UK Chess Challenge Qualifying Event
Saturday, February 10
Jim Wadsworth writes:
Felix Ynojosa and Angelica Ynojosa played excellently in their Berkshire junior chess debuts at today's UK Chess Challenge qualifying competition. Felix (10) won the competition outright, beating his sister Angelica (13) in the final round to secure a perfect 7 wins from 7. The family have recently relocated to the UK from Venezuela. Felix Ynojosa in particular is clearly an extremely high quality player: last month he won an adult tournament in London, winning all his games against players whose collective average ECF standard grade is 154; back in mid 2005 he came 2nd= in the under 10 section of the Pan American Youth championships (an international event of equivalent standing to the European Youth Championships).
Roy Zhang took a strong second place, losing only to Felix. Elsewhere in the tournament there were notable performances by Varun Khandekar and Ben Ward, who each took points off materially higher graded opposition during the tournament as well as winning in the final round to secure their respective qualifications. Dominic Haederle also performed very well, but was just pipped at the post by Ben Ward for the under 8 qualifying spot.
In all, 14 of the 24 competitors got through to the Berkshire Megafinal; for those who didn't quite make it or weren't able to attend today's event, there are further qualifying competitions on 31 March and 22 April. See the Calendar for details.
Last Season's Results