Junior chess players have helped their team retained its national title with the highest points tally in an event’s history.
Scott Borland, from Cuckfield, Krishna Dee Kini, from Haywards Heath and Thomas Midmer, from Burgess Hill, demonstrated their talent when their junior chess team won the premier title in their age group at the The EPSCA (English Primary Schools Chess Association) U11 championship.
The Sussex Under 11s Chess team dominated the contest by scoring the highest points tally in the history of the event, which has been contested for nearly fifty years.
Their winning margin was also a record. They scored 52 out of a possible 60 points, and scored eight more points than the second-placed county.
With scoring awarded a single point for a win, and half a point for a draw, this margin equated to eight more victories than their nearest competitors could manage.
The EPSCA has been contested annually by English county sides since 1967 and is considered the most significant of the various age-group titles on offer.
Each county enters a team of twenty U11 juniors who each play three high-pressure games during the day.
A squad of 24 Sussex youngsters was drawn from all parts of the county, from Chichester to Bexhill and points in between.
Coach Mike Forster was delighted. He said: ‘My view is that 52 points out ofa possible 60 is right on the limit of what is achievable at this sort of event.
“It was only possible due to the combination of an extremely talented group of individuals and the exceptional commitment and support of all concerned, which made all the difference to our team spirit and approach.”
The team is part of Sussex Junior Chess - a not for profit organisation which promotes and popularises chess amongst school age children in the county.
It provides training days at venues around the county, and organises tournaments for individuals and schools. It also selects and runs county teams who compete in national and international events. To find out more visit: www.sussexjuniorchess.org.