August 21st - 22nd Terafinal and Challengers British Land Chess Challenge
Megan Owens, the Under 15 Girl Ultima took her place in the Terafinal event. This
section was for all the winners of their age group sections, boys and girls in the
North and South Gigafinals.
Megan finished Joint 18th out of 57 players. She got 10 points (3 wins, 1 draw, 2
loses) and won £50. 4 places higher than her finish last year. However this doesn’t
reflect the excitement and disappointment of the last round, as going into Round
6 only Megan and another girl were joint girls leaders on 10 points (both ECF grade
166), but because the draws are done in the usual way they did not end up playing
each other and both got higher graded male opponents for the last round ! The other
girl was even more unlucky as she got the top seeded boy rated 225. She finished
quickest, and lost her game. Meg felt confident and thought she had better chances
going into the last round against a boy graded 171, and so if Meg had won her game
she would have won the girls title and £1000. Unfortunately she too went onto to
lose. Leteefa Messam-Sparks, top Under 18 girl in England retained her title.
There were 2 challengers sections for all the children that finished 2nd or 3rd in
the North and South Gigafinals.
In Challengers A section Nicholas Evans (U11B) and Alyssa Wang (U10G) accepted their
invitations to play.
Nicholas did very well scoring 10 points, with 3 wins and 1 draw from 6 games. He
finished Joint 17th out of 62 players. Alyssa also did well to achieve 2 wins and
also had some close finishes.
There were 64 players in Challengers B group. Imogen Turvey-Cross (U9G) and Savanna
Dickens (U7G) who both attend Rydal Penrhos Prep School accepted their invitations
Imogen finished Jnt Top Under 9 player, scoring 9 points coming joint 27th and winning
£50. Savanna managed to win her last game to secure 3 points.
These were excellent results from all the competitors as they were facing the best
junior chess players in the country. In many cases they were facing older and much
more experienced opponents.