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Harpenden pupils crowned British champions at board game tournament

PUBLISHED: 14:53 07 December 2018

The pupils from Harpenden Academy were crowned British Youth Go champions. Picture: Harpenden Academy

The pupils from Harpenden Academy were crowned British Youth Go champions. Picture: Harpenden Academy

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A team of pupils from a Harpenden primary school have retained the title of British champions in a strategy board game tournament.

The Harpenden Academy pupils won the British Youth Go Championships in Birmingham on Saturday, December 1, their second time at the annual national tournament.

Go is a board game invented in China more than 3,000 years ago, and is believed to be the oldest board game played continuously to the present day. The school formed a Chess and Go club in 2017.

Seven pupils took part in the competition, with each contestant playing five rounds in the main event, each round lasting an hour.

They also played additional games in the side tournament, which is a competition played on small Go boards. As well as winning the Primary Schools prize, one pupil secured a national runner up place in their age category and another collected an award for having a ‘fighting spirit’ in the main event.

Harpenden Academy parent and school Go team coach Pierre Oliviere said: “I am incredibly proud of the team. All of them showed great courage, determination and resilience.

“They were a more junior team than last year and faced a team from Sheffield in the final, who were stronger on paper. They didn’t let the event faze them and, although it was a long day, they kept up the concentration to hold on to the title.

“I’m also very grateful to Mike Cockburn, Chair of the St Albans Go Club for the training he has provided this year. It has undoubtedly helped the children grow in confidence in this most complex of games”

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