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Devon Junior Championships 2010

Andrew Ashenhurst, teacher at nearby St. Peter’s School, Lympsone, has just collected 30 sets of equipment for the Devon Junior Championships, to be held on Saturday at the Teign School, Kingsteignton, near Newton Abbot.

There will be sections for the U-9s, U-11s and U-15s, plus a team competition. Broadclyst Primary are entering 2 teams and are favourites to win. Theo Slade, whose home is in Marhamchurch, N. Cornwall, but now attends Shebbear College in N. Devon, thus qualifying him for this tournament, must be favourite for the U-11s. But nothing’s written in stone – it’s a funny old game. Watch this space for details of winners.

Theo Slade Wins U9 Chess Challenge Tournament.

Continuing on from my blog of 3rd April 2010, young Theo Slade of Bude passed another milestone in his early chess career when he won the Boys U-9 B group at last weekend’s UK Chess Challenge Southern Area Gigafinal held at Wellington College, Berkshire. He got a trophy, cheque for £100 and goes forward to the ultimate final for all age groups, when the winners from the Southern and Northern regions play off for the national titles. This will be held in Warwick next month.

Theo Slade with prizes in the grounds of Wellington College.


As reported earlier, although living in Cornwall, close to the border with Devon, Theo is being drawn into the sphere of Devon’s junior chess activities as there is more going on there. He receives tuition through the internet from Dave Regis, leader of the Exeter Junior Club, and plays in as many tournaments as he can fit in. Devon already has a number of promising juniors, especially those centred around Torquay Boys’ Grammar School where Modern Languages master Trefor Thynne has influence, but Theo’s potential must be as great as anyone’s, if he continues at this rate.

Watch this space…..