Historical Junior News

1st Bournemouth Junior Chess Congress – Sat 11 June ’16

We are very grateful to The Ark, Poole Park for their sponsorship. Open to all juniors born after 1.1.98. Prizes include payment of entry to the British Junior Chess Championship at the Pavilion Bournemouth, 5 August 2016. Other prizes and books. For entry form please click on link immediately below.

Junior chess – 1st Bournemouth Junior chess congress entry form_090516

2016 Mayor of Bournemouth Inter School Competition Final

The final will be played on the 17th May 2016 at the Whitehall Hotel. The event will be a 3 round final between Baden-Powell and Bethany in the Primary school section and Bournemouth Grammar School and Harewood College for the seniors. The prize giving will be chaired by the Mayor of Bournemouth and all are welcome to view the matches and watch the chess.

A detailed report of the whole event over 5 rounds for both sections with all competing schools will be reported after the final.

The Winners at the Junior Chess Chamionships, Ferndown, 23 Jan’16

All the winners at the Dorset Junior Chess Championship, Ferndown, Sat 23 Jan '16. County Junior Chess Organiser Eric Sachs is also in the picture

All the winners at the Dorset Junior Chess Championship, Ferndown, Sat 23 Jan ’16. County Junior Chess Organiser Eric Sachs is also in the picture. It was a really successful day of chess in which over 60 juniors enthusiastically took part. Special thanks to Ferndown Upper School who generously allowed the use of their school for the event

James Ursell, the Under 16 winner at the Dorset Junior Chess Championship, Ferndown, Sat 23 March '16. Organisers Eric Sachs (left) and Ian Clark

Adam Ursell, the Under 16 winner at the Dorset Junior Chess Championship, Ferndown, Sat 23 Jan ’16. Organisers Eric Sachs (left) and Ian Clark

James Forster, the overall winner of the Junior Chess Championship, Ferndown, 23 Jan '16. Organisers Eric Sachs (left) and Ian Clark

James Forster, the overall winner of the Junior Chess Championship, Ferndown, 23 Jan ’16. Organisers Eric Sachs (left) and Ian Clark

2015 Junior Chess News and Update

Here we are in November 2015 and the year has flown with junior chess developing in our area.

Harewood College are playing their 3rd year in the B & D Chess League Division 4 and have qualified for the ECF Under 19′s regional finals to be played early next year. Other qualifiers from the event on 6 October were Bishop Wordsworth from Salisbury and the competition winners Bournemouth Grammar School.

Development of junior chess at Ferndown Upper School started this term and is going well initially with six formers but things are promising and hope to develop to a wider part of the school in the forthcoming months.

The Dorset Junior 2015 Championships are being hosted at Ferndown Upper School on the 23/1/16. This event is open to all in Dorset and entries are being received for all ages – 7-16. Please contact the undersigned for entry forms if you require.

The Bournemouth Library weekly junior club continues at good pace. This is for ages 7-11 and on average 12-15 juniors attend weekly. Some of the players entered into the Hampshire under 11 competition held at Winchester College in October and did very well. Corey Fox and Sohan both qualified for the London Chess Classic held in December at Olympia.

The Bournemouth Library club is open to all juniors who wish to develop and improve their existing chess. It is fun and well attended.

Development of weekly coaching is ongoing for year 3 at Moordown St Johns school. A weekly coaching club is attended by Toby Miller at Bethany Primary school and schools are playing weekly chess at Baden-Powell school.

The 2016 Mayor’s inter school trophy will commence from February 2016 and it is hoped we will have at least 8/9 school teams entering in both sections.

If there is any interest in assisting with teaching chess at schools or at any time please contact the undersigned as there is a need for more assistance in this area which is the future of chess in our area.

