Mayor of London attends Chess event at Olympia London

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson has revealed his support for the Chess in Schools and Communities’ Yes2Chess campaign by attending the sixth annual London Chess Classic at Olympia London Conference Centre (OLCC).
The Mayor visited some of the 2,000 schoolchildren at the 10-day event to voice his appreciation of the game as an educational tool. The event, which started on 6 December and concluded on 14 December, is said to be the UK’s largest festival and has been held at OLCC since its inception in 2009.
During the event, live contests from the world’s strongest players are staged in the OLCC’s Auditorium, while free chess activities and educational sessions for schoolchildren take place in its large east hall and foyer.
A total of 153 chess tables were set up across two spaces to accommodate up to 500 children playing at any one time.
“It’s great to be back once again at Olympia Conference Centre,” said Tao Bhokanandh, Operations Director at Chess in Schools and Communities. “The venue meets all our requirements including the capacity to run distinct events simultaneously.”
Anna Golden, Commercial Director at Olympia London said: “London Chess Classic is a wonderful event that reaches out to hundreds of schoolchildren from all over the UK. We are always delighted to host it and were especially pleased this year to receive a visit from our special guest, Boris Johnson. The Mayor made the most of the venue’s central and well connected London location, before nipping back on his bike to recommence his Mayoral duties.”
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Paul Colston


Paul Colston

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