This section will be for the kids in terms of hints and tips to make them better players. Watch this space!
Last Chance Saloon Results
Today saw the Last Chance Saloon and 5 of our players trying to make it through to the next stage of the Delancey Megafinal.
Congratulations to James Cooper, Dylan Crothers and Ayaan iltaf who successfully negotiated their way through to make it a record 13 players.
8 players also took part in the Challengers practice event today
They join Ethan Lancaster, Lucy Lowe, Sithun De Silva, Leon and Nathan Li, Patrick Shaw, William Hardman-Elliott, Austin Butterworth, Alex Hollingworth and Lawrence Moustafa.
The next stage is at Saddleworth School on Sat 18th May and each player playing in their age group require at least 3.5 out of 6 to go through to the Gigafinal in July.
Last Chance Saloon / Challengers / Megafinal Entries - 27th April
So far we have
Last Chance Saloon - Jessica Caton, James Cooper, Dylan Crothers, Emily Winkler, Oliver Cheshire (newcomer)
Challengers - Ethan Lancaster, William Hardman-Elliott, Austin Butterworth, Sithun De Silva, Leon Li, Nathan Li, Patrick Shaw, Alex Hollingworth, Lawrence Moustafa
Megafinal signed up - Sithun De Silva, Ethan Lancaster, Austin Butterworth, William Hardman-Elliott, Leon and Nathan Li, Lucy Lowe
Megafinal still to sign up - Patrick Shaw, Lawrence Moustafa, Alex Hollingworth.
You have two options:
1) Go to https://www.delanceyukschoolschesschallenge.com/product/2019-pennine-megafinal-18th-may and sign up yourself (please pay the £15 online). Please enter in the School (chess club) part your school and how they qualified so School name (Qualified by CSC Ashton competition) or School Name (Qualified by representing Oldham Town Team).
2) Give me your £15 and I will sort the entry for you.
Under 11 County Final Results
On Saturday we had 7 of our children represent Oldham at the finals of the 2019 county championships at Solihull in the West Midlands after qualifying at the Northern zonals a few weeks ago. Expected to come last against all the serious chess counties of England we managed a very respectable 14th out of 16 to finish ahead of Manchester and Wirral.
To put things in perspective Kent board 20 was graded higher than our board 1, Kent and Richmond have a number of England junior internationals playing for them and have around £50,000 invested in chess coaching each year. They are off to Russia in the next couple of weeks! Some of our players had to play players from the Kent and Richmond teams. A fantastic experience for them, gives them something to aspire to!
Our players scored 7 of the 18 points won for the team, absolutely amazing performance. I am so proud of all of them.
For Ethan Lancaster to win one game on board 6 was very impressive (remember he will have beaten the 6th best junior player in that county!). He also lost to 132 grade (a graded player just less than my grade).
Lawrence Moustafa won 2 points out of 3 on board 8 beating a very solid player in round 3 from the Northern winners Cheshire and N Wales.
William Hardman-Elliott on board 12 continues to mature nicely drawing against a highly rated player in round 1 from a strong Oxfordshire team and beating another graded player in round 2 from another good Wey Valley team.
Lucy Lowe got a draw in round 1 against a graded player from Hertfordshire
Austin Butterworth won in round 3 after going close against a good player in round 2.
Patrick Shaw was added to the team as a last minute sub did very well to also win in round 3.
Only Alex Hollingworth struggled due to a combination of 3 strong opponents and a recent lack of practice.
A massive thankyou to all the parents and some grandparents for coming along and supporting the team and our children.