An excellent day was had by all at the first Chess Activity Day held at St Thomas' School, Moorside. A massive thanks to the school for allowing me to host my first external event and Mark Ellis for setting up and opening the school.
We had an excellent turnout with 30 kids from 7 schools (10 St Thomas, 12 St James, 8 other schools). The day consisted of a 6 round competition and then between rounds activities run by our other chess tutors Glenn Trueman, Roger Glover, Neil Dainty and Tim Shanker. These included 3 puzzles, some guidance on how to notate the moves for the puzzles and challenges including King and Pawn v King and King and Rook v King. Glenn did some demonstrations to assist those who struggled with these and played a number of simil matches against the children.
Help was also received from Hannah Keech and Alyssa Varlow and thanks to Kim (book stall) and Phil Ball (tuck shop) to complete the day.
Results of the competition are shown below.
Alicia Custy (homeschooling) took first place with 6 out of 6 (no surprise considering her excellent performance a couple of weeks ago at the Northern Gigafinal). She had a mammoth final match against Ella Keech but her experience ground out the result required to keep her 100% record. Very nervous for both of them as many of the other kids watched to the conclusion of the game.
We had 5 players on 4.5 out of 6 and had to separated them for 2nd and 3rd with a tiebreak based on who had played the hardest opponents.
Well done to William Hardman-Elliott (St James) who came back to form to take 2nd place overall.
Jacob Hunt (St Thomas) had an excellent day taking 3rd place.
The other 3 tied for 2nd were Kaden Davies (St Thomas) who took the Yr 6 medal, Alex Hollingworth (St Thomas) who was my player of the day showing great improvement against difficult opponents to win the Year 4 Medal and Alexia Clancy (St James) who was unfortunate to miss out.
Other year group winners were Anniyah Waheed (Coppice Academy) who took the year 1 medal, Marton Lange (Glazebury Primary School) who took the year 2 medal, Lawrence Moustafa (St James), the year 3 medal and Adam Hamer (St Thomas) the year 5 medal.
Stanley Pitt (Glazebury Primary School) took the slow starter prize after losing his first 3 but finishing on 3 out of 6.
We also had two raffle prizes won by Maddison Smith (chess set) and Rowan Penney (chess book).
Aaron Walkden won a puzzle book for showing the most enthusiasm in the activities.
Well done to everyone