Checkmate for pupils in chess tournament

St Louis Middle School Schoo'children have done well in a chess tournament'l-r samuel kerraish,emilia jewell, clement wallace ( all spelt correct)
St Louis Middle School Schoo'children have done well in a chess tournament'l-r samuel kerraish,emilia jewell, clement wallace ( all spelt correct)

PUPILS proved they knew all the right moves after achieving success in the world’s biggest chess tournament.

Emilia Jewell, Samuel Kerraish and Clement Wallace, of St Louis Middle School, Bury St Edmunds, made it through to the Gigafinals of the British Land UK Chess Challenge in Derby.

They were among 800 people who made it through to the penultimate round of the competition and Emilia, 13, won the girls finals for the North of England.

She was awarded £200 and will compete in the Terafinal in Warwick next month when the top 40 from the north and south battle it out.

Meanwhile Sam, 13, and Clement, 10, emerged victorious in three-and-a-half games.

The trio are members of their school chess club, St Louis Bishops.

Damian Wallace, who runs the chess club and is head of Year 8, said: “It’s the biggest chess tournament in the world, so what they’ve achieved is amazing as it’s very intense. They’re all very talented at the game.

“For Emilia to win the girls Gigafinals in chess is pretty big.

“It’s quite rare for someone to get through in Suffolk in first place. She’s played chess for about five years and plays against the adults in Suffolk as well. She does really well.”

It is estimated that about 63,000 people enter the annual tournament.