Calendar of Events – Results/Reports
Yorkshire Junior Rapidplay Tournament
Saturday 13th January 2018
The event was organised by The White Rose Junior Chess Academy, which is a part of The Yorkshire Chess Association.
The tournament was held at Wigginton Primary School just outside York, and was opened by Rachael Maskell, the Labour MP for York Central, who gave a short speech in which she told us of her interest in chess, harking back to when, as a teenager, she played for her school. She even played a short demonstration game with a few of the junior competitors, which was enjoyed and appreciated by the audience of parents and juniors who looked on.
We had an overall total of 52 juniors competing in 3 sections: 16 in the Open, 20 in the Minor, and 16 in the Novice.
All sections comprised 5 rounds, run on the Swiss system. Clocks were used in the Open, (15 mins. for each player), but not in the other sections.
Games in all three sections were scored as follows: Win=3pts, Draw=2pts, Loss=1pt.
TABLE OF RESULTS
(underlined names are links to photographs)
NB. Joshini Jeyaprakash was the only player to take a point off the winner!
NB. Nicholas Carden was the only player to take a point off the winner!
NB. Tom Keast was the only player to take a point off the winner!
Isobelle Foster won a prize for “good chess performance”.
Two chess training/coaching sessions were provided between rounds by Peter Cloudsdale and Noel Stewart.
Photographs were taken by David Mills, (there was also a photographer from York Press, see report on York Press website) and Phill Beckett kindly provided all the chess sets, and clocks.
Special thanks are due to the head teacher of Wigginton Primary School, Mr. Paul Laycock, for hosting the venue and being there on the day.
Thanks also to the Wigginton PTA, who supplied the refreshments.
Warm thanks also to The Chess & Bridge Shop in London for providing some of the book prizes.
Finally, thanks to all who helped make this such a resounding success.
All the juniors received chess pens and chess badges, and all were given certificates at the end-of-tournament prize-giving ceremony.
For me, this was the highlight of the day. All the parents and organisers clapping as the junior players came forward to accept their certificates and prizes. Smiles on every face at the end of a rewarding day of chess, played in good spirit.