On the May Day weekend four chess players went to Blackpool to play in the North-West Megafinal of the British Land Chess Competition.

Two of the students, Matthew Hoyle and Jacob Capelli were novices and we were really pleased when Jacob won two of his six games and Matthew Hoyle won three. If he had won just one more game he would have progressed to the Gigafinal.

However, Tim Goddard and Ben Atueyi both succeeded in reaching the Gigafinal, the Northern National Final, which will take place in Manchester University later on the 6th July. Tim gained his place with five wins out of six, whereas Ben won all six games and was the championship winner for his age group. Wish them luck for the competition.