Yarm School hosted the 4th Teesside Megafinal - the second phase of the 2019 UK Chess Challenge - in the magnificent Princess Alexandra Auditorium.
Just under 150 children from 22 schools across the Teesside area (and beyond) were in action as they battled it out for titles, trophies, medals and qualification for the Manchester Gigafinal. Naturally, a significant number of players were from the Yarm Prep and Yarm Senior schools. Megafinals offer no easy games as only the top players from each school are there. Nevertheless, at the end of six tough rounds, our players had secured a considerable number of prizes.
Arvind Kumar and Rehan Krishnamoorthy shared first place in the Under-7 section, with Arvind taking the Supremo title on tiebreak. Anjali Ramisetty became the new Suprema and Akansha Mendis played very well to finish just half a point behind Anjali.
George Forshaw followed up his success as an Under-7 last year with a great success in the Under-8 section, taking the Supremo title. Aisling Timmons became the new Suprema. Archie Axtell and Will Foster also played very well too and clinched qualification for the Gigafinal with a fine score of 4/6.
Natasha Pointon is the Under-9 Suprema and Noah Coulman, who shared second place with Natahsa, did more than enough to qualify for the Gigafinal. Aryan Nalawade played very well to outscore his rivals in the tough Under-10 section, taking the Supremo title along the way. Isobel McGlade played her best chess to date to claim the title of Suprema. Aditya Paul and Sabeeh Qureshi also qualified for the Gigafinal.
We had more success in the Under-11 section too, with Avanish Batra and Ajay Selvan sharing first place (with the former taking the Supremo title on tiebreak). Tenuk Mendis was on top form and he finished third, ahead of many other strong players. Grace Crawford scored 3/6 and just missed out on the Suprema title by a single point.
In the senior section we were represented by: Saisparsh Sidaginamale, Oscar Thomas, Yusef Syed, Aishani Paul, Benedict Francis, Vignesh Janakiraman and Gautam Sathyamurthy. The competition followed the Swiss formatting and was over 6 rounds. Yusuf was our star performer with a magnificent 5/6 winning the U12 Boys. Benedict was supremo, and Aishani the suprema for the U14 section. These three, along with Gautam and Vignesh go forward to the prestigious Gigafinal in Manchester in July.
Thank you to everyone who played their part in making the day such a fabulous success, including all of the Yarm School staff who gave up their valuable time to ensure our Megafinal was such a wonderful and enjoyable event. We now wish our chess stars well as they head for the Manchester Gigafinal.