Newsletter no.3 - May 2016 - CSC Success in Wales

 

Welsh CSC Chess Success in 2016

 

It’s been another busy year for Welsh Chess with the usual round of tournaments, matches and Championships. In the past these events were dominated by the children from a handful of independent schools. Seven or eight years ago when we got started teaching here, and before CSC arrived in Wales, the Welsh Under 10 Championships had just 20 entrants of which only 2 came from a state funded school. The numbers of juniors participating in chess has increased dramatically since then and the standard has shot up. In the annual Glorney Cup, Wales usually came last but are now regularly in second place behind England.

 

Welsh Primary School Chess Teams-of-10 Event, Cardiff City Stadium, November 2015

The biggest event of the Autumn term. 44 Schools took part each bringing 10 players plus reserves (therefore nearly 500 children take part in total). This makes for a spectacular sight with all 22 matches stretching the full length of the pitch at this excellent venue.

 

 

Of the 44 teams entered, 15 were CSC schools, from Cardiff, The Vale of Glamorgan, Chepstow, West Wales, and Merthyr Tydfil. The tournament is held on a school day, and for the majority of those taking part this is the only time they will play chess outside their school.

 

We are very grateful to the support that the schools give their pupils by bringing them to this tournament, and we are especially proud of the following CSC schools that did so well:-

 

 

 

1st - The Dell, Chepstow (coach Richard Stevenson)

 

3rd – Ysgol-Y-Wern, Cardiff - a Welsh-medium

school taking part for the first time! (coach Tim Kett)

 

We look forward to the results of the Welsh Primary Schools Teams-of-4 Tournament being held in Merthyr Tydfil at the end of June. I have no doubt that these teams will be in the medals at the very least.

 

Welsh Chess Championships 2016

These were held over two weekends at the very end of January and early February, with each age-group from u8 to u14 having its own separate Swiss tournament. The following CSC students achieved the following:

 

U9

-

5th=

Jonathan Davies

(Ysgol Y Wern, Cardiff)

U10 - 4th= Rhys Matthews (Ysgol Y Wern, Cardiff)
U11 - 5th Neil Stevenson (The Dell, Chepstow)
U11 - 3rd Madeleine Smith (The Dell, Chepstow

U12

-

1st=

David McIntosh

(formerly of St Mary’s, Chepstow)

U13

-

5th

David McIntosh

(formerly of St Mary’s, Chepstow)

U8

Major

1st=

Alex Ball

(The Dell, Chepstow)

U8 Major 3rd= Finlay Britton (Whitchurch, Cardiff)

U8

Major

3rd=

William Truckle

(The Dell, Chepstow)

 

Selected for County Matches

South Wales put forward two county teams to each of the national (EPSCA) competitions. County sides for these competition range between 12 and 20 players.

 

The Glamorgan Team included the following from CSC schools in the Cardiff and Swansea areas:-

 

Under 9 Under 11
Rhys Matthews (Ysgol Y Wern, Cardiff) Mabon Melbourne (Ysgol Y Wern, Cardiff)
Jonathan Davies (Ysgol Y Wern, Cardiff) Dafydd Richards (Ysgol Y Wern, Cardiff)
Iestyn Moynihan (Ysgol Y Wern, Cardiff) Ethan Isaac (Ysgol Y Wern, Cardiff)
Fraser Britton (Whithcurch, Cardiff) Jolyon Knagg (Whithcurch, Cardiff)
Finlay Britton (Whitchurch, Cardiff) Tycho Twohig (Peter Lea, Cardiff)
Ed Maguire (Whitchurch, Cardiff) Alastair Hamblin (Whitchurch, Cardiff)
Ethan McCafferty (Whitchurch, Cardiff ) Ellison Smith (Whitchurch, Cardiff)
Yuxuan Wu (Rhydypenau, Cardiff)  
 

 

The Gwent Teams included the following from CSC schools in Chepstow:-

 

Under 9 Under 11
Jacob Wynn (St Mary’s, Chepstow) Neil Stevenson (The Dell, Chepstow)
Lewis Wynn (St Mary’s, Chepstow) Madeleine Smith (The Dell, Chepstow)
Fay Russell (The Dell, Chepstow) Anna Boyle (The Dell, Chepstow)
Osian Jessop (The Dell, Chepstow) Harrison Postans (The Dell, Chepstow)
Nia Rathkey (The Dell, Chepstow) Steffan Griffiths (The Dell, Chepstow)
Oliver Sapsford (The Dell, Chepstow) Luca Hodkinson (The Dell, Chepstow)
Alex Ball (The Dell, Chepstow) Kingsley Brown (The Dell, Chepstow)
  Isabelle Briggs (St Mary’s, Chepstow)
  Connor Watkins (St Mary’s, Chepstow)
  Jacob Wynn (St Mary’s, Chepstow) 

  Thomas Davies (The Dell, Chepstow)

 

Represented Wales

The following CSC pupils went even further and received invitations to play for full Welsh teams in matches against regional English sides, and for the forthcoming 2016 Glorney Cup.

