Every year the UK Schools Chess Challenge, sponsored by Delancey, attracts some 50,000 children across the UK. Most play the initial round within their school, but a few junior clubs also take part. The Bury Knights Junior Chess Club has participated in this competition ever since it started over 20 years ago. Last year two Bury Knights’ members managed to qualify for the final round, the Terafinal. Only 100 or so children manage to reach this stage.
The photo below shows some of the 30 Bury Knights’ members who are taking part this year:
After four rounds (out of seven), the sole leader is 10-year old Adam John on 12 points (three points for a win, two for a draw and one for a loss). Close behind on 10 points are seven other members.
To qualify for the next level, the Megafinal, players must either score 17 points (equivalent to five wins and two losses), or be the highest scorer in their age-group (boys/girls). The Megafinal is held at Woodbridge School, in May.