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ECF NW Girls Rapidplay Championship

These Championships are open to girls from all over the country and the U8 section is part of the English Youth Grand Prix. The ECF North West Girls’ Rapidplay Chess Champion titles are open to all girls who are eligible to play for the the English Chess Federation. Title winners will get a reduced entry fee for the ECF Girls Chess Championships being held later this year. Special trophies for the highest placed girl from the North West in each section. This is the first of a series of girls competitions.

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EYCC – Day Seven report

England scored 11 points on day 7 and our two top scoring players, Nishchal Thatte and Jacob Yoon, both won their games and continued their winning march.

Nishchal Thatte Giulio Sahinoz Anisha Sawhney

The most impressive performance came from Lauren Weaver, who defeated another WFM (2129). She has played with lot of confidence in this tournament and rightly deserves all the good results she has been getting.

In the U10 section we had Ezra Brass sharing points with a player from Serbia. Ezra was much better position-wise but play stopped for 43 minutes as his opponent fell ill. The opponent was taken to his parent (rated 2400 himself) and then to a doctor, where they started talking in Serbian before they were interrupted and made to talk in English. An arbiter was accompanying them. Play resumed but the opponent again stopped the clock when he was feeling cold and needed a sweater brought in by their head of delegation.

Unfortunately Ezra lost focus on the game due to these multiple interruptions, and a draw was agreed. An arbiter was placed to monitor the game in the latter half but the damage was already done, as Ezra was feeling sick himself after not knowing the exact details of when the game would resume or if it would be resumed at all.

Apart from Nishchal and Jacob doing well, we have FM Ravi Haria and Anita Somton on 4.5 and Alex Golding, Daniel Gallagher, Aditya Verma, Koby Kalavannan and Shlok Verma on 4.

Please follow Nishchal and Jacob on live boards in U8 and U10 sections …

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EYCC – Day Six report

A good day for England as 18 points were scored on day 6. The most impressive victory was for U18 Girl Lauren Weaver, graded 1552 who defeated a WFM from Russia with a grade of 2060. The WFM was in severe time pressure and complained to arbiters about a faulty clock but fortunately their decision came out in Laren’s favour. Lauren won on time but she had a much more favourable position as well when the result was agreed.

Julia Volovich Anita Somton Nilomi Desai

We have Nishchal Thatte on 5, Jacob Yoon on 4.5, Alex Golding and Aditya Verma on 4 and Ranesh Ratnesan, Daniel Gallagher, FM Ravi Haria and Anita Somton on 3.5.

On the rest day, several Rapid and Blitz tournaments took place in the venue, which was open to all players and coaches. FM Charlie Storey, who is coaching for England took part in the Blitz competition and came second, with good victories against some IMs and GMs. Congratulations to him.

With three rounds to go, all the players are aware that this is the most critical phase of the tournament and that they need to give their best. Today, on day 7, we have one live board in U8 boys section where Nishchal Thatte is playing on board 3.

— Anand Verma

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EYCC – Day Five report

England marched into round 5 and scored 50% – a very creditable performance.

Nishchal Thatte with Neil McDonald Savin Dias

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We had impressive victories from Savin Dias, Giulio Sahinoz, Aditya Verma, Aman Gogna, Ximan Mao, Julia Volovich, Anita Somton, Arushi Ramaiya and Laura Davidson. Victory for Laura was most notable as she played attacking chess and won against an opponent 200 points above her.

Ezra Brass, Alex Golding, Jake Holton, Stephan Whatley, Jonathan Pein and Lauren Weaver shared their points. Almost all the draws were against much higher rated opponents and the most notable draw was secured by Lauren Weaver in U18G section, where she played solid chess to share a point with an opponent 400 rating points above her.

Day 6 has thrown up an unfortunate pairing between two England players in the U14 Open Category: Koby Kalavannan and Alex Golding. Some of the England players have clashed in earlier rounds and other countries are also sharing the same fate.

On Tuesday evening we had a much relaxed atmosphere and had a gathering of players, parents and coaches in the Japanese Garden. We had invited a few key organisers like Dr Jan Mazuch and it was very nice to have some lighter moments after 5 days of intense chess. Apart from a few tough questions on Brexit all other discussions were very cordial and we shared a lot of laughter.

We had kids enjoying the usual exchange chess and our coaches could not keep themselves away and joined into with the players. Today was the rest day and almost everyone was out for some sight seeing in the scenic old town of Prague. I am sure this has refreshed them and all the players will be geared up again for strong performances in the remaining rounds.

Competition is getting very intense, however we have good number of players with near 50%+.  They will need lots of luck and good chess to make a mark for England and for themselves.

In round 6 we will have two live boards: Nishchal Thatte who continues his undefeated journey and will be on board 1 in the under 8s and Jacob Yoon in the U10 section.

Do remember you can follow our fortunes, view photographs etc on the twitter feed – @ECFJuniors2016

— Anand Verma

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EYCC – Day Four report

Round 4 saw the delegation score 14.5/28.  To be on the 50% mark by day 4 is very encouraging. The win of the day was Alex Golding where, in a king and pawn game, Alex’s king marched to meet his opponents king through a maze of pawns, a real beauty.  Nishchal Thatte continues to lead the team with a perfect score and will again be on a live board today in the under 8 section.

Ranesh Ratnesan, Ezra Brass, Koby Kalavannan, Daniel Gallagher, Julia Volovich, Radha Ratnesan, Anisha Sawhney, Nilomi Desai, Arushi Ramaiya and Lauren Weaver all scored for England. FM Ravi Haria, Jonathan Pein and Thivyaa Rahulan all took a draw.

It has been tiring chess for the last 4 days and after today’s round we have a rest day. I will end on a positive note: with 14 of our players on 50% and above the team is highly motivated and are giving their best performances for England.

Please follow Nishchal and Koby on the live boards[below, Lara Barnes on duty at the EYCC]
Lara Barnes

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EYCC – photographs

Victoria Sit Daniel Gallagher Savin, Lorin and Ruwan Giulio Sahinoz Lauren Weaver Sharon Daniel
Ximan Mao Laura Davidson Alex Golding Koby Kalavannan The team

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