Check out this lot – children show their skills in city chess tournament

portsmouth high school Young chess players awarded trophies  Pictures show all winners with former Lord Mayor, Councillor Frank Jonas   All winners listed below   Young chess players awarded trophies and cash prizes   Portsmouth High School was delighted to host the Sir William Dupree and Phyllis Loe Chess Tournament with prizes presented to the winners by the former Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, Councillor Frank Jonas.   This was a wonderful occasion to celebrate young peoples commitment to playing chess, said Councillor Frank Jonas.  This tournament is steeped in history as Sir William Dupree and Councillor Phyllis Loe were both Mayors of Portsmouth and it was a real privilege to present these trophies in their names.                                                                                                      Councillor Frank Jonas with winners at the chess tournament
portsmouth high school Young chess players awarded trophies Pictures show all winners with former Lord Mayor, Councillor Frank Jonas All winners listed below Young chess players awarded trophies and cash prizes Portsmouth High School was delighted to host the Sir William Dupree and Phyllis Loe Chess Tournament with prizes presented to the winners by the former Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, Councillor Frank Jonas. This was a wonderful occasion to celebrate young peoples commitment to playing chess, said Councillor Frank Jonas. This tournament is steeped in history as Sir William Dupree and Councillor Phyllis Loe were both Mayors of Portsmouth and it was a real privilege to present these trophies in their names. Councillor Frank Jonas with winners at the chess tournament

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YOUNG chess enthusiasts came together to show their skills.

Portsmouth High School played host to the Sir William Dupree and Phyllis Loe Chess Tournament, with prizes presented to the winners by the former Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, Councillor Frank Jonas.

Schools from across the Portsmouth area took part, including Langstone Junior School, Charter Academy and Portsmouth Academy for Girls, as well as Portsmouth High and Portsmouth Grammar, plus Fareham Chess Club and Portsmouth Junior Chess Club.

Nearly 100 children were involved in the competition.

‘This was a wonderful occasion to celebrate these young people’s commitment to playing chess,’ said Cllr Jonas.

‘This tournament is steeped in history as Sir William Dupree and Councillor Phyllis Loe were both Mayors of Portsmouth and it was a real privilege to present these trophies in their names.’

More than £1,000 was awarded in a prize-giving ceremony. The tournament was open to all young people from Portsmouth, the Isle of Wight and surrounding areas and supported by Portsmouth City Community Fund.

Sir William Thomas Dupree was an English brewer. In the early 1890s he became manager of the Simonds brewery in Portsmouth and later left to set up his own business, Portsmouth United Breweries. He was Mayor of Portsmouth twice in the early 1900s.

Councillor Phyllis Loe was Lord Mayor of Portsmouth in 1972. The tournament was set up for the encouragement of chess-playing by young people in and around Portsmouth.

Alan Butler, tournament controller, said: ‘This was an excellent tournament which has been running for many years in Portsmouth.

‘Chess provides an excellent foundation for their education and is a game that they can take on through to adulthood.’

Headmistress of Portsmouth High School, Jane Prescott, added: ‘All those taking part had a good time both at the tournament itself and at the presentation evening.

‘It was a wonderful way to use our facilities and we look forward to hosting again in 2017.’

Junior event

Girls U10

1st: Melissa Hamilton (17 points)

=2nd: Kinga Kaminska (12 points)

=2nd: Sophia Blin (12 points)

Girls U12

=1st: Melissa Hamilton (17 points)

=1st: Mansa Chandar (17 points)

=3rd: Harmony Storey (13 points)

=3rd: Aimee Thomas-Scarrott (13 points)

Boys U8

=1st: Henri Blin (8 points)

=1st: Owen-Junior Miller (8 points)

Boys U10

1st: Jacob Legg (14 points)

2nd: Alex Venables (13 points)

=3rd: Matthew Whitehall Butler (12 points)

=3rd: Sajid Ali (12 points)

=3rd: Finn McGovern (12 points)

Boys U12

=1st: Kenny Villanueva (16 points)

=1st: Richie Thurlby (16 points)

=1st: Seb Hogg (16 points)

=4th: Sayeed Ali (12 points)

=4th: Jacob Legg (12 points)

=4th: Ethan Storey (12 points)

=4th: Owen McGovern (12 points)

Trophies were awarded to players who achieved at least 12 points from a possible 18, but didn’t win a place prize in their section: Megan Brushwood, Pearl Denham, Matthew Erasmus-Roberts, Daniel Kurdo, Harry Lamb, Caiden Harries, Aaron Woods and Jack Venables

Senior section

Girls U14

1st: Jia Feng (5.5 points)

2nd: Olivia Thurlby (4 points)

3rd: Sarah Musson (3 points)

Girls Open

1st: Jia Feng (5.5 points)

2nd: Olivia Thurlby (4 points)

=3rd: Sarah Musson (3 points)

=3rd: Lauren Brushwood (3 points)

Boys U14

1st: Paul Northcott (5 points)

2nd: Manoj Chandar (4 points)

=3rd: Adam Counsell (3 points)

=3rd: Paul Kurdo (3 points)

=3rd: Aaron Hazzard (3 points)

Boys U16

1st: Paul Northcott (5 points)

2nd: Manoj Chandar (4 points)

3rd: Stuart Johnson (3.5 points)

Boys Open

1st: Frazer Graham (6 points)

2nd: Paul Northcott (5 points)

3rd: Matthew Roberts (4.5 points)

=4th: Thomas Evans (4 points)

=4th: Manoj Chandar (4 points)

=4th: Joe Ingram (4 points)

=4th: Tim Roberts (4 points)

Trophies were also awarded to those players who achieved at least three points from a possible six, but didn’t win a place prize in their section: Tim Bustin, Joseph Pickup and James Butler.