 

Neil Stevenson (The Dell, Chepstow)

Madeleine Smith (The Dell, Chepstow)

Anna Boyle (The Dell, Chepstow)

Harrison Postans (The Dell, Chepstow)

Oliver Sapsford (The Dell, Chepstow)

Steffan Griffiths (The Dell, Chepstow)

Jacob Wynn (St Mary’s, Chepstow)

Rhys Matthews (Ysgol Y Wern, Cardiff)

George Smith (formerly of The Dell, Chepstow)

Rachel McIntosh (formerly of St Mary’s, Chepstow)

David McIntosh (formerly of St Mary’s Chepstow)

Anlan Qiu (formerly of Lakeside, Cardiff)

 

Congratulations also to CSC Coach Tim Kett for winning the Welsh Championship for the third time this year and for being selected to represent Wales for the fourteenth year in a row – Good luck at the Olympiad in Azerbaijan in September.

 

     

South Wales Mega Final

As usual a large number of Welsh Schools took part in the Delancey UK Chess Challenge this year and on Saturday 21 May the South Wales MegaFinal took place with 250 children entering, of which 150 were from current or former CSC schools.

 

Pupils from CSC schools won 7 of the 15 sections contested which is a wonderful achievement. Congratulations to the following CSC pupils who qualified for the Northern Giga Final:-

 

U7 Girls 
 

U8 Girls 
 

U9 Girls 
 

U10 Girls
         
 

U11 Girls
 

U7 Boys  
 

U8 Boys  
         
         
         
         
         

 

U9 Boys  
         
         
         
         

 

U10 Boys 
         
         
 

U11 Boys 
         
 

U12 Boys 
 

U13 Boys

         
 

2nd place
 

3rd place
 

1st place
3rd place
 

1st place
 

1st place
 

1st place
         
         
         
         
         

 

2nd place
         
         
         
         

 

1st place
         
         
 

1st place
         
         
1st place
 

Lilian Sapsford (The Dell, Chepstow)
 

Fay Russell (The Dell, Chepstow)
 

Daisy Price (Whitchurch, Cardiff)
 

Anna Boyle (The Dell, Chepstow)
Carys Davies (Ysgol Y Wern, Cardiff)
 

Madeleine Smith (The Dell, Chepstow)
 

Finlay Britton (Whitchurch, Cardiff)
 

Reggie Burgess (Ysgol Y Wern, Cardiff)
Yuxuan Wu (Rhydypenau, Cardiff)
Oliver Tregear (Peterston Super Ely, The Vale of Glamorgan)
Anshul Swamy (St Mary’s, Merthyr)
Zac Moss (Peterston Super Ely, The Vale of Glamorgan)
Osian Jessop (The Dell, Chepstow)
Lewis Wynn (St Mary’s, Chepstow)
 

Rhys Matthews (Ysgol Y Wern, Cardiff)
Jonathan Davies (Ysgol Y Wern, Cardiff)
Fraser Britton (Whitchurch, Cardiff)
Thomas Hurle (Rhydypenau, Cardiff)
Jacob Wynn (St Mary’s, Chepstow)
Oliver Sapsford (The Dell, Chepstow)
 

Harrison Postans (The Dell, Chepstow)
Steffan Griffiths (The Dell, Chepstow)
Kingsley Brown (St Mary’s, Chepstow)
 

Neil Stevenson (The Dell, Chepstow)
Tycho Twohig (Peter Lea, Cardiff)
 

Cian Grattidge (formerly of Peterston Super Ely, The Vale)
 

Anlan Qiu (formerly of Lakeside, Cardiff)

 

Good luck in Manchester in July.

 

English Chess Federation Under 11 Open

The Welsh are doing well over the border as well – The Dell, Chepstow, are one of only 14 schools to get to the finals of the ECF Under 11 Open being held over two days in July – Good luck in Uppingham !

 

Welsh Primary School Chess Teams-of-4 Event, Merthyr Tydfil, July 2016

28 teams entered from all over Wales; the strongest eight in the Championship section and the remainder in the Plate section. Three of the eight teams in the Championship Section were CSC schools, with The Dell A coming 2nd despite missing one of their top players. Ysgol y Wern came 6thand Whitchurch A 7th.

 

In the Plate Section The Dell B came 3rd showing the strength in numbers in this school. Overall six CSC schools (including 2 CSC schools in Merthyr itself) entered 12 teams – nearly half the total number of teams entered which shows the impact CSC is having on overall chess participation in Wales, and the difference in numbers and strength is acknowledged by the Welsh Chess Union.

 

There was also an Individual Section for reserves or those schools who could not make up a full team. 23 played with eight from CSC schools. We are so pleased that Richard Menzies from Hawthorn in Cardiff came 4th.

 

Congratulations to all those who participated, and to the organisers for ensuring that the tournament finished on time so everyone could get back home in time to see Wales beat Belgium in the European Football Championships !

 

Conclusion

The main business of CSC may be about bringing the benefits of learning chess to the masses of primary school children in the UK, but a good many in Wales are going much further – playing regularly in tournaments and breaking through to the very top levels of the junior game. The Welsh CSC coaches love working with our pupils at all levels, right from their first game of “Capture the Flag” up to specialist opening preparation as they make their debuts for Wales !

 

Sarah and Tim Kett

Regional Co-ordinators, CSC South Wales

July 2016

 

 

 

 

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