Chil­dren have all the right moves as chess club comes to school

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ED Pat­ten of Formby Chess Club in co-op­er­a­tion with Mrs Fran White­side, the class teacher, re­cently or­gan­ised a chess event at St Jerome’s School.

Year five chil­dren spent the af­ter­noon to­tally in­volved in all as­pects of the game.

To make the event both fun and com­pet­i­tive the chil­dren were di­vided into two teams, The White Bish­ops and The Black Knights.

The af­ter­noon was split into three ses­sions.

These were a fun quiz about chess pieces and how they move and a chess tac­tics game in­volv­ing pawns and rooks.

The last ses­sion was a Grand Fi­nale when all the White Bish­ops played all the Black Knights.

The ex­cite­ment built in the class­room, dur­ing the day as the pupils an­swered questions, played their games and com­pared points for their teams.

The Formby Chess Men, who were re­ally pleased with the wel­come and en­thu­si­asm of the chil­dren, said: “The chil­dren were so com­pet­i­tive and keen to earn points for their team, they were a de­light to be with. In fact we were so in­volved that the time just flew by.”

The win­ners were the Black Knights with 785 points, but the White Bish­ops gave a very good ac­count of them­selves with 763 points.

The chil­dren each re­ceived a cer­tifi­cate and a medal from Formby Chess Club for all their ef­forts.

Formby Chess Club meet at Raven Me­ols Com­mu­nity Cen­tre, Park Road, every Tues­day night at 7.30pm. Call Mike Bar­rett (club sec­re­tary) on 01704 877854.

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