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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On the final day we scored 10.5 points. Nishchal Thatte, our only medal hopeful, lost on board 3 in under 8 section and ended the tournament with 6 points. We also had a strong finish from Jacob Yoon in the U10 section where he scored 5.5.
Alex Golding had the best win of the day over an opponent roughly 200 rating points above him. Other winners were Shlok Verma in the U8 section, Giulio Sahinoz in the U10, Nilomi Desai in the Under 12, James Golding and Ximan Mao in the U16 and Victoria Sit in the U18 section.
Laura Davidson, Thivyaa Rahulan, Radha Ratnesan, Stephen Whatley, Daniel Gallagher, Aman Gogna and Ezra Brass shared points. It was encouraging to see half of our squad on a 50 percent score or more.
Transfers to the UK begin tomorrow and I would like to wish a safe flight back home to our players and coaches.
We are nearing the end of EYCC 2016 and the last round is today is at 1pm. Day 8 saw the players secure 12 points. We had unfortunate losses on our top two boards when we were expecting good finishes. Nishchal fell to a gambit where as black he was crammed for space and his opponent played a nice line to limit his chances. Jacob was playing equal but lost a piece towards the end of middle game and had to resign. Nishchal will today be on a live board in the U8 section.
We have Jacob Yoon on 5.5, Koby Kalavannan, Julia Volovich, Anita Somton and Aditya Verma on 5 points.
It is unfortunate that Jake Holton in the U16 section had to withdraw in the last two rounds since he fell ill. There have been challenges with the logistics but that is a story for another day.
We are having a team meeting before the prize giving and the closing ceremony and fingers crossed, we are looking for some good wins today to ensure a strong finish and age group prizes for England.
Please follow Nishchal on his live board today …
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.
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, Julia Volovich and Shlok Verma on 4.
Please follow Nishchal and Jacob on live boards in U8 and U10 sections …
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.
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