TEAM CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP 2005-06
The final stages of the Scottish Primary Schools Team Championships
involving 88 children took place on Sunday 21st May at Grangemouth Community
Centre. 14 teams played in the main Primary event, having qualified
from earlier regional heats and 8 teams took part in the Primary 5 and
under section. The venue had the advantage of being next door to the
sports centre with its swimming pool and there was an adjacent park
while catering was kindly organised by Glynis Grant and her mum. This
was much appreciated.
The results in the Primary 5 and under section were extremely close.
Jordanhill and Bishopton were ahead at the end of round 3, with 6 match
points apiece. South Morningside, James Gillespies, Sciennes A and Sciennes
B formed the chasing group with 3 match points each. The 2 leading teams
played each other in round 4, which finished as a draw. The final outcome
came down to how each team fared in the final round. In the event Bishopton
won against James Gillespies, but South Morningside beat Jordanhill
3-1. Bishopton (pictured below) emerged clear winners of the tournament,
but the next three teams could only be separated by game points. Jordanhill,
South Morningside and Sciennes A were all in the running with 7 match
points. In the final analysis Jordanhill hung on to 2nd position ahead
of South Morningside by half a game point. South Morningside, in turn,
finished one game point ahead of Sciennes A, narrowly pipping them for
the last trophy.
Medals were also awarded to the best player on each board from the
remaining teams. The best Board 1 medal went to Stefan Robertson (James
Gillespies), the best Board 2 went to Aaron Simon (Sciennes A), the
best Board 3 went to Gavin Steele (James Gillespies) and the best Board
4 went to Wenbo Chen (Sciennes B).
While the Primary 5 and Under results were close, the All-Primary results
proved to be even closer still. After 3 rounds Bishopton were one match
point ahead of Kirkhill in 2nd place. These two teams met in round 4,
which resulted in a draw (sound familiar?). Meanwhile South Morningside
and James Gillespies both won their 4th round matches putting them in
joint 2nd position along with Kirkhill, just one match point behind
Bishopton. In the final round draws between Bishopton and South Morningside,
and between Kirkhill and James Gillespies, ensured the trophy went to
Bishopton (pictured below). Meanwhile Banchory beat West Kilbride A
to join South Morningside, Kirkhill and James Gillespies on 7 match
points. Game points decided 2nd place with Banchory half a game point
ahead of the rest. Tie-break rules had to be used to determine 3rd place
which gave Kirkhill the trophy when the bottom board results were discounted.
As in the younger age group medals were awarded to the best player
on each board from the remaining teams. The Board 1 medal went to Jamie
Scott (South Morningside), Board 2 went to Shivan Murdochy (James Gillespies),
Board 3 went to Jamie Forrest (New Machar) and Stuart Rankin (West Kilbride
A) won the medal for Board 4.
A fun prize competition was also held during the lunch break to guess
the number of e-mails sent or received by me in organising the final.
Answers ranged from 0 to 1500! The winner was Ross Hannah from Bonaly
with the nearest guess to the correct answer (159).
I would like to thank the arbiters Donald Wilson and Trevor Davies
for their help
Congratulations to Bishopton for winning both sections.
First-round games took place between November and March for this tournament in 4 different venues: Edinburgh , Paisley, Aberdeen and Glenrothes. The final for this will take place on Sunday 21 st May in Grangemouth. The following teams have qualified:
Banchory, Bishopton, Bonaly, Bruntsfield , Freuchie, Hillside, James Gillespies, Kirkhill, Newmachar, South Morningside, St John's B, St Paul's, West Kilbride A, West Kilbride B.
The Primary 5 and under Team Final will also take place at the same time. Teams are Bishopton, Bruntsfield, Cramond, Holy Cross, James Gillespies, Jordanhill, Kenmay, Sciennes A, Sciennes B, South Morningside .
Schools Primary Team Championship has been running for over 20 years
and is open to all Scottish Primary Schools. In addition to the main
Championship there is a separate competition for "P5 & Under"
teams. (This does not mean that "P5 & Under" pupils are
excluded from the main Championship: they may be part of a primary team,
or may enter as an entire team, if they wish.)
a very healthy interest this year in the Primary Team events, enough
to run 4 regional heats across Scotland in the all-Primary event. The
final stage of the competition (including the Primary 5 and under competition)
will take place on 21 May 2006 at a central location.
North-East (organiser Sheila Emery) - Newtonhill, Bachory A, Banchory B, Greenwards
(Elgin), Kemnay and Newmachar. (6)
Lothians (organiser Jeremy Hughes)- Bonaly, South Morningside A, South
Morningside B, Gillespies, Burntsfield, Heriots, Sciennes A, Sciennes
B, Parson Green A. (9)
Fife and Tayside (organiser Stuart Blythe) - HIllside (Dundee), Glenrothes
area (4 teams) (5)
West and South-West Scotland (organiser Christine MacGregor)
Bishopton A, Bishopton B, St Joseph's A, St Joseph's B (Milngavie),
West Kilbride A, West Kilbride B, St John's (Barrhead), Holy Cross A,
Holy Cross B, Kirkhill, Holy Family A, Holy Family B, St Helen's A,
St Helen's B, Jordanhill, Georgetown (Dumfries), Cross Arthurlie. (17)
P5 and under (11 teams)
C, Banchory D, South Morningside C, Sciennes C, Sciennes D, Cramond
C, Ladywood, Gillespies, Bishopton C, Holy Cross C, Jordanhill. (11)