Knights Templar School pupil wins chess tournament at Letchworth’s Pixmore Junior School

Winners and Runners up

Winners and Runners up - Credit: Archant

Chess masters of the future went head to head in Letchworth in a tournament held at Pixmore Junior School.

Tom Coates and Abigail Lloyd

Tom Coates and Abigail Lloyd - Credit: Archant

The Pixmore Open, which has been held for the past six years, was a day-long challenge for 33 contestants, with winners eventually taking the honours in junior, intermediate, senior and elite senior sections.

“I think it went pretty well,” said organiser Tom Coates, who teaches after-school chess clubs at primary schools.

“It got a bit messy at the end when some sections had several tying for first place and we had to have some play-offs.

“That apart, the numbers were up on previous years, the weather was kind, and win, lose or draw, everyone was in good humour.”

Phoebe Webb won the juniors, while Emma Lloyd won in the intermediates. Nevan Masterson was the senior winner, and Knights Templar School student Leon Collis was the elite senior champion.

Letchworth & Hitchin Chess Club volunteers staffed the tournament last Saturday.