May 20, 2007
by Christine MacGregor
The final of the Chess Scotland Primary Schools Team Championships involving 98 children took place on Sunday 20th May at Grangemouth Community Education Unit. In the main Primary event there were 12 teams and in the Primary 5 and under section there were 13 teams.
In the Primary 5 and Under section Jordanhill was in the lead at the end of round 3, with James Gillespies and Kirkhill both one match point behind. In round 4, Sciennes A defeated Jordanhill allowing Kirkhill and James Gillespies to move ahead. The final round began with all to play for. Sciennes A drew with James Gillespies while Kirkhill's win against Jordanhill made them clear overall winners. James Gillespies finished in 2nd place and Sciennes A were 3rd. Sciennes B very narrowly missed out on the top 3 places, finishing with the same number of match points as their A team and only half a game point behind.
Medals were awarded to the best player on each board from the remaining teams. The best Board 1 medal went to Peter Sanders (Georgetown), the best Board 2 went to Sam Lavery (Holy Family), the best Board 3 went to John Gregory (Sciennes B) and the best Board 4 went to Bethan Short (Bishopton).
In the All-Primary event Bishopton A, Kirkhill and James Gillespies all had 5 match points after Bishopton A and James Gillespies drew in round 3. In round 4 Bishopton A won against Kirkhill and James Gillespies won against New Machar. These two teams were out in front with 7 match points, although Bishopton A had one game point advantage. At the start of the final round there was still all to play for with Bishopton B catching up, having won 3 of their 4 matches. Bishopton A won their last round against Bonaly and James Gillespies won against Bishopton B. In the end 1 st and 2 nd places were decided by game points. Bishopton A came out ahead to retain the trophy they won last year. Runners-up were James Gillespies. Three teams were in the running for 3 rd place which narrowly went to New Machar on game points, just half a point ahead of Bishopton B.
As in the younger age group, medals were awarded to the best player on each board from the remaining teams. The best Board 1 medal went to Adam Shannon (Dollar) who won all five of his games, the best Board 2 went to Colm Burns (Holy Cross), the best Board 3 went to Ross Hannah (Bonaly) and the best Board 4 went to Thomas Bohill (Bishopton B).
A fun prize competition for the players was also held during the lunch break to guess the number of e-mails I sent or received in organising the final. Answers ranged from 20 to 150,000! Two players from James Gillespies, Jeremy Scott and Gavin Steele, who gave exactly the same answer (186: just two away from the correct answer) were declared joint winners and shared the prize. So that the adults did not feel left out they had a separate fun quiz, won by Andy MacQueen...
I would like to thank the arbiters Donald Wilson and Trevor Davies for their help during the day.
P5 and Under
Primary Team Final