This section will be for the kids in terms of hints and tips to make them better players. Watch this space!
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.
Megafinal Results - 8 Qualifiers
I just wanted to let you know about the wonderful day our kids had yesterday at the Delancey Schools Megafinal at Saddleworth School.
I include a picture of the Motley Crew (it was liking herding cats!).
This was stage 2 of 4 of the National chess competition, 10 of our children from St Thomas’ and St James’ (plus 3 private tuitions) had qualified through stage 1 at an event in Ashton a few weeks ago. Around 100 kids, the best kids across the region turned up to try and qualify for stage 3 the Northern Gigafinal at Wright Robinson College in July.
The progress these children continue to make is incredible, demonstrated by the fact we had 2 qualify through the Megafinal 2 years ago, 6 through last year and this year this increased to 8.
Lucy Lowe was the best Under 10 Girl or ‘Suprema’ having won the Under 9 event last year.
James Cooper (our first ever year 3 in the Megafinal) incredibly finished 3rd in his age group qualifies (included year 4’s in his competition)
Lawrence Moustafa and Austin Butterworth finished joint 3rd in their age group, both only losing to England International Ben Newton (and giving him a decent game!)
Our other qualifiers were Ethan Lancaster, Alex Hollingworth (despite a significant nosebleed on the day!), Patrick Shaw, Dylan Crothers both who have qualified for the first time.
Unfortunately only William Hardman-Elliott and Ayaan Iltaf didn’t quite make it through to the next stage.
Each child is now down to the final 200 for their age groups Nationally 50,000 started in the competition across all ages in January.
I would also like to inform you in a couple of weeks-time I am starting a local Community Chess Club at Sholver and Moorside Community Centre (Monday nights starting June 3rd). This is aimed at children and parents/grandparents in the local area as a shared activity and lots of our local superstars are coming along to play and teach some of the local community how to play this wonderful game. The interest has been amazing including from some ex pupils from St Thomas’. I am really looking forward to this new venture.
A massive thankyou to all our Parents yesterday, supporting all the children from both schools for around 8 hours. They are absolute heroes!
It doesn’t end there today back to Ashton with some of the less experienced kids playing in their first competition (7 in total)
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