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On Saturday 14 November, The Grange, Monmouth, will host a regional qualifier of a new event, the ECF Under 13 Open. This competition is open to teams-of-four, is designed to bridge the gap between the under 11 and under 19 ECF opens, and is for children in year 8 and below. The winner and the runner-up will go through to national finals, which will be played before Easter 2016. The competition will start at 11 a.m., will involve four rounds, and players will have 40 minutes on the clock.
Schools that are interested in entering one or more teams should contact Richard Stevenson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Note that the Welsh Secondary Schools Championships will take place a fortnight after this, on Saturday 28 November.
At the Terafinal of the Delancey UK Schools Chess Challenge there were four players from Wales, with Imogen Camp placing highest. She came joint 14th with a score of 11/18 (three points for a win, one point for a draw). Ethan Chung and Ifan Rathbone-Jones both scored 6 points, and Duncan MacDonald 4 points.
Welsh players also produced promising results in the Challengers sections that run simultaneously. The highest scores came from Emily Wang and Merlin Davies, who both netted 9 points. Also picking up points and gaining valuable experience at this level were Harrison Postans, Hiya Ray, Ashika Shahmeeran, and Dylan Meek.
This year, the Glorney Gilbert International was held in Enfield, Ireland, from 19-23 July. The results were:
Many junior players from Wales put in great performances at this year’s northern giga-finals, which were held in Manchester on 12 and 13 July. In this event boys and girls don’t play against one another, except in the older age groups, and in some age groups the boys are split into several sections.
Wales produced eight winners or joint-winners of various sections: Alyssa Wang in the under 15s, Imogen Camp in the under 14s, Anna Boyle in the under 9s, Hiya Ray in the under 8s, Ifan Rathbone-Jones, Duncan MacDonald and David McIntosh in the under 11s, and Ethan Chung in the under 7s. Using tie-break rulings/playoffs, one player in each section is crowned Ultima or Ultimo and qualifies for the tera-final. Over the week-end Alyssa Wang and Imogen Camp were crowned Ultima; and Ifan Rathbone-Jones, Duncan MacDonald and Ethan Chung were crowned Ultimo.