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This year Chess Club is aiming high and our Chess enthusiasts are set for a busy year!

To help stretch and challenge our young players, plans are being put in place to enter four teams into the Merseyside Chess Association Junior Leagues. Since the start of the new academic year, two teams have competed in the English Chess Federation National Schools Championship, held at Bolton School in November.

Students will also have the chance to participate in the world’s largest children’s chess tournament, the prestigious Delancey School’s competition. In addition to this students will have an opportunity to attend a series of workshops with International Master Malcolm Pein, and join in with our very own Blue Coat league. At the start of term four new team captains were appointed and a new online captain, to help support the Club’s online international ventures. With the skill level of our members going from strength to strength we are delighted that a number of students have been invited to play for the County.

Reflecting on the teams performance at the ECHF National School’s Championship, Chess Club coordinator Miss Long. “This was the first time we were entering a competition of this level, we had no idea what the standard of chess was going to be, and we were the newest entrants meaning we were most likely the underdogs.  The team was told that this was a learning exercise to see what we need to be working towards, and that if we get just two or three points we should be really, really pleased. 

The tournament was a “jamboree” style event which meant that players were randomly paired by board positions and earned points for their team, rather than one whole school playing another whole school and claiming the match point.  Teams had a possible 18 points to earn and earning 9.5 or more meant you qualified for the next round.”  To view Miss Long’s full match report please click here.

We wish all Chess Club members the very best of luck as they prepare to embark on their next challenge and we look forward to keeping you updated on their progress.

Chess is a fundamental part of Blue Coat School life and thanks to ongoing support from the Parents’ Association and Development Fund, the number of materials and online resources our Club can access continues to grow. If you would like to get involved and support our Development Fund please click here or contact the Development Team at for further information.

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