This section will be for the kids in terms of hints and tips to make them better players. Watch this space!
Chess in Schools Congress Sun 18th November - 10 signed up
CSC Team Competition Sat 13th Oct
A magnificent 56 players turned up for the first Chess congress of the new school year. This time it was a team event, with 14 teams of 4. Each player was seeded into groups 1 to 4 with players only allowed to play players in their group.
We had 2 players seeded 1 therefore playing the most difficult players. Ethan Lancaster and Lawrence Moustafa found it really tough going scoring 1 and 2 out of 5 respectively.
We had 6 players seed 2, 2nd toughest grp. Alex Hollingworth scored 5 out of 5 and was in the winning team. Nathan scored 4 and won best seed 2 outside winning team. William HE, Dylan C, Patrick S (scored 2), Austin B struggled a touch to score 0.5.
Lucy Lowe was seeded 3 and scored a fabulous 4 out of 5 and was 2nd best out of the 14 in her group.
Leon Li was seeded 4 and ran away with it scoring 5 out of 5. James Cooper scored a brilliant 3 out of 5 on his debut.
CSC Congress Sat 13th Oct - 10 entries
Usual place and time, let us know if you want to enter. So far 9 entries.
Ethan Lancaster - Yr7 / Advanced Group
Gigafinal Results / Summary - July 14th/15th
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.
Results Sat 28th July
Many on holiday this event including me.
Well done to Maisie Hemstock on her debut scoring 3 out of 6.
Madison Hemstock did well to secure the slow starter prize.
Ethan Lancaster in the very difficult senior group scored an excellent 1.5 out of 5.
Dylan Crothers scored 4 out of 6 and Patrick Shaw 2 out of 6