Year 2 pupil, Monty, is through to the Gigafinals of the DaLancy UK Schools Chess Challenge in Manchester following his 1st place championship win at the Gloucestershire Megafinals this week.
Monty and his classmate Michael, who also proudly achieved 2nd place in this prestigious competition, qualified for the local Megafinal by competing against their classmates in Cheltenham Prep’s popular Chess Club. Of 43,000 children across the UK who entered the competition, only 6,500 qualified for the regional competitions across 12 age categories. The Gloucestershire event, held at St Edwards School in Cheltenham, saw Monty, Michael and children from schools across the region competing for rosettes and prizes and the chance to lift the Megafinal trophy. After a tough day and some fierce competition, Monty won the title of Megafinal Supremo in the U7 category.
“I have been delighted and amazed by the popularity of Chess Club this year,” said Mrs Rachael Buttress, Head of Kingfishers Pre-Prep at Cheltenham College. “Older pupils get the opportunity to teach the rules of the game to younger players, encouraging a team approach to this individual sport. Michael and Monty’s successes at the competition this week are proof of how hard they have worked to understand the game, and how much they enjoy the challenge.”
"We are of course thrilled and very proud parents," said Alison, Monty's mother. "If it wasn't for Mrs Buttress, who has enthused Monty in her chess club and submitted his entry, we would have never known he was so good at chess."
Cheltenham Prep wishes the very best of luck to Monty, who goes on to compete in the Gigafinal at Wright Robinson College, Manchester, in July.