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August 20th & 21st
The Terafinal and Challengers event was held in Loughborough. In this competition there are 6 rounds over 2 days and players score 3 points for a win and 1 for a draw.
There was one Terafinal and three Challengers events (A, B and C) this year as the number of entries and therefore qualifiers have grown so much.
Terafinal Entries : Ben Thomas (U11B) and Imogen Turvey-Cross (U10G).
Ben scored 9 points with 3 wins, losing to both eventual U11 winners along the way and finishing joint 21st.
Imogen scored 8 points with 2 wins and 2 draws - one of the draws was against Katherine Shepherd (U14 British Girls Champion) in Round 1.
Challengers A Entries: Owen Bennett (U11B), Alyssa Wang (U11G), Shayanna Sivarajasingham (U8G) and Emily Wang (U7G).
Owen scored 10 points with 3 wins and 1 draw, finishing joint 10th.
Alyssa scored 9 points with 3 wins, finishing joint 13th. Going into round 6, both Owen and Alyssa were already on 9 points and were competing for the U11title, with Alyssa also in with a chance for the girls title but she lost to the eventual girls winner.
Shayanna finished on 3 points after a ding-dong match against Emily.
Emily failed to score but had a great time and recorded most of her moves correctly with a bit of help from her competitors !
Challengers B & C Entries: Eva Los (U15G), Nicholas Evans (U12B) and Arjan Bolina (U8B).
Eva finished on 9 points with 3 wins.
Nicholas finished on 8 points with 2 wins and 2 draws - two of the draws against ECF 165 and 175.
Arjan finished on 6 points with 2 wins.
Rhys Bennett and James Evans also took part in the Relax tournament which is also graded. James finished on 8 points and Rhys finished on 7 points, and they drew with each other along the way.
L to R back row - Ben, Eva, Nicholas, Owen, Rhys
L to R front row - Alyssa, Emily, Shayanna, Ben
Thanks to Aud & Ed Wang for the information and photo.
Full results should be available on the UK Chess Challenge website soon.