South Wales Schools shine at the EPSCA West of England regional qualifier

On Saturday the 2nd of March St John’s College  hosted the south west regional qualifying round for EPSCA (English Primary Schools Chess Association). St John’s college and Caedraw participated in the under 11 category while the Dell took part in the U9 category.

In the under 9 category Dell did very well by comfortably winning their age category with 14.5 points and qualified for the semifinals. In the U11 category 12 teams consisting of 10 schools took part. St John’s college scored  21.5 points out of a possible 25 points and pipped Brookfield school of Swindon to 1st place. Both teams went into the final round, tied on first place with 16.5 points each. St John’s won all their games in the last match whilst Broadmead faced the debutante school Caedraw. The match went into the last game on board one where Tabitha Ryan secured an unexpected win against Broadmead’s board 1 player Zoha Ashraf who has an ECF grade of 121.

Caedraw meanwhile finished joint fifth and secured a qualifying place for the semi finals. 

Photo of St John College winners of U11 and Dell the U9 Winners