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20 May 2017

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Staffordshire Megafinal

20 May
Well done to the 133 players from Staffordshire and Shropshire who were in Leek on 13 May for the Staffordshire Megafinal. Here are the top scoring players from each section.

Under 7
Supremo: Min Yen Hsieh 4 points
Suprema: Shriya Sastry 3 points

Under 8
Supremo: Arnav Rajinkanth  6 points
Suprema: Daisy Macklin  3 points

Under 9
Supremo: Niranjan Sriram 5½ points

Under 10
Supremo: Edison Xu 6 points
Suprema: Mia Sepe 3 points.

Under 11
Supremo: John Moughtin-Leay 5½ points
Suprema Jasmine Jones 4½ points

Under 12
Supremo: Daniel Pope 4½ points
Suprema: Amrissa K Johal 4 points

Under 13
Suprema: Thivyaa Rahulan 6 points
Supremo: Joshua Brown 4½ points

Under 14
Supremo: Dhiren Bahia 3½ points
Suprema: Marnie Pointon 3 points

Under 15
Supremo: Jacob Boswell 6 points
Suprema: Oriana Rowe 3 points

Under 16
Supremo: Jacob Smith 3½ points

Under 17
Supremo: Alexander Jarvis 5 points

Players who won all their games were:

Thivyaa Rahulan, Jacob Boswell, Arnav Rajinkanth, Edison Xu.

Fifty five players did well enough to qualify for the Northern Gigafinal being held in Manchester on the weekend of 15 and 16 July.

Our thanks to parents and organisers, and well done to everyone who took part.

Success for St Edwards in the Under 11 Girls final

9 Apr.
By David Rose
On Saturday and Sunday 1st / 2nd April, Jasmine Jones, Tilly Snape and Lilly Brown played for St Edwards Academy, Leek, in the ECF’s National Schools Girls U11 Championship Finals at Bramley in Surrey.

After an early start and a four and a half hour journey on Saturday the girls played four games each, the last one starting at half past seven in the evening. Of the twelve games played on Saturday, they won seven, drew one and lost four. They ended the first day in fourth place.

After some hot chocolate, ‘a bit’ of sleep and a cooked breakfast they were ready for three more rounds on Sunday. The first was against Nottingham who had won the northern stage of the competition with ease - we won two games and drew the other against them with magnificent play. The next round we won 2-1 and in the last round we were beaten by the overall winners who only lost two of their 21 games.

The girls finished in 4th place, with only private schools beating us.

Lilly Brown deserves a special mention for winning six of her seven games - an incredible achievement, demonstrating such high levels of concentration.

The girls had a brilliant time and deserve a lot of credit for the kindness and support they showed each other. They arrived home late Sunday night, knowing they had school next morning.

Success for Staffordshire’s Under 11 EPSCA team

19 Mar.
Well done to the Staffordshire’s Under 11 team who finished third in yesterday’s EPSCA semi-final despite defaulting one board. Their success means the team goes through to the National Finals on 6 May.

The Staffordshire players were:
Edison Xu, Ivan Prikazchikov, Aaryan Singh, Krishan Patel, John Moughtin-Leay, Joe Hirst, Valentino Bisaccio, Sebastian Crawford, Jasmine Jones, Rajdev Singh Shoker, Tilly Snape, Aeddan Pope, Lily Brown, Sam Smith, Ranudi Premadosa, Dylan Rehman, Shivam Patel, Mia Sepe, and Bobby Pahal.

Five players won all their games and each of them finshed with scores of 3 out of 3. They are:

Edison Xu, Ivan Prikazchikov, John Moughtin-Leay, Mia Sepe, and  Bobby Pahal.

Staffordshire finished the final round of yesterday’s Northern semi-final with a total of 34 points, our best score for some years.

The ten teams competing included Nottinghamshire, Warwickshire, Manchester, Mersyside, Tameside, Lancashire and Wirral.

Well done to the players, and thank-you to parents and organisers.

Photos of the successful Under 11 team

19 Mar.

Staffordshire’s Under 11 team.

Local diary
Events that you might be interested in will be listed here when I know about them.
Looking ahead
22nd Jul
Midlands Junior Championships

A one day graded rapidplay championship with Midlands Junior Champion titles for the highest placed boy and girl in each section.

For details:
Email: Andrew Davies
Tel: 01902 845303

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