Last weekend we had two teams in the main event and two in the plate competition at the semi-finals of the National Primary Schools Chess Competition and wow did they do well!
The U9B team were just pipped to 2nd place in their Plate competition whilst the U9 team came 3rd in the main event. There were 25 teams that had qualified for this stage and as the top 3 move forward to the final, it means that our U9s are now one of only 8 finalists nationwide who will be competing for the Champions of England title in July. It is going to be extremely tough, but just getting into this prestigious final is already an amazing achievement!
Sadly the U11A team missed out on the same outcome by just a solitary point, finishing 5th overall in a very strong tournament featuring 34 qualified teams.
What was gut-wrenching was how close they were given the short notice loss of their two Y6 players. Yes, the teams had to be re-jigged at the last moment but gee did those Y5s perform superbly in the face of adversity! However, for a team of boys who are all eligible for the same event next year, the future looks great.
As a knock-on effort, the U-11 ‘B’ team was weakened but nevertheless incredibly our solitary Y6 pupil Charlie Parker led by example as the team scored 23/30 to finish convincingly in first place; ultimately emerging from the prize-giving ceremony carrying the Silver Plate trophy.
A great time was had by all and a big thank you goes to all the parents for their dedication and support. All round; simply brilliant!
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