MORE than 100 competitors battled it out to become the kings and queens of chess in a successful Chester tournament.
The Cheshire and North Wales Junior Chess Championship 2009 tournament took place in the King’s School, with 143 children from several schools playing rounds in a packed hall.
And the King’s School team became high school champions, sharing the award with the Alun School in Mold.
King’s School pupils also earned success individually.
Marvin Hayes, 16, of Chester, came second in the U21 County Championship and won the U16 County champion crown, while James Carr, 17 of Hawarden, became the U18 County champion.
Judy Brown, who oversaw the organisation of the tournament, was delighted with how well it went.
She said: “It was very successful, I am really pleased. The children who took part were very well behaved, and many hadn’t done a tournament before.
“The King’s School was a fantastic venue to have. As well as the hall, there was an additional Quickstart tournament for new players in a nearby classroom, which was taught by Matt Battersby, who was excellent.
“We also had a training room in another classroom, where players could practice in between matches, and an outdoor area where the children could go and play football.
“The event saw a lot of first-time chess players, and hopefully we’ve inspired them to continue playing.
“The people involved were marvellous in the organisation, and it came off pretty well.”
“It’s really important for kids to get involved and focused on something like this as a hobby.”