Wirral chess stars reach national final

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Wirral under 9's chess team with manager Matt Battersby

Wirral under 9’s chess team with manager Matt Battersby

Wirral students have reached the national finals in a major chess competition for under nines.

Students from Wirral schools made up the team in the regional final beating off competition from Manchester, Cheshire and North Wales.

They now face the challenge of the Inter-Association Chess Finals which will be held in Buckinghamshire in April.

Sixteen students from Our Lady of Pity, St. Bridget’s Primary, Dawpool Primary, Ladymount Primary, Pensby Primary and New Brighton Primary travelled to Bolton to compete against many of the country’s top chess players of their age.

Manager of the Wirral Junior Chess Teams Matt Battersby, a proud chess enthusiast himself told JMU Journalism: “They played brilliantly on the day, more schools are taking chess seriously and chess clubs are springing up everywhere. There are also now the beginnings of a high school chess league with six schools already signed up.”

The national final on April 27th will see the team take on the best junior chess players from across England and Wales.

About Katie Croft, JMU Journalism