IAPS Chess Champions 2022
This year Hallfield sent a team of 11 players to represent the school in the IAPS Chess Championships which were held again at Twickenham Prep School. The last time this event was run was in 2019 when Hallfield became IAPS Champions in both the U11 and U13 sections and we were keen to retain our titles.
4 April 2022
IAPS U11 & U13 Chess Championships 2022
Twickenham Prep School 30th March & 1st April 2022
Although numbers were down compared to the 2019 championships, there were still many good schools and around 70 children competing in various age and ability categories with only the very best 30 or so players doing battle in the championship section which is reserved for players in Yr6, 7 and 8 or experienced younger county and national standard players. The weather was good again this year and the children spent much of their time in-between rounds playing football and making new friends with children from all over the UK.
Under 9 and Under 10 Section
We had several players competing in the U9 and U10 categories and we had success in each with Aarav Parekh, Ethan Yip and Krish Gandhi (just 6 years old!). The big hitter was Matthew Chung who came 1st on day two in the U9 A section.
Hallfield School IAPS School Champions 2022
The championship section was hotly contested with many strong players, some from Yr8. Hallfield dominated though and we were awarded the titles of U11 and U13 National IAPS Chess Champions for the third time in 3 attempts with Twickenham Prep in second place.
Kai Miller – IAPS Champion 2022
In addition, Kai won his first national title by coming 1st in the individual event and Preesh was runner up just half a point behind. Diah did brilliantly to come second amongst the girls and Rohan had his best-ever tournament contributing 4.5 points to Hallfield’s winning total. Top scorers:
Kai 6.5/7 – IAPS Champion
Preesh 6/7 – IAPS Runner up
Diah 4.5/6 – IAPS Girl Runner up
Well done to everyone who competed and thanks to the parents for showing such fantastic support and encouragement throughout the two-day event.
While most of us were having a rest from playing chess on Saturday, Preesh competed in the Regional Cubs chess tournament and won convincingly with 6 wins from 6 games. WOW!