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St Catherine’s Bramley Hosts England Girls’ Chess Championships

The cream of England’s young chess champions gathered at St Catherine’s School in Bramley for this year’s English Chess Federation Girls’ Championships.

Ten schools with 12 teams battled it out to win the official ECF titles of National Schools Chess Champion for Under 11 Girls and Under 19 Girls. St Catherine’s accommodated many of the competitors and their families over a full weekend of competition.

Andrew Martin, ECF International Master, said:
“Both championships were remarkably hard-fought in what was a great weekend with a great atmosphere.”

He went on to thank St Catherine’s for their sponsorship as well as parents, school staff and colleagues at the ECF, “all of whom are helping the drive to boost girls’ chess.”

The results were:

U11
1st Champions – Howell’s A Cardiff 13.5
2nd Fernwood A Notts 10
3rd Fernwood B 10 ( Fernwood A came second on tie-break).
4th Howell’s B 5.5
5th Newcastle Prep 5
6th Putney High 1
Three boards per match, an all-play-all.

U19
1st Champions – Nonsuch School 12
2nd The Abbey School Reading 11.5
3rd Burnt Mill Academy,Harlow 9
4th St Edward’s Leek (Staffs) 9 (Burnt Mill came third on tie-break)
5th RGS Newcastle 7.5
6th King’s Chester 6.5

Earlier this month Hank Roberts, former president of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, called for chess – which is “hugely popular” in independent sector schools – to be introduced in all state primary schools. Mr Roberts believes that all pupils as young as seven should be given compulsory chess to boost concentration levels, numeracy and reading comprehension.

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