Annual prizegiving at the Bury Knights

This evening’s meeting of the Bury Knights Junior Chess Club was the final one of the season.   The Club meets again after the summer holidays on 4 September.

As this was the last meeting, the annual awards presentation took place, with 40 members present as well as many parents.

Most of the prizewinners are pictured above.   (Left to right): Anita Somton (Player of the Year); Adam John (Most Improved Member); Alan John (Club Champion); Jonatan Kornak (Most Promising Newcomer); Harry Young (Most Enthusiastic Member); Bethany Young (Girls’ Champion).

Club Organiser Bob Jones reported on another successful year (the Bury Knights 23rd year), where average weekly attendances exceeded 40.   The Club found half of the 20-board Suffolk Under 11 team and several youngsters are now playing regularly in the adult leagues.

Special mention was given to parents Sam Starling, who has coached the Novices for the past two years, and Laura Cortabarria, who is standing down as Club Secretary.   Both will be tough to replace, but other parents need to come forward if the Club is to maintain its leading position in the county.

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