The Bury Knights Junior Chess Club currently has 50 members, 14 of whom are girls. Pictured left, from this evening’s club meeting, are several of them, together with 15-year old Emilia Jewell, who helps with the coaching.
28% is as high a ratio as the Club has seen for many years. There have been times in the past when numbers fell to almost zero; girls seem to leave when there are few others to talk to!
Of course, the success of nine-year old Anita Somton has a positive effect, and many of her friends and school-mates have joined in recent months.
The Club welcomed 12 children from Needham Market Middle School and Creeting St Mary Primary School this evening. A friendly match was won convincingly by the Bury Knights by the score of 19½ – 4½.