The Second NSCC Individual and Team Blitz will take place at The King’s School Grantham on Saturday 17 March 2018 from 11.00am – 4.00pm  This is free to all secondary schools and sixth form colleges in the UK

What is Blitz?

Blitz is chess played quickly! Traditionally this was five-minute chess, where each player has 5 minutes on their clock to complete all their moves. With modern digital clocks, the alternative is that each player has 3 minutes, plus 2 seconds additional time per move. Either way it is fast and furious and fun!


Teams of four (plus an optional reserve) will compete in the Team Blitz from 2.00 p.m. for a trophy and medals for the three highest placed teams; from 11.00 a.m., all may also participate in the Individual Blitz with plaques for the top five players (schools who do not have sufficient players for the team event are encouraged to enter up to three players in the Individual Blitz and scratch teams will be formed for those who wish in the afternoon Team Event). King’s is just a short walk from Grantham station, on the fast East Coast line and has parking for those who prefer to drive. Refreshments will be available.

Read about last year’s event here

Chess clocks

If you don’t have chess clocks then you can practice use a phone app. A simple one is that provided for free on by defaults to 5 mins or can be set to 3 mins + 2 sec increment (you can find it here).

Entrants — ACS Egham International School, Wilson’s School, Heathside Preparatory School, Hereford Cathedral School, The Kibworth School, Chepstow School, Nottingham High School, The Kings School Grantham, Bourne Grammar School, KES Birmingham


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