Held on the 12th January 2019 at Archbishop Junior School, Bishopthorpe, York. The event was opened by Mrs Vera Campbell, Sheriff of York. Training was led by Lateefah Messam-Sparks, a private chess teacher from London – she showed a famous game on a display board and had sessions about tactics and combinations. The main helpers were Noel Stewart, David Mills and Bradley and Mike Triffitt.
A 4 round Swiss competition held in 2 sections, with results as follows —
Section A -18 entries
1st Eva Donegan, Leeds
2nd Nina Hitzeroth, Wakefield
3rd Joely Hill, York
Merit awards – Sophie Devereux,York; Melannie Wu, Leeds; Ellie Triffitt, York and Livia Lari, York
SectionB – 11 entries
1st Beth Ravilious York
2nd Freya Graham Leeds
3rd Camilla De Luca York
Merit awards – Isobelle Foster, York; Molly Bridel, York; Maisie Paterson, York and Claudia Jozefowsha, York
Thanks to the school for their excellent facilities and refreshments. We hope to run similar events later in the year. A Yorkshire Under 11 team will play in the EPSCA Final on 23rd March in Birmingham. A really enjoyable day!
— Peter Cloudsdale