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SAE - St. Nicholas, Hurst Saturday, January 19
Brent Smith writes:

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Those who braved the flooded roads of the Thames Valley to get to Hurst were rewarded by a well-attended and competitive tournament, and some excellent cakes. Mmmm, cakes.

In the middle of a very busy weekend for Berkshire junior chess players, St Nicholas did well to attract 32 players to their annual event, the bulk coming from St Nicholas itself (13) and a further 7 from nearby Dolphin School. There was a good range of ability, making many of the games after the first two rounds or so very close.

As the highest-graded player by some 300+, it was not too surprising that William Foo ran out the winner with a perfect 6 / 6 - his fourth SAE trophy of the season. Competition for second place was fierce with 5 players vying for the position going into the final round. In the end, Thomas Robinson and Adam Pearson both won their final game to share second.

The minor trophy was awarded to Matty Kemp, who increased his grade by almost 100 points. It's unusual to win two minor trophies since such wins are usually accompanied by a significant rise in grade, making the player ineligible for another such prize. However, in Matty's case, his previous trophy was at Trinity SAE where he was the lowest graded player by far and failed to get a grading bonus.

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