|Posted on March 13, 2014 at 11:30 PM|
Andrew Davies reports for the clubs newsletter (with edits by the webmaster, to give more details, etc:)
Aaryan Singh is the youngest member of the chess club, and also the newest member having joined us in February. He has already demostrated his ability at the chess board at the club quite well.
On Saturday 8th March, he played for the Staffordshire under 9's team in the English Primary Schools' Chess Association (EPSCA) competition. Playing on board 10, he scored 1½ out of 3 and therefore helped the team qualify for the national finals.
The event was held in Cheshire, where Staffordshire were competing against similar teams from other parts of the country. The event included teams (listed here in the order they finished in the league table) from Nottingham, Cheshire & North Wales, Wirral, Yorkshire, Oldham, Staffordshire, Manchester, Lancashire and Tameside.
Staffordshire were taking part in the North Regional zone, with the top 7 teams going through to the national finals. Staffordshire finished 6th, with 16.5 points, and 16 wins. It was a 12 player team tournament, with each player taking part in 3 matches. The time control was that all moves had to be completed in 40 minutes.
In round 1 Staffordshire scored 5 wins, including Aaryan himself winning. In round 2 Staffordshire scored 6½ points, including Aaryan scoring a draw. In round 3, the final round, Staffordshire scored 5 more wins, although Aaryan lost his final match.
In the list of opponents below the county of Aaryan's opponent is included to give you an idea of how Aaryan played opponents from across the north of England in this competition.
Here are the results of his day:
2014 English Primary Schools' Chess Association Under 9 Zone North
Note: Aaryan helped Staffordshire qualify for the under 9's national final stage.
Overall score: 1½ out of 3.
Round 1: Aaryan Singh 1-0 Ben Cashin (Wirral)
Round 2: Aaryan Singh ½ - ½ Charlotte Onona (Manchester)
Round 3: Jack Carroll (Cheshire & North Wales) 1-0 Aaryan Singh
1 win, 1 draw, and 1 loss from 3 matches played. I do not believe that these are ECF graded matches though.
As well as the 7 teams qualifying from the North zone, (Nottingham, Cheshire & North Wales, Wirral, Yorkshire, Oldham, Staffordshire and Manchester) they are also joined by 5 teams from the East zone, (Kent, Barnet, Hertfordshire, Richmond and Essex) and 5 teams from the South zone (Wey Valley, Sussex, Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire.)
Therefore the national finals will have 17 teams from all areas (North, East and South) from across the country. The under 9 EPSCA Inter-Association championships final is on Saturday 26th April 2014. Good luck to Staffordshire in the final, and if Aaryan takes part in it, good luck to Aaryan.
Aaryan and his dad have already expressed an interest in him entering the UK Chess Challenge, and if they decide they want to enter it, the club will encourage him to do so.
Here are the following links so that club members can, should they wish to, find out more details about the English Primary Schools' Chess Association tournament:
The Staffordshire Chess Association website is maintained by Andrew Davies, a member of Brewood Chess Circle. Anyone wishing to take part should contact Traci Whitfield, and the details for Staffordshire are on the following website link: http://www.sjca.org.uk/epscaintera.html
The following link takes you to the cross-table with more details from the tournament that Aaryan took part himself in: http://oxfordfusion.com/epsca/TeamsOverall.cfm?EventID=43
This link takes you to the details of the Staffordshire team results: http://oxfordfusion.com/epsca/TeamResult.cfm?EventID=43&Team=B
This link takes you to the details of Aaryan Singh's results: http://oxfordfusion.com/epsca/PlayerResult.cfm?EventID=43&Team=B&PlayerID=B.10
In the meantime, well done to all of the Staffordshire team, and of course well done to Aaryan.
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