Yesterday was the Northern Gigafinal at Wright Robinson College in Gorton with around 500 kids attending. The competition, one of the biggest kids chess competition in the world started with around 50000 entries was at the 3rd of 4 stages and down to the last 2000 players across all age groups. Each child is kept within their age groups for the competition. We had one entry through to the under 10's competition from the Megafinal (top 200 for their age in the country) and this was Jack Ellidge from St James. Jack who qualified last year as well (scoring 1.5 out of 6) performed outstandingly yesterday scoring a fantastic 3 out of 6. Jack was competing against children from all counties of England north of London, Scotland, Wales and Ireland, most of them affiliated to chess clubs and many of them from private schools. Jack (and his parents) and I are extremely proud of his achievement. Well done Jack.