Doing the 25


During the current Covid-19 crisis it is obviously not possible to play 5asideCHESS face to face with anyone other than the people you live with. We believe that during this period of isolation it is more important than ever that we remain connected, so we are encouraging people to play others online and ‘do your 25’ that way. You can play people you know over Facetime or any other video app, you can play over instagram, facebook or LinkedIn. You can even play over the phone. For adults we can link you up with others to play so that you can make new friends whilst keeping your brain active. Download the 5asideCHESS master course via the link below and you can get started on your journey.

‘Doing the 25’ is a journey of connection and personal self discovery. The 5asideCHESS set is a simple tool to help people meet new people, to have meaningful encounters, broaden perspectives, find purpose, maintain and improve mental health and wellbeing and in the process, to help others and to help reconnect our society. The idea couldn’t be simpler and yet couldn’t be more important:

How to become a 5asideCHESS Master by ‘Doing the 25’

Get hold of a 5asideCHESS board and a ‘wanna play’ table talker. You can buy your own on this site or you can take a look at the map to see where boards are located across the UK.

Take your board to a cafe, library, care home, bar, school…….anywhere you are going to meet people. Set your board and table talker up and offer to play.

If you both know how to play, great, go for it. If you know how and they don’t, teach them. If you don’t know how then ask someone to teach you.

Record who you played and where on your 5asideCHESS Master form

Every five games you play reflect on your personal journey and what you are learning about yourself, others and about life

Play 20 people plus teach 5 people over whatever time period you choose

Receive your 5asideCHESS Master medal which you can wear as a dog tag or put on your keyring.

Further levels of the journey can also be achieved- 

100 games = 5asideCHESS International Master         500 games = 5asideCHESS Grand Master

Download the form here 5asideCHESS Master Course

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