Girls’ Chess Training Day

The event was held at Ackworth School (in the Music Room) on Saturday 17th June 2017 – an event organised by White Rose Junior Chess Academy. Ten girls attended and tuition was provided by two ECF accredited coaches — Phil Beckett from Retford and Peter Cloudsdale from York.

Firstly we looked at opening principles, control of the centre, developing pieces and King safety. Next came a session on general endgame techniques, including use of the opposition and various checkmate patterns, as well as King and pawn endings. Some chess puzzles were provided to be solved in groups.

Thanks go to Chess and Bridge for donating books and magazines. During the day we held a 4-round Swiss competition — results as follows …

1st – Amy Oxborough from York 4/4
2nd – Marella Akhar from Wakefield Girls 3/4
3rd = Sophie Lister, Amelie Cresswell, Harriet Hough, Lily Anna Thorpe – all from Wakefield Girls School 2.5/4
7th Gabrielle Gava from Hessle Mount Hull 2/4
8th Harriet Middleton Hunt from Wakefield Girls 1/5
9th= Zara Alea Akhtar from Wakefield Girls and Heather Stark from Copmanthorpe Primary, York

The day ended with a discussion on the famous game of Georg Rotlewi vs Akiba Rubinstein. All girls received a certificate, score book, pen, chess badge and various book prizes. An enjoyable day was had by all, in excellent surroundings!

— Peter Cloudsdale, York 18th June 2017

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