The day attracted delegates not only from our Teesside Schools but from much further afield too, with Andrew Green's journey from Edinburgh being a record travelling distance for one of our events.
Working alongside my trusty assistant Rachel Trotter (recent star of Radio Tees and photographer for this report) we delivered a day of material based on our school lessons and CSC curriculum, with plenty of mini-games, discussions on the merits of chess in schools, the expansion of junior chess on Teesside and many other subjects. We even indulged in a little bit of role play along the way.
It was a great privilege to work with such an outstanding group, whose skills and experience ranged from total novices all the way to Scotland's national junior chess coach.
Thank you, everyone - it was a wonderful day!
|Sue names the colour of a selected square correctly - without sight of the board|
|And so - it begins...|
|Mini-games with pawns|
|Sue and Kay pointing the way to success|
|Judy and Nicola showing their competitive spirit|
|The pointing has become infectious on this board|
|Steph demonstrating how to move like a bishop|
|Eddie enjoys moving like a rook|
|More mini-games: Anna vs. Andrew|
|More pointing on this board!|
|Sue defending King Andrew from the 'evil' Queen Judy|
|Can the king escape the dungeon?|
|A solution is found|
|Question 2 is the hardest on the sheet|
|Anna and Andrew closing in on the answers|
|Is this checkmate...?|
|Eddie has found the move!|
|Playing the Ultimate King Hunt. Andrew eventually |
delivered checkmate to the lone king.