Merseyside - Liverpool

 

 

 

Participating schools

Greenbank (Natasha May)

Monksdown (Graham Carr)

New Brighton Primary (Natasha May)

Northway (John Gorman)

Our Lady of Good Help

Sacred Heart (John Gorman)

St Ambrose (Natasha May)

St Cuthbert's Catholic Primary and Nursery School (John Gorman)

St Sebastian's (John Gorman)

The Beacon (Nick Hawkins)

Wavertree (Ian Campbell)

Woolton (Natasha May)

CSC Tutors shown in brackets

 

Supported Schools

Church Drive

Knowsley Lane

Merchant Taylors' Senior Girls School

Previous Projects

Our Lady of Good Help

Springwood

St. Margaret's

St. Michael's Catholic

Summerhill

Wellesbourne

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Supported by:

 

   
       

2nd Yes2Chess CSC Liverpool Tournament

 

27.6.16 - The Mayor Liverpool Joe Anderson provided the splendid venue of St. George's Hall for the second CSC Chess Merseyside Junior Tournament for primary schools on Monday 27 June. 390 children in 78 teams from schools across the region took part in sections for U11's, U10's, U9's and U8's.

 

 

The second CSC Chess Merseyside Junior Tournament - St George's Hall

 

A team of CSC tutors supported by volunteers from Barclaycard’s office in Sefton together with local players and teachers helped Tournament Director Bob Clark and CSC Chief Executive Malcolm Pein to ensure that this was another day to remember.

 

 
   

Following the prize giving, the children were given a round of applause from the grown-ups for their friendly, competitive play and for their excellent behaviour throughout.

 

Great thanks to Bob Clark whose meticulous planning ensured that everything ran smoothly.

 

Gallery | Results | BayTV Video | Runtime: 2:08

 

 

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U11

  Merseyside Junior Tournament  
               
               
    Rounds  
 

 

             
Number

School

Team 1 2 3 4 5  

 

             
1

Our Lady of Pity

  5 10 14 17½ 21  
2

Sacred Heart 

B 5 10 13 14½ 19½  
3

Ladymount

  5 10 12 16 17½  
4

Bishop David Sheppard 

A 0 5 8 11½ 15½  
5

St William

  1½ 11½ 15½  
6

Sacred Heart 

A 5 10 11 12 15  
7

Northway

  3 6 8 11½ 14½  
8

Greenbank

  10 14  
9

Kings Meadow

  3 3 7 11½ 13½  
10

St Ambrose 

A 0 3 6 10 12  
11

Bruche

  10½ 12 12  
12

Litherland Moss 

A 7 10½  
13

Evelyn Street

  1 1 9 10  
14

Monksdown 

A 4 4  
15

Blessed Sacrement 

A 2 4  
16

Church Drive

  0 2  
17

Blessed Sacrement 

B 2 4 6  
18

Riverside

  3 5 9  
19

Malvern Primary

  0 3 4 6 7  
20

Monksdown 

B 6 7  

 

             
 

U10

  Merseyside Junior Tournament  
               
               
    Rounds  
 

 

             
Number

School

Team 1 2 3 4 5  

 