If any young chess players are reading this column please do not hesitate to contact me to if you need any assistance.
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Dorset Junior 2014 Championships – Results

The 2014 Championship was held at Moordown St Johns Primary school on the 6th December. The entry was the largest recorded with 64 entries from all over the County. The event was well received and the presentation of trophies were made by Counciller Stephen Chappell, Ian Clark and Eric Sachs. The level of chess was excellent and shows progress, development and enjoyment by all concerned. it was great to see the really young kids under 7′s and under 8′s battling it out. The results are:

Under 8′s – 1st Corey Fox – Moordown St Johns 5/6

Under 9′s – 1st Freddie Tucker – Castle Court 5/6 and Felix Wyatt – Baden-Powell 5/6

Under 10′s – 1st Andrew Foster – Moordown St Johns – 5/6

Under 11′s Ciaran Southey – Moordown St Johns – 6/6

Under 12/13 – William Pollyn – Poole Grammar School 3/6 and Liamis Lisawkay – Harewood Academy 3/6

Under 14 – J.J. Weeks – Bournemouth Grammar 5/6

Under 16 – Nathanial Cleland – Gillingham 6/6

Congratulations to all competitors

Harewood College at Eton – National Schools Championship 2014

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Harewood College played in National Secondary Schools Championship at Eton College in September 2014.

39 Schools participated and Harewood finished a respectable 33rd having played some very strong teams including Winchester College and Eton.

This is the first national event that Harewood have played in and it was a great experience for the boys. They were a great credit to the school and the players were Cameron Battle, Grant Dimond, Connor Duburguet, Aiden Cutler-Crawford, Jiahao Zhang and Chang Liu.

Thanks to Eric Sachs, Paul Errington, Ian Clark and Rod Clayton.

Dorset Junior Chess Championship 2014

The Dorset Junior championship is being held at Moordown St John’s Primary School on Saturday 6th December 2014. The entry form is below. Please send in entries to Eric Sachs. Can winners from last year please bring back trophies won.


2014 Update to Junior Chess

Junior chess has been coached at the following schools:


Moordown St Johns/St Michaels/Malemsbury/Baden-Powell/Bethany


Harewood/Poole Grammar

The above lessons are either as part of the school curriculum or after school and lunch time clubs.

In total a number of over 300 children are being coached chess every week.

For the following season 2014/15 it is envisaged we will continue with the ongoing programme where we have the support from the schools and coaching availability.

It is a possibility we will be able to start a coaching programme for children in the Bournemouth library on Saturday mornings commencing in October and if any readers of this page are interested please contact the undersigned for further details.

Mayors 2014 Trophy

The Primary school trophy was won by Moordown St Johns for the 2nd year running with Baden-Powell as runners up. Bethany and St Marks both entered into this competion.

The senior school trophy was won by Harewood College for the 2nd year running who beat Bournemouth Grammar school in the final. Some excellent chess was played and the final was a closely run contest. Poole Grammar also competed this year for the first time and were well received.

Prizes were presented by the Mayor of Bournemouth and Sir George Meryck.

Dorset Junior Chess Championship 2013/14

This event took place at St Michaels School in December 2013. There were over 50 competitors. The prizes went to:

Dorset Junior – Jamie Macdonald 5.5/6

Under 16 year 10 – Nathaniel Cleland 5/6

Under 14 year 8/9 – Connor Duburguet 4.5/6

Under 12 year 7 – Joseph Foster 3/6

Under 11 year 6 – Alexander Mouer 5/6

Under 10 year 5 – Ciaran Southey 5/6

Under 9 year 4 – Maddox Wellstead 6/6

Under 8 year 3 – Jez O’Brien 5/6

Individual medals were handed out to 33 children at the end of the competion and prizes were presented by Ian Clark and Eric Sachs.

Harewood College entered into the adult Bournemouth & District chess league Division 4 which was the first schools team to play competively at this level for 25 years and in the 1st year had results of Won 3, Drawn 4 and Lost 5 finishing 6th from 8 teams which is an excellent reflection of the progress made during this year.

Forthcoming events for 2014/5

Harewood College are competing in a national school rapid play competion at Eton College on the 14th September 2014. This will be a good test for those players who will be competing in the league matches from September.

