The weekend of the 13th and 14th May was a busy one for The Blue Coat School chess players and their parents! After playing so well in the quarter final in January, many of our club members made the journey to Bristol for the semi final of the National Primary Schools’ Chess Championship.

In the Under 11 section Tristan, Hasan, Ansh, William, Joseph, Aryan and Ayaan were to face some of the best primary school chess players from around the country. They acquitted themselves very well, with Tristan scoring 3/5 on board 1 against the very strongest opposition, and Hasan, also scoring a commendable 3/5 on board 2, despite having had a long journey back from France the night before. Ansh, William, Joseph, Aryan and Ayaan all battled well, and our finish in an excellent bronze medal position doesn’t quite reflect the level of concentration and commitment that the boys showed. Well done!

In the Under 9 section, we were represented by Dhruv, Ehsan, Aadi, Jia, Priyamvada, Aarav, George, Henry and Zahid. Everyone played some excellent chess, and showed resolve beyond their years. Special mention must go to Priyamvada, who bounced back from one or two difficult defeats to win an impressive game in the final round, and to Aarav Massey of Year 3, who scored a fantastic 4/5 on board one, against many of the top year 4 chess players in the country. The Under 9 players also came away with bronze medals.

On Sunday we also had excellent representation at the Warwickshire County Megafinal. This was a notable chance for many to play in their first tournament outside of school, and I’m very pleased to report that not only did everyone hold their own against more stiff opposition, several players managed to score a sufficient number of points to progress to the next stage of the competition – the national Gigafinal. Very well done to Jia , Ojal, Ansh, Trista, Esa and Jovan.

On a personal note I would like to thank all the children who came along to play, and to say how proud I am to see everyone enjoying their chess, and doing so well. I must also thank all of the parents who took the time to bring them along; tournaments like this would not happen without you all. Next year we will have another shot at getting to the final!