             
1

Sacred Heart 

A 5 10 14 19 21½  
2

Sacred Heart 

B 8 14½ 17½ 20  
3

Dawpool

  13½ 15½ 19  
4

Ladymount

  11½ 16½ 19  
5

Greasby Junior

  4 5 8 13 18  
6

St Bridgets 

A 5 10½ 15 17½  
7

Greenbank

  5 9 12½ 13 16½  
8

Kings Meadow

  5 8 10 12½ 16½  
9

St Sebastian 

A 5 10½ 15  
10

Holland Moor 

A 3 7 11 11 15  
11

Our Lady of Pity

  2 5 7 11½ 14½  
12

St Ambose

  5 6 10 12½ 14½  
13

Evelyn Street

  10 14 14  
14

St William

  4 13½  
15

Bishop David Sheppard 

A 2 7 12 13  
16

Overchurch

  0 9 12½  
17

Monksdown

  0 12  
18

Sr Bridgets 

B 4 10½ 10½ 11½  
19

Green Park 

A 11  
20

St Cuthberts

  4 6 10½  
21

Riverside 

A 3 3 10½  
22

Hatton Hill

  0 0 5 10½  
23

Bishop David Sheppard 

B 0 1 3 5 10  
24

The Beacon 

A 1 8 10  
25

Bruche

  5 10  
26

St Sebastian 

B  
27

Green Park 

B 0 ½  
28

Birchwood Primary

  1 2 4  
29

The Beacon 

B 2 2 5 8  
30

Holland Moor 

B 3  
31

St Cuthberts 

B 3 6 6 7  
32

Malvern Primary

  0 1 4  
33

Riverside 

B 0 5 6  

 

             
 

U9

  Merseyside Junior Tournament  
               
               
    Rounds  
 

 

             
Number

School

Team 1 2 3 4 5  

 

             
1

Ladymount

  3 7 13 17  
2

Church Drive

  2 7 12½ 15½  
3

Our lady of Pity

  8 11 14 15  
4

Northway 

A 13 15  
5

Birkenhead Prep

  4 10 14  
6

Bishop David Sheppard

  3 4 6 13½  
7

Blessed Sacrement

  10 12 13  
8

Birchwood Primary

  12½  
9

St William

  8 9 12  
10

Bruche

  9 11½  
11

Malvern Primary

  6 8 11  
12

Evelyn Street

  6 10½  
13

Northway 

B 2 3 7 9  
14

Riverside

  ½ 3  

 

             
 

U8

  Merseyside Junior Tournament  
               
               
    Rounds  
 

 

             
Number

School

Team 1 2 3 4 5  

 

             
1

Dawpool

  3 8 11 13½ 17  
2

Ladymount

  5 13½ 16½  
3

Our lady of Pity

  10 14½ 16  
4

St Bridgets 

A 4 8 11 13½ 15½  
5

Maharishi

  ½ 8 11 14½  
6

St Teresas 

A 8 10 10½ 13½  
7

Green Park 

A 4 9 13  
8

Evelyn Street

  ½ 11½ 13  
9

Green Park 

B 2 10½ 12½  
10

Hatton Hill

  3  
11

St Teresas 

B 1 3 8 8 9  
 

 

             

Sacred Heart Success

 

 

02.2.16 - Congratulations to Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School from Liverpool, who have enjoyed a double tournament success.

 

In November they won the North-West regional stage of the National Schools U-11 Chess Championship (and celebrated their success with a real (arch)bishop!)

 

Then, in January, three Sacred Heart teams qualified for the finals of the EPSCA Championships, with Joshua Roque, Bashar Rovezi and Roman Rivera all qualifying for the England U-11 trials despite playing up a year – congratulations to them!

 

Sacred Heart were one of the very first schools to join the CSC project, and it has been so encouraging to watch them develop.

 

- John Gorman


School chess champion excels in national competition

 

 

   

16.7.15 - St William of York school chess champion David De La Morena travelled to Manchester last Sunday to compete in the UK chess challenge Northern Gigafinal.

 

This event is the final qualifier for the Chess challenge Terafinal which takes place in Loughborough in August and features most of the country’s top junior players.

 

The UK chess challenge begins in January each year when over 1500 schools nationally compete in the qualifying stages, the winners of the school events qualify for one of 40 Megafinals which take place around the country, and from these events come the qualifiers for the Gigafinal.

 

David excelled on the day scored 3½ points from his six games which was enough to qualify him for the challenger’s event at the Terafinal.

 

David has been the school champion for the last two years and recently captained the St William of York team at the Merseyside Primary Schools Championships in Liverpool organised by CSC (Chess in Schools and Communities).