Dorset Junior chess championships will be played in either December or January with the venue to be confirmed. This is the individual annual competion for all ages and we welcome entrants from all Dorset players. Please watch this website for further information.

Chess in the community (CSC) the nationwide scheme for chess as part of the school curriculum

Development of chess for children is welcomed and please contact the undersigned for any information or advice.

2013 Dorset Junior Chess Championship

The 2013 Dorset Junior Chess Championship will be held at St Michaels Primary School in Bournemouth on Sunday 8th December 2013.

This is open to all chess players aged under 18.

The entry form is shown below


Could all trophy winners from 2012 bring back the trophies and we will have trophies for under 10 and 11 this year.

Junior Chess Update for Season 2013/14

As the new chess season starts the news on the Juniors is that chess coaching has started at Moordown st Johns primary school by Ian Clark teaching yr3, Paul Errington and Eric Sachs at Harewood Academy senior school and at St Michaels primary school yr 3 by Paul Errington and Eric Sachs. Both Toby Miller continues to coach chess at Bethany primary school and Peter Waldren at Baden-Powell primary school. In total there will be approx 200/250 children and students learning and playing chess by this overall iniative.

Harewood Academy are playing their 1st year in the Bournemouth and District Chess league Div 4 which is the first time a school team has entered into the local adult chess league for over 20 years. This shows the interest that exists for chess and hopefully will add to the development of chess in the Bournemouth and Dorset areas for the future.

There may be other coaching ongoing and we would encourage all to get in touch with the writer for a wider communication within junior chess.

We are looking to have an individual tournament played in the area around December and encourage all children/students of all ages to join in for this event, details will be provided by the writer as and when the date and venue are confirmed.

Mayor of Bournemouth Schools Chess League Final 18 April 2013

The report on the final is set out below.

Report on Mayor of Bournemouth Schools Chess League Final 18

The individual results are below

Results 18.4.13. Senior Schools Final

Results 18.4.13. Primary School Final

There was an excellent report in Daily Echo on 23 April as follows


Mayor of Bournemouth Senior School Qualifying

The 2nd qualifying round was held at Bournemouth School for Boys on 21st March 2013

The results were a resounding success for Harewood Academy. The final will be held on 18th April at Highcliffe Marriott at 4.00pm where Harewood Academy and Bournemouth School for Boys will start from scratch so all to play for.

All the results are set out below

Results 21.3.13. Senior Schools

Mayor of Bournemouth Primary School Chess Competition 2013

The final qualifying round took place at Moordown St Johns Primary on 14 March.

There were 2 seperate competitions with the B teams playing for prizes of chess sets. This came down to a final match between Baden-Powell and St Marks. Baden-Powell won 3-1 and were awarded 8 chess sets with St Marks winning 4 chess sets.

The qualifying competition for the 2 places available for the final at Highcliffe Marriott Hotel on 18 April was extremely close. Moordown St John confirmed their place with 1 round to go and the final place was between St Marks and Baden-Powell with the later having to win their match to go through. Baden-Powell won the 2 top boards very quickly but after losing board 3 was all down to board 4 where after a tense struggle they managed to win board 4 to go through to final.

The top individual performances so far are Joseph Foster  and Freddie Henville on 8/9.

Results 14.3.13. Primary School

Mayor of Bournemouth Primary Schools Chess Qualifying 28 February 2013

The rounds of 4,5 and 6 took part at Bethany School on 28 February.

The competition is very close for the top 2 places in the A section which will decide who goes through to the final on 18 April. If the game points are equal at end of qualifying rounds the next tie break is board points.

Results 28.2.13. Primary School

Mayor of Bournemouth Senior Schools 14 Feb 2013

The first qualifying round took place at Harewood Academy on 14 Feb 2013. Unfortunately only 2 schools took part but the matches between Harewood  A and B and Bournemouth Boys Grammar A and B were fought very hard with Harewood B coming out on top. Results below.

Results 14.2.13. Senior Schools

The next rouns is 21 March at Bournemouth Grammar when hope to have Ferndown in attendance as well.

