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U19 Open National School Chess Championships 2016-17

Post by Neill Cooper » Wed Oct 12, 2016 10:36 pm

So far 120 teams from 80 schools have entered the U19 open championships. There is still time for other schools to enter particular qualifying events events. See http://englishchess.org.uk/NSCC/u19-open/u19-open/ for more details.

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Post by Neill Cooper » Thu Mar 02, 2017 9:26 pm

This term has seen the Regional stage of the tournament and results can be seen at http://englishchess.org.uk/NSCC/u19-open/
Most of the 13 regional finals will be played this month (one was played last month) and then the repechage at Eton College in April will determine the final 3 teams to play at the National Finals at Uppingham in early July.

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Re: U19 Open National School Chess Championships 2016-17

Post by Neill Cooper » Wed Jul 05, 2017 10:58 pm

At the finals at Uppingham School, RGS Guildford, Reading School, Hampton School and The Judd School are in the semifinals, to be played tomorrow.

This evening's 60 player fun blitz was won by Matthew Wadsworth with 6.5/7

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Re: U19 Open National School Chess Championships 2016-17

Post by Neill Cooper » Thu Jul 06, 2017 11:03 am

Round 1

KEGS Chelmsford 1 – 5 RGS Guildford
Reading School 6 – 0 Sir Thomas Rich
KES Birmingham 1 – 5 Hampton School
Haberdashers 4 – 2 Wilson’s Schools
Eltham College 0.5 – 5.5 The Judd School
QE Barnet 6 – 0 Wirral GS
QEH Bristol 0 – 6 City Of London
Notts High School 6 – 0 Yarm School

Round 2

RGS Guildford 4.5 – 1.5 Notts High School
City of London 1.5 – 4.5 Reading School
Hampton 5 – 1 Q E Barnet
The Judd School* 3 – 3 Haberdashers

Yarm School 1.5 – 4.5 KEGS Chelmsford
Sir Thomas Rich 5 – 1 QEH Bristol
Wirral GS 2 – 4 KES Birmingham
Wilson’s School 4.5 – 1.5 Eltham College

Round 3

The Judd School 1 – 5 RGS Guildford
Reading School 2.5 – 3.5 Hampton School

Haberdashers 5.5 – 0.5 Sir Thomas Rich
QE Barnet 5.5 – 0.5 Wilson’s School
KES Birmingham 3.5 – 2.5 City of London School
KEGS Chelmsford 1 – 5 Notts High School

Eltham College 5 – 1 Yarm School
QEH Bristol 2 – 4 Wirral GS

Round 4

Final RGS Guildford 4 - 2 Hampton School

KES Birmingham 1 - 5 Reading School
Notts High School 1 - 5 Haberdashers
QE Barnet 3* - 3 The Judd School

City of London 4.5 - 1.5 Eltham College
Wirrals GS 1 - 5 KEGS Chelmsford
Sir Thomas Rich 1.5 - 4.5 Wilson's School
Yarm School 3 - 3* QEH Bristol
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Re: U19 Open National School Chess Championships 2016-17

Post by Neill Cooper » Thu Jul 06, 2017 3:21 pm

Winners: RGS Guildford

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Re: U19 Open National School Chess Championships 2016-17

Post by John Swain » Wed Jul 12, 2017 10:20 am

There is now a report on the ECF website about the U19 Finals, won for the first time by RGS Guildford: http://englishchess.org.uk/NSCC/u19-open/
Thirty different schools have now won this prestigious competition, which dates back to the academic year 1957/8 when it was sponsored by The Sunday Times (The Times took over sponsorship between 1983 and 2001). Congratulations to RGS Guildford and to the fifteen other Finalists.

It was fitting, after Richard Haddrell's fifteen years of dedicated service as Chief Conductor, that there is now The Richard Haddrell Memorial Trophy which was awarded for the first time to the team which came second, Hampton School: http://www.englishchess.org.uk/a-new-tr ... pionships/

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Re: U19 Open National School Chess Championships 2016-17

Post by Neill Cooper » Thu Jul 13, 2017 6:36 am

The following position was interesting, from Ravi Haria (Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School) v Michael Ashworth (Sir Thomas Rich’s School) Round 3, board 1. With best play what should the result be?
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Re: U19 Open National School Chess Championships 2016-17

Post by Angus French » Thu Jul 13, 2017 6:58 am

Neill Cooper wrote:The following position was interesting, from Ravi Haria (Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School) v Michael Ashworth (Sir Thomas Rich’s School) Round 3, board 1. With best play what should the result be?
Win for White with 1 Be6! I think. After 1... Rxd2, White takes Be5 with discovered check and then comes back with Nf7+ followed by Nd6+ and Nxe8 and there's no stopping Bg7 mate (Qh1+ only delays). Nice!

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Re: U19 Open National School Chess Championships 2016-17

Post by Neill Cooper » Thu Jul 13, 2017 8:11 am

Angus French wrote:Win for White with 1 Be6! I think. After 1... Rxd2, White takes Be5 with discovered check and then comes back with Nf7+ followed by Nd6+ and Nxe8 and there's no stopping Bg7 mate (Qh1+ only delays). Nice!
But does Black have anything better than 1...Rxd2 ?

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Re: U19 Open National School Chess Championships 2016-17

Post by Richard Bates » Thu Jul 13, 2017 9:12 am

Neill Cooper wrote:
Angus French wrote:Win for White with 1 Be6! I think. After 1... Rxd2, White takes Be5 with discovered check and then comes back with Nf7+ followed by Nd6+ and Nxe8 and there's no stopping Bg7 mate (Qh1+ only delays). Nice!
But does Black have anything better than 1...Rxd2 ?
Qd7 maybe?

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Re: U19 Open National School Chess Championships 2016-17

Post by Jonathan Rogers » Thu Jul 13, 2017 12:12 pm

So it seems. The game is a great advert for the event, anyway.

I am interested to see the reference to a strong performance at the blitz by a teacher from Sir Thomas Rich's School, namely Ian Robson. Is this the same Ian Robson who used to teach at St Martins in Shenfield, many years ago?

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