Open to any secondary school or sixth form college – run a blitz event for pupils at your school, then individual and team finals at The Kings School, Grantham in March 2018

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!


Schools can run an internal Blitz championship to determine their school Blitz champion. Any schools can enter the National Team Blitz finals for teams of 4 players (plus an optional reserve). Their team players can also play in the individual Blitz, to be played before the team final. If a school does not with to enter a team, then their champion can enter the individual championship, and they will also be allocated to a scratch team. Full details of the final will be published in due course

Chess clocks

If you don’t have chess clocks you can 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).

Read about last year’s event here

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