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Chess Scotland

The home of Chess in Scotland

Chess Scotland

The home of Chess in Scotland

Scottish Girls Championships 2019

Lathallan School, 9th March

Brotherton Castle. Home of Lathallan School

Brotherton Castle

The North-East was selected to organise the
Scottish Girls Championships for a sixth successive year on Saturday 9th
March 2019. The Championships were organised and run by the team at the
North-East Junior Chess Association (NEJCA) on behalf of Chess Scotland.

Brotherton Castle, home of Lathallan School was
again the host venue. The Castle provides a superb backdrop to this prestigious
event, with its stunning coastal views from the playing halls, over the gardens
to the sea. As in previous years, the facilities were excellent, and the
lunches provided by the school were greatly appreciated by players, parents and
guardians alike.

The Open and P5 and Under sections of the
Championships were played as an all-play-all and were keenly contested by the
girls throughout the day. The Primary event was played over 5 rounds. Once
again, the closeness of some of the competitions was such that some results had
to be determined by tie-breaks.

In the P5 and Under, Sophie Heron secured the title
outright with a perfect score of 7 out of 7. This is the second time that
Sophie has won the P5 and Under title, a rare achievement in this section!

The P7 and Under section was won by Nivedita Suyal,
again with a perfect score of 5 out of 5. This was a hotly contested
competition and Nevedita held her nerve, beating her closest rivals in the last
three rounds.

Rachel Lorna Smith retained her title as Scottish Girl’s Champion for the third consecutive year, with a score of 4 out of 5 on a tie-break. Rachel suffered a set-back in the first round, losing her match against Charvi Kanodia. Undeterred, Rachel maintained her composure and won two nearly identical Q and P’s versus Q and P’s endings with little time remaining on the clock. Championship play under pressure – a worthy champion!

A hugely enjoyable day of chess, ended with the
presentation of trophies and the crowning of three champions, who received
their awards from Duncan Lyall representing Lathallan School (Open) and Arlene
Grant from NEJCA (P5 and Under / P7 and Under).

Thanks to all who participated and to the various
helpers and to all involved with NEJCA on the successful organisation of the
event for the sixth consecutive year. A huge thanks also to Lathallan School
and Duncan Lyall for their generosity, hosting the event and providing the
coffee, tea, home-bakes, lunches and good weather!

P5 and Under Primary Open Championship
1st Sophie Heron 7/7 1st Nevedita Suyal 5/5 1st Rachel Lorna Smith 4/5
2nd Angharad Hunt 5/7 2nd Aksara Balakumar 4/5 2nd Oishani Dutta 4/5
3rd Varshini Arcot 5/7 3rd Schwetika Balaji 3½/5 3rd Nandini Dutta 3/5

report by Steve Sawaryn (NEJCA)

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Posted on: 12-03-2019
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