Children from years 3-6 have represented BPS in what we hope was the first of many Chess fixtures for the school.  This match, against vs Parkside School, saw a team of 12 children take part.  For some, this was their first taste of competitive chess against non-BPS players, but many of our children already play chess in tournaments up to a very high national level.

Chess uses many of the problem solving, critical thinking and strategy skills that make for strong mathematical skills.  Mr Jeens, Subject Leader for Maths, who also teaches Sport, was keen to support the chess players in having a proper fixture after talking with one of our Y6 players: “he made the astute observation that BPS takes part in numerous fixtures for sports, but not yet fixtures for chess. Thank you to Mrs Gledhill (our chess teacher) who helped arrange the fixture.”

Chess team player Arthur said, “I really enjoyed going to another school to experience other defences and attacks, as well as meeting new people and making friends.”

We played 13 games against Parkside and were pleased to win eight, making BPS the overall fixture winners, bringing home the cup!