Scottish Girls Team & Individual Championships
Sunday 19th June 2005
Beatrix Potter Centre, Birnam
report by Lynsey Shovlin
With 37 girls attending, numbers were slightly down, nevertheless the event continued smoothly under the capable and much appreciated hands of Sheila Emery with help from Keith Emery, Arlene Grant and Jane Curry.
The event took place at the Beatrix Potter Centre. This excellent venue has hosted us for the past few years, with its excellent modern and friendly facilities.
The format of the event is all players play in one section and are later split into their respective categories for prizes. Team prizes are awarded to the top 4 scoring players in each team which can consist of any number of players. This year some teams not containing 4 players were made up with the combination of 2 clubs.
There were many interesting and close fought games for the titles. As an addition this year all players returned home with a rosette of participation. This will hopefully encourage and help to promote and generate interest among youngsters in the game.
A special mention goes to the girls from Aberdeen Chess Academy. The Academy is run under the guidance of David Leslie as part of the New Opportunities Fund. The project has received enormous praise and achieved many positive results including the northern girl's who have proudly retained their Scottish Girls Primary Team Championship Title for the past 4 years. The girls have been an asset to the event with their friendly attitudes and now have their eyes upon the Secondary Title.
Winners on the day were:
Primary 5 and Under: 1st Laura Ryan 3 (Fair City)
2nd Emma Grant 2½ (Newtonhill)
3 rd Louise Cameron 2½ (South Morningside)
Primary: 1 st Rhian Hughes 4½ South Morningside
2 nd Samantha George 4 Aberdeen Chess Academy
3 rd Hannah Hopkins 4 Aberdeen Chess Academy
Secondary: 1 st Lynsey Shovlin 4½ Fair City
2 nd Jennifer Emery 4 Stonehaven
3 rd Natalie Donohue 4 Bankton
1st Aberdeen Chess Academy 14
2nd South Morningside 12
3rd Fair City & Newtonhill 9½
E mma Grant
1st Bankton 13
2nd Giffnock & Fair City 10½
3rd Stonehaven 8