On Saturday 1st February, the qualifying competition for the National Primary School Chess Championships took place at Hallfield School. Ten teams took part in the Under 11 section and 10 teams in the U9 section, with 5 teams from each section qualifying to take part in the National semi-finals to be held at Pontins in Prestatyn on the 6th and 7th June. The competition was provided by Blue Coat, West House and St Mary’s who all enjoyed the cooked lunch, drinks and hospitality provided by Hallfield School.
In the Under 11 section our talented A team were streets ahead scoring 22.5 points from a possible 25. Our U11 C team won bronze medals for finishing third just pipped by St Mary’s who finished second. Our B team also qualified for the semi-finals by finishing 4th. The qualifying teams are as follows:
Hallfield U11 A Team – 1st
St Mary’s U11 A Team – 2nd
Hallfield U11 C Team – 3rd
Hallfield U11 B Team – 4th
West House U11 A Team – 5th
The Under 9 A team were also dominant in the U9 section winning all of their matches and winning the gold medals. Hallfield C Team were their main opposition and they won silver. In third place was St Mary’s, with Hallfield B taking a qualification spot in 5th place:
Hallfield U9 A Team – 1st
Hallfield U9 C Team – 2nd
St Mary’s U9 A Team – 3rd
Blue Coat U9 A Team – 4th
Hallfield U9 B Team – 5th
Top scorers at the event for Hallfield with 100% record (5/5) were:
Rohan Pal, Zain Amir, Felix Kuang and Farhaan Pasha. Preesh Gandhi deserves a mention for being the only Year 3 player in the U9 A team and for scoring 4/5. He makes his debut for the county team next weekend!
Hallfield will be taking six teams to compete in the semi-final at Pontins in Prestatyn in June.
Well done to everyone who competed in what was a fantastic day of chess!