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Chess Kings Tournament Saturday, June 23
Nick Pert writes:

The second Chess Kings Tournament took place at the Hawthorns School, Woosehill. Following the success of the 1st tournament in Rydes Hill School, Guildford, numbers greatly increased from 16 to 28 players! We hope that it continues in this way!

A very strong field turned up with 11 pupils attending from the Hawthorns school, other schools at which I teach were also represented. Rivermead, Holme Grange and the Highlands with 2 pupils each. But the big guns were Roy Zhang, who will be representing England in the European Under 10 Championship in Croatia, Felix Ynojosa, an incredibly talented 11 year old from Venezuela (they travel a long way for this event!) and defending champion, Matthew Wilson.

In the end it was Felix who deservedly emerged victorious with a perfect 5/5 dispatching all his main rivals along the way. This wasn’t the most remarkable thing about his day though, it was his results against the organisers! Admittedly they were very quick knock about games, but not only did he miss a chance to gain a clear advantage against myself before blundering, he drew 1-1 with IM Simon Williams. After the event I recalled our game and briefly annotated it. Watch this space as there could well be a new star amongst us!

The girls prize was won by Louise Head, a regular Berkshire player, with 3/5 only losing to the top 2 seeds! 2nd girl was Annabel Maclaurin with an impressive 2½/5, and following her success as Hawthorns girl champion, Megan Coutts came in as 3rd girl.

The Hawthorns boys, Michael Tran, Alex Cobb and Seunghyun Kwak took the first 3 places in the top grading section (not including the county level players)

In group B Lucas Gibert took the honours from Marcus Smith (Hawthorns) and Jack Wood.

Group C was another all Hawthorns affair with Leo Nash taking the honours from Elliott Unger and Mahnoor Khan respectively.

The next tournament will hopefully take place in August or September. At present we are looking for a cheap, (or preferably free) venue at which to host it. If anyone knows of one please let me know. It will help to bring great publicity to the school.

Any queries concerning "Chess Kings" can directed to Nick Pert at or tel: 07786986489

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Results (for Berks players only)
Hawthorns School