Chess: Jack Adds to His Shield Collection

Last month, Jack from 1st Year carried on from his successes at Truro Prep School by adding the Cornwall U12 Chess Shield to his collection.


Jack was presented the Cornwall U12 Simpkin Shield from County Chess President Robin Kneebone, who is a former pupil of Truro School. It was presented to him at the Cornwall Junior Chess Championships on 23 November at Penair School.


His Chess Coach, Jeremy Menadue, said: “As last year’s U11 Cornwall Megafinal winner he was bound to be one of the top players, but it’s often difficult to move up from Primary to Secondary competition.”


Already playing well in practice against the Senior players at Chess Club, he is destined to be a threat to all in next term’s open School Championship. Winning the county event also makes Jack eligible for the London Junior Finals.


“His concentration and determination were most impressive over the six one hour rounds,” Mr Menadue continued. “His powers of concentration have always been formidable, making him well suited to the standard one hour games in the County Chess competitions.”


Jack has now won five competitions over the last four years. He has also taken part in two National Finals of the UK Chess Challenge. Now the County Chess Federation has greatly increased the opportunities for Juniors to test their skills at all age groups, and has a regular training session at Truro Library.


Mr Menadue said: “Our top players can aim for the next County Championship in March, when Jack will hope to step up to the U13s, supported by the rest of the Truro School Chess Squad.”