 

Chess lessons at the school only began in 2013 and for David to reach the final stages of a national competition is a fantastic achievement, and we all wish him well in August.

 

Read more ...

 

- Bob Clark


First Liverpool Terafinalist!

 

 
   

01.7.15 - Great news - Bashar Rovezi, one of three brilliant Year 4 players, qualified for the Terafinal Challengers with 4½/6 finishing joint 3rd. The other two children, Roman and Joshua just missed out with 4/6. That's a first up here.

 

Hope he can go to Loughborough.

 

- John Gorman


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yes2Chess CSC Liverpool Tournament

 

01.7.15 - The Mayor Liverpool Joe Anderson provided the splendid venue of St. George's Hall for the first CSC Chess Merseyside Junior Tournament for primary schools on Monday 29 June. 400 children in 80 teams from 26 schools took part in sections for: U11's - 20, U10's - 26, U9's - 24 and U8's - 10.

 

 

The first CSC Chess Merseyside Junior Tournament - St George's Hall

 
   

The splendid St. George's Hall hosted the 1st Yes2Chess Liverpool event. A team of CSC tutors supported by volunteers from Barclaycard’s office in Sefton together with local players and teachers helped Tournament Director Bob Clark and CSC Chief Executive Malcolm Pein to ensure that this was a day to remember.

 

 
   

Following the prize giving, the children were given a round of applause from the grown-ups for their friendly, competitive play and for their excellent behaviour throughout. As part of the Yes2Chess programme supported by Barclaycard, every child received a free chess set and board.

 

Great thanks to Bob Clark whose meticulous planning ensured that everything ran smoothly and to time. Malcolm Pein gave two lectures in the breaks between rounds.

 

CSC’s leading school Sacred Heart usually sweep the board but this year the expanded tournament included many schools from the Wirral and Ladymount just pipped Sacred Heart to the gold medals in the U10 Section.

 

Gallery of images from the event | Bay TV video report

 

 

Final Results  
               
U8   Merseyside Junior Tournament  
             
             
Rounds  
    Total at end of round  

School

Team

1

2

3

4

5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sacred Heart 

A

4

8

12

16½

20½

 

Green Park 

A

1

4

11

16

 

Ladymount

 

12

15

 

St Bridget's

 

2

6

7

11½

13½

 

Sacred Heart 

B

3

12

13

 

Green Park 

B

2

10

10½

12½

 

Bishop David Sheppard

 

½

10

 

Green Park  

C

3

9

9

 

Green Park 

D

4

5

8

 

Wavertree 

 

1

2

 
               
               
U9   Merseyside Junior Tournament  
             
             
  Rounds  
    Total at end of round  

School

Team

1

2

3

4

5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sacred Heart 

A

13½

18½

20½

 

St Bridget's

A

12

16

19

 

Ladymount

 

½

12½

16½

 

Sacred Heart 

B

5

11½

15½

 

Netherton Moss 

A

5

7

10

11

15

 

Greasby Junior

 

2

7

11½

14½

 

Greenbank

 

5

12½

12½

14½

 

Our Lady of Pity

 

3

13½

14½

 

Hatton Hill 

A

½

5

6

9

13

 

Northway

 

2

10½

13

 

St William 

A

10½

13

 

Bishop David Sheppard 

A

3

12½

 

St William 

B

11½

12½

 

Kings Meadow

 

4

4

7

12

 

New Brighton Primary

 

11

12

 

St Cuthbert's

 

8

11½

 

St Bridget's

B

0

2

5

11

 

Netherton Moss 

B

10

 

Bishop David Sheppard 

B

2

2

6

 

Malvern 

 

2

3

 

Riverside 

A

0

3

5

8

 

Hatton Hill 

B

1

1

9

 

Our Lady of Good Help

 

3

3

6

8

9

 

Riverside 

B

0

½

1

2

3

 
               
               
U10   Merseyside Junior Tournament  
             
             
  Rounds  
    Total at end of round  

School

Team

1

2

3

4

5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ladymount

 

