The first ever Worthing Chess club junior championship took place on Saturday April 10th.
This provided an opportunity for the Worthing junior members to compete for the title of Worthing Junior Champion and earn a place in the UK Chess Challenge Megafinal.
A second open-to-all group also ran alongside the members competition as part of the UK Land Chess Challenge.
The format was a 7-round blitz.
It was a really enjoyable day and the future of Worthing Chess looks bright.
Big thanks to Don Banks who kindly donated the trophy for Worthing Junior Champion, to Chris Jones who gave up his Saturday afternoon to be an arbiter and my wife who organised the refreshments and distribution of the land chess challenge prizes.
The main championship group was very close with the result not decided until the final round. Morgan set-off like a train and looked unstoppable before set backs against Robin and Cassie allowed William to take first place. Arthur had a solid tournament but his chess efforts will forever be overlooked after he insisted on claiming a win against his younger sister after she made an illegal move.
The open group was won in impressive fashion by Sam Lennard with a perfect score of 7 wins. The rest of the players fought hard for second place but George just pinched it from Stephen and Alexander after a fine last round win. For most of the youngsters this was the first time they had used clocks and played outside of the school environment and they coped brilliantly.
Well done to all who took part and thanks to parents for supporting the event.
Worthing Junior Champion – William Graham
Other MegaFinal Qualifiers – Morgan Blake, Robin Fells, Arthur Graham, Cassie Graham
UK Chess Challenge Champion – Sam Lennard
Other MegaFinal Qualifiers – Jacob Fisher, Alexander Miller, Ben Miller, George Neale, Tom Ridley, Harvey Stapleton, Stephen Taylor