Fife Primary Chess Championships
January 20, 2007
Glenwood High School, Glenrothes, once again played host to the Fife
Primary Chess Championships. In spite of the chilly weather, around
forty five young enthusiasts turned up – a rise of 50% compared to 2006.
Though the field was slightly weakened by the late withdrawal of one of
the favourites, the competition was fierce.
In the main championships, two youngsters had to play-off after both
finished on 5/5. (I think this was a consequence having too many players
for only five rounds). In the
end, Sam Turner Blyth of
Carleton proved just a bit too
strong for Crossford’s Iain
Hay, and the Carleton kid
won to retain the Fife Miners
Cup he won last year.
The Primary Five and Under
championship came down to
a final round decider
between the holder, Connor
Jones of Freuchie, and Ross
Kerr of Carleton. As in the main championship, the current holder,
Connor, proved too experienced and the Fife Council Out of School
Hours Learning Trophy will spend another year on Connor’s Freuchie
Mathew Swayne capped a good day
for Crossford by taking the GiantKilling cash prize for his victory over a
player graded 373 points above him.
Also doing well Emma Kilpatrick of
Markinch, who took the ‘Best Girl’
medal, and Carleton’s Michael Petrie
who received the medal for ‘Best
Primary 3 and Under’.
All players should be commended for not only the standard of play and
high levels of concentration on display, but for their sporting behaviour –
particularly those playing in their first tournament (many in Primary 3 or
All players who scored 50% or more qualified for the Chess Scotland
finals in April – a special mention should go to Newcastle Primary, who
put in the best team effort, with all four of their entrants securing a place
in the finals.
(left to right)
Connor Jones (Freuchie - P5&Under Champion); Iain Hay (Crossford - Runner Up); Sam Turner Blyth
(Carleton -Fife Primary School Champion); Michael Petrie (Carleton - Best P3&Under); Matthew
MacIntosh (Pitreavie - 3rd in P5&Under); Ross Kerr (Carleton - P5&Under Runner Up); Matthew
Swayne (back - Crossford - 3rd Place and Giant Killing prize); Heather Reid (Carleton - BestP5&Under
Girl); Emma Kilpatrick (Markinch - Best Girl)
Many thanks to the teachers and parents who helped out on the day and
to Bruce Geddes in particular.
Report by Stuart Blyth