York Chess Day

The York Chess Day was held at Archbishop Junior School on 7th October. 50 children attended from all over Yorkshire, and the event was opened by Lord Mayor of York.

Lateefah Messam-Sparkes from London, a full time chess professional and Andrew Ledger IM from Sheffield were the two guest ECF accredited coaches. A good game was shown initially to highlight how to develop in the opening. This was followed by a 4 round Swiss competition in 3 sections depending on ability. In between general advice and problem solving were shown

Results as follows …

Pawns – led by Paul Johnson and Peter Cloudsdale
1st Renjay Chong, Caistor Grammar; 2nd Renyi Chong, Caistor Primary; 3rd Archie Lusted, Oatlands, Harrogate; 4th Siddath Babu, QEGS Wakefield; 5th Caleb Samworth, Archbishop Junior.

Knights – Andrew Ledger
1st Ajay Kumah, QEGS; 2nd Wilfred Fountain, St Martins Scarborough; 3rd Matthew Androvici, QEGS; 4th Toby Clarke, Copmanthorpe; 5th Harvey Banks, Archbishop Junior

Bishops – Lateefah Messam-Sparks
1st Sachin Ragu, QEGS; 2nd Aditya Krishnan, QEGS; 3rd Andrew Carden, Fishergate; 4th Joshua Burland, Manor; 5th Hahim Khan, Heckmondwyke Grammar

Many thanks for the support from the ECF, Chess and Bridge and various volunteers. An excellent venue and thanks to the school. White Rose Junior Chess Academy ran the event. The next one is on the 19th November at Ackworth School for problem solving and a rapidplay …

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