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30 March 2014 / HIGH SCHOOL CHESS CHAMPS TAKE ON THE COUNTY

Truro High School prep 3 pupil, Celeste Woodall, from Chacewater, has been crowned Cornwall's Under 9 Chess Champion.

Her best win during the gruelling competition featured a rare "discovered double checkmate".

Celeste, was one of four girls representing the school in the county championship. Her team mates were Maddie, who played some excellent games during the competition, plus Emma Day and Brhyer Gemmill, who finished equal fourth just one point behind the winner. The four girls' performances secured a fifth position in the team event.

To earn their places on the school team the girls took part in a fiercely contested competition organised by their chess teacher, international competitor, Jeremy Menadue.

As a result of that competition, in addition to winning their way through to the county championship, the top six players also qualified for the Junior Chess Megafinal due to take place in Sussex in early May.

Head of the Truro High Prep School, Alison Miller, said: "We have some exceptionally talented chess players in the school who are ably tutored by Jeremy.

"Chess is considered to have an extremely positive impact on primary school children as it's believed to improve academic performance as well as behavioral and social attitudes. We are extremely proud of all the girls who took part in the county championship and wish them all the luck in upcoming competitions, but most of all we hope they enjoy themselves."


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