Published: Wednesday, 6th June 2018
The final of the annual primary schools chess competition took place in Galashiels on Tuesday 29 May.
A nail biting finish saw Glendinning A and St Ronans face each other in the final with the Glendinning team eventually taking the trophy.
Primary schools from across the Borders took part
A total of 24 teams gathered in the Volunteer Hall to take part representing:
- Balmoral, Clovenfords, Coldingham, Denholm, Earlston, Ednam
- Glendinning A, Glendinning B, Gordon, Heriot & Fountainhall, Kingsland, Knowepark
- Melrose, Reserves, Sprouston, St Boswells, St Margaret’s RC, St Mary’s
- St Peter’s, St Ronans, Stow, Trinity, West Linton, Westruther
Adjudication was once again in the capable hands of George Birbeck with much appreciated support from:
- Ian Aitchison
- Sharon Dalziel
- Will McConchie
- Councillor Harry Scott
- Councillor Sandy Aitchison.
A well fought competition
After a well fought competition that lasted into the early afternoon, Glendinning A and St Ronans found themselves facing each other across the table. It proved to be a tensely fought final with Glendinning A triumphing as overall winners.
Councillor Carol Hamilton, Executive Member for Children and Young People
“What a popular and well attended competition this is with another outstanding turnout from schools right across the Borders. It is so encouraging to see the number of young people appreciating the many benefits that this game brings in terms of developing concentration skills, improving mental agility and being part of a highly enjoyable and sociable activity.
“Well done to everyone who took part as I have no doubt that each team did the best they could on the day and deserve to be praised for their efforts. What an outstanding performance from Glendinnin. They should be extremely proud of their achievement and to be taking the trophy home with them.
“As always, our thanks go to everyone involved in organising and supporting this event. They do a tremendous job and their input is greatly appreciated.”
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