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Primary school pupils compete in chess tournament

Pupils from eight primary schools across North Dorset and South Somerset came together last week to compete in the Primary Chess Tournament hosted at The Gryphon School.

Competing in teams for their schools, the Year 5 and 6 pupils each played more than 5 hours of chess throughout the day, winning points for their schools.

Schools that competed were St Mary’s CE Primary (Bradford Abbas), Buckland Newton CE Primary, Charlton Horethorne CE Primary, Milborne Port Primary, Sherborne Abbey CE Primary, Sherborne Primary, Thornford CE Primary and Trent Young’s CE Primary.

Student volunteers Mary and Laura from The Gryphon School’s chess club helped manage the event throughout the day, organising matches and keeping score.

Retaining their title for the third year running was St Mary’s CE Primary School, Bradford Abbas, with a decisive victory.

Gryphon Maths Teacher, Patrick Unwin, who organises the event said “I was extremely impressed with both the standard of chess on show and the positive attitude shown from all the students taking part. The matches were competitive, whilst at the same time being carried out in a friendly and respectful manner.

The day is an opportunity for the students to test out their chess skills against other strong competitors, as well as to learn a few new moves and techniques such as Castling and En Passant. Congratulations once again to Bradford Abbas who take home our brand new Chess trophy!”

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