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Chess competition for Merthyr schoolchildren

Children from schools in and around Merthyr Tydfil have being participating in a chess competition held at Bessemer Hotel.

A brief report of this event can be viewed at Wales On-Line .

St John’s Shines at the Northern Gigafinal


St John’s excelled in the under 7 section of the Northern Gigafinal, producing winners in the girls’ and boys’ sections. Ethan Chung scored 5.5/6 to win the ultimo title out right, but the same score from Hiya Ray meant that she only secured her title after beating last year’s under 7 ultima, Jaime Ashworth, in a play-off. Further success in the boys under 7s included equal second places for Nye Bradfield and Sridatta Dantu.


The best Welsh result in the under 8s came from Anna Boyle, who came joint first with 5/6, but lost out on the ultima title on sum-of-progressive scores (SOPS). In the boys’ section, Andrew Foxhall and Stephan Griffiths both scored 4.5.


In the under 9 boys, Evan Spiers came joint first, but did not clinch the ultimo title due to an inferior SOPS, while Susana Fraser came second with 5/6 in the girls’ section.


Welsh success in the higher age groups was hampered by attendance at the Commonwealth Championships. However, there were still some great successes, including a third place for Neya Govindaraj in the under 11 girls, and an equal third for Karanvir Lutchman-Singh in the under 12 boys.

Shayanna Sivarajasingam - U12 Commonwealth Chess Champion!

 Shayanna Sivarajasingam


Shayanna Sivarajasingam has won the under 12 title at the Commonwealth Chess Championship 2014. In a mixed field, Shayanna finished a whole point ahead of WFM Tanishka Kotia from India, scoring eight points from a possible nine.

Current Welsh Champion Tim Kett believes that this might be the biggest title that any Welsh player has ever won. “This is very much something to celebrate - FIDE award FM titles for less than this!”

Further success in the Sivarajasingam household came in the under 10 section. Venetia, scoring 6.5/9, won a silver trophy for second place in the U10 girls.

Additional awards went to:  Chirag Guha - Silver Trophy (2nd placed boy - U10) on 6/9; Ben Choo Yin - Bronze Medal (3rd placed boy - U12); and Nicholas Evans - Bronze Medal (3rd placed boy - U16). 

Cardiff Schools Excel at Welsh Teams Championships


At this year’s Welsh Schools Championships, Howell's school won the premier junior event, while Bishop of Llandaff won the Secondary Schools Cup.



These teams-of-four events, hosted at The Dell, Chepstow, saw 21 schools enter the junior competition. Winners of the first round progressed to the play in the Cup competition, while those that lost went on to play for the Plate. In the subsequent five-round Cup competition, the winning team from Howell’s won all of their games, and The Grange and Sandycroft came joint second, both winning three rounds and drawing another. St Paul’s of Cardiff were victorious in the Plate, Inglefield were runners-up, and in joint third place were Ysgol Gyfun Caerphilly, Glan Morfa and Llansannor. The winner of a separate, six-round competition for B, C and D teams from primary schools was The Grange, with The Dell and Howell's runners-up.


In the Secondary School Cup Competition, Rougement finished second behind Bishop of Llandaff, with Monmouth coming third.


Pictures of many of these teams, including all the winners and runners-up, can be found here


Junior chess activities are generously supported by a

 grant from the

Welsh Assembly