Adam Hunt, Head of Chess, receives prestigious appointment from the English Chess Trust

Woodbridge School’s Head of Chess and International Master, Adam Hunt, has been asked to lead the mentoring process jointly for the English Chess Trust’s ‘Accelerator Programme’, which is designed to develop the top English junior players for future successes. There are currently eight students on the programme from around the country, who are also hoping to represent England at World and European junior championships when over-the-board chess resumes.

This week, Adam was interviewed on BBC Radio Suffolk about the recent surge in interest in the game of chess – brought about by popular Netflix drama, ‘The Queen’s Gambit’, which tells the story of a young girl in a 1950s orphanage, who reveals an astonishing talent for chess. Adam and 14-year-old chess pupil Marina, in Year 9, spoke to the BBC’s Mark Murphy about the School’s chess success and why it is such a fascinating and stimulating activity.

Adam Hunt, Head of Chess at Woodbridge School, said:

“Woodbridge is the leading school in the East of England for chess, being recognised officially as an English Chess Federation ‘centre of excellence’, and our breadth of chess activities is unrivalled at any other school in the country.

“Whether you are looking to learn the game for the first time, or are an experienced national or international junior, Woodbridge School can cater for your level of experience.”

Woodbridge School is one of very few schools in the world to have a full-time chess teacher, with Adam having joined in 2003. Adam – whose sister, Harriet, is also an International Master – has coached the English junior teams on many occasions at World and European Junior Championships.

Moreover, Woodbridge School has been recognised with the English Chess Federation’s prestigious ‘British Chess Education Trust Award’ for a second time, having received it initially in 2004 – one of only a handful of schools to have done so twice.

Photo caption: Woodbridge School’s Head of Chess and International Master, Adam Hunt, has been asked to lead the mentoring process jointly for the English Chess Trust’s ‘Accelerator Programme’. [Credit: WOODBRIDGE SCHOOL]