Low Port check out with the chess trophy

Inter schools chess winners
Inter schools chess winners

The second annual inter-schools chess challenge took place at Linlithgow Sports Club on Saturday, March 21,

And what a nail-biting finish it was, as judges were forced to ‘count back’ the scores in an attempt to find an outright winner.

In the end, the shield was awarded to Low Port Primary School with a total of 11.5 points.

The chess club was launched at Linlithgow Primary School nine years ago by former Provost of the Deacon’s Court, Hector Woodhouse.

With the support of Ken Clarke, who had just retired and had the distinction of holding a Scottish cap for junior chess, they got the first club up and running.

And the dynamic duo haven’t looked back since.

Hector said: “Last year at our inaugural event we had one girl competing, this year we had six. We are delighted.”

The tournaments are played over four rounds lasting, up to 25 minutes each.

The benefits of chess are increasingly being recognised globally with several countries – including Spain – introducing it to their national curriculum.

There are now five school clubs at Linlithgow, Springfield, Low Port, Linlithgow Bridge and St Joseph’s with more than 70 players on board; Linlithgow Academy also runs a lunch-time club.

An inaugural individual tournament is now being planned for the autumn.