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Check it out - Wirral students reach national chess finals
STUDENTS from four local primary schools have helped Wirral reach the regional under-nine Inter-Association Chess Finals for the first time in many years.
By finishing above teams such as Manchester, Cheshire & North Wales and Staffordshire Wirral qualified for the national final taking place in Buckinghamshire next month.
Sixteen students from Our Lady of Pity, Greasby; St Bridgets, West Kirby; Dawpool Primary, Thurstaston; Ladymount, Pensby and New Brighton Primary, travelled to Bolton to represent Wirral in the regional event.
Competing in the Northern Zone, Wirral finished in fourth place – just a point outside the medals.
The Northern Zone covers an area of England from Nottinghamshire up to Northumberland and the Wirral students competed against many of the country’s top chess players of their age.
Wirral manager, and chess enthusiast, Matt Battersby said: “The team played brilliantly on the day. Chess is a great game for children as it helps them to learn to concentrate for long periods, and to think strategically. What’s more chess is also great fun.”
The Wirral team comprised 12 players four reserves and everyone played three matches on the day.
In the national final at the end of April the team to take on the best chess regions from across England and Wales.
Chess is making a resurgence in Wirral – particularly in the primary sector.
Matt, who has been invited to the Queen’s garden party at Buckingham Palace in June for his services to school chess, said: “At one point we had 20 schools playing chess and then it went down to one.
“In the last five years we have really pushed on and now around ten schools have taken it on.
“There is a major campaign in progress to introduce chess into the national curriculum.”