Last Friday and Saturday we took a number of pupils and parents to the National Chess Semi-Finals at Bristol Grammar School. This overnight expedition was very popular with our pupils and I would like to pass on my thanks to the parents who joined us to support the pupils’ efforts. This is the largest school tournament in the country. Our teams played very well with our A team in contention into the final round for the only two places available to qualify for the National Finals. In the end we came 9th out of forty with our only defeats being to the schools who finished first and second. Our B team also played their part. Congratulations to Alexander and Akshay who won four out of five matches each.