Beginning in local school tournaments and then moving onto a series of regional and national finals the UK Chess Challenge is the largest chess competition for juniors in the UK. From a field of 40,000 children, no less than four juniors from the Bristol & District league have qualified for the final top 200 places in the upcoming national Terafinal weekend competition, the culmination of the UK chess challenge! Across a range of age categories these daring youngsters have succeeded at the local heats, regional Megafinals and finally the Northern and Southern Gigafinals. The Gigafinals were recently held on the 16th and 23rd of July.
We are pleased to pass on our congratulations to:
- Kandara Acharya (U9) of North Bristol CC for finishing first in her section of the Northern Gigafinal;
- Toby Kan (U11) of Downend & Fishponds CC for finishing third in his section in the Northern Gigafinal;
- Chirag Hosdurga (U12) of North Bristol CC for finishing second in his section in the Southern Gigafinal;
- Oliver Stubbs (U15) of Downend & Fishponds CC for finishing second in his section of the Southern Gigafinal.
I have included some photos from the finals including one of Oliver drawing with a 178 graded opponent and then analysing with International Master Mike Basman. A great showing but also perhaps a stark warning for those daring to cross swords with these young chess players in the upcoming new season. Under estimate them at your peril!
The Terafinal Final is being held on the 12th and 13th August at Daventry and we wish all the Bristol players good luck!
Jon is the Editor of The Bristol Chess Times and Publicity and Recruitment Officer for The Bristol & District Chess League. He plays for Horfield Chess Club and has been known to play 1. b3 on occasion.