Portsmouth High School was delighted to host the Sir William Dupree and Phyllis Loe Chess Tournament with prizes presented to the winners by the former Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, Councillor Frank Jonas.
‘This was a wonderful occasion to celebrate young people’s commitment to playing chess,’ said Councillor Frank Jonas. ‘This tournament is steeped in history as Sir William Dupree and Councillor Phyllis Loe were both Mayors of Portsmouth and it was a real privilege to present these trophies in their names.
Over a £1000 in prize money was awarded in a prize giving ceremony held at Portsmouth High School Junior School. The tournament was open to all young people from Portsmouth, the Isle of Wight and surrounding areas and supported by Portsmouth City Community Fund.
Sir William Thomas Dupree was an English brewer. In the early 1890s he became manager of the Simonds brewery in Portsmouth and later 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 tournament was set up for the encouragement of chess playing for young people in and around Portsmouth.
Mr Alan Butler, the Tournament Controller said:
‘This was an excellent tournament which has been running for many years in Portsmouth. This year we had almost 100 young people taking part in a two day tournament in April. Chess provides an excellent foundation for their education and is a game that they can take on through to adulthood.’
Many local schools including Langstone Junior School, Charter Academy and Portsmouth Academy for Girls as well as Portsmouth High School and Portsmouth Grammar School took part, plus local chess clubs including Fareham Chess Club and Portsmouth Junior Chess Club.
Headmistress of Portsmouth High School added:
‘All those taking part had a good time both at the tournament itself and at the presentation evening. It was a wonderful way to use our facilities during the Easter holidays for the tournament and we look forward to hosting again in 2017.’