Throston Primary School pupils are chess champions

Throston Primary school chess players (left to right) Poppy Boyd, Max Nickolson and Emma Watson
Throston Primary school chess players (left to right) Poppy Boyd, Max Nickolson and Emma Watson

YOUNG chess players made all the right moves when they competed against dozens of schools from across the North-East.

Throston Primary School’s chess club is celebrating after clever Poppy Boyd beat all her rivals to clinch the Under 8 title at the Chess Mega Final, held in Newcastle.

It is the second year running that Poppy, eight, who is the daughter of former Hartlepool United player Adam Boyd, has won the title for her age range.

Poppy first started playing chess when her granddad, Kevan Turner, taught her how to play the game two years ago.

She joined Throston Primary School’s thriving chess team.

Her schoolmates, Emma Watson, 11, and Max Nicholson, eight, also proved their skill at the game to join Poppy at the regional finals in Manchester in July.

They each won four out of their six matches they played in the competition.

The school took 16 members of its thriving chess club to the event held at the Royal Grammar School, in Newcastle.

They competed against pupils from more than 40 schools from Teesside to the Scottish Borders.

Year 6 teacher Neil Voisey, who runs Throston Primary’s chess club, said: “I’m really proud of them.

“It is the best year we have had in the competition.

“They were competing against children from grammar and private schools 
so the standard was quite high.

“The pupils who did not qualify for the next round came really close so I’m pleased with the whole club.”

Over 100 pupils have been part of the school’s chess club in the three years it has been running.

It is sponsored by the Chess in School and Communities national scheme.

The youngsters get top advice from dedicated tutor Sean Marsh who comes into school.