Howell's School wins NSCC 2014 U11 Girls Championship!

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Many congratulations to Howell's School, winners of the National Schools Chess Championship in the U11 Girls category.  The Howell's A team Champions (Shayanna, Venetia and Neya) performed superbly over the two day tournament in a 5-round all-play-all against the strongest primary school teams in the UK, dropping only 1.5 points and with Neya scoring 5/5. Well done also to the Howell's B team (Emily, Susie and Shermin) who finished 4th in this tough competition.  Many thanks to Andrew Martin and St Catherine's School, Bramley for hosting the event (and kind hospitality), and to Kevin Thomas for taking time off over the Easter holidays to support the girls. Many thanks also to the parents for braving dormitories, school dinners - and cold showers!


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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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Congratulations to Venetia!



Many congratulations to Venetia Sivarajasingam who scored 7.5/11 in the U8 Girls category in the recent World Youth Chess Championships held in Al Ain, UAE. She set a new WYCC Welsh record, beating the previous record set in 2005 by Megan Owens in the U10 Girls by 1/2 point.  Venetia's overall performance was outstanding and she beat players from Ukraine, Russia and USA (twice!) along the way, finishing joint 10th in the tournament.

We are all thrilled by Venetia's success and the message sent by Megan Owens, who won all the British Girls Championship titles from U8-U16 (including U11 British Champion in 2005), sums it up beautifully: 'Congratulations Venetia! An amazing result at such a prestigious event! I hope this event will inspire you and the other Welsh players like it did for me. Well done to everyone who went and all the best for the future'.

(Photo Courtesy of Team South Africa)