We were delighted to send two teams to compete in the finals of two Sussex chess championships – the Butler Cup and the Primary Cup. It was very intense with our pupils playing three matches against four other schools. Many of the matches were very close and the concentration and tension in the air were palpable. Amelie, Aran, Kai and Hongqi won medals as runners up in the Butler Cup against much older pupils. Hats off to our primary team who – as a competitor’s parent said ‘smashed it out of the park,’ to win the Sussex Primary Cup with 10½ points out of 12. A resounding win for a very strong Copthorne Prep chess team. Congratulations to all our players. Impressive work, team Copthorne.