ChessFest 2022

The ECF is delighted to report that Chess in Schools and Communities will be holding another ChessFest this summer on Sunday 17th July in Trafalgar Square, London.

ChessFest is a fun-filled day, open to all, and completely free! The event runs from 11am to 6pm and involves literally hundreds of chess boards for casual play, a human chess match where the pieces are played by actors, multiple simultaneous displays from some of the best players in the UK – Gawain Jones, Matthew Sadler and Stuart Conquest to name but three – and lectures to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1972 World Chess Championship and the 25th anniversary of Kasparov vs. Deep Blue. 

Whatever age, whatever chess ability, this is an event great for all. To catch a flavour of what to expect of the day, you can see a video of last year’s event here —

ChessFest is not just in London, but in Liverpool too, with a fellow event happening at Liverpool ONE’s Chevasse Park. Which event will hold the best chess? There will be a livestreamed match between the two sites to decide that very question! For more information on both of these events please visit


Chess in Schools and Communities are looking for volunteers to assist at ChessFest. Tasks include: setting up in the square and packing up; setting up chess sets; supervising play on the giant chess sets; matching members of the public to play; and even playing a few games against members of the public! Volunteers must be aged over 18. We can offer travel expenses within the M25, lunch and refreshments, as well as a staff ChessFest t-shirt. If you would like to find out more, please contact us either via email at or by calling 020 7935 3445 (office hours only)

ChessFest is proudly supported by XTX Markets