Chess wizards line up at Cundall

Cundall manor chess
Cundall manor chess

More then 70 children took part in the first stage of the Yorkshire Junior Chess Grand Prix hosted by Cundall Manor School.

Children aged between six and 17- years-old played several rounds in ability sections over a six hour period to gain points.

Pupils from the host school scooped three medal prizes with Matthew Mairs, Hugh Whitworth and Freddie Wiles coming first in the Under 9s, Under 11s and under 14s respectively in the Novice and Minor sections.

The winner of the day’s overall trophy at senior level, which included York brothers Pierre and Jean-Luc Weller who play at junior level for England, went to Miles Edward-Wright from Sheffield who was awarded a trophy and cash prize.

Jim Nicholson teacher at Cundall Manor: “It was an outstanding event, well supported with children coming from across Yorkshire to compete.

“Chess has real relevance for today’s school curriculum.”

John Hipshon Junior Grand Prix organiser said: “The children played fantastically well and the turnout has been brilliant.

“The tournament is one of the largest in the Yorkshire area and saw children from Wakefield, Leeds and Sheffield competing, the strength of the players is increasing all the time.

“Chess has an important role in education and is increasingly popular; aside from the enjoyment of the game, chess enables even young children to develop strategic thinking.”

There are three rounds in the series; the next will be held in Sheffield in December with the final event in Leeds in February 2012.