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The 2007 Chess Scotland

Scottish Schools Individual Chess Championship


The Chess Scotland Scottish Schools Individual Chess Championship was held at George Heriots School on April 15th 2007 in association with the Edinburgh Chess Congress.

Chess Scotland is delighted to announce that the Association of Certified Public Accountants has undertaken to sponsor the Scottish Schools Individual Chess Championship for 3 years. We were very pleased to welcome Mr Kevin Henry, Chief Executive of the Association of Certified Public Accountants, when he attended the opening ceremony: especially in view of the fact that he undertook a 600 mile detour to come to Edinburgh! Mr Henry said “we are pleased to be entering into this relationship with Chess Scotland, supporting the youth of Scotland in a worthy, intellectual pursuit, such as chess.”

The Scottish Schools Individual Chess Championship is the culmination of eleven primary and secondary qualifying chess tournaments that were held throughout the year across Scotland including Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee, Perth and Glenrothes – these involved 500 children who played over 3000 games of chess! A record breaking one hundred and ten competitors from all over Scotland travelled to Edinburgh to battle over the board in their attempt to become the Scottish Schools Individual P5 and Under, P6/7 or Secondary chess champion. As every entrant had qualified for this event on merit, all players received a medal with trophies being awarded to the top 10 players. Robin Harper (former MSP) continued his steadfast support of junior chess in Scotland by awarding the children with their trophies and medals. The champions and top finishers in each section were:

P5 and Under section Scottish Schools P5 and Under Individual Champion – Kiron Roy, Kinross Primary School

2nd place – Max Allison, James Gillespie’s Primary School

3rd place – Benjamin He, Sciennes Primary School

4th place – Camas Miller, Belah Primary School

5th place – Daniel Marron, Holy Family Primary School

6th place – Stefan Robertson, James Gillespie’s Primary School

7th place – Zak Roy, St Cuthbert’s Primary School

8th place – Fergus Skillen, South Morningside Primary School

9th place – Ian Tait, Auchterarder Primary School

10th place – Caelan Lekuse, South Morningside Primary School

P6/7 section

Scottish Schools P6/7 Individual Champion – Jamie Scott, South Morningside Primary School

2nd place – Andrew McLaughlin, Bishopton Primary School

3rd place – Ross Black, Jordanhill Primary School

4th place – Sarat Roy, Kinross Primary School

5th place – Iain Ross, Markinch Primary School

6th place – Adam Shannon, Dollar Academy

7th place – Ross Hannah, Bonaly Primary School

8th place – Emma Grant, Newtownhill Primary School

9th place – Aaron Lewis, Primary School

10th place – Jonathan Blake, Home School

Secondary section

Scottish Schools Secondary Individual Champion – Cosmo Grant, The Glasgow Academy

2nd place – Scott Jordan, Giffnock Chess Club

3rd place – Nicholas Blake, Home School

4th place – Anton Laptev, St Leonards

5th place – Adam Brand, Craigmount High School

6th place – David Shenton, Home School

7th place – Shona Jordan, Giffnock Chess Club

8th place – Aletia McCulloch, Shawlands Academy

9th place – Ecsher Mills, James Gillespie’s High School

10th place – Andrew Smith,

I am very grateful indeed to all those who helped make the tournament run so smoothly (despite the technical glitch with the PA system!) including Donna and Clare Officer, Brenda Hughes, Dave Taylor, Lloyd Hughes, Owen Hughes and Derek Mills.

Report by Jeremy Hughes

Kevin Henry (right), Chief Executive of the Association of Certified Public Accountants, at the opening ceremony with the Championship organiser Jeremy Hughes (left)
Robin Harper (former MSP), addresses the crowd at the award ceremony with Donna Officer (Chess Scotland Junior International Director) behind.
Let battle commence!
The trophy and medal winners of the P5 and Under section
The trophy and medal winners of the P6/P7 section
The trophy and medal winners of the secondary section





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