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Battle of the brains at school chess contest

Time ticks on for the chess players taking part in the tournament at Malcolm Sarget Primary School in Stamford

Time ticks on for the chess players taking part in the tournament at Malcolm Sarget Primary School in Stamford

 

Eighty youngsters took part in a battle of wits as they competed in an inaugural primary school chess tournament.

Malcolm Sargent Primary School in Stamford was a hive of mental activity for the under-11s competition last month.

Teams from Malcolm Sargent, Stamford Junior School, Witham Hall School, John Clare Primary School and Laxton Junior School took part in the event. The contest was organised by Malcolm Sargent parent and former under-18s Scottish Borders chess champion David Lees.

Mr Lees said: “All-day chess tournaments such as this are a test of players’ mental and physical capabilities. Children have been required to closely follow congress rules, so it was a real test of discipline and endurance for them, and they performed impeccably.

“This tournament, together with the annual South Lincolnshire Festival of Chess held at Stamford Junior School, is reviving primary school chess in Stamford. Prior to this, nothing was really going on.

“It’s bringing children, teachers and parents together from different schools. The turnout at this event shows how many people out there love chess and are looking for the opportunity to play.”

Overall trophy and gold medal winners were Laxton Junior School.

 

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