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St John’s Shines at the Northern Gigafinal


St John’s excelled in the under 7 section of the Northern Gigafinal, producing winners in the girls’ and boys’ sections. Ethan Chung scored 5.5/6 to win the ultimo title out right, but the same score from Hiya Ray meant that she only secured her title after beating last year’s under 7 ultima, Jaime Ashworth, in a play-off. Further success in the boys under 7s included equal second places for Nye Bradfield and Sridatta Dantu.


The best Welsh result in the under 8s came from Anna Boyle, who came joint first with 5/6, but lost out on the ultima title on sum-of-progressive scores (SOPS). In the boys’ section, Andrew Foxhall and Stephan Griffiths both scored 4.5.


In the under 9 boys, Evan Spiers came joint first, but did not clinch the ultimo title due to an inferior SOPS, while Susana Fraser came second with 5/6 in the girls’ section.


Welsh success in the higher age groups was hampered by attendance at the Commonwealth Championships. However, there were still some great successes, including a third place for Neya Govindaraj in the under 11 girls, and an equal third for Karanvir Lutchman-Singh in the under 12 boys.

Junior chess activities are generously supported by a

 grant from the

Welsh Assembly