This section will be for the kids in terms of hints and tips to make them better players. Watch this space!
St James' Class Results - the benefit of chess club!
St James yr3 class competition now complete.
Well done to James Cooper on winning the trophy scoring 5 out of 5 all with checkmate.
James Travis came 2nd (silver medal) with 4 (all checkmates) out of 5 only losing to James.
Jess Caton came 3rd (bronze medal) also with 4 out of 5, 3 of which were checkmates again only beaten by James in the final round.
Each of these 3 go to after school chess club
Unfortunately Oliver Cheshire wasn't in so missed the opportunity to get into the top 3. His bye wasn't quite enough.
Slow starter went to Ethan Birchenall after losing his first two and then staying unbeaten in his final 3 games.
Next up school challenge St Thomas's v St James Thurs 13th June.
St Thomas' Class Competition Results - Girls rule again!
Yesterday we completed the year 3 St Thomas' Class competition and for the 2nd year running girls came first 1st and 2nd.
Congratulations to Gracie Clarke who wins the trophy after 5 wins out of 5 (shows the advantage of coming to chess club)
Lacey Mallabone took 2nd place (silver medal)
Noah Hunt came 3rd (bronze medal) after his older brother Jacob won the competition back in 2016.
Oliver Lech won the slow starter prize.
This afternoon will be St James' turn to complete their competition.
Hopefully these will be our future players in external competitions!!
New Community Chess Club - Sholver and Moorside Community Centre
I am really pleased to announce I have booked Sholver and Moorside Community Centre for a 4 week trial period starting in 3 weeks time, Mon 3rd June 6.30pm until 8pm. This Community Chess Club is not just for kids. I would love parents/grandparents to come along with the kids as well. Whether you know nothing about the game or can play abit all welcome. There will be a small charge to cover the cost of room hire. Give it a go!!
Northern Gigafinal Info
I know there is plenty of time but to make sure you put the correct dates in your diary. The Northern Gigafinal takes place on Sat 13th and Sun 14th July at Wright Robinson College in Manchester.
Sat 13th is for U7 to U10 boys so this covers the following:
Sithun De Silva, James Cooper, Leon Li, Austin Butterworth, Dylan Crothers, Patrick Shaw, Lawrence Moustafa
Sun 14th is for all girls and U11 to U18 boys covering:
Lucy Lowe, Nathan Li, Ethan Lancaster, Alex Hollingworth
Unfortunately and disappointingly the cost has gone up this year to £20. Entry is not open as yet on the website.
Chess in Schools Congress Results - Sun 19th May
Well done to Jessica Caton with 3.5 out of 6 easily beating her previous best score and winning best girl prize at Ashton today.
Mustapha Dia did well after a break from chess scoring 4 out of 6 and just missing out on the prizes. Tyler Timperley-Brogan scored a fabulous 3.5 on his competition debut. James Travis also did very well with 3 out of 6 in his first event. Oliver Cheshire had a tough set of games scoring 2.
Lawrence Moustafa in the senior event scored 2 out of 5 and nearly beat Ben Newton who has recently been selected for England.