The inaugural Sefton schools’ chess championship took place on Friday July 11th at our school, with forty eight children playing in the event.
The day began with a welcome to Netherton Moss from Mrs Christian who then watched nervously as our eight players took their seats for the first round. A hush then descended over the room as the chess play began under the watchful eyes of our Barclaycard Volunteers Colin Witterick , Becky Malvern and Tony Garrett.
The first round was soon completed; King’s Meadow and St William schools were in the lead, closely followed by Bishop David Sheppard. The second round saw the two leading schools play each other and a narrow victory for St William saw them join Bishop David Sheppard at the top of the table.
There was a short break in the playground before the next round began and an impromptu game of football began with children from all the schools taking the opportunity to enjoy the sunshine.
Malcolm Pein the head of CSC arrived in time to watch the third round which saw Bishop David Sheppard cement their position at the top of the table with a win against St William, King’s Meadow and Our Lady Queen of Peace schools also had good wins in this round as they moved into challenging positions behind the leaders.
There was then a break for lunch, some more football and a coaching session from Malcolm watched avidly by all the children.
The fourth round saw further wins for King’s Meadow, St William and Bishop David Sheppard and this set up a crucial last round encounter between King’s Meadow and Bishop David Sheppard. The big match started slowly after twenty five minutes or so was level at games each, however as the climax approached King’s Meadow pulled away to win the match and the first Sefton Schools’ Chess championship.
Malcolm then presented the prizes, first there were individual prizes for the best scoring player in each team, and these were won by:
Abi Collins – Netherton Moss
Lucy Maylor – Litherland Moss
Ellen Coyle – Our Lady Queen of Peace
Dominika Brzezinska – Bishop David Sheppard
Erin McGivern – St William
Courtney Kellow-Webb –King’s Meadow.
Then the team prizes were presented to the following schools:
Bishop David Sheppard – Third Place
St William – Second Place
King’s Meadow – First Place
Finally the trophy for the first Sefton Schools’ Championship was presented to the King’s Meadow captain Harry Pollock which concluded a great day of chess for the Sefton schools.