5

10

12½

15½

20½

 

Sacred Heart 

A

5

10

12½

15½

20½

 

Sacred Heart 

B

3

7

11

13

17½

 

Our Lady of Good Help 

A

6

12½

15½

 

Bishop David Sheppard 

A

14½

14½

 

Greenbank 

A

5

5

9

11

14½

 

Netherton Moss 

A

2

10½

12½

14½

 

Kings Meadow

 

2

10

14

 

Riverside 

A

2

6

10½

14

 

Litherland Moss 

A

5

11½

13½

13½

 

Monksdown 

A

1

5

7

10½

13½

 

Wavertree 

 

7

8

10½

13½

 

Overchurch

 

4

6

10

13

13½

 

St Sebastian

 

3

5

9

11½

13

 

Litherland Moss 

B

0

5

6

12

 

St Ambrose 

A

3

4

5

9

12

 

St Margaret's 

 

0

4

8

10

12

 

Netherton Moss 

B

2

3

6

11½

 

Bishop David Sheppard 

B

6

9

11

 

Malvern 

 

1

2

3

6

11

 

Our Lady of Good Help 

B

3

6

7

11

 

Greenbank 

B

2

6

10½

 

St William 

B

½

7

10½

 

St William 

A

4

10

 

Riverside 

B

½

½

 

Monksdown 

B

0

1

9

 

St Ambrose 

B

3

3

5

7

 
               
               
U11   Merseyside Junior Tournament  
             
             
  Rounds  
    Total at end of round  

School

Team

1

2

3

4

5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sacred Heart 

A

5

13½

17½

21

 

New Brighton Primary

 

5

9

10

12½

15½

 

St Bridget's

 

4

12

15½

 

Ladymount

 

3

5

10½

14½

 

Our Lady of Pity

 

5

11½

12½

14½

 

Bishop David Sheppard

 

5

12½

14

 

Sacred Heart 

B

1

4

14

 

Kings Meadow

 

5

8

12

13½

 

St William 

A

5

13

 

Greenbank

 

3

10½

12

 

Our Lady of Good Help 

A

1

8

11

12

 

St Cuthbert's

 

0

4

8

10½

 

St Sebastian

 

4

5

10½

 

Emmaus 

 

0

5

8

10

 

Monksdown 

 

0

10

 

St Margaret's 

 

0

10

 

St William 

B

0

4

 

Our Lady of Good Help 

B

0

1

2

3

6

 
               

 

- Malcolm Pein, Bob Clark


 

CSC on Radio Merseyside

 

 

 

 

24.6.15 - Sean Styles talks about all things chess with Chess in Schools and Communities Chief Executive Malcolm Pein and chess coach Nick Hawkins ahead of the Liverpool Junior Schools Tournament on Monday 29 June at St. George's Hall.

 

    | Runtime: 10 mins.

Presenter - Sean Styles


Sefton Schools at the Megafinal 2015

6 June 2015

 

For the second year chess players from Sefton schools headed to Poulton-le-Fylde on Saturday 2nd May to compete in the chess Megafinal.

 

 

   

The children had qualified for the Megafinal by their performance in the schools tournaments which took place in the spring term.

 

The Megafinal is the second stage of a national competition offering the children a chance to qualify for the Gigafinal by scoring four points or more from their six games.

 

The Megafinal had an increased entry from last year with over 250 children competing on the day, 50 of these children were from the Sefton schools. The event is a six round tournament which tests the children’s stamina and concentration as well as their chess ability.

 

 

Elliot Heap from Kings Meadow scored a very creditable 3 points in the Boys U9

 

 

All the children were a credit to their schools and all seemed to enjoy the day.

 

Top scorer from Sefton was Harry Pollock from Kings Meadow, who scored 5 points to finish second in the boys U11 section, also in this section David De La Morena from St William scored 4 points to also qualify for the Gigafinal.

