Young players’ chess challenge

TWENTY six local young chess players took part in the Upper Calder Valley Junior Chess Challenge on Saturday at the Trades Club, Holme Street, Hebden Bridge.

The twice-a-year event, organised by Hebden Bridge Chess Club, is an introduction to chess competitions and gives the youngsters a chance to get together and try their skills against a wide range of opponents.

Despite the noise of a fire alarm going off accidentally part-way through, the entrants completed all five rounds very competently.

The final winner was Hebden Bridge’s Kyle Sharpe with a maximum 5/5, despite some close escapes on the way. Second was Hephzi Leatherbarrow (Hebden Bridge) with 4/5, on a tie-break from Owen Buchan (Hebden Bridge) on the same score.

Grading prizes went to Harry Urquhart-Greaves (3½/5, Hebden Bridge), Leona Sharpe (3½/5, Hebden Bridge), Alfie Connors (2½/5, Castle Hill) and Kieran Crossley (1½/5, Castle Hill).

Organiser John Kerrane said, “Overall, I was very impressed by the enthusiasm and good behaviour of the youngsters. All the entrants seemed to enjoy the event.

“Kyle’s win was no surprise, but it was good also to see grading prizes going to a number of newcomers to inter-club competitions. We will look forward to the next event in six months’ time,” he said.