Mayor of Bournemouth Schools Chess Qualifying Rounds

The first of 3 Primary School Rounds took place at St Marks on 7 February 2013.

The results are set out below.

Results 7.2.13. Primary School

The next round takes place at Bethany Primary on 28 February.

The final is set for 18 April at Highcliffe Marriott Hotel with a 4.00pm start.

Junior Chess Update

The profile of chess in schools is taking off. CSC a National organisation has now signed up over 200 schools in the UK as part of the ‘development of chess for children from years 2 -6 (ages 6-11). It has been hugely successful and is a very exciting project for development of junior chess in the UK.

In the Dorset area Moordown St Johns Primary school is the first to be signed up and chess is now currently part of the school cirriculm. Ian Clark and Eric Sachs(the undersigned) both teach year 2′s (6 years old) on a weekly basis and are currently through term two.

There are junior chess clubs for the same ages at Moordown St Johns, Bethany,Baden-Powell and St Marks all supported and taught by local chess players namely Toby Miller. Peter Waldren and Eric Sachs.

At Senior school level years 7-12) chess clubs are currently being held at Bournemouth Grammer and Harewood Acedamy (formely Portchester) supported and coached by Paul Errington and Eric Sachs. The response at Harewood is very impressive with over 70 boys coming in to the weekly chess lessons and with the inter school matches about to commence extra individual coaching is taking place.

We aim to increase the profile of all junior chess in the area and to this end if any local chess players or otherwise have any interest in joining the coaching teams or starting chess lessons at a new school please contact the undersigned or Ian Clark.

Report and progress of the inter school matches for both Primary and Senior schools will be reported here.

Teaching Chess in Dorset Schools Takes Off

Chess teaching during school time commenced at Moordown St John’s Primary in Bournemouth in September 2012. Ian Clark and Eric Sachs are both teaching a year 2 class ( 6 years old ) . The funding has come from CSC ( Chess in Schools and Communities ) Charity which is headed by Malcolm Pein.

Eric took up, with the school,  a group of children from Moordown St John’s to the London Chess Classic which is sponsored by CSC. They played other juniors and watched all the top grandmasters playing chess and were hopefully inspired by this involvement with chess at the highest level.

The programme for the London Chess Classic included quotes from schools involved in the charity. There is a quote from Peter Herbert, headteacher of Moordown St John’s which is really good and shows the enthusiasm for teaching chess in  schools.

CSC quote from Peter Herbert

It is hoped that if more chess teachers can be found that the teaching will be expanded to more primary schools in Bournemouth/ Dorset.

Dorset Junior Chess Championship Dec 1st, 2012


Under 10 to Under 16 Results

Under 7 to Under 9 Results

Previous news items

Date Event
19th May 2012 UK Chess Challenge – the Megafinal 2012

At the “Megafinal” of the UK Chess Challenge held at Lavington School (one of 41 Megafinals around the country), 11 children from Dorset qualified for the next stage, the “Gigafinal” to be held in Reading in July. These were:

Under 8′s – Megan Tubb (Abbey, Shaftesbury), Felix Walton and Jude Rawlins (both St Andrew’s, Fontmell Magna)

Under 9′s – Alex Franssen (St Andrew’s) and Zach Lewis (Abbey)

Under 10′s – Felix Lewis (St Andrew’s)

Under 11′s – Alex Wharfe (St Andrew’s)

Under 12′s – Callum Morley (Gryphon) and Thomas Barnes (St Michael’s)

Under 13′s – Jamie McDonald and Nathaniel Cleland (both Gillingham)

28th March 2012 Mayor of Bournemouth Schools Junior and Senior Chess Leagues

Finals day was held in the Sherborne Suite of the Highcliffe Marriott Hotel
Senior Schools Final Results
Junior Schools Final Results
Sat 17th March 2012 Junior Chess Tournament in North Dorset

On Saturday 17 March, 70 children from Year 2 to Year 9 took part in a chess tournament organised by St Andrew’s C of E VA Primary School in Fontmell Magna.

