St Andrews pupils check out in Chess Challenge

Those who took part in the chess final were (back row, left to right) - Rowan Currie, Ross Davidson, Rory Fraser, Gregor Stirling and Euan Dawson; (front row, left to right) - Thomas Laland-Brown, George Yarr, Tom Constance and Amy Herzog.
Those who took part in the chess final were (back row, left to right) - Rowan Currie, Ross Davidson, Rory Fraser, Gregor Stirling and Euan Dawson; (front row, left to right) - Thomas Laland-Brown, George Yarr, Tom Constance and Amy Herzog.
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Pupils from Lawhead Primary School in St Andrews enjoyed success in the megafinal of the United Kingdom Chess Challenge held in Edinburgh.

Youngsters from the local primary school joined with more than 100 other children from across Scotland - aged from seven to 17 years - who pre-qualified to take part in the event.

With a score of 4/6 being needed to qualify for the UK finals in Derby in July, it was always going to be tough to make the final stages.

Four Lawhead pupils took part in the under-11 boys’ section and the results were excellent. Ross Davidson and Rowan Currie both scored a very good 3/6, Rory Fraser a fine 3.5/6 and Euan Dawson qualified with 4.5/6.

In the under-10 boys, Gregor Stirling also excelled with 3/6, but the star performer was Tom Constance who tied for first place on 5/6 and earned the title of Joint Supremo Champion for the East of Scotland.

A Lawhead PS spokeswoman said:”All our children performed very well indeed.”

The Delancey UK Schools’ Chess Challenge 2012 - formerly the UK Chess Challenge - is a national competition and over 74,000 children have taken part. The leading players from the 41 megafinals across the British Isles qualify for either the northern or southern gigafinal in July with the winners then competing to find the UK schools’ chess champion for 2012 at a terafinal in August.