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.

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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.

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