– from Anita Purvis
The sun continues to shine and is uplifting the children’s spirits. The fifth round commenced with a quiet sense of competitiveness amongst the England players. The nerves have settled and top boards have trophies in sight, while other boards are confidently developing and using their experience to get to the next level. Our younger boys in the U7 and U9 section are still leading the way. In the U7 Open, Haolin Zhao and U9 Open, Jeff Tomy, both finished round 5 on 4 points. Aditya Verma is on 4.5 points in the U9 Open and has just been paired for round 6 on board 1 against number one rank FM Tsvetan Stoyano (Bulgaria), the European Gold Medal Winner in 2012. It’s all getting very exciting, and we have a number of players who can easily jump on to the top 5 boards over the next couple of rounds.
Quietly and confidently, Akito Oyama has been playing some excellent games in a very strong U15 open section. Today he found himself paired with number one rank and IM Sanal Vahap from Turkey (with a 2418 FIDE grade!). Akito succumbed to a loss after putting up a great fight that lasted nearly 4 hours. Well done Akito!
Our lower boards are also working incredibly hard and results in most are not necessarily reflecting performance. As we move past the mid-point to round 6 we are reminded of Benjamin Franklin, the first US named chess player who said, ‘Chess is the greatest maxim in life, that even when everything seems to be going badly for us, we should not lose heart and always hope for a change for the better, steadfastly and continuously searching for the solution to our problems’
The England players continue to see this and the fight and determination is evident against countries who have always been seen as chess professionals and chess superpowers. We arrived en masse, and are now making them very nervous.
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