Infant Pupil Crowned County Chess Champion
Cheadle Hulme School Infant pupil, Ethan Gardiner has been crowned Cheshire and North Wales Chess Champion, winning the title of Supremo at the Delancy UK Schools Chess Challenge Megafinal.
Six year-old Ethan achieved his victory in the Under 7s category of the regional final, which was hosted by Cheadle Hulme School in June, gaining a clean sheet to gain the most points on the day.
Ethan, who first learnt to play at the age of two, represents the Cheshire Under 9s and Under 11s and will now take on the best players from schools across the North at the Gigafinal, in July.
The Year 1 pupil said: “Maths is my favourite subject at school and I sometimes do a little bit of maths before I play, to warm my brain up.
“I won all of my games apart from one, which was a draw, in which I played the second best player at the competition. The game was quite a challenge and just ended in stalemate.
“My second game was also difficult so I had to throw all the tricks I know at my opponent. I managed to take his Queen early and so managed to get ahead.”
Ethan keeps his practice up with games against his Dad, saying: “He’s obviously a lot older than me but I do still beat him sometimes!”