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Norwich High Chess Queens


Norwich High School girls swept the board at the annual Delancey UK Chess Challenge Megafinal this month, taking home four age-group trophies. In the girls sections, Imogen Turner (Year 7) won the under 12 age group, Felicity Chaney (Year 6) won the under 11, Anna Wasse (Year 5) won the under 10 and Linnea Spence (Year 3) won the under 8. These girls all qualify for the National Gigafinal to be held in Derby in July. Esme Potter (Year 5) and Alice Shaw (Year 3) also reached the qualifying score of four points.

We are very proud of all the girls involved, commented Mr Stephen Orton, a teacher at Norwich High School and co-ordinator of the Norwich High Chess Club. This shows the benefit of the extra coaching sessions we have as well as the natural talent of the girls. We are all looking forward to the Gigafinal! Previous winners of these trophies are now at leading universities, and there can be little doubt that the intellectual training in chess helped them on their way.

The UK Chess Challenge began in 1996. The tournament begins every Spring Term and continues over four stages and eight months. In the first stage children compete week by week in schools all over the UK (currently the number of schools taking part is over 2,000). Every child is able to win prizes, whether badges, gold spots, mascots, trophies and even baseball caps, so every child has something to play for.

Another Norwich High pupil, Karina Chan (Year 8) has been playing in the 8th World Schools Championship in Romania for the past 10 days. She finished with two wins and two draws from her nine games, which is very creditable in a world championship! Her chance to qualify for the Gigafinal will have to come later.

Published: May 14 2012

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