If after reading the material here you’re interested in supporting our event, please contact Steve Lovell, Congress Secretary. There are contact details at the foot of this page, or you can use our contact form.
We have designed a range of partnership packages to suit budgets from £100 to over £1,000. These are explained here. However, if you'd be interested in a more bespoke package tailored to your own situation we'd love to hear from you.
Sample Press Coverage for the Bury St Edmunds Chess Congress
- Bury Free Press 2019
- ChessBase India 2019
- Bury Free Press 2017
- Haverhill Echo 2017
- East Anglian Daily Times 2015
- East Anglian Daily Times 2012
- East Anglian Daily Times 2010
- Many further clippings available
Educational Benefits of Chess
There has been a fair amount of research into the educational benefits of chess. Much of that is work in collated or summarised on this helpful website.
A similarly helpful piece was published by the Kasparov Chess Foundation.
Health Benefits of Chess
In common with other mentally stimulating activities, chess is widely understood to delay the onset of Alzheimer’s disease, as explained in this article: Checkmate to Alzheimer's.
The Bury St Edmunds Chess Congress will be held at the Apex on 20 and 21 October 2018. This annual event, now in its 36th year, is run on a not-for-profit basis and seeks outside sponsorship to ensure its continued viability. Events like this are only possible with the outside assistance of organisations such as yours.
Being held at the Apex, at the heart of arc shopping centre in Bury St Edmunds, logos and merchandise from partners will be visible to many beyond the competition's entrants. We expect the congress to get the usual excellent coverage in the local press. Both the Bury Free Press and the East Anglian Daily Times have featured the congress online and in print in recent years.
Should you elect to partner with us, your business will feature in our digital and physical marketing campaigns. We'll be sending multiple emails to previous entrants and physical entry forms will be distributed nationally. Partners will also be allocated space here.
We're expecting to attract around 170 chess players to the Bury St Edmunds town centre from across the region and beyond. The event has an amazing reputation, and often draws a few players from overseas. We even attracted England's number one graded chess player to the 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 competitions.
Chess is a game with universal appeal, open to people of all ages and from all walks of life. It is widely understood to be of great educational value, to promote cognitive development and, in common with many brain-games, to help keep people mentally sharp in old age.
By supporting this event, you would not only be helping raise the profile of your organisation but also promoting an activity which has a positive impact on society.