The 15 schools taking part were Abbey Primary School (Shaftesbury), St Andrew’s Primary School (Fontmell Magna), Sandroyd School (Tollard Royal), Blagdon Primary School, Gillingham High School, Wardour Catholic Primary School, Shaftesbury High, Thomas Hardye (Dorchester), Clayesmore, St Michael’s Middle School (Colehill), Stoberry Park School (Wells), Lytchett Minster, Chilmark Primary School, Ludwell Primary School and Bishop Wordsworth.

Every competitor received a certificate and badge. Medals were presented to all prizewinners who were as follows:

Year 2: 1st Ken Greenshields (Stoberry) 17 points; 2nd Rhys Fellman (Abbey) 14 points; 3rd= Jasper Lyne (Clayesmore) and Louisa Moody (Abbey) both 13 points.
Year 3: 1st Arun Walter (Abbey) 18 points; 2nd Megan Tubb (Abbey) 16 points; 3rd William Hall (Abbey) 15 points.
Year 4: 1st Zack Lewis (Abbey) 16 points; 2nd William Scammell (Abbey) 15 points; 3rd= Rufus Long (Blagdon) and Finnigan Young (St Andrew’s) both 14 points.
Year 5: 1st= Felix Lewis (St Andrew’s) 16 points; 2nd Alex Taylor (Chilmark) 14 points; 3rd Joe Kavanagh (Abbey) 13 points.
Year 6: 1st Alex Wharfe (St Andrew’s) 14 points; 2nd Charlie Harris (Sandroyd) 13 points; 3rd James Bennion-Pedley (St Michael’s) 12 points.
Year 7: 1st Matthew Evans (Bishop Wordsworth) 14 points; 2nd= George Lacey and Ben Patterson (both Gillingham) 13 points.
Year 8: 1st Jamie McDonald (Gillingham) 18 points; 2nd Max Staveley (Shaftesbury) 16 points; Jock Loveridge (Sandroyd) 13 points.
Year 9: 1st Liam Churchill (Thomas Hardye) 11 points; 2nd Ross Guy (Thomas Hardye) 10 points.

2011/12 season Bournemouth Schools Junior and Senior Chess Leagues
Full results from the league season below, details of finals day on 28th March above.
Junior Schools East Division part 1
Junior Schools East Division part 2
Junior Schools West Division part 1
Junior Schools West Division part 1
Senior Schools (corrected)
Sun 4th December 2011 Dorset County Junior Chess Championship 2011
was held at St Michael’s Primary School, Somerville Road, Bournemouth BH2 5LH.
Prize winners
Results chart
9th/10th July 2011 UK Chess Challenge – Southern Gigafinal

Eight Dorset players competed on the first day of the Southern Gigafinal on 9th July. This was two more than last year. All Dorset players were from North Dorset with St Andrew’s, Fontmell Magna represented by Felix Lewis (2.5/6 in the U9′s), and Ben Patterson (4/6) and George Lacey and Matthew Evans (both 2/6) in the U11′s. Two were from Abbey, Shaftesbury – James Hawthorn (2/6 in the U9′s) and Leon Sams (2/6 in the U10′s) and two were from Port Regis – Joshua Miskin (2/6) and Alex Vardon-Cardy (1/6) in the U10′s.

On the second day (10 July), five Dorset players were in action (one more than last year). Megan Tubb of Abbey scored 3.5/6 in the U7 Girls, Megan Feltham of Port Regis scored 3.5 in the U10 Girls, and Annabel Godwin of Hillbourne scored 2.5 in the U13 Girls. In the boys section, Richard Jenkins of Gryphon scored 3.5/6 in the U16′s, while Dorset’s only qualifier for the Terafinals on 20/21 August was Jamie McDonald from Gillingham who scored 4.5/6 in the U12′s.

2010/11 season North Dorset Primary Schools League

St Andrew’s win chess league

St Andrew’s, Fontmell Magna, are the winners of the North Dorset Primary Schools Chess League, having won all their matches. In the final round, they defeated local rivals Abbey Primary, Shaftesbury with the loss of just a single game.