 

The girls from Bishop David Sheppard Maria Dactu and Dominika Brzezinska both scored 4 points in the girls U11 section to qualify.

 

The boys from Litherland Moss performed fantastically well in the boys U10 section, Daniel Billingham scoring 4½ points and he will be joined in the Gigafinal by John Finn and John Hislop who both scored 4.

 

 

Marc Campbell from Hatton Hill and Luke Maher From Netherton Moss, both boys

finished on 3½ just outside the qualifying score.Elliot Heap from Kings Meadow scored

a very creditable 3 points in the Boys U9

 

 

Charlie Holt from Netherton Moss and Jakub Gluszko from Bishop David Sheppard also scored 4 points to qualify.

 

The final and youngest qualifier from Sefton was Hannah Hodgson from Netherton Moss who scored four points in the girls U9 section.

 

This is a tremendous achievement for all these children and we wish them all the best in the Gigafinal.

 

For the first time this year we had representatives from our two newest schools Hatton Hill and Green Park playing in the Megafinal, none of their children qualified but the experience gained will be invaluable next year.

 

- Bob Clark

 


 

Sefton Juniors Play for Merseyside

21 March 2015

 

 

   

 
Coach John Gorman with the Merseyside U11 Chess Team  

It was a bright spring morning as five Sefton junior players assembled at Sacred Heart school in Liverpool to travel to Sheffield to play for Merseyside in the English Primary School Chess Association Under 11 regional championships.

 

For the five players: David De La Morena and Kate Marshall from St William Of York school, Maria Datcu and Lydia Whitehouse from Bishop David Sheppard school and Harry Pollock from Kings Meadow school, this was the first time that they had represented their county.

 

Twenty three players from schools across Merseyside comprised the team managed by Charles Daniels the Headteacher of Sacred Heart School Primary School, and coached by John Gorman and Bob Clark from Chess in Schools and Communities.

 

When the chess began the players acquitted themselves very well, but found the going tough, Harry and Kate both managed to win a game and the other players fought hard but the step up in standard from school to county level proved difficult to bridge. However all the children enjoyed the day and it was great to see new friendships being made on the coach and during a lunch time football match.

 

This was a great first for the Sefton children and it is hoped that as Chess coaching continues in the Sefton schools more children will follow them into the Merseyside team.

 

- Bob Clark

 


 

Liverpool Training Course

30 April 2014

 

Of all the great primary schools in Liverpool, the Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School stands out for its dedication to chess. As one walks through the corridors there are posters about chess and a tremendous enthusiasm for the game from the headteacher Charles Daniels.

 

 
   
 
   

Malcolm Pein and John Foley visited the school to deliver the training course. There were half a dozen participants. Half were from Liverpool and the other half, from Manchester.

 

Julian Clissold, a member of the English Chess Federation Board and a stalwart of junior chess, attended and we benefited from his wisdom. Stephen Kee is a music teacher who is also now a CSC chess tutor. We discussed the parallels between learning chess and music.

 

Steve Connor, the CSC webmaster also attended at the beginning to take some photographs.

 

One participant explained that he had been diagnosed as having a learning difficulty and had been advised that he may never be able to find a job. However, he had discovered chess at primary school and liked it. Although not a strong chess player, he is now a chess assistant. We often say that chess can provide something extra for children with special educational needs and here is a concrete example which extends into the working age.

 

- John Foley

 

 

 

 

 


 

Liverpool Course: An Introduction to Teaching Chess

3 July 2013

 

 
   
 
   

This was the first CSC training course held in Liverpool and overdue given the intense level of chess activity on Merseyside.

 

The course was held at the Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School for which we are very grateful to the headteacher Charles Daniels.

 

There was a full house again with 24 people attending, most of whom were teachers and so this course focused on how to convey chess concepts rather than the processes of teaching. In addition, visitors to the course included Steve Connor, CSC webmaster, and Luke Boumphrey and Natasha May who teach Merseyside Juniors at Sacred Heart as an after-school club. Also in attendance was John Smallthwaite, a local chess player, who has started to teach chess in schools.

