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The final designated English Youth Grand Prix tournament for 7-16 year olds is the National Chess Junior Squad Championships, which are being held in Daventry from 11-12 April 2015. Click here for further details.
Tuesday 17th February saw 14 players and two leaders flying out to Katowice, where we were met and safely delivered to the hotel. The first evening was a relaxing one as we got ready for a blitz tournament and two rounds of the FIDE event on Wednesday. In the rapid play the players were in 4 teams and played 7 rounds. Our best team was London – Harry Grieve, Aloysius Lip, Karthik Saravanan and Oscar Idle who came 2nd with 20.5 points.
In the FIDE Celebration Tournament (the school is 30 years old) a local lad was 1st on 4.5 There were 5 players on 4 including Aloysius Lip and Oscar Pollack (both winning prizes) whilst Elizabeth Ivanov scored 3.5 and was top girl overall.
Friday was our day out. We started day in Krakow being dropped off by Krak (a statue of the mythical dragon) then walked up through castle and cathedral to the market place. The players (and leaders) had a great time and many presents were bought. We then had a 3.5 hour trip down Wielizca Salt Mine and museum. In the evening we divided in to two teams and had quiz chess.
Satuday and Sunday saw the tournament in Trzebinia and the squad really had a good weekend. We have picked up a few seconds and thirds over the years but this time we excelled ourselves. We had 8 place prizes, 2 girls prizes and even 2 raffle prizes (both Yesudian brothers). Having already won three prizes in Chrzanow this brings our total for the trip to 15.
However the best thing was Rishul Karia who won the U16s with 8/9 getting a large cup and a tablet – his only rival being Aloysius Lip with 8. The next player was on 5.5! This is the first time we have had a winner in the many years we have been visiting here. In the U14s Harry Grieve was 4th, Thomas McLaren 7th, Oscar Pollack 8th, Oscar Idle 9th and Nikhil Kadambadi 10th. Rohan Yesudian was 11th but did get a raffle prize. Elizabeth Ivanov and Mahima Raghavendra won girls prizes. At U12 Mahima won 3rd prize.
The big problem Sunday evening was getting all the prizes in the suitcases.
- Peter Purland
|Best Overall Girl
||Anum Sheik (Essex)
||Joseph Levene (London)
||Alex Goulding (Surrey)
||Richard Zhu (Berks)
|West of England U16 Champion
||Michael Ashworth (Glos)
|West of England U18 Champion
||Michael Ashworth (Glos)
|Wiltshire U16 Champion
|Wiltshire U18 Champion
||Zoe Varney (Oxon)
Read on — Wilts & West of England Junior Congress prize winners
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