Final standings are: St Andrew’s Primary 8, Abbey Primary 6, Semley Primary 4, Trent Young’s Endowed Primary 2, Shaftesbury Primary 0.

Results: Round 4 – Trent Young’s 0-6 v Abbey; Semley 3½ – 2½ v Shaftesbury. Round 5 – Abbey 1-5 v St Andrew’s; Semley 4-2 v Trent Young’s.

St Andrew’s success was built on a quartet of strong Year 6 players. As these will move on over the summer, other schools have a fair chance of taking the title next season. If any schools in the area are interested in joining the League, please contact Chris Bellers.

21st May 2011 UK Chess Challenge – the Megafinal
At the ‘Megafinal’ of the UK Chess Challenge held at Lavington School on 21 May (one of 41 Megafinals around the country), 18 children from Dorset qualified for the next stage, the ‘Gigafinal’ to be held in Reading on 9-10 July. These were:
Under 7′s – Megan Tubb (Abbey)
Under 9′s – Felix Lewis (St Andrew’s, Fontmell Magna), James Hawthorn (Abbey) and Fransesca Allman (St James)
Under 10′s – Leon Sams (Abbey), and Alex Vardon-Cardy, Joshua Miskin and Megan Feltham (all Port Regis)
Under 11′s – Sam Whitson (Abbey) and Matthew Evans, George Lacey and Ben Patterson (all St Andrew’s)
Under 12′s – Jamie McDonald (Gillingham)
Under 13′s – Annabel Goodwin (Parkstone Grammar)
Under 14′s – Axel Godot (Gryphon)
Under 16′s – Richard Jenkins and Anna Bolhuis (both Gryphon)
Under 17′s – Jake Denney (Gryphon)
Thursday 7th April 2011 Bournemouth Schools Junior and Senior Chess Leagues
The senior final was won by Bournemouth School for Boys, Bethany Church School winning the junior final.
Report on the whole season.
January 2011 North Dorset Primary Schools League
After three of the five scheduled rounds, St Andrew’s, Fontmell Magna lead the new North Dorset Primary Schools Chess League with three wins, with Abbey Primary close behind with two wins out of two. Trent Young’s are third, with Semley Primary and Shaftesbury Primary equal fourth. St Andrew’s and Abbey are due to play in the last round in early March, when the title will be decided. While some of the matches have been a little one-sided, all those taking part seemed to have enjoyed the experience, and the hope is that the League will continue next year, hopefully with more schools participating.Results: Round 1 – St Andrew’s 6-0 v Shaftesbury Primary; Abbey 4-2 v Semley. Round 2 – Trent Young’s 0-6 v St Andrew’s; Shaftesbury 0-6 v Abbey. Round 3 – Shaftesbury 1-5 v Trent Young’s; St Andrew’s 6-0 v Semley
2010/11 season North Dorset Primary Schools League
Five primary schools are participating:
Abbey Primary, Shaftesbury
St Andrew’s Primary, Fontmell Magna
Semley Primary
Shaftesbury Primary
Trent Young’s Endowed PrimaryRules and fixtures here. For more details, please contact Chris Bellers. Chris is also planning junior tournaments in the North Dorset area, again please let him know if you or your school are interested in participating.
Sat 4th Dec 2010 Dorset County Junior Chess Championship 2010
was held at Kinson Community Centre.
Report, prize winners and photo of age group winners.
Sat 11th Sep 2010 The Abbey Primary Fun Day Chess Tournament 2010
Following the success of last year’s Fun Day Chess Tournament , the Abbey Primary School at Shaftesbury held its 2010 tournament on Saturday, 11th September. The tournament this year was open to any children in years 2 to 9 inclusive and welcomed those who were new to chess or old hands!
Some schools were represented for the first time (Sticklands, Sandroyd, Chilmark & Fonthill and Shaftesbury Primary), and it was good to see someone from “down south” (Annabel Goodwin)!
The results can be found here.
9th July 2010 Mayor of Bournemouth Schools Competition Finals
The finals of the 2nd annual Mayor of Bournemouth Schools competition were held on Friday 9th July at the Highcliff Marriott Hotel, St Michaels Road, West Cliff, Bournemouth.The competing schools were:
Senior section
Portchester School
Bournemouth School
Junior section
St. Mark’s Church of England Aided Primary School
Bethany Church of England Junior School
Moordown St. John’s Church of England Primary School (2 teams)

