“The UK used to be at the forefront in world chess. It was second behind the Soviet Union. It has now slipped to 13th for men and 27th for women according to the International Chess Federation. The backing from the Government is a welcome boost. Each year Holland & Co Chartered Accountants sponsor 2 annual chess competitions”Nigel Holland
- Rishi Sunak is set to burnish his nerd credentials further as the prime minister makes a revival in chess in Britain his latest policy goal.
- Sunak, who is said to be convinced of the mental benefits of chess, will install 100 chess tables in public parks, encourage the game in schools.
- The Government to back the English Chess Federation to the tune of £500,000, marking government backing for the first time.
- The announcement will take place at a “ceremony featuring an over-sized set on 10 Downing Street’s lawn”, people “familiar with the matter” said.