This Week

It has been a very busy week with our chess teams! Amelie, Arun and Rafe represented us at the Cottesmore Chess Congress on Tuesday. This is one of the oldest school competitions with 21 individual winners over 22 years going on to represent England – Copthorne can boast our own winners (Josh Higgins and Amardip Ahluwalia) for 5 out of the 22 years. This year, our young players came 7th out of 16 schools – we were very proud of our players! And thank you Cottesmore School for a wonderful day.

Niamh G, Arun S, Moiz A and Goshan A represented the school yesterday in the Sussex Schools League. Playing against four other schools at Blackboys Primary School near Uckfield, our team came top – they only dropped half a point! An amazing result for our Year 3 players. Again, well done to you too!

Today, our A team are playing in their division at London Meads in Burgess Hill –  we wish them all luck!

Half Term Week

Copthorne’s chess players were busy playing up to three events over the half-term. Monday 18th saw a Copthorne Chess Fun Day which involved a morning of coaching for our Y2s followed by a mini-tournament, whilst the Prep children steeled themselves for a 6 round all-day affair. Congratulations go to Aarav B, Avyanna S and Aditya G who came 1st, 2nd and 3rd respectively in the Y2 affair. Keir M and Rohan B also scored well (3/5) are were rewarded with rosettes. The senior tournament was dominated by Rafe C with an impressive 6/6, closely followed by Pranav L in second with 5/6 and Ann T third with 4.5/6. Nathaniel H-B also scored heavily but just missed out on 3rd whilst Jasmine O won Top Girl. The Year Group medals (U11 thru U8) went to Daniel V-H, Rex R, Jamie L and George T. The Best Game rosettes went to Tobi A and Arrow R for their long and hard fought game in round 6. Our thanks extend to the parents that helped out at the event including Sarah T, Priya S, Varun S, Jyoti G, Amish B and Deidre C. Thanks also to Amelie R for helping coach the Y2s and Sophie R and Simi A for running and invigilating the senior tournament.

The Burgess Hill Chess Academy and Uckfield Chess Academy held all-day 6 round events on Thursday 21st and Friday 22nd February respectively. George and Ann T represented Copthorne at Burgess Hill and both won an Arbiter award for their focus and improved play. At Uckfield we fielded a young team of 10 players who deservedly won the Primary Cup. In addition, Aarav won Top U7, George Top U8, Amelie R Top U9 and Pranav Top U11. Avyanna won the Arbiter award for her focus and as the most improved player.

Sunday saw the Sussex U11 Girls team take on the county squads from Kent and Berkshire. Copthorne’s representation in the team increased to two players as Niamh G won her first County cap. Amelie and Niamh played very well and Sussex won the event with 27 points versus 19 for Kent and 8 for Berkshire. Amelie won all her games including a victory against the 5th ranked England U11 Girl in Round 2.

Well done to everyone!