This section will be for the kids in terms of hints and tips to make them better players. Watch this space!
New grades out - 14 players have a grade now!
The new grades are out!!!! Remember Gigafinal not included its too late. Will need to wait until January before they count.
Chess in Schools Congress Results - 20th July 2019
An excellent final event before our summer break.
For the first time we had 3 players in the senior event which continues to show the progress our players are making.
William Hardman-Elliott had an amazing first attempt scoring 2.5 out of 5 demonstrating he is now ready for the step up to this exclusive group, he did not look out of place at all. Lawrence Moustafa and Ethan Lancaster (scored 2 out of 5) also played really well.
In the other event Sithun De Silva (private tuition) scored a brilliant 5 out of 6 and was joint 1st overall but after tie break finished 2nd after I was mistakenly told a draw in the last round would secure 1st place.
Shawn and Kyle Dissanayake (both private) after just 5 lessons remarkably scored 3.5 and 3 out of 6 respectively.
Congratulations to Jess Caton on winning best girl for the 2nd competition running. I think Jess was a little surprised!
Oliver Cheshire (2.5) and James Travis (2) both had decent competitions as well.
Just 3 Monday night chess clubs now before my holiday. Hopefully see you at the Community Centre from 6.30pm.
Chess in Schools Congress Sat 20th - 9 players signed up.
We now have 9 signed up for the Ashton competition on Sat 20th July, William Hardman-Elliott, Ethan Lancaster, Jess Caton, Oliver Cheshire, James Travis, my two new trainees Shawn and Kyle Dissanayake, Sithun De Silva and Lawrence Moustafa for the Ashton chess competition on Sat 20th July.
Please let know if your child is available and wants to play. I will be there on the day.
Gigafinal Results / Summary 2019
7 players from St Thomas’ and St James’ this weekend at the climax to our chess season, the Northern Gigafinal. This year total qualifiers was the highest number we have ever achieved and around 600 players (down to the last 7% from those that started in January) competed at Wright Robinson College across the two days. Remember to get to this stage they had to win through from the qualifiers in March and then via the Megafinal in April.
The highest score any of our players have scored in previous years at this event is 3 out of 6.
Lawrence Moustafa – what an absolute star. Scored 4 out of 6, our highest score ever – qualified for the Challengers (top 20 in the country qualify for the grand final in Sept (the Terafinal) and then those who finish 21st to 50th in the country the Challengers). He was on 4 out of 4, the 4th win beating a lad called Ethan Gardner, the top seed in the competition, an England International and 6th best for his age in the country. It caused quite a stir as you can imagine!!! Unfortunately the final two rounds the pressure got the better of him. He defeated players from Scotland, Somerset, North Yorkshire and Cheshire East.
Austin Butterworth – a magnificent 3 out of 6, beating a graded player from Norfolk and another graded players from Cheshire East, plus an ungraded one from Staffordshire.
James Cooper – our first year 3 ever to qualify scored a fab 3 out of 6 beating players from Staffordshire, Scotland and North Wales. Very proud of him! A future star.
Patrick Shaw – another to score 3 out of 6, beating players from Scotland.
Dylan Crothers – scored a very creditable 2 out of 6 beating players from Scotland and Staffordshire.
Lucy Lowe – an excellent 6th placed finish with an amazing 3.5 out of 6 beating players from Teesside, Cumbria, Cheshire and draw against someone from North Wales.
Ethan Lancaster – 2.5 out of 6, the most competitive of all the competitions, beating a player from Teesside, Scotland and a draw from North Yorkshire. The best under 11 in the country played in this competition.
It’s been a long 18 hours across the two days and it’s been difficult for parents/grandparents trying to pass 9 hours! Some of the parents are now becoming quite proficient at chess – they absolutely love it!
I am absolutely exhausted!
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