We have spent some time this week giving out chess badges, fluffy mascots, trophies and other prizes as our UK Chess Challenge tournaments are coming to an end.
The mascots come in a whole range of animals: cats, sheep, penguins, caterpillars, tigers and others.
One boy spent a long time trying to choose one and ended up bemoaning the fact he couldn't find a sloth!
I must alert the organisers to this surprising omission from the range.
Meanwhile, we now have 41 entries for the Teesside Megafinal as we head rapidly to our capacity of 150.
Don't leave it too late to enter!