2014 Welsh Junior Rapidplay Chess Championships
Of the eighty-three children who took part in the 2014 Welsh Junior Rapidplay Chess Championships held at St John’s College on Saturday 13 December, twelve came from St John’s College. It was a classic ‘small fish in a big pond’ scenario, as many of the strongest juniors in Wales were taking part. However, not only did every St John’s player manage to score points, but there were many promising performances and, at the end of the event, four prize winners.
The U14 category was a small, but especially strong event in which it was almost impossible to avoid meeting at least two of the top players in Wales in this age group. In this tough event, Aron C and Sanay G both scored 2/5 while Thurun V scored 1/5. Results do not always tell the whole story: many of the games were closely fought and they will have gained much from the experience.
In the U12s – another strong event – Daniel J and Hiya R (playing well above her age group) did well to score 3/5 while Ayush S and Rhys T performed creditably to score 2/5: refusing to be discouraged by difficult starts in which they lost their first two games (in the case of Ayush against two of the recognised top seeds).
The U10 category was the most popular event, with over thirty competitors. Congratulations go to Anish C, who more than held his own at this level and ended up sharing second place with 4/5. There will be further successes to come, I’m sure.
In the U8 Chess category our very own Ethan C is well known (and feared) at this level and though he did not come away with the honours this time, he still did extremely well to score 4/5 and finished second place. There were other prize winners too, as Krishna L and Rishi P also put in strong performances to share third place with some very good players, scoring 3/5. Akshara N also performed creditably to score 2/5. Her story was the opposite to that of Ayush and Rhys in the Under 12s, as she started extremely well before coming up against some of the strongest players in the later rounds.
Congratulations to all the players for turning up on their free Saturdays, for their very positive attitudes during the games and throughout the event, and for good performances and pleasing results.
13 December 2014
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