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Pupils are kings of the chess board.

Byline: Margaret O'Reilly Education Correspondent margaret.oreilly@wme.co.uk

A TEAM of teenagers have proved they are knights of the chequered board after winning the Welsh Schools Chess Championships for the second time in a row.

The A team from Fitzalan High School, Leckwith, Cardiff, beat all-comers at the championships held at Bishop Hedley High School, Merthyr Tydfil.

Soraya Maxey, her brother Jamal, Slava Burenkov and Richard Conway scooped the honours for Fitzalan.

Teacher Derwen Parry, who runs the school's lunchtime chess club, said: ``Few schools win the championship once, let alone twice in succession. We also scored a double in 1984 and 1985.

``We meet every lunchtime and always have strong teams. Success in chess is related to ability in maths and music, and there is no doubt there are lots of benefits in learning the game.''

The school's B team finished fourth, thanks to the efforts of Roshel Patel, Thomas Purbrick, Luther Phillips and Ehtasham Junaid. They only just missed out on reaching the final against the school's A team.

The C team, made up mostly of beginners in their first year at Fitzalan, made it to the finals of the Welsh Trophy competition, where they were narrowly beaten by Richard Gwyn High School, Barry. Stuart Gee, Yutian Zhao, Perry Khanna and Asad Saeed proved that Fitzalan has a strong future ahead.

Slava has also been chosen to compete against other European nations later this month.

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CHECK MATES Fitzalan High School pupils, from left, Richard Conway, Slava Burenkon, and brother and sister Jamal and Soraya Maxey, winners of the Welsh Secondary Schools Chess Championship. PICTURE: Peter Bolter
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jul 5, 2002
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