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For ten years I played in the second team with a reasonable amount of luck. I say luck because my knowledge of the game was still there but tactics had changed and my opponents were often better players. I still managed a few surprises though and started to enjoy the game again.

The club had several good young players and in 1980 I started to help with chess at The Sherard Primary School in Melon Mowbray where our eldest son had offered to start a chess club - run by his dad!! This was the biggest move of my chess career for over the next 20 years I became heavily involved in Leicestershire Primary Schools Chess. This whilst playing for the county third team and at least one club match a week would eventually take its toll and I finished playing for the county before I became too weak a player for them.

The schools chess was a real helter skelter with me starting a club at a school and then progressing (mainly after the upheavals in education) to county primary schools coach and eventually secretary. In that time I started an individual tournament which eventually attracted around 250 entries. Also the county team, a mixed under 11 one was added to by first a girls under 11 team and then a mixed under 9 team.

We managed to get to the National Finals once with the U11 mixed team and had a pretty good day at Ross-on-Wye. A full bus load went down there and everyone had a medallion to commemorate the occasion even if we did come last.

National Final

A Typical National Final

The under 9 team also made a National Final when we hosted the event at The Ivanhoe School in Ashby-de-la-Zouch.

With the girls team there was no qualification and trips to Liverpool and Brean Sands for the finals found them recognised as perhaps not the best players but certainly the friendliest team around as were all our county teams.

There were so many happy memories and the Melton club also benefited from the influx of young local talent with one team comprising of 8 - 13 year olds and holding their own against adult teams.

The end of my chess life really started after being diagnosed with bowel cancer. The primary schools was proving a difficult thing to organise and interested had dropped with the advent of computers. I started to play again but found it hard to concentrate over a 2 hour game especially as the Melton club had folded and I was travelling to Ashby and then Birstall for home matches!!

I handed over the primary schools reigns a few years ago and received so many thanks from children and parents which made it harder to make the break. Paul who took over then revitalized the county teams and in the next two years an under 9 and under 11 team made the national finals.

Now I play on the Internet at Red Hot Pawn and back to enjoying it whether I win or lose.

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