Yorkshire Chess News





Eight-Year-Old Ukrainian Refugee Defeats York IM Richard Palliser


David Smith of York has circulated a report on a recent simultaneous display given by Richard Palliser against York juniors, saying “A very enjoyable event for all.  And massive thanks to Richard.  It's a thrill for them to play against such a strong player.”


The report, by Ben Rich:


Maksym Kryshtafor, Ukraine’s under-eight chess champion, who is living with a York family as a result of the current war, has defeated York International Chess Master Richard Palliser in a twenty-board simultaneous chess match against the City’s best junior players.


Aaron Rich (15, from Fulford School) also recorded a win, while Adrian Lee (16, Bootham) managed a draw.  Overall, Richard defeated the York Juniors by a score of 18˝‑2˝ as he played all the juniors (one twice) at the same time, a remarkable feat.


Maksym and Aaron are amongst six York players who have qualified for this year’s Northern Chess Gigafinal, a national chess competition which attracts over 50,000 under-18 players every year.  The qualifiers are amongst the top thousand in the country.


They have been able to benefit from coaching and social chess at York’s Junior Chess Club which meets weekly at Guppy’s Enterprise Club on Nunnery Lane on Wednesday evenings.  While the Junior club will restart in September, the senior club which is also open to all will continue to meet on a drop-in basis on Wednesday at 7.30pm throughout the summer.


Meanwhile, the Junior club will be holding two summer Chess in the Park events in Rowntree’s Park on Sunday 31st July and Wednesday 17th August, both from 3-5pm.  Entry is free and on a drop‑in basis for anyone under the age of 18 who would like a game.


For further information about junior chess in York please contact Ben Rich at ben@benrich.co.uk


Photo:  Richard plays his move against Maksym...


Two people playing chess

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