The Lancashire Chess Association 2014 Junior Chess Championships were held on Saturday 8th February 2014 at Holy Family High School, Heywood., The age group champions were:
|U13||Mark Power & Calvin Robinson|
In the ECF National Schools Girls Team Championship Northern Semi Final held at Cheadle Hulme School on Saturday 16th February 2013, the U11 winners were Aughton St Michaels 'A' Team. The team consisted of Lauren Cornwell, Eleanor Rowlinson and Charlotte Melvin. They didn't drop a point with an impressive 15 points out of a possible 15 to ensure their place in the final in Uppingham in July. Aughton St Michaels 'B' Team also played well but just missed out on a final place.
The top Girls prize of £1,000 went down to the wire, with four players, including Rachel Cass of Aughton St Michael’s Chess Club, very much in contention with one game to play. Rachel held her nerve and clinched the title with a steady win against Jason Lau from 3Cs in Oldham. Many congratulations to her from everyone involved with Lancashire Chess Association!
Great performances from Rachel’s younger sister Natalie Cass (Aughton St Michael’s Chess Club) and Lauren Cornwell (Aughton St Michael's Primary School) enabled them to qualify for the Terafinal and both came home with a share of the prize money.
Another Terafinal qualifier was youngster Samir Samadov who used to play for Atherton and Lancashire before his family moved to the London area. Well done to him as well.
The weekend of 7th/8th July saw the Northern Gigafinal of the UK Chess Challenge take place in Derby (anyone unfamiliar with this competition can find details at www.ukchesschallenge.com).
Around 70,000 juniors enter the UK Chess Challenge and only around 2,000 make it to the Gigafinal stage, so just being there was already a triumph! Many of this year’s Lancs U11 squad qualified and all of them performed well. For this event, the “north” actually represents a very large geography (see here for what “north” entails), so our players were up against some very stiff competition, including many of the country’s best juniors.