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Anna Boyle and Madeleine Smith, both from Chess in Schools and Communities school The Dell, Chepstow, have won a Brian Kerr Girls' Award. This bursary, worth £250, will help each of them with their chess development – and in Anna’s case, help to fund her participation in this summer’s European Union Youth Chess Championship, which is being held at Mureck, Austria.
Two Welsh juniors had notable success in the Bristol Open, held at Bristol Grammar School on 10-12 June. Playing in the Minor section (ECF grades of under 125), Caspian Fowler came joint fourth with a score 3.5/5, and netted a £40 prize for juniors. David McIntosh, playing in the same section, won a £30 share of the grading prize with 3/5.
Several Welsh junior teams were in action during the week-end 4-5 June, including a girls under 11 team-of-eight that beat their English counterparts 9.5 – 6.5. The other win, also on Sunday, came from the Under 12s, which beat the South West 15.5 – 8.5. The Under 12s almost pulled off a remarkable victory on Saturday. Trailing 4-8 after round 1, they bounced back to win the second round 7.5 – 4.5.