Mega Success in Megafinal

The Delancey Schools Chess Challenge may be the biggest children’s chess event in the world. It is played in three stages, 1) Megafinals  2) Gigafinals and 3) Terrafinals.

Chester Chess Club was represented by 16 children of whom 10 qualified for the Gigafinals. There were some very good, and some surprising results, and a few disappointments.

By far the best result was Sam Burchett’s perfect score of 6/6, to become Supremo in the under 11 section beating Ben Wood-Finden into 3rd place on 4.5/6 in the final round. Mike Hughes also qualified from this section with 3.5/6

Supremo Sam presented with his prize by Graham Bromley:

In the difficult 12 to under 18 section we saw three fine performances from Zach Bragg 12, Milan Kustos 13 and Abdelrahman (Boudy) Mahmoud 14, all qualifying and finishing on 3.5/6. A little disappointing were Jack Yang and Nethuli Saram who scored 3/6 and 2/6 respectively. Jack, not to be denied, played in the Cheadle Hulme event a few days later and scored a terrific 5/6 to become the Supremo of his section. Efe Kitis who didn’t play in the Chester event also qualified with 4/6 finishing in 2nd place at Cheadle.

 In the under 10 section Harry Rafferty scored 4.5/6 and qualified comfortably in third place, but the sensation of the section was Mira Kustos who booked her place in the next round with 3.5/6.

There were more surprises in the under 7 and 8 section where George Turner scored 4/6 for 2nd place and Yehia Mahmoud also qualified with 3.5/6.

The results of all our players are as follows:

Under 7 & 8   

George Turner      4      2nd place     Q
Yehia Mahmoud   3.5                            Q

Under 10

Harry Rafferty      4.5  3rd place      Q
Mira Kustos           3.5                             Q

Under 11

Sam Burchett       6/6  Supremo     Q
Ben Woodfinden 4.5  3rd place     Q
Mike Hughes         3.5                           Q
Ram Kavadapu     0     WD Rd 1        –

Under 12 – 18

Zach Bragg            3.5                            Q
Milan Kustos         3.5                            Q
A. Mahmoud          3.5                            Q
Jack Yang                3                                 –
Nethuli Saram       2                                 –
James Frost            1                                 –
Jack Carroll             1     WD Rd 4         –
Surya Kanan          0     WD Rd 3         –

Thanks to Jixin, Graham, Paul and Keith for helping to organise the event.

Colm Claims Grading Prize at Inaugural Crewe Rapidplay

This Sunday saw members of Chester Chess Club take part in the first Crewe Rapidplay at the Ibis Styles Hotel. Mike McDonagh and Colm Buckley were the representatives from Chester in the Open, and as luck would have it, they met over the board in round 1 (a draw, if anyone was wondering)!

In the Major there was myself and our former secretary David Hulme, albeit dressed in Crewe Chess Club attire! David very kindly offered to pick me up from the station to save me rushing to make the first round.

The end of the congress saw Mike finish on 2½/6 but Colm (pictured below after receiving his cheque) went one better scoring 3½/6 – losing only to IM Laurence Cooper and drawing with winner Mike Surtees in the final round.

Elsewhere I finished on 3½/6 and narrowly missed out on a share of 3rd place after failing to convert a winning endgame. David Hulme, in his first congress in 15 years, ended on 3.

Results and standings can be seen in the links below.

Open Standings
Major Standings

Close but no Clock in Little Lever

Expectations were high after Chester won a set and board a couple of years ago in this fine Bolton-organised team tournament. Swapping in Crocker for White was perhaps a selection error as we were no longer eligible for any rating prize. Nevertheless the team of McDonagh, Crocker, Lloyd and Emerton lost only one match against winners Stockport. Not quite enough to win a clock though…

Keith Emerton, pictured below in trademark concentration pose, pulled off the tightest win against Bolton 2, reaching the win with only a couple of seconds left.