World Schools Chess Championships 2018

… in Durres, Albania from 20th to 29th April 2018

Tournament Director – Nikos Kalesis Email:
Tournament Manager – Majlinda Pilinci Email:
Official website – here | Regulations – here

Meet the Team
Head of Delegation – Rejean Dupuis
Coaches – FM Adam C Taylor and GM Glenn Flear
Siena Gurjar
Siena is the current Girls’ Grand Prix Winner for her age, and has been the top girl at several national chess championships. Siena is a keen musician and dancer. She would like to thank the teachers at her school, North London Collegiate, including Mrs Newman, Miss Smith, Mr D’Costa and Mr Winston for their continued support and encouragement.
Denis Dupuis
Denis started learning chess as he turned 7 and playing competitively soon after. For a year he trained with the late amazing David Rumens whom he calls “the best coach ever”. He is a member of the Kent Junior Chess Team and a regular at the Battersea Chess Club. Aside from chess Denis enjoys playing for the Streatham Youth Ice Hockey Club, reading and speed solving Rubik’s Cubes. Denis is in Year 4 at Belleville School in London. He is fluent in English, Turkish and French.
Sohum Lohia
Hi I’m Sohum. I have been playing chess since the age of four. Recently I moved from Singapore to London. I was born in Singapore and I have an older sister and younger brother. My favorite moment of living in London is becoming British Champion Under 8. I like playing chess and traveling to so many different parts of the world. My other interests include video games, drawing & football.
Adam Hussain
I have been playing chess for the last three years. I am in my second year of the ECF Chess Academy and thoroughly enjoying it. I am proud to be the youngest player since Michael Adams to represent Cornwall in a County match at age 9. My recent successes include winning the U16 Cornwall Championship. Last year I won the U11 Delancey Southern Gigafinal and participated in the Terafinal thereafter and was placed 13th overall. I also won the U12 British Rapidplay championship in 2016. I was placed third in the 2017 u11 British Chess championship. I was joint first in the 2018 U12 Yateley Closed Championship. I currently attend attend Truro School and am proud to represent my school in football and rugby. I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to represent my country in the WSCC 2018 U13 category in Albania. I would love to thank my Dad who introduced me to chess, the chess community in Cornwall and the ECF Academy for nurturing my game.
Nadhmi Auchi
I started playing competitive chess when I was 8 years old, after first being introduced to the game by my brilliant coach Tony Niccoli. I have really enjoyed playing in various county and national tournaments the past couple of years and I am hugely looking forward to playing chess on the international circuit. I would like to thank Tony Niccoli, GM Tamas Fodor and my school, Wetherby Prep, for all their continued support and encouragement, and for making my chess journey possible.
Georgia Headlong
Georgia is 12 years old, lives in Swindon, Wiltshire, and is in Year 7 at Stroud High School. She has been playing chess since the age of 4, and is the current West of England U12 Girls Champion for the second year running. She is in the third and final year of the ECF Academy Programme, and last year also qualified for the National Chess Junior Squad at the squad trials. Apart from chess she enjoys playing the piano and gymnastics. She would like to thank her school for their support, and her chess coach Peter Richmond for his tuition.
Kavin Thooran
I started learning chess when I was six and half years old. In the beginning, I thought white pieces can only go on white squares and black pieces go on black squares. I found chess interesting when I won against my mum and dad. I like swimming and playing the piano too. I would like to thank all the people who have helped me to keep playing chess.
Max Miller
Max is 14 years of age, and learned to play chess when he was 4 years old. He won his first tournament aged 6 and became Northants County Champion, and has been the County Champion every year since. He enjoys playing badminton for the county and also loves to read. He attends Northampton School for Boys. He has also played for England in Brazil 2014 and the Glorney Cup in Ireland 2015. 


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