The first Wrexham Primary Schools Chess Championships took place at All Saints Primary School in Gresford on Thursday 13th June. The event was organised by Chess in Schools and Communities (CSC) with assistance from members of Wrexham Chess Club, and with special thanks to All Saints Primary School for hosting the event. Eight schools from across Wrexham entered with a total of sixty four children playing in teams of four, on a cool June day ideally suited to playing chess.

At 9:30am the room went quiet as the first round commenced. The games were hard fought and the Wrexham Chess Club members were immediately impressed by the both the play and sportsmanship of the children. After two rounds the All Saints Primary School Rooks team had moved into the lead closely followed by the Wat’s Dyke Community Primary School Rooks team, but a victory for All Saints in their third round clash established a lead for them at the top of the table which they never relinquished.

Meanwhile there many closely contested matches taking place, the teams from Victoria Community Primary School and the Ysgol Cynddelw Knights team were always close to the leaders and finished in joint second place, by contrast the team from Madras Primary School started slowly, but a late surge in the last two rounds moved them up to joint third place with the All Saints Knights team. Finishing just behind them were the All Saint’s Bishops team and the Ysgol Brynteg Knights team.

The full results are shown below, along with some pictures of the winning teams:

1st All Saints Primary School - Rooks, 16.5pts

2nd= Ysgol Cynddelw - Knights, Victoria Community Primary School, 12.5pts

3rd. All Saints Primary School - Knights, Madras Primary School, 11.5pts

 

All the children enjoyed the day, and at 2pm it was time for the prizegiving. There were medals for the top seven teams, and all the competing children took home a chess puzzle book and a small chess memento. The organisers were impressed that so many Wrexham schools have chess clubs, and are hoping that this will become an annual event. If any other schools are interested in setting up a chess club, please contact CSC Regional Organiser Bob Clark.