About Us

Most of us started playing chess in Bangladesh. Some promising and leading chess players from Bangladesh moved into the UK from early 1990s.  Currently, there are several ex-national players are living in the UK including former Champions and Runner-ups.  BBCA committee includes some of these former national players and organisers from Bangladesh.

In June 2015, they came together to form a unique chess club that would be a common platform for Bengali and non-Bengali chess players.  A year later, our club has become a popular hub of chess players in the East of London. We aim to study and promote chess to all regardless of their socio-economic background and ethnicity.  We would like to spread the love of chess to our children whom we count as our future.

“Chess, like love, like music, has the power to make men happy .???

-Siegbert Tarrasch

BBCA are a Tower Hamlets based fairly new chess club, which are being run by the ex-international players/experienced chess organizers, believe in equal opportunities. We aim to promote chess to all our community members regardless of their background. We organise regular chess training sessions at the Tower Hamlets Parents Centre 1 Links Yard, 29 Spelman Street, London E1 5LX on every Sunday from 3pm till 7pm. We also organize a monthly tournament there on the last Sunday of each month.  Through this, we would like to have a strong team in the forthcoming days who will represent us in various tournaments in the UK and abroad. Please come along and enjoy chess.

You may also know that chess is a curriculum subject in our primary and secondary schools. As educators have long cited the benefits of playing chess and it’s easy to see why!  Decades of research demonstrate that playing chess improves students’ social skills, memory, spatial skills, numerical abilities, verbal skills, creative and critical thinking, problem solving and reasoning skills. Chess provides an enormous health benefits as it exercises both sides of the brain. It also helps prevent Alzheimer’s disease.

While learning and playing chess in an academic or a club setting, provides a fun, engaging exercise in strategic thinking, the most exciting finding that emerges time and time again is that these brain building benefits remain and support learners long after the chess boards have been put away.  Numerous studies suggest that the thinking skills fostered through the chess curriculum is effectively transferred, leading to overall improvements in players’ test scores and school achievements.