This weekend we had the Northern Chess Gigafinal at Wright Robinson College in Gorton.
This competition is the largest children’s chess competition in the country.
40,000 set out in January through school qualifiers, last chance saloons, Megafinals through to the semi-stage this weekend which saw 1000 children from everywhere except London and South East (their qualifier is next weekend).
Every child competing this weekend where down to the final 150 for their age group in the country and are the best for their Age nationally.
We had two qualifiers this time with William Hardman-Elliott playing in the Under 9s yesterday and Alyssa Varlow in the U11’s today.
William found it tough going scoring 1 out of 6. Half his competition had English Chess Federation grades including one lad who had ranking 240th best player (including Adults) in the whole country. William as an ungraded player was drawn against two graded players in the first two rounds and it clearly affected his confidence. Massive thanks to his mum, dad, sisters and Grandad who supported him for 10 hrs on Saturday (that is what you call dedication).
Alyssa in her first Gigafinal scored a very impressive 3pts out of 6 beating girls from Teesside, Gloucestershire and Staffordshire. After a sticky start losing her first two she won 3 out of her last 4, the last two in very impressive style. Alyssa finished 13th overall in her age group. I know Alyssa’s Mum and Dad were extremely pleased.