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Spalding children take part in chess competition

Pupils across the county took part in a chess tournament.

Lincolnshire Schools Chess Association organised the competition in St John the Baptist School in Spalding earlier this month.

The association is hoping to encourage more schools across the county to take on chess to support pupils' learning.

Youngsters who took part in a chess tournament at St John the Baptist School (22024076)
Youngsters who took part in a chess tournament at St John the Baptist School (22024076)


One of the people behind the tournament was Paul McCarthy said the game provides a number of benefits for schools.

He said: "Chess is a mind sport and it gives children the opportunity to sit down and think to plan a strategy.

"It promotes careful planning and encourages good behaviour. Children have to take responsibility for your actions."

A total of 16 children of primary school age took part in the tournament which included 10 from St John's.

The children, which included pupils from Grantham and Long Bennington,had the opportunity to play six games of chess during the tournament.

The tournament followed the Swiss system when winners play winners and runners-up play runners-up.

Mr McCarthy said: "I was pleased with how the tournament went and the children behaved really well and had a fun day.

"The school's Parent Teacher Association also provided refreshments on the day, which were very tasty."

The association has been running for a number of years with the aim of promoting, organise and encourage junior and adult chess in Lincolnshire.

It also runs the Lincolnshire Chess League as well as a number of other competitions across the county.

For more information go to: www.lincschess.org

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