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Chess Strategies Bring Success

Chess Strategies Bring Success...

On Wednesday 6th May, Portsmouth High School hosted the Sir William Dupree and Phyllis Loe Chess Tournament, funded by the Portsmouth City Community Fund.

Up against stiff competition the 60 young participants performed very well and made it clear that you are never too young to start playing chess. The winner of the girls U10, Melissa Hamilton, was just eight years old. The youngest player was just seven.

Sir William Thomas Dupree was an English brewer. In the early 1890s he became manager of the Simonds Brewery in Portsmouth and left to set up his own business, Portsmouth United Breweries. He was Mayor of Portsmouth twice in the early 1900s. Councillor Phyllis Loe was Lord Mayor of Portsmouth in 1972.

The Trust Fund was established in 1966 and transferred to the control of the Portsmouth City Community Fund in 2013, to encourage young people in and around Portsmouth to play chess. The annual tournament is open to all young people from Portsmouth, the Isle of Wight and surrounding areas.