Our Teesside children will be battling it out in Manchester over the weekend against some of the UK's finest junior players, in the Delancey UK Schools' Chess Challenge Northern Gigafinal.
To reach the Gigafinal stage is a very fine achievement indeed and although some of our players will be dreaming of going through to the final stage of the competition it is important to manage expectations carefully.
Our players have worked extremely hard throughout the year and this willbe their toughest tournament yet. There are definitely no easy games at Gigafinals.
Regardless of what score they end up with, ALL of our players will do themselves, their families, their schools and the whole of Teesside proud.
I am sure all of our parents and guardians understand our ethos by now; we keep the pressure off the players and allow them to be children
All I want them to do now is to enjoy the experience, learn as much as they possibly can and use the Gigafinal as an inspiration towards future achievements (and not just in chess).