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We are very fortunate in Bolton to have one of the most important people in Junior Chess living locally. Mr. Julian Clissold spends most of his time running chess clubs, competitions and forums, and has for many years run a chess league in Bolton. Three years ago, I entered Clevelands into our first ever tournament and since then chess has grown at Clevelands, but this wouldn’t have happened without the work and support of Julian.

We are much indebted to him. To support Julian this year, I have agreed to take over the administration of the Chess Leagues. When we first joined there was one league of six teams. Today there are three leagues with twelve teams. It is hoped that we will grow this total this year to create a new league. Currently Clevelands is placed in the Bolton West League, which pits us against Bolton Boys’ School, Bolton Girls’ School and Claypool. This is without doubt the most challenging league. I was absolutely thrilled with the twelve children who played on Monday night in the first round of League matches.

Our A team came second, and with a relatively inexperienced team. I cannot understate the achievement of these children. Our B team was full of new players including four Year Three players. They will progress to become super chess players if they keep working hard. We have secured the services of a chess coach to help push our players to greater heights and Mr. Wilson has made a very positive impact. Three of our players won both of their matches, which means they brought home a medal for maximum points, but I was delighted with all the children and was a very proud teacher on Monday.