The first stage of the challenge is played in school and pupils have won fantastic prizes each week as they have accumulated points. They have also developed their skills and confidence in playing chess.
Five pupils have qualified to represent Stella Maris at the North West Mega-final to be held in May.
Headteacher Norah Johnson commented "We have a long tradition of running a chess league in school at Stella Maris but this is the first time we have taken part in a national competition, so it is really pleasing that five of our pupils have qualified to go on to the next stage.
It's been great to see how enthusiastic pupils have been with children as young as six years old giving up their lunch hour to learn and play the game. In fact demand has been so high that we have now launched a beginners club for children who are keen to learn the game; they are aiming to get their skills up so they can participate in the Delancey Challenge next year!"
|Pupils receive their certificates and awards for taking part in the chess challenge|