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At the ECF Under 11 Open finals played at Uppingham school on Thursday 7 and Friday 8 July, two of the ten participating schools came from Gwent: The Dell and The Grange.
In this teams-of-six, five round competition determined by game points The Dell came fifth with 16 out of 30. Their first day started with a 5-1 loss to Kings College, Wimbledon, but the team bounced back with 6-0 wins against St Edwards School, Leek, and Twickenham Prep School. This put The Dell in second place overnight.
On Friday The Dell began with a game against The Hall. Coached by GM Jonathan Hawkins, The Hall, crowned EPSCA Under 11 champions earlier in the week, were a formidable side with an average ECF rapidplay grade of more than 110. The Dell lost 6-0 and were paired for the final round against St Paul’s Primary. They drew 3-3.
For the third year in succession, Howell’s of Cardiff won the Welsh Primary School Championships. In this teams-of-four competition, held at Bishop Hedley High School, Merthyr Tydfil, on Saturday 25 June 2016, Howell’s won all five matches in the top-flight section to net 10 match points. Pushing them closest were The Dell, Chepstow, who lost 1.5 to 2.5 and won their other four matches. Three schools shared third place with 5 match points: The Grange, Cathedral and Sandycroft. Also competing in the top flight were Whitchurch, Ysgol Y Wern and Melin Gruffydd.
Anna Boyle and Madeleine Smith, both from Chess in Schools and Communities school The Dell, Chepstow, have won a Brian Kerr Girls' Award. This bursary, worth £250, will help each of them with their chess development – and in Anna’s case, help to fund her participation in this summer’s European Union Youth Chess Championship, which is being held at Mureck, Austria.
Two Welsh juniors had notable success in the Bristol Open, held at Bristol Grammar School on 10-12 June. Playing in the Minor section (ECF grades of under 125), Caspian Fowler came joint fourth with a score 3.5/5, and netted a £40 prize for juniors. David McIntosh, playing in the same section, won a £30 share of the grading prize with 3/5.