Posted by: Pupils | 14 Feb 2009
For the past few years our school has been entering the British Land Chess Tournament. We began the 2009 CFS tournament just a few weeks ago. We were put into two groups. The junior group was open to pupils in years 4-6 and the senior group from years 7-10. Every pupil will play a few games to gain a score and worthiness to be allowed into the next stage.
Winning a game gives 3 points and drawing gives 2, just 1 point is given for a loss. All the points are then added up to obtain the pupils' final scores.
The pupils with the most points in our school tournament will go to Manchester to take part in the British Land Chess Tournament Mega Finals. In the Mega Finals, each pupil plays 6 games of chess. The points system works slightly differently in the Mega Final as you gain 1 point for a win, half a point for a draw and sadly no points for a loss.
The next stage is the Giga Finals. Four points are needed to get there and if you are lucky and have just enough skill to gather together enough points there then you will find yourself sent off to the Tera Finals. This is my third year of competing in the chess tournament and I have found it very enjoyable.