The results were as follows:
Senior section

Round 1 Bournemouth School 1½-2½ Portchester School
Round 2 Portchester School 3-1 Bournemouth School

Portchester, the defending champions, won both matches to retain the trophy. Patrick Hurley who played and won both matches on top board for Portchester was 1 of only 2 players remaining from last year and interestingly will be joining BSG Boys in the new year.
Junior section

Round 1 St. John’s School B ½-3½ St. Mark’s School
Round 1 Bethany School 1½-2½ St. John’s School A
Round 2 St. John’s School A 2-2 St. John’s School B
Round 2 St. Mark’s School 2-2 Bethany School
Round 3 St. John’s School A 1½-2½ St. Mark’s School
Round 3 Bethany School 3-1 St. John’s School B

The matches were all hard fought and very close and going into the final round St. Mark’s and St John’s A were level with 1 win and a draw each. They were playing each other so all depended on this match. The games were again close and top board was very even with both players threatening to checkmate each other. It fell to George Wright of St. Mark’s to inflict the fatal mate and with 2 other team mates winning this left St. Mark’s as winners with Bethany 2nd and St. John’s A in 3rd.

The Mayor of Bournemouth Barry Goldbart was attending and was pleased to see the enthusiasm of all the boys and girls playing (and the teachers and parents watching).

The presentation of the Sir George Meyrick trophies was made by The Mayor of Bournemouth together with Sir George Meyrick to Portchester with the Senior trophy and St Mark’s for the Junior trophy.

Thanks were given to the organisation by the Bournemouth & District Chess League notably Ian Clark, Pete Donaldson and Chris Ambrose. Also to Stephen Chappell (Mayor in the event’s inaugural year) for his enthusiastic support and to the Highcliff Marriot Hotel for providing the room for the event.

4th/5th July 2010 UK Chess Challenge: Southern Gigafinal
Six Dorset players competed on the first day of the Southern Gigafinal on 4th July. Unfortunately none qualified for the final stage though Ben Patterson from St Andrew’s, top scored amongst the Dorset contingent with 4/6.
On the second day four Dorset players were in action, of whom Jamie McDonald from Abbey and Annabel Godwin from Hillbourne qualified through to the Terafinal on Aug 21/22.

UK Chess Challenge website
Sat 27th Mar 2010 St Andrew’s Junior Chess Tournament
Chris Bellers organised a chess tournament for Years 2 to Year 8 at St Andrew’s C of E VA Primary School in Fontmell Magna on Saturday 27 March. Nine schools took part – The Abbey CE VA Primary School (Shaftesbury), Port Regis, Semley Primary School, Shaftesbury High, Sherborne Primary, St Andrew’s C of E VA Primary School (Fontmell Magna), St Michael’s Middle School (Colehill), Trent Young’s Endowed CE VA Primary School (Sherborne) and Wardour Catholic Primary School. In all, 75 children took part in a six round ‘Swiss’ competition.
The winners were: Year 2 – Elijah Balch (Abbey); Year 3 – Tom Rocke (Semley); Year 4 – Tom Cutler (Fontmell), Joshua Miskin (Port Regis), Leon Sams (Abbey) and Alex Wharfe (Fontmell); Year 5 – George Lacey (Fontmell), Ben Patterson (Fontmell) and Dougie Wilson (Abbey); Year 6 – Jamie McDonald (Abbey); Year 7 – Daniel Hayden (Shaftersbury); Year 8 – Christopher Smart (Colehill).
Full results can be found here.