 

No two courses are the same. This one benefited from the opportunity to observe John Gorman, the inspirational CSC tutor, give a lesson to an advanced group of Year 6 pupils on the Pelikan variation of the Sicilian Defence. Everybody who saw it was impressed with how John conveyed the principles of the opening and how the children loved to learn.

 

The presentation material on the course included some animation of chess techniques – e.g. how to checkmate with a king and rook against a lone king and how to complete a knights tour. In spite of the hard work required to do the chess exercises, the attendees derived considerable satisfaction from the insights gained. Liverpool is going to be one of the cities included in the major forthcoming study into chess in schools conducted by the Institute of Education and funded by the Educational Endowment Foundation.

 

- John Foley

 


 

Liverpool Tournament 2013

 

   

A very enjoyable one-day tournament took place at Sacred Heart Primary School on Wednesday 26th June. There were two main sections, U9's and U11's - with 14 teams each of six players. The tournament was not run on a knockout basis and all competitors played 5 rounds, between which, CSC Director Malcolm Pein gave instructional lectures to all the children.

 

Many thanks to Charles Daniels, headteacher of Sacred Heart, John Gorman CSC tutor, Ian Campbell CSC tutor for coming along to help with arbiting and the teaching staff for their help.

 

 

Results - Under 9

 

Best Yr 3: Sacred Heart

Bronze: Greenbank

Silver: Woolton

Gold: Sacred Hear Yr4

 

Results - Under 11

 

Best Yr 5: St. Margaret's

Bronze: St. Michaels Sacred Heart 'All Stars'

Silver: Sacred Heart Yr5

Gold: Sacred Heart Yr6

 

Special prizes:

 

Jonathan (Northway)

Alesha (Monksdown)

 

Many more photos here

 

 

 

 

 


 

Louise Ellman MP visited Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School

On Friday April 26th, Louise Ellman MP visited Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School in Liverpool which is in her constituency to present the chess team with prizes in honour of their performance at the National Schools Under 11 Girls Championships.

 

 

Louise Ellman MP for Liverpool Riverside with CSC tutor John Gorman, CSC

Chief Executive Malcolm Pein (right) and the winning team.

 
 

   

Sacred Heart's Under 11 Girls' team scored spectacularly well against pupils from fee paying schools with a long standing chess tradition , beating the teams from King's Chester and Bolton School. Sacred Heart A would have qualified for the national final but lost to their own B team!

 

Mrs Ellman also awarded the prizes to the winners of the Delancey UK Chess Challenge competitions held within the school and these winners will be going forward to the Mega Final.

 

CSC Chief Executive Malcolm Pein congratulated the team and thanked the Head Teacher Charles Daniels for agreeing to host the next Liverpool CSC Training Course. Malcolm also expressed his appreciation for the work done by chess tutor John Gorman which has been inspirational.

 

Sacred Heart is one of 193 schools across England and Wales with a Chess in Schools and Communities programme, meaning that they are taught chess as part of the curriculum for one hour every week. All chess equipment, books, teaching aids and software are provided by Chess in Schools and Communities.

 

The school was the subject of an article in the Independent newspaper.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Sacred Heart at National Schools Under 11 Girls Championships

16th Feb 2013

 

 
   

Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School, Liverpool sent 2 teams of 3 Girls to play in the National Schools Under 11 Girls Northern Semi-Final at Cheadle Hulme School last Saturday.

 

 

   

This is a new venture by the ECF and has proved very successful. The top 3 schools qualified to join 3 teams from the Southern Semi-Final in the 6-team Final at Uppingham School over 2 days in July.

 

The inexperienced Sacred Heart girls faced tough competition from schools with a long history of chess success.

