11th July 2017
This is the first time Hallfield have reached the final of a National chess competition in several years – and we did it this year at both U9 and U11 level!
National Primary School Chess Championship – U9
Out of 200 teams who entered, all of them serious chess playing schools, Hallfield, as winners of the semi-final at Pontins in Prestatyn against 29 other strong school teams, competed as one of the final 8 teams at West Bromwich on 4/5 July. The players fought very hard in all of their games with some fantastic wins to show for their efforts and at the end of 7 tough rounds of chess proved themselves the 6th best U9 school chess team in the country. A fantastic achievement and well done to everyone in what was truly a great team effort. All members of the team received a trophy and certificate.
English Chess Federation Schools – U11
Two of our players, Manvith and Kanav, had a busy week as they represented the school again the following two days (6/7 July) at Uppingham School in the finals of the U11 event. Despite the name this was not restricted to just English school teams but also had strong representatives from both Scotland and Wales. This was always considered a transition year for the U11 team and it was an amazing achievement just to make the finals as South Midlands U11 Champions considering that our team were made up of four U10s, one U9 and one U8! Despite competing against much older opposition our team managed to finish 9th in what was once again a truly heroic team effort. All members of the team received a certificate. Next year the Southern had better watch out!