PUPILS from Glendinning Primary School have been declared chess champs of the Borders.

The budding grand masters from Galashiels saw off competition from across the region to claim the title in the Volunteer Hall last week.

But Aidan Falconer, Kyle Anderson, Frank Rogerson and Shane Ross were made to work hard for the trophy in a thrilling move-for-move final with Earlston pupils.

A total of 24 school teams took part - representing Balmoral, Burgh, Clovenfords, Denholm, Earlston, Edenside, Glendinning, Gordon, Heriot & Fountainhall, Knowepark, Lilliesleaf, Parkside, Sprouston, St Boswells, St Margaret’s RC, St Mary’s, St Peter’s, Stow, Stirches A, Stirches B, Swinton, Trinity, West Linton and Westruther.

And it was the quartets from Burgh, Earlston, Stow and Glendinning who reached the semi-finals.

Following the presentation of the trophy by Scottish Chess International Master Craig Pritchett, children's councillor Carol Hamilton, told us: “This was yet another outstandingly well played competition and many congratulations to all the teams who took part.

"They certainly did their best on the day but as always, there can only be one overall winner.

"What an exceptional performance from Glendinning.

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

“As always, our thanks go to everyone involved in organising and supporting this event. They do a tremendous job and their input is greatly appreciated.”

Adjudication was once again in the capable hands of George Birbeck with much support from Euan Jardine, Atholl Innes, Sharon Dalziel, Will McConchie, Bob Dawson, Mark Pealy and Sandy Aitchison.