 

The A team beat King’s Chester and needed to beat Bolton School by 2½-½ in the last round to qualify for the Final. They won the first 2 games and then the Bolton top board ran very short of time but managed to give mate with seconds to spare. So Sacred Heart A finished 4th just half-a-point away from qualifying for the Final. The B team finished 6th of the 9 teams.

 

For the A team, Emily Daniels scored 3/5 and Emily Adams 4/5. For the B team, Geeya Joy (Year 3) scored 1½/4 on top board.

 

All the girls thoroughly enjoyed the day and are looking forward to the event next year.

 

- John Gorman

 


 

Second CSC Tournament in Liverpool

22nd May 2012

 

 

   

Chess in Schools and Communities organised its second annual tournament, again held at St. Michaels Catholic Primary School, Guion St. Liverpool. The teams enjoyed the superb facilities and hospitality. The format of the competition was a 4-Round Swiss for the 10 teams of 6 which included a competition for Year 4 and under.

 

 

Sacred Heart led St. Margarets by half a point after two rounds and when they met in Round 3 the former had a narrow 3½-2½ win. Two other matches had the same scoreline as Monksdown and St. Michaels challenged for the lead in what was proving to be a very closely-fought contest. In last round St. Margarets beat Monksdown 4-2 but another narrow win for Sacred Heart saw them take the trophy and gold medals, just one point ahead of St.Margarets. Monksdown pipped Wellesbourne by half a point for the bronze medals.

 

In the Year 4 and under competition. Sacred Heart were comfortable winners ahead of St. Michaels, Northway and Blueberry Park.

 

In an action-packed morning, the children were Tutored between games by CSC Director Malcolm Pein.

 

Many thanks to CSC Tutor Ian Campbell for coming along to help with arbiting.

 

The players and teachers said how much they had enjoyed the chess. Everyone is looking forward to an even bigger tournament next year.

 

Prize-winners

1st Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School

2nd St Margarets Anfield Primary

3rd Monksdown Primary School

 

 

1st prize winners: Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School

 

 

 

 

 

Year 4 and Under

1st Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School

2nd St Michaels Primary School

3rd Northway Primary School

 

Player of the Tournament

Liam Dowdall (Wellesbourne Primary School)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Sacred Heart, reach the Lancashire Megafinal

30th April 2012

 
   

23 players from Sacred Heart Primary School in Liverpool made a Tutor trip to Oldham on Saturday 21 April for the DeLancey UK Schools Chess Challenge Megafinal.

 

Four have qualified for the Gigafinal at Derby in July and we are thrilled that Geeya Joy (following in Emily Adams footsteps) won the U7 girls with a score of 4/6.

 

Headteacher Charles Daniels came along too and was thrilled with the success.

 

A few others were close to qualifying, but to get 4 to a National final is great.

 

More great news today – Tom McGann of Northway also went and was 3rd in the U9 with 4/6. He brought his trophy into school today.

 

The Head was thrilled when I told him how strong the competition was – Manchester, Oldham, Ormskirk etc. I did not see this success coming especially as it is Tom’s first season.

 

Tom and his dad stayed in a hotel in Oldham the night before – how about that for keenness! They are going to Derby for the Gigafinal.

 


 

Third Junior Chess Congress - report by Cathy Rothwell

 

   

We had our third junior chess congress at Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School in Liverpool on Saturday 10th March 2012.

 

We had a fantastic turnout of 42 enthusiastic juniors. There were 3 sections Pawns (beginners), Rooks (intermediate) and Kings (advanced).

 

We played 5 rounds of chess and finished the day with a fun Lightning Chess round were we encouraged the parents and John Gorman to join in. The lightning event was interesting as the juniors couldn’t quite grasp the fact that they could take the King off the board, but it all ran smoothly in the end. All section winners and 2nd and 3rd place received a medal and trophy, a special trophy was given to the ‘player of the tournament’ which is awarded to the junior who has great attitude, pleasant manner, not necessarily the best chess player but someone who has a go and tries their best.

