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Howell’s of Cardiff won the Welsh Secondary School Championships, just ahead of Monmouth A. The winning team of Alyssa Wang, Shayanna Sivarajasingam, Neya Govindaraj and Emily Wang scored 11 match points and netted 20 game points. With equal match points, but one less game point were Monmouth A: Nyasha Katsande, Jamie Bell-Thomas, Max Lazarus and Michael Burger. Winners of the two previous years, Bishop of Llandaff, came third with 8 match points.
The six round competition involved seven teams – Howell’s, Bishop of Llandaff, Cathedral, St John’s, and three teams from Monmouth – and was played at St John’s on 28 November.
The Dell, Chepstow, retained the teams-of-ten trophy for schools in South Wales and the surrounding area. In this event, held on Tuesday 24 November at Cardiff City stadium, The Dell emerged as convincing winners, winning all its five matches in division one and netting 10 match points.
Many of the chasing pack were tied on 7 match points. Using game points to differentiate, The Grange, Monmouth came second, Ysgol-y-Wern third, St John’s Cardiff fourth, and The Grange’s B team fifth.
24 teams played in the second division, with Rougement emerging victorious, thanks to five wins. Four teams finished on 8 match points, and determining placings via game points gave Whitchurch second place with third shared between Rhiwbani and Bryn Deri.
The TV show Made in Cardiff broadcast several interviews from the event. Its coverage can be viewed on-line at http://www.madeincardiff.tv/player/ Chess featured in the broadcast on 24 November, in the second part of the show (so go to Hello Cardiff 7 p.m. - 24.11.15 part 2). Chess coverage begins around 7 minutes into this second part of the programme.
On Saturday 14 November The Grange hosted a Welsh Junior Championship qualifier and the ECF under 13 teams-of-four regional semi-final.
The results in the qualifiers were as follows:
At the National Youth Championships in early November Cheshire and North Wales were crowned as Under 16 Champions winning the title by just 1/2 point from Sussex.
The team was composed of Under 16 players from both Cheshire and North Wales and included from North Wales Joshua Williams and Petko Petkov.
Cheshire and North Wales also finished 3rd in the Under 12 Section, which involved seven teams. South Wales also fielded a team in that section, coming fourth.
We offer our congratulations to all players.