At the Cornwall Chess Championship event held at Penair School recently, Jack Andrew from the 2nd Year won the Under 14 Chess Championship, adding to his successes of the Under 12 and Under 13 won last season. The event was open to all players in the county. Organiser Robin Kneebone, said, “Jack’s calm and determined approach gains him much success. He has been well coached.”
Other pupils representing the school were Alec Sharbatien who came 3rd in the Under 16 Championship event and Jonas Lay who came 6th.
Successful Truro Prep players were: Adam Hussain, winner of the Cornwall Under 10 Championship, and Ollie Cameron who came 4th.
Robin goes on to quote Sir Clive Woodward who has stated that the skills used in chess are transferable to all types of sport. He stated;
“In most sports you put a huge amount emphasis on the physical side of things – football, rugby, cricket and tennis for instance – but a big chunk of it is also about thinking.
“It’s how you develop those thinking and understanding skills – especially in football and rugby when often you are playing phases ahead, the ball may be going one way but you are thinking further forward and that’s what chess is all about.”