Our next CSC Teesside Training Day will be in Middlesbrough on Monday 7 July 2014. Anyone can enrol and it's free to people currently involved with any of our CSC Teesside schools (teachers, TAs, parents...) For further details and the online enrolment form, please followthis link. For reports on our previous CSC Training Days, please followthis link.
The Teesside Individual Junior Chess Championships attracted a record entry of 107 players, split into sections for Under-7s, Under-9s and Under-11s. We posted the full results yesterday; this time we present a number of photos from the busy day.
Yarm School hosted the event and their excellent facilities and superb staff ensured all was ready for a full day of serious chess, with nothing else to worry about.
The children rose to the challenge and produced magnificent chess battles throughout the five rounds.
Even the sun shone at all the right times, enabling us to hold the prizegiving ceremony outside, finishing the day with a real feel good factor.
=1st: 5/5: Teesside Boy’s
Champion - Max
=2nd: 4/5: Ryan Coleman (Billingham South), Callum Finn
(Westgarth), (Ryan and Callum share the Best CSC Boy place),
Anish Krishnan (Yarm), Tharun Suresh
(Yarm), James Thomson (Yarm), Jack Bailey (Yarm)
3/5: JointTeesside Girls’ Champions -Eleanor
Drummond (Westgarth), Caitlin Jackson (Westgarth), Chloe Armstrong (Westgarth)
4/5: Sara Tryambake (Yarm), Aidan Howe (Throston)
3/5: Oscar Thomas (Yarm)
2.5/5: Eden Milwain (New Marske), Jacob Lamb (Throston)
1.5/5: Lucy Agar (Throston), Kyan Watson (Pennyman)
1/5: Macy James (Pennyman)
5/5: Jake Meager (Yarm), Edward Adams (Yarm)
4.5/5: Thomas Stiff (Errington)
4/5: Matthew Anthony (Yarm), Mohamed Fahmy (Yarm), Jayden Heanan (John Emmerson Batty), Lewis Helm (Errington), Sam King (Westgarth)
3.5/5: Zoe Coates (Errington), Jey Draper (John Emmerson Batty), Miles Holland (Yarm), Luke Nargol (Yarm), Max Nicholson (Throston), Ammar Soni (Yarm)
3/5: Jack Blackburn (Errington), Poppy Boyd (Throston), Tom Cleasby (Westgarth), Joseph Faulkner (John Emmerson Batty), Jamie Frost (John Emmerson Batty), Billy Hair (John Emmerson Batty), Adam Jones (Yarm), Rishik Kalagara (Yarm), Gaurav Kannan (Yarm), Erin Lambton (Ings Farm), Ishaan Mahmood (Yarm), Benjy Millward (Throston), Rushil Partha (Levendale), Katie Scott (Westgarth)
2.5/5: Caitlin Anderson (Westgarth), Jamie Skelton (Ings Farm), Lauren Bishop (John Emmerson Batty), Anna Anderson (John Emmerson Batty), Adam Davis (John Emmerson Batty)
2/5: Chelsea Jacobs (Throston), Sophie Tranter (Errington), Katie Gunn (Ings Farm), Romilly Nichols (Yarm), Joseph Scott (Westgarth), Keya Shah (Yarm), Will Tighe (Throston), Georgia Smith (Errington), Stanley Ridgway (Throston), Elliot Travil (Errington), Ashleigh Dixon (Yarm), Charlotte Hall (New Marske), Samantha Botterill (Yarm), Zoe Hill (Westgarth), Kieran Atkins (John Emmerson Batty), Blossom Veitch (Errington), Will Craggs (Yarm)
1.5/5: Abigail Cook (New Marske), Ruby Armstrong (Westgarth), James Edwards (Errington)
1/5: Jacob Allamby (Errington), Emily Brown (Throston), Erin Young (John Emmerson Batty), Jack Poole (John Emmerson Batty), Alice Tranter (Errington), Alexander Wallace (Yarm)
0.5/5: Amber Slader
0/5: Piya Nag
5/5: Max Newbold (Yarm)
4/5: Ryan Coleman (Billingham South), Callum Finn (Westgarth), Anish Krishnan (Yarm), Tharun Suresh (Yarm), James Thomson (Yarm), Jack Bailey (Yarm)
3/5: Eleanor Drummond (Westgarth), Caitlin Jackson (Westgarth), Chloe Armstrong (Westgarth), Rhys Kirton (John Emmerson Batty), Aidan Conaghan (Ings Farm), Adam Highfield (Ings Farm), Jack Dunn (Errington), Cole Newton (Westgarth), William Crawford (Yarm), Abhinav Ramisetty (Yarm)
2/5: Harry Groves (Errington), Finn Henry (Errington), Kaushiki Dasgupta (Yarm), Emma Watson (Throston), Dan Wollaston (Errington), Aidan McLeod (Errington), Jack Bishop (John Emmerson Batty)
1/5: Netanya Alwis (St. Patrick’s), Ola Darby (Westgarth), Ryan Dowson (Billingham South), Jake Simpson (Westgarth), Georgia Stannard (New Marske), Natalie Limaye (Yarm), Alice Louden (Yarm)
The Summer term allows me to add a few new events to the chess calendar. One particularly effective plan involves bringing players from two or three different schools together for a shared coaching and playing session.
We recently combined eight players from Ings Farm Primary with eight from John Emmerson Batty Primary for an afternoon.
First of all the players had to pair up with someone from the other school, without being helped in the selection process by the adults. Some managed to pass this social test faster than others. The mini-teams then had to try and solve six chess puzzles, which tested their powers of cooperation.
We went though the answers on the demonstration board, with selected players coming out to the front of the class to talk the rest of the group through the solutions. There followed some more shared coaching on the demonstration board before the players split into teams to play some matches.
All of the children enjoyed the experience, as the photos should show.
We repeated the format with players from Pennyman, Caldicotes and Brambles, this time with four players from each school.
Once again we challenged the children with chess puzzles, shared coaching and a concluding match.
We are hoping to fit in one more such session before the end of the term.
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