Off and running at the Gigafinal. Round 1 complete. A difficult start as all 3 played graded players. Alex H and Ethan L gave it good go and after quite a battle both lost in the end. Lawrence M on the other hand played with great calmness and maturity and comfortably beat his opponent! Unfortunately Mustapha Dia had to pull out of the competition through illness.
Update after round 3. Alex is on 1 out of 3 after winning in round 2, Ethan after his slow start has now gained his first win with a convincing victory in rd 3. Lawrence continues to impress winning in round 3 to take his score to 2.
Round 4. No stopping Lawrence with 3 wins out 4. Ethan is motoring now with his 2nd consecutive win and is on 2pts now. Alex stays on 1pt but is having some great games.
Final scores. Lawrence and Ethan both scored 3, Alex 2. Magnificent, so proud of them!
To put it in perspective what these kids have achieved today. Before today nobody from St Thomas had qualified for this event before, Ethan and Alex both played and beat graded chess players with much more experience. In fact in Alex's competition he had the current under 11 British Champion playing, who including adults is in the top 500 in the country!! Every player Lawrence played was a graded player and he beat 3 of them. As a result of today all 3 will now gain their first chess grade. Over to the girls tomorrow!
Tough start for the girls with both losing. Both had to play players with grades, Alexia's opponent 104 rated player (2nd best in the competition). Lucy played a nice game but a wrongly positioned Knight in the opening cost her. Fingers crossed for round 2.
Lucy has done really well to win in round 2 and 3 to be on 2 out of 3. Alexia is having a difficult day in what is a very tough competition but we are rallying around to boost her confidence.
The Gigafinal is finally over for another year. Well done to all who played. Today Lucy Lowe scored a magnificent 3 out of 6 and Alexia Clancy a very creditable 2 out of 6 after a bit of wobbly start. All 5 of the kids played really well, we had some highs and some lows but overall they should be all really proud of what they achieved. See you all in September. Enjoy your summer.