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Prep School chess players to compete at national competition

An outstanding run of successes in the world of competitive chess has resulted in three pupils from Truro High Prep School being crowned top in the county and even, for some, moving up to play at a national level.

9-year-old Ornela and 8-year-old Basma stormed to victory in the Regional Megafinal of the UK Chess Challenge proudly taking home the Cornwall Girls Suprema titles in their age group.

This is the third time Ornela has taken this prestigious chess title having been crowned Under 7 and Under 8 Suprema over the last two years.

It was the first time competing for 10-year-old Charlene who also proved herself a formidable opponent against the county’s brightest and best players and won second place for her efforts.

It was a particularly tough competition which saw the young chess player compete against significantly more experienced players in the combined under 10 to under 14 category.  

As a result of their success, Ornela and Basma will now be heading to Twickenham this July where they will represent the school and Cornwall in the competition’s national Gigafinal.

To earn their places on the school team the girls took part in a competition organised by their chess teacher, international competitor Jeremy Menadue. The lunchtime and after school club is always a firm favourite amongst the school’s youngest pupils and this year has seen record numbers trying their hand at this exciting game. 

Published by: Grace Kennard

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