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 Results - Sun 19th May
Well done to Jessica Caton with 3.5 out of 6 easily beating her previous best score and winning best girl prize at Ashton today.
Mustapha Dia did well after a break from chess scoring 4 out of 6 and just missing out on the prizes. Tyler Timperley-Brogan scored a fabulous 3.5 on his competition debut. James Travis also did very well with 3 out of 6 in his first event. Oliver Cheshire had a tough set of games scoring 2.
Lawrence Moustafa in the senior event scored 2 out of 5 and nearly beat Ben Newton who has recently been selected for England.
Megafinal Results - 8 Qualifiers
I just wanted to let you know about the wonderful day our kids had yesterday at the Delancey Schools Megafinal at Saddleworth School.
I include a picture of the Motley Crew (it was liking herding cats!).
This was stage 2 of 4 of the National chess competition, 10 of our children from St Thomas’ and St James’ (plus 3 private tuitions) had qualified through stage 1 at an event in Ashton a few weeks ago. Around 100 kids, the best kids across the region turned up to try and qualify for stage 3 the Northern Gigafinal at Wright Robinson College in July.
The progress these children continue to make is incredible, demonstrated by the fact we had 2 qualify through the Megafinal 2 years ago, 6 through last year and this year this increased to 8.
Lucy Lowe was the best Under 10 Girl or ‘Suprema’ having won the Under 9 event last year.
James Cooper (our first ever year 3 in the Megafinal) incredibly finished 3rd in his age group qualifies (included year 4’s in his competition)
Lawrence Moustafa and Austin Butterworth finished joint 3rd in their age group, both only losing to England International Ben Newton (and giving him a decent game!)
Our other qualifiers were Ethan Lancaster, Alex Hollingworth (despite a significant nosebleed on the day!), Patrick Shaw, Dylan Crothers both who have qualified for the first time.
Unfortunately only William Hardman-Elliott and Ayaan Iltaf didn’t quite make it through to the next stage.
Each child is now down to the final 200 for their age groups Nationally 50,000 started in the competition across all ages in January.
I would also like to inform you in a couple of weeks-time I am starting a local Community Chess Club at Sholver and Moorside Community Centre (Monday nights starting June 3rd). This is aimed at children and parents/grandparents in the local area as a shared activity and lots of our local superstars are coming along to play and teach some of the local community how to play this wonderful game. The interest has been amazing including from some ex pupils from St Thomas’. I am really looking forward to this new venture.
A massive thankyou to all our Parents yesterday, supporting all the children from both schools for around 8 hours. They are absolute heroes!
It doesn’t end there today back to Ashton with some of the less experienced kids playing in their first competition (7 in total)
Chess in Schools Competition - Sun 19th May - 8 entries
So far we have
Tyler Timperley-Brogan (new)
James Travis (new)
for the competition at Ashton on Sunday 19th May.
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.