A MAKESHIFT team of wannabe chess masters almost caused a major shock at this year's Borders Primary School Championships.

And only some clever moves from their school mates at Glendinning Primary prevented them doing a Denmark.

The Scandinavian footballers were emergency call-ups to the Euro 92 finals following Yugoslavia's eleventh-hour ban.

And they went on to cause one of the biggest shocks in sporting history by winning the tournament.

A last-minute withdrawal from last week's region-wide chess tournament led to a Glendinning B team being pulled together just hours before the first moves.

Despite causing upset after upset as they made their way through to the final, it was the Glendinning A team who were to prove one check-mate too many.

Education councillor Carol Hamilton presented the youngsters with the trophy.

She said: “Well done to everyone who took part as I have no doubt that each team did the best they could on the day and deserve to be praised for their efforts.

"What an outstanding performance from Glendinning, with both their teams showing considerable skill and tenacity.

"They should be extremely proud of their achievement and to be taking the trophy home with them.’’

Teams of four from schools all over the Borders converged on the Volunteer Hall in Galashiels for the annual tournament.

George Birbeck was appointed as the judge with support from Ian Aitchison, Sharon Dalziel, Will McConchie, Councillor Harry Scott, Councillor Sandy Aitchison and Councillor Carol Hamilton.

As well as the tow Glendinning teams, other school staking part were Balmoral, Clovenfords, Coldingham, Denholm, Earlston, Ednam, Gordon, Heriot & Fountainhall, Kingsland, Knowepark, Melrose, Sprouston, St Boswells, St Margaret’s RC, St Mary's, St Peter's, St Ronan's, Stow, Trinity, West Linton and Westruther.

Councillor Hamilton added: “What a popular and well attended competition this is with another outstanding turnout from schools right across the Borders.

"It is so encouraging to see the number of young people appreciating the many benefits that this game brings in terms of developing concentration skills, improving mental agility and being part of a highly enjoyable and sociable activity."