7th August 2018
In 1976 Edgbaston’s Tony Miles, a former pupil of King Edward’s School became Britain’s first Chess Grandmaster. Just down the road from his former school, two boys from Hallfield School are on track to follow his example.
On 28 July, Rohan Pal in Year 4 took part in the Under 9’s tournament at The British Chess Championships where he proved to be unbeatable, becoming the British Under 9 Chess Champion 2018.
Similarly, Year 5’s Manvith Sandhu – Hallfield’s strongest player and winner of many local and regional titles – had his best result ever when he came second in the Under 11 tournament in a field of Britain’s best young chess players.
Both boys were delighted with their achievements. Rohan said: “I knew I had a good chance, but to win is just amazing!”
Nick Thomas, Hallfield School’s Chess Coach, said: “Rohan was simply unstoppable. He has come a long way in the time I have known him – he is a very talented player.
“Manvith played fantastically well and scored 5/6 in a field of 59 of Britain’s elite Under 11 players to come joint second, a brilliant result.
“This is the very top event for junior chess players in Britain and an incredible achievement for both boys and also for Hallfield.”
Hallfield School is one of the best schools for elite junior chess in the country being IAPS and ECF National Champions 2018.
Hallfield Chess Success for 2017/18:
National team competitions:
- IAPS Team Under 11 Team Champions 2018
- IAPS Team Under 13 Team Champions 2018
- English Chess Federation Under 11 Team Champions 2018
- EPSCA U9 Team Runners-Up 2018
- EPSCA U11 Team 3rd place 2018
Individually, Hallfield players have dominated local junior chess events and have started to make a name for themselves on the national stage:
- 30 Hallfield children qualified for the UK Chess Challenge Gigafinals
- 8 players have qualified for the Terrafinal or Challengers, the final stage of the UK Chess Challenge competition
- Many Hallfield players are County or Area Champions
- Kanav Monga (Year 5) is joint National IAPS Under 13 Individual Champion 2018
- Manvith Sandhu (Year 6) is British Under 11 Chess Runner-Up 2018
- Rohan Pal is British Under 9 Chess Champion 2018