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Howell’s cruise into ECF Girls’ National Finals

The English Chess Federation National Schools Girls Championship is the top chess UK tournament for teams of girls. On Sunday two teams from Howell’s Juniors and one team from the Seniors took part in the Southern UK semi-final and all three teams of three players qualified for the Final. This event will take place over two days during the Easter holidays and will be hosted by St.Catherine’s School, near Guildford.

Read more: Howell’s cruise into ECF Girls’ National Finals 

Welsh Girls’ Championships 2015, Monmouth

The Welsh Girls’ Championships were held at their customary venue of Inglefield House in Monmouth on 11th January.  As usual entry numbers meant combining some age groups.  The combined U14/U12 was strong with 6 of the 7 girls all able to beat each other on a good day.  Emily Wang’s draw with Shayanna Sivarajasingam in the first round had a significant effect on events as this left Shayanna for the whole event having to play catch up with Stephanie du Toit.  The crunch came in round 4 when these two played.  Shayanna missed her chance to win in a K+P ending, with the resulting draw leaving Stephanie an easy road to the title.  Aishwarya Lutchman Singh was the unlucky U12 who had to play up to Shayanna in the last round - the only one of the top three U12s to play both U14s, though a win for her would have meant she would have won the U12 title outright.  As it was she lost, allowing Emily Wang and Neya Govindaraj to overtake her.

Read more: Welsh Girls’ Championships 2015, Monmouth 

Megan Richards: CSC Pupil of the Year 2014

Megan Richards comments on the benefits of striving to achieve the CSC Pupil of the Year 2014 award. Read more here.

Howell's Teams Success in National Schools Chess Championships

Congratulations to the Howell's A and B U11G teams who competed in the Southern Semifinal of the NSCC at St Catherine's School on 19th January 2014.

Howell's A won the semifinals unbeaten over five rounds against strong teams from Wimbledon (last year's winners) and Putney.

Howell's B were the dark horses in the tournament, losing only to Howell's A and beating both Wimbledon A and Putney A teams, but were pipped into 3rd place by 0.5 points by Putney B.

Both Howell's teams qualify for the Finals to be held at St Catherine's School in April.

 

Howell's A: Shayanna, Venetia, Neya

 

Howell's B: Emily, Susanna, Shermin

 

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