Horsham quartet inspire Sussex to trophy

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FOUR young members from Horsham Chess Juniors club were part of a 20-strong Sussex squad to win the English Primary Schools Chess Association Under-nine Championships in Nottingham on Saturday.

Amalia Finnegan, Matthew Forster, Oliver Thorne and Yelena Finnegan (pictures from left to right) helped the County side win a very close competition and were able to proudly display the Peter Aykroyd trophy to their friends at Horsham Chess Club on Tuesday.

Sussex qualified second behind Wey Valley, Surrey, by one point in March, but reversed the result to beat the same side to the title, with Barnet, Notts and Kent close behind.

As well as their visits to Horsham Chess club, Matthew and Oliver are chess regulars at their local school chess club at Heron Way Primary School. Twins Amalia and Yelena Finnegan attend Copthorne Prep where chess has been introduced as a curriculum subject - its benefits include improvements in problem-solving, critical thinking, and decision making.

Sussex Junior Chess organises training events and regular competitions for all children of all standards - even complete beginners - with their next training event in Washington on April 17 (please mail info@sussexjuniorchess.org for details)

Horsham Junior Chess club runs in term times from 6.25pm for one hour at the Methodist Church in London Road - and is the fun section of this year’s ECF (English Chess Federation) Club of the year.

Please contact Junior organizer Anthony Higgs on 01403 783372 if you would like more details.