Junior Alleynian 2023

CHESS REPORT n It has been an exciting term for chess players in the Junior School. For the first time ever, Dulwich College played host to the EPSCA (English Primary Schools Chess Association) National Primary Schools Chess Championship. Both our U9 and U11 teams performed excellently, with our U11 team qualifying for the next round of the competition. They performed admirably, finishing in the top 5, narrowly missing out on a spot in the Grand Final. I know that this will be a goal for the boys in the team next year.

Many Chess Club players have also been competing in Kent Junior Chess Association tournaments on weekends, gaining experience and confidence in ‘Over The Board’ competitions. Special congratulations must go to Oliver P for his selection in the Kent U9 team, which finished 2nd in the National Finals this year. Additionally, congratulations to Emre B for his selection in the Kent U11 team, helping them win the National Finals this year, subsequently earning him a call-up for the England U11 team. of our competitions continue to provide a platform for both new and experienced players to compete against children from other schools, with the Junior School consistently appearing in the top three places. Further proof of the popularity of Junior School chess can also be seen in the House Chess Competition, in which over 100 children enthusiastically took part to earn points for their Houses. Further links between Lower School and Junior School chess have been established, with many of the team players attending Lower School Chess Club. This allows them to test their skills and enjoy the opportunity to play against their friends from previous years. Overall, it has been a very successful year of chess in the Junior School, and there is much to look forward to next year. Remember, there is always time during the holidays to keep practising. Our bi-weekly Lichess


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