National IAPS U11 & U13 Chess Champions 2019

Twickenham Prep School 11th/12th April 2019

This year Hallfield sent a team of 16 players to represent the school in the IAPS Chess Championships which were held this year at Twickenham Prep School on 11th and 12th April. There were many schools and around 140 children competing in various age and ability categories with only the very best 36 players doing battle in the championship section which is reserved for experienced county and national standard players. The weather was good again this year and the children once again spent much of their time in-between rounds playing football and table tennis and making new friends with children from all over the UK.

Day 1

We had eight players competing in the U8, U9 and U10 categories and we had success in each with the following medal winners:

Farhaan Pasha =2nd U8

Ayan Agrawal =3rd U9

Arjun Nahal =2nd U10

The big hitter on day one was Aaron Suthi who came =1st in the U9 category, a fantastic achievement.

In the championship section Hallfield finished the day leading ahead of Beacon, Twickenham and Staines.

Day 2

On the second day all of the non-championship players were placed into ability groups (A, B or C) according to their results on the first day with all Hallfield players placed into group A or B. This meant that even our youngest player, Rhea Pal Yr2, would have to play opponents up to 10 years old. Our young team played magnificently and we finished the day with Arjun Nahal and Aaron Suthi coming =1st in the A section with Arjun winning the trophy on tie break.

The championship section was hotly contested on day 2 and there were many England internationals on show with each game a stern test for our top players. With a strong finish we were awarded the titles of U11 and U13 National IAPS Chess Champions for the second year running. Our top 3 players, all England Internationals, all finished on 5.5/7 points coming =2nd meaning that 3 out of the top 4 players in the tournament were representing Hallfield. With our next player just half a point behind on 5/7 we scored 21.5 points in the team event, a long way ahead of the chasing pack. Leading championship scorers:

Manvith Sandhu 5.5/7

Rohan Pal 5.5/7

Kanav Monga 5.5/7

Zain Amir 5/7

Well done to everyone who competed and thanks to the parents for showing such fantastic support and encouragement throughout the two day event!