The John Robinson Youth Chess Trust is an independent grant making charity founded in 2006. The Trust is regulated by the Charity Commission of England and Wales and our charity number is 1116981.

The charitable objects of the Trust are to advance education by providing or assisting in the provision of facilities for the teaching development and supervision of the playing of chess amongst persons under the age of twenty-one, resident in England or eligible to represent England at chess.

In practice the Trust makes grants to support junior chess events, junior chess organisations and individual ENG junior players (under the age of 21). The Trustees consider applications for grant funding on merit in accordance with their strategy and policies which are reviewed from time to time.

The Trust’s web page on the Charity Commission website can be accessed here

The latest five annual report and accounts of the Trustees can be accessed here

The Trust is registered with HMRC for gift-aid on donations (reference ZD04736).

John Robinson (1931 – 2006)

John Marshman Robinson was born in 1931 in Kettering and attended Kettering Grammar School and Birmingham University where he achieved a first-class degree specialising in metallurgy. Following National Service in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) he joined Stewarts & Lloyds, Corby in the research department where he was rewarded with the post as a senior manager in the field of research metallurgy.

Following early retirement, he became increasingly interested in the game of chess. Having been directly involved in Northamptonshire he was then invited to become an arbiter on the national chess circuit. John assisted in the organisation of international chess championships and was appointed to the prestigious official position of FIDE arbiter and called upon to oversee matches and tournaments in The Isle of Man, Hastings, the British, Moscow, Armenia, Istanbul and many more.

John became an important part of British Chess and took the entries for the British Chess Championship for some years. John played for the BCF Seniors Team in the World Seniors events. His work on the laws of the game in the mid 1990’s has left its mark – being incorporated in the laws in present day use. Rewards came in the form of the prestigious Boxall Salver for his work and the BCF President’s Award for Services to Chess in 2005. He died in 2006.

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