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Southern Gigafinal
Saturday/Sunday 22nd - 23rd July 2017
Orleans Park School, Twickenham

The Delancey UK Schools Chess Challenge journey started back in January in school chess clubs across the country with over 40,000 children entering nationwide.

In Sussex, nearly 80 Schools joined in the fun this year resulting in 405 children taking up their qualifying places at the Sussex Megafinal held in May, of whom over 153 qualified for the Southern Gigafinal. Of those, 123 took up their places, becoming part of the last 2000 players left in the competition nationwide - a fantastic achievement.

Younger boys (U7 - U10) compete on the Saturday, while all other age groups and all girl sections compete on the Sunday. Where entry numbers are large in an age-group the entry is split into parallel 'A' and 'B' sections designed to be of equal strength. Section winners earn the title Ultimo (boys), or Ultima (girls), and qualify for the final stage of the competition - the national Terafinal in August. In the event of a tie; prize money is shared but tie-break rules determine the title of Ultimo/a.

Those coming second or third qualify for the 'Challengers' competition which runs alongside the Terafinal. This usually requires a score of at least 4½ out of 6! New for this year everyone who scored 3½ points or more won a medal.

Well done to everyone who took part - the Gigafinal is a unique event which offers the opportunity to play against the very best in the South of England - and that will only strengthen your play. Whatever your score, come back again next year determined to improve your performance.

 

Prizewinners and qualifiers:-

U7B 'B'

Zen Rajah

4

 

Medal

U7B 'B'

Charlie Wannasin-Bell

4

 

Medal

U7B 'B'

Rohan Gibbons

 

Medal

 

 

 

 

 

U7G

Amelie Rees

 

Medal

 

 

 

 

 

U8B 'B'

Thomas Kindell

4

 

Medal

U8B 'B'

Toby Ralph

4

 

Medal

U8B 'B'

James Bashford

 

Medal

U8B 'B'

Arun Gibbons

 

Medal

 

 

 

 

 

U9B 'A'

Abhi Jadav

4

 

Medal

 

 

 

 

 

U9B 'B'

Henry Laurillard

 

Medal

U9B 'B'

Harry Thurston

 

Medal

 

 

 

 

 

U9B 'C'

Pranav Labroo

4

 

Medal

U9B 'C'

Rafe Chapman

 

Medal

 

 

 

 

 

U9G

Elena Currah

Ultima

Terafinal

U9G

Lucy Hopkirk

4

 

Medal

U9G

Sammy Sareen

4

 

Medal

 

 

 

 

 

U10B 'B'

Solomon Mitchell

 

Medal

 

 

 

 

 

U10B 'C'

Joshua Bee

5

 

Challengers

U10B 'C'

Jacob Wynn

 

Medal

 

 

 

 

 

U10G

Sophie Rees

5

 

Challengers

U10G

Maya McMahon

 

Medal

 

 

 

 

 

U11B 'A'

Thomas Dan

5

 

Challengers

U11B 'A'

Cassius Johnson

4

 

Medal

U11B 'A'

Thomas Martin

4

 

Medal

U11B 'A'

Henry Adams

 

Medal

U11B 'A'

Isaac Cooper

 

Medal

U11B 'A'

Billy Hopkins

 

Medal

 

 

 

 

 

U11B 'B'

Tom Howeson

 

Medal

U11B 'B'

Bobbie Ridley

 

Medal

 

 

 

 

 

U11G

Elizabeth Finn

1st=

Challengers

U11G

Laura Borland

 

Medal

U11G

Lydia Munn

 

Medal

U11G

Ruby Nunns

 

Medal

 

 

 

 

 

U12B

Edward Gray

5

 

Challengers

U12B

Max Wilton

5

 

Challengers

U12B

Xavier Laurillard

 

Medal

U12B

Giovanni Currah

 

Medal

U12B

Daniel Longley

 

Medal

U12B

Luke Moody

 

Medal

 

 

 

 

 

U12G

Polina Shchepinova

6

Ultima

Terafinal

 

 

 

 

 

U13B

Calum Salmons

5

 

Challengers

U13B

Michael Banks

4

 

Medal

U13B

Ryan Sargent

 

Medal

 

 

 

 

 

U14B

Scott Borland

5

 

Challengers

U14B

Oli Howell

5

 

Challengers

U14B

Daniel Finn

 

Medal

 

 

 

 

 

U14G

Lucy Bennet-Stevens

Ultima

Terafinal

 

 

 

 

 

U15B

Dominic Miller

 

Medal

 

 

 

 

 

U16B

Mikolaj Rogacewicz

4

 

Challengers

 

 

 

 

 

U16G

Cassie Graham

3

Ultima

Terafinal

Well done to all the Sussex players who competed - just to qualify for the Gigafinal is an achievement in itself.