Chess Club Online

Borden Grammar School has had a successful Chess Club since 2005 with lunchtime sessions in S12 run by Mr Chittenden. As social distancing continues, it seems sensible to run the club via an online platform. Mr Chittenden has set up a school club through the Chess.com website which is a global chess network and recommended by the Delancy UK Schools Tournament which Borden has entered for many years. If you wish to join the school Chess Club then follow these simple steps.

  1. Email Mr Chittenden (mc@bordengrammar.kent.sch.uk) to register your interest with your full name and form. Please do this through your school email and not a private email.
  1. Mr Chittenden will send you an invitation link to the site.
  1. Follow the link where you will be asked to setup a free account with chess.com. You do not need any payment options.
  1. You will then have access to the school's club homepage where you can play games against other club members.

Mr Chittenden will see how many pupils join before setting up tournaments. You can play individual games and use the online chat as well as the learning tools. If pupils play via phone or tablet they will need to download the free Chess.com app.

It is important that parents/guardians understand that only the school club pages are monitored by school staff. Therefore, Parents, Guardians and Pupils alike should read the following guidance to keep everyone safe online.

Keep Personal Information Limited

Don't divulge any personal information such as your full name and your home address. You wouldn't hand purely personal information out to strangers individually—don't hand it out to millions of people online.

Keep Your Privacy Settings On

Marketers love to know all about you, and so do hackers. Both can learn a lot from your browsing and social media usage. Make sure you have enabled privacy safeguards, and keep them enabled.

Be Careful Who You Meet Online

People you meet online are not always who they claim to be. Be as cautious and sensible in your online social life as you are in your in-person social life.

Be Careful What You Download

A top goal of cyber criminals is to trick you into downloading malware—programs or apps that carry malware or try to steal information. This malware can be disguised as an app: anything from a popular game to something that checks traffic or the weather. Don't download apps that look suspicious or come from a site you don't trust.

Finally, if you forget the rules of chess, don't worry... you're allowed to check!