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This tournament was the first one the school has entered since the Senior and Prep Clubs were merged. As a result, eighteen players aged from six to eighteen entered and arrived at King’s School, Chester ready to play their six games. The tournaments are split according to age and each age group awards three prizes – Overall Champion, Best County Player and Best School Player (for less experienced players).
Amrit Bolina from Year Two, fresh from his exploits in Prague this Summer at the European Youth Championships was the overall Under 7 Champion. Jonathan Osbourne, who only learned to play four weeks ago was a close second to Amrit.
Ali Al-Rawi from Year Four has always threatened to win tournaments and has always come just short. That is until Saturday where he secured first prize in the Under 9 County event.
James Smith, also from Year Four added to this by winning the Under 9 School event. Both James and Ali have worked very hard on their chess since they were in Pre-Prep and these results were welcomed very warmly.
New Prep School Chess Captain, Abhishek Bathula celebrated his appointment by taking second place in the Under 11 County tournament.
The Senior School pupils were not going to let them have it all their own way though.
Imogen Camp, a veteran of these events now had an excellent result winning the overall Under 14 Championship – this despite only being eleven years old.
Robert Warrington, who has played chess in the school since he was seven years old won the Under 16 County event and only just missed out on the overall Under 21 first prize after losing a Blitz-style play-off after finishing joint first. Ho-Wing Ma secured second place in the Under 16 County event.
Our sixth champion was Volodymyr Krasovskyy, a new and welcome member to the club and he won first prize in the Under 18 School event and came fourth overall in the Under 21 tournament.
These results are outstanding and are a credit to the new vision of the school whereby it has merged the two schools’ chess clubs and also added chess to the teaching curriculum in Year Two. Well done to all players.
On Saturday 6th October, 12 pupils from Sandycroft CP took part in the Cheshire and North Wales Championships, finishing second best primary school behind Rydal Penrhos School.
Sandycroft had several individual successes. Ifan Rathbone Jones scored 6/ 6 to win the Under 9s Championship. Tyler Havvas scored 4/6 to win the Under 8s County Prize and Joint 1st Under 8. Robert Goodwin came 3rd in the Under 8s School Section scoring 3.5/6. Both were playing against School and County players and beat some of the Under 9s. Macey Taylor came 2nd in the Under 10 County section and 3rd overall Under 10; she was the only player to take points off the overall winner who she drew with, scoring 4.5/6.
Sandycroft past pupils were also successful with Kallum Pearson scoring 4/6 to win the under 12 school section and Joe Pritchard finishing Joint 2nd with 3/6; both now attend Hawarden High School.