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Monday, 13 July 2015


School chess champion excels in national competition



David De La Morena with CSC chess tutor Bob Clark


A talented Liverpool pupil has wowed at a UK chess qualifier, and will now face the country’s top junior players in August.


David De La Morena, a pupil from St William of York School in Sefton travelled to Manchester last Sunday to compete in the UK chess challenge Northern Gigafinal.


David excelled on the day, scoring 3.5 points from his six games which was enough for him to qualify for the challenger’s event at the Terafinal which takes place in Loughborough in August.


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Sefton Schools Chess Championship



Sefton Schools Chess Championship The inaugural Sefton schools chess championship took place on Friday July 11th at Netherton Moss Primary School.


Forty eight children including twenty five girls from the six Sefton schools in the CSC program played in the event. The day began with a welcome to Netherton Moss from Jane Christian who then watched nervously as the eight players from her school took their seats for the first round.


A hush then descended over the room as the chess play began under the watchful eyes of our Barclaycard Volunteers Colin Witterick , Becky Malvern and Tony Garrett.


All competitors with CSC Chief Executive Malcolm Pein


The first round was soon completed; King’s Meadow and St William schools were in the lead, closely followed by Bishop David Sheppard.


The second round saw the two leading schools play each other and a narrow victory for St William saw them join Bishop David Sheppard at the top of the table.


There was a short break in the playground before the next round began and an impromptu game of football began with children from all the schools taking the opportunity to enjoy the sunshine.


Book prize winners


Malcolm Pein the head of CSC arrived in time to watch the third round which saw Bishop David Sheppard cement their position at the top of the table with a win against St William, King’s Meadow and Our Lady Queen of Peace schools also had good wins in this round as they moved into challenging positions behind the leaders.


There was then a break for lunch, some more football and a coaching session from Malcolm watched avidly by all the children. The fourth round saw further wins for King’s Meadow, St William and Bishop David Sheppard and this set up a crucial last round encounter between King’s Meadow and Bishop David Sheppard.


The big match started slowly after twenty five minutes or so was level at games each, however as the climax approached King’s Meadow pulled away to win the match and the first Sefton Schools Chess championship.


Winning school King's Meadow with Malcolm Pein


St William had a big win in the last round to move them up to second place in the table, and Litherland Moss who suffered a couple of narrow defeats earlier in the day came good with their first match win.


Malcolm then presented the prizes, first there were individual prizes for the best scoring player in each team, and these were won by:

Abi Collins – Netherton Moss

Lucy Maylor – Litherland Moss

Ellen Coyle – Our Lady Queen of Peace

Dominika Brzezinska – Bishop David Sheppard

Erin McGivern – St William

Courtney Kellow-Webb – King’s Meadow.




Then the team prizes were presented to the following schools:

Bishop David Sheppard – Third Place

St William – Second Place

King’s Meadow – First Place


Finally the trophy for the first Sefton Schools Championship was presented to the King’s Meadow captain Harry Pollock which concluded a great day of chess for the Sefton schools.


Special thanks are due to our very welcoming hosts from Netherton Moss who were magnificent during the day.


This concludes the first year of Chess in Schools in Sefton schools, tutors John Hargreaves and Bob Clark would like to thank all the schools, teachers and teaching assistants who have made this a year to remember and we look forward to seeing you all next term.


CSC Sefton at the Megafinal


Chess in schools began coaching at six schools in Sefton in October 2013, as part of the coaching programme the schools all entered this year’s Delancey Chess challenge. The preliminary sections were held at the schools during the spring term and once the qualifiers were known invitations were sent out to the qualifiers to compete in the Lancashire Megafinal to be held at Poulton Le Flyde on May 3rd.



This tournament which saw 193 children competing was superbly organised by Chris McConnachie and his team at an excellent venue the Hodgson Academy.



Children from CSC Sefton at the Megafinal [larger image]


Bob Clark and John Hargreaves accompanied 23 children from their six CSC/EEF Sefton schools and would like say a big thank you for the support of Heads and teachers and the kindness and interest of the parents.


Children Teachers Parents and Coaches assembled in the playing area at 9:45 for the opening remarks from the organisers, and then the Parents and Teachers retired to the Café and the children took their places for their first round games.


The coaches had a nervous wait as they wondered how their young students would perform. They needn’t have worried after about 15 minutes the first result came in a win for Harry Pollock from Kings Meadow Primary School, Harry had been in good form winning all seven of his games in the qualifying tournament and he continued to play well here eventually scoring 4 points and qualifying for the Gigafinal.


The games continued throughout the morning, after three rounds there was a break for lunch, the children from Bishop David Shepherd Primary school used this time to get some fresh air in the Academy playground and this approach paid dividends for Lydia Whitehouse who also finished up with a qualifying score of 4 points, her good friend Maria Datcu scored 3.5 just missing qualification, but winning one of the coveted Rosettes.



St William of York has the largest class size of the chess schools in Sefton and the winner of a very competitive qualifying tournament there was David De La Morena, he plays a very calm mature game and this approach paid dividends as he also scored 4 points to qualify for the Gigafinal.


There were no other qualifiers from the other Sefton schools but all had one child who scored 50% as follows: Callum McHugh from Litherland Moss, Poppy Bermingham Byrne from Our Lady Queen of Peace, Liam Hornby from Netherton Moss. Other players deserving a mention are Beck Barnard, Sam Corran and Dylan Myers, they won their respective qualifying tournaments but found things tougher at the Megafinal. However they all enjoyed the experience and maybe they will come back stronger next year.


The final triumph came at the prize giving when Sam Wajzner-Reid held the winning ticket for the raffle and took home a new very nice Chess set. Sam didn’t have the best of luck during the day but this was a great consolation prize.


John Hargreaves commented afterwards: “The day was a big success and were amazed by many of the performances: a triumph for chess, education and family/community. 13 of the children scored 3/6 or better. Three players, each from a different school, scored 4/6 and so qualified for the GIGAFINAL. Amazing!”


The next big event for the Sefton children will be the first Sefton Schools Championship scheduled to take place on July 11th at Netherton Moss Primary School when teams from all the schools above will be competing.



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