Congratulations to Akshaya Kalaiyalahan of Nonsuch School in Surrey who has qualified for the WCM title at the 2014 Olympiad in Tromso by virtue of her 50% score for the England team. Ironically, she had also recently qualified for the title when her rating went over 2000 for the first time.
Akshaya was the 2013 joint British Womens Champion as well as the 2013 British Under 12 and 2011 British Under 10 Champion, not to mention winning British Girls titles in the U11, U12 and U14 age groups. She will be representing England at the European Youth Championship in Batumi, Georgia from 18th-29th October 2014 in the Under 14 girls section.
Congratulations to eleven-year-old Sharon Daniel of Bolton Girls’ School who won the 2014 Child Genius show broadcast on Channel 4. Sharon was the British Under 11 Girls Chess Champion in 2013 and represented England at the 2013 World Youth in the United Arab Emirates. She is also part of the Manchester A team in the Junior Four Nations Chess League
- from Chris Howell
Incongruous as it seems to write of English triumphs over the Scots (not to mention the Welsh and Irish) in the shadow of the magnificent William Wallace Memorial close to Bannockburn, this was another excellent day for the English chess teams in Stirling. England retained the Glorney Cup with a round to spare with a 4.5-0.5 morning win over the Irish, and the England Girls built a clear lead in the Gilbert Cup with an excellent 3-0 win. The Robertson team were a little more restrained with a 3.5 – 2.5 win over the Irish, but maybe performance of the day was from the under-pressure Stokes team who reversed their opening morning 4.5-1.5 loss to the Irish U12s with 3 great wins on the top 3 boards –including an extraordinary winning positional whole-rook sacrifice from board 2 James Moreby against his 1884-rated opponent who had 4/4 to that point. A very determined performance from the bottom 3 boards too, with 3 solid draws against their strong Irish opposite numbers who had been on fire up to that point! Alex Golding has been imperious on top board for the Stokes team and took his score to 5/5, as did William Claridge-Hansen on board 2 in the Glorney.
So England went into the 4 afternoon matches against the Welsh as strong favourites to win all 3 remaining trophies, and duly swept to victory in all three, although the Welsh girls put up particularly stiff resistance in the Gilbert. Alex and William completed their 6/6 scores, but every member of each team made a significant contribution to the overall English success. A sincere thank you to Debbie Taylor who was a fantastic Head of Delegation and to coaches Mark Hebden, Adam Hunt and Loz Cooper for their brilliant support for the teams.
Read on — Glorney International – Day 3 Report
- report by Simon Scott
England had high hopes for their Day 2 morning match against Wales, and didn’t disappoint. Another technical glitch meant that the lights couldn’t be switched on, so the games started with the natural light of a beautiful sunny day. This didn’t affect any of the England players: across the four teams they scored 18.5 out of 20 with no losses. Robinson and Stokes both scored 6 out of 6. A fantastic achievement.
The afternoon session against Scotland was closer but still a great day’s work for the teams. In the Glorney and Gilbert room the session was interrupted by a car alarm which sounded like a fire alarm so had to be investigated! But play was able to continue, resulting in a 3.5-1.5 win for England in the Glorney and 2.5-0.5 for Gilbert. Unfortunately one of the players (not an England player) was disqualified for a mobile phone going off, an unfortunate reminder to us all. In the Robinson a tight match was drawn 3-3, contrasting with a complete walkover 6-0 in the Stokes.
So the final day has it all to play for. England are leading by 4.5pts in the Glorney, by 1.5pts in Gilbert and by 3.5pts in Robinson. England are now tied in first against Ireland in the Stokes, who they play tomorrow morning. An exciting final day awaits us!