National Chess Champions

We are delighted to report that Bancroft's Prep's U11 girls’ chess team are national champions after a tense and fiercely competitive tournament over the weekend of 15-17 April. The tournament was run by the English Chess Federation.

Huge congratulations to Zoe, Aashritha and Olivia, who had previously won the southern semi final last October. This time out they topped a very strong field which included chess teams representing City of London and Nottingham High Schools who came second and third.

Head of Bancroft’s Prep,  Joe Layburn, said, “We are so proud of our girls and delighted to bring the beautiful winner’s trophy back to Bancroft’s.”

It was such a tense and  exciting experience which went right down to the last round of matches. Our girls had to win all of their last six games to become champions and, thanks to their focus and flair, they smashed it!

Chess Team Manager and Prep Deputy Head Lisa Life


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