouts, during which time they can consult with their GM partners.

Interested in teaming up with a Maestro & Friends for a day of superb chess? All bids and enquiries should be made to:

Stephen Meyler, CSC Fundraiser. Email:

Tune in to the games at 18.00 UK 13.00 EST at

Download the Pro-Biz Cup flyer

Players’ Bios 

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Dec 19, 2016

Wesley So has won the 2016 London Chess Classic

Wesley So has won the 2016 London Chess Classic and taken his Grand Chess Tour earnings to a whopping $295,000. All he needed to complete his triumph was a rock solid draw against Maxime Vachier-Lagrave since Fabiano Caruana got nothing against Anish Giri and in fact flirted with disaster. Hikaru Nakamura finished second in the Grand Chess Tour, 11.5 points and $150,000 behind Wesley. The day’s entertainment was provided by Veselin Topalov, whose sacrifice finally paid off against Levon Aronian.

The London Chess Classic has been a hugely enjoyable event but the final round was something of an anti-climax, saved only by Veselin Topalov’s never-say-die attitude!

Wesley So summed up that winning in London was his “best achievement ever”, but he pointed out himself that it had all happened in the second half of the year, since before then he’d been “going just around normal”. His fourth place in Paris and distant second to Carlsen in Leuven gave little hint of what was to follow, while on the July 2016 rating list he was ranked 11th in the world at 2770.

In hindsight a significant date was July 16th, when Wesley was crushed in 26 moves by Carlsen in the Bilbao Masters. He didn’t lose another classical game all year:

Bilbao Masters (Round 5 onwards): 6 games, +1
Sinquefield Cup: 9 games, +2
Olympiad: 10 games, +7
Isle of Man Open: 9 games, +4
London Chess Classic: 9 games, +3

Total: 43 games, +17
Such a run of form and dominance of a big series of events inevitably started talk about Wesley’s potential, with some high praise for the US no 2. You can watch all the interviews on the live coverage, including Vishy’s: