World Youth Chess Championships (Greece 2015)
To represent your country at this event is one of the greatest achievements to which young players can aspire. This year, no fewer than twenty children from all over Wales made the trip to Halkidiki. Among them were two St John’s pupils: Ethan C (Under 8 Open) and Hiya R (Under 10 Girls).
Both players made excellent starts. Ethan won his first game and followed up with two solid draws, while Hiya did even better with two wins before meeting an extremely strong Chinese junior in the third round.
Although neither player was able to maintain their early momentum, Ethan continued to pick up points while Hiya recovered from what could have been a discouraging run to finish strongly with three consecutive wins. Ethan’s final score was 5/11 (four wins and two draws), while Hiya scored 5½/11 (five wins and one draw).
Both players should be congratulated for highly respectable performances at such a high level.
8 November 2015
Junior School News