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For the last 7 weeks, 12 students have been competing in the first round of the biggest scholastic chess competition in the world, the Delancey UK Schools' Chess Challenge.

Over 7 intense games, these students have been pitting their chess brains against each other to see who is the chess champion for Risedale this year.

Once again, Ben Fulton came out on top, with an unbeaten record of 6 wins and 1 draw (he remains unbeaten in all competitive games since the start of last year).

Chess Champion Ben Fulton (640x427).jpg

Dmitri Schwartz-Hall gave another strong performance in 2nd place, but it was Isabelle Ellis that gave Ben his closest game, forcing a draw by repetition. Josh Edwards was relatively new to the game, but ground out some impressive wins to take 4th.

Thank you to all the players who took part. They included: Jamie Kelley, Hannah Bell, Cole McGregor, Keira Hodgson, James Balchin, Nimon Rai, Archie Basset and Reece Squire.

Any players who wish to go on to represent the school will be invited to take part in the next round, the county finals, which take place in Yarm in May.

Mr Carter - Head of Mathematics Faculty

Photo: The Risedale School Chess Trophy, rediscovered after over 40 years.