Chess Gigafinal Qualification

The CIS Chess Team had a busy weekend playing in the schools event on Saturday 5th and the national individual competition Megafinal Stage on Sunday 6th.

Due to the terrible weather on the previous schools event in March, it was decided that the last 4 matches would all be played on the same Saturday. CIS started extremely well, beating Sancton Wood by 5 games to 1, and then Kinds Cambridge D by the same scoreline. However while that initial success propelled us up to 11th in the table. it put us within range of the very powerful top teams! The children fought hard but in the end lost out to the Girls’ Chess Initiative, containing most of the best girl players in the county, and then St Faiths A, who came within a single point of winning the trophy outright. We lost both games by a score of 5-1, finishing up 17th out of a total of 30 teams. While the end result was a little disappointing, only 3 points separated 17th from 7th, and all the children who took part this year should feel very proud of the way they conducted themselves, as well as the way they played.

A big thank you to Rebecca, Bernard, Brandon, Frans, David, Alastair, Laila, and Jonathan for their dedication and commitment to the team.

On Sunday, the West Anglia Megafinal Stage of the Delancey National Chess Challenge took place. Over 200 children were competing to make it through to the Gigafinal Stage, which takes the best players from the regional finals and allows them the chance to make it through to the nationals. At this stage the chess is incredibly competitive, with all players playing 6 rounds of chess through the day. Needing 3 and half points to qualify, Bernard managed 4 points from his 6 games in the Under 10 section, and thereby qualified for the Gigafinals in July. Rebecca found herself up against the best boys and girls in what is traditionally the toughest age group, the Under 11s, and she fell just short, having suffered the misfortune of playing 2 of the very best players in the last 2 rounds! She still won the bronze medal for the 3rd best girl in her age group, and she should be proud of all she has achieved. Congratulations also to Laila, who also won the Bronze for 3rd best girl in her age group! Well done to Brandon, Frans and Alastair who battled hard and also fell just short. The standard is getting higher each year which is a testament to the strength of chess in Cambridge, and all the children can come away knowing they played their best chess on the day.

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