On Sunday 2nd November, 9 pupils from Sandycroft CP travelled to Frodsham for the Cheshire and North Wales County Trials producing some fantastic performances.
In the under 11 section, 3 players took part all of whom are currently in year 5 but showed age is no barrier. Team captain Macey Taylor, although struggling with illness, produced another outstanding performance. Macey was given a tough draw facing 3 players who finished in the top 5 of the North Wales championships. Even though she was a year younger than them, she produced some very impressive tactical play to come away with 2 wins, a draw and a very close defeat to the current county champion to finish on 2.5/4. After a slow start, Nathan Goodwin burst into life with some excellent endings, winning 5 games on the trot and finishing the day with 7/12. Rhys Tillotson played tremendous in his first ever tournament, showing no fear and scoring 4.5/10.
The highly promising under 9s staked their claim for a place in the team with nearly all of them winning over half of their games. Current North Wales champion Ifan Rathbone Jones eased past his first 4 opponents and was asked to take on the under 11s next door. Playing much slower, he managed to come away with 4 more victories and no defeats despite being 2 years younger than his opponents to cap what has been a highly successful year for the youngster after reaching the UK Chess Challenge Terafinal. Josh Cardus showed much improvement in his end game to pick up 2 wins from 6 and received some much deserved praise from the county team manager.
Four pupils from Year 3 made a big impact with Robert Goodwin continuing his fantastic form from Chester winning 4 out of 5 with some very advanced check mates. Under 8 county champion Tyler Havass overcame a shaky start to finish on a highly creditable 4/6 closely followed by James walker who has been very impressive in training recently on 3/6. Ben Farley produced an outstanding show of attacking play to defeat the current under 8 schools champion and came away with 2.5/4.
The team is now looking forward to the remaining county selection fixture, the highly competitive EPSCA Rapidplay on Liverpool which is a fixture in the English trials.