Fife Secondary Schools Championship
The Fife Secondary Schools Individual Chess Championships were held on January 21 2007 at
Glenwood High School, Glenrothes. As expected, the strongest contingent came from
Cupar’s Bell Baxter which fielded the top four seeds – including reigning champion,
Liam Ingram, and Fife’s top junior, Francis Batchelor.
Nevertheless, the other schools’ players put up tough competition, particularly
Woodmill’s Robbie Gibson, who got off to a flying start with three straight victories.
This run included a win over third seed, Finlay Dick of Bell Baxter – for which Robbie
received the £10 ‘Giant-killing Prize’.
In the end, though, quality and experience prevailed with Liam and Francis finishing in
joint top spot, with 4½ out of 5. As a result of a previously-unheard-of-finish-onschedule
(owing far more to good fortune than it did to organsiational ability!) it was
agreed to hold a play off rather than to use countback. In the ten-minute game that
followed, Francis played the black side of a Siclian Dragon and, seeming to know the
theory better than his
schoolmate, achieved a
strong position. Liam’s
defences soon crumbled,
leaving Francis a worthy
winner of this year’s Roger
All players finishing on 50%
or more received and
invitation to take part in this
year’s Chess Scotland
championships in April.
Photo left to right: Robbie Gibson, Woodmill (Giant Killing Prize); Joanna
Sinski, Bell Baxter (Best Girl); Liam Ingram, Bell Baxter (runner
up); Liam Batchelor, Bell Baxter (Champion); Chris Curry,
Woodmill (Third Place); Andrew Smith, Dunfermline (Best Under
600); Alasdair Campbell, Woodmill (Best Ungraded)