 

The results:

 

Pawn section

Winner - Emily Adams

2nd - Geeva Joy

3rd - Antonella Voria

 

Rooks section

Winner - Shaun Philip

2nd - Richard Baby

3rd - Christaneo Giby

     

Kings section

Winner - Louis Rothwell

2nd - Gerard Varney

3rd - Patrick Varney

 

 

Player of the Tournament

Abbas Gulzar

 

The day was a great success the juniors were well behaved and made new friends between rounds playing football in the playground. We noticed that during our first congresses the juniors played and moved their pieces very quickly but today the games were played much slower and the juniors seemed more focused. It was brilliant to see the improvement.

 

There were plenty of good chess moves played especially the checkmate delivered by our ‘Player of the Tournament’ Abbas Gulzar. He carefully planned and won his game with a full checkmate position. Abbas was very focused during his game. We are our aiming to create Merseyside U9 and U11 teams for next year’s Zonal rounds. The congresses not only help to encourage confidence within chess games and improve chess skills but develop social skills and friendships.

 

We are looking forward to our next congress in May with hopefully more juniors ready to play chess.

 


 

 

 

Congratulations to Matthew Jones (left), Denny Thomas and Emily Adams all from Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School, Liverpool. They took part in the 2011 UK Chess Challenge in Oldham with Emily winning the U7 Girls 'Suprema' title. Well done to all!

     

 

First CSC Tournament in Liverpool - 14th June 2011

 

   

Chess in Schools and Communities was proud to organise its first tournament, the first chess event in Liverpool for Primary Schools for many years.

 

The venue was St. Michaels Catholic Primary School, Guion St. and the teams enjoyed the superb facilities and hospitality that the hosts offered. The format of the competition was a 4 Round Swiss for the 8 teams each with 6 players. It was thought that any of the four Year 5 or Year 6 teams could win, whilst younger players would gain valuable experience as they fought for the Year 2-4 prize.

 

Monksdown took an early lead, but the second round saw them defeated by Wellesbourne 3½-2½ as St. Margarets beat Northway 4-2. In Round 3 Monksdown beat St. Margarets 4-2 in what proved to be the decisive match. After 3 rounds it was incredibly close as Northway and Wellesbourne led with 13 points, followed by Monksdown with 12½. Meanwhile Sacred Heart (Year 2) led the race for the best Year 4 or below prize, just ahead of St. Michaels and Blueberry Park.

 

The standard of chess was high as experienced onlookers marvelled at the way the children played an opening, castled, spotted forks and back-rank mate tactics and so on. It is difficult to believe that last November none of these children had ever played chess.

 

So the scene was set for the last round. The 2 leaders met as Northway beat Wellesbourne 4-2 but Monksdown won 5-1 to take the trophy and gold medals, only a half-point ahead of Northway with St. Margarets a further away in third place. Only 2 game points separated the top 4 teams. St. Michaels just shaded Sacred Heart for the Year 2-4 medals.

 

The tournament was a great success as players and teachers said how much they had enjoyed it. Everyone is looking forward to much more chess next year.

 

Prize-winners

1st   Monksdown
2nd   Northway
3rd   St. Margarets (Anfield)
     
Year 2-4
St. Michaels
     
 

 

Winners: Monksdown Primary School,

 

 

2nd place: Northway Primary School,

3rd place: St. Margarets (Anfield) Primary School,

 

1st place (years 2-4) St. Michaels Primary School.

 

Click for more photos. This report is also available on our News page.

 


 

 
 
 

 John Gorman

John Gorman reports:

I was delighted that 4 children from Sacred Heart (Year 2) went to the Oldham Megafinal last Saturday and 3 of them won rosettes (at least 3½/6).

 

But I am thrilled that Emily Adams (no relation to a certain Cornishman) won the U7 Girls Suprema title and trophy. Knowing the strength of Primary School chess in Ormskirk, Manchester and Oldham (CSC, 3Cs, etc.) this is a tremendous achievement.

 

 

 

 

 


 

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