Glendinning Primary declared this year's chess champions

Councillors and school staff with Primary pupils holding their winners trophy

Published: Tuesday, 04th June 2019

Glendinning Primary is celebrating after being declared winners at the annual chess competition held in Galashiels on 28 May.

 Building on their success at last year’s event, they beat off stiff competition from Earlston to retain their crown.

Schools entered for Chess Championships 2019

24 primary schools gathered in the Volunteer Hall, Galashiels to take part.

  • Balmoral
  • Burgh
  • Clovenfords
  • Denholm
  • Earlston
  • Edenside
  • Glendinning
  • Gordon
  • Heriot and Fountainhall
  • Knowepark
  • Lilliesleaf
  • Parkside
  • Sprouston
  • St Boswells
  • St Margaret’s RC
  • St Mary’s
  • St Peter’s
  • Stow
  • Stirches A
  • Stirches B
  • Swinton
  • Trinity
  • West Linton
  • Westruther

Adjudication was once again in the capable hands of George Birbeck with much appreciated support from Councillor Euan Jardine, Atholl Innes, Sharon Dalziel, Will McConchie, Bob Dawson, Mark Pealy and Councillor Sandy Aitchison. 

Semi finals and finals

Burgh, Earlston, Stow and Glendinning were the four teams to reach the semi-finals with Glendinning and Earlston making it through to the final showdown that eventually saw the Galashiels team triumph as the overall winners.

They were presented with the competition trophy by Craig Pritchett, Scottish Chess International Master.

Councillor Carol Hamilton, Executive Member for Children and Young People

“This was yet another outstandingly well played competition and many congratulations to all the teams who took part. They certainly did their best on the day but as always, there can only be one overall winner. What an exceptional performance from Glendinning. They should be extremely proud of their achievement and to be taking the trophy home with them yet again.

“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.”