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Annual General Meeting – 8.00 to 10.00pm, 20th October 2016

The AGM of Hertfordshire Schools Chess Association will take place at Cunningham Hill Junior School, Cell Barnes Lane, St Albans AL1 5QJ.

Arrive from 7.30pm for 8.00pm start.

The meeting is open to all chess parents and volunteers. It is opportunity to meet the committee, ask questions or make suggestions regarding the work of the Association.

If you wish to attend, please, email so that we can arrange sufficient refreshments.

HSCA Training Days

Venue: Elm Court, 363 Mutton Lane, Potters Bar, Hertfordshire EN6 3BP

The dates of the HSCA training days are now confirmed. IM Ravi Kumar will lead training – a mixture of lectures, games against matched opponents and analysis of games played.

Day Date Time Comment
Sunday 25th September 2016 1.30 to 4.30 pm
Sunday 9th October 2016 1.30 to 4.30 pm
Sunday 6th November 2016 1.30 to 4.30 pm
Sunday 15th January 2017 1.30 to 4.30 pm
Sunday 26th February 2017 1.30 to 4.30 pm
Saturday 4th March 2017 1.30 to 4.30 pm
Sunday 12th March 2017 1.30 to 4.30 pm
Sunday 9th April 2017 1.30 to 5.30 pm

The cost is £10 per player for each session and a reduced rate of £6 for siblings.

Please, confirm attendance in advance by email to hsca@gmx.com or chesscheck@gmail.com and pay on the day.

LJCC Qualifying Tournament – 25th September – Cancelled

Unfortunately, the HSCA has had to cancel LJCC Qualifier that normally runs in September due to not booking the venue in sufficient time.

Don’t despair. There are still a number of events being run in Hertfordshire by other organisers where players can qualify to the Championships which are held in December.

Date Event Organiser Telephone email
08/10/16 Elstree Ravi Kumar 07404 440770 chesscheck@gmail.com
13/11/16 Potters Bar Ravi Kumar 07404 440770 chesscheck@gmail.com
27/11/16 Shenley Tony Niccoli 07734 816436 tony1n@yahoo.com
11/12/16 St Albans Ravi Kumar 07404 440770 chesscheck@gmail.com

Please, consult the LJCC website for further details: ljcc.co.uk/qualifying.htm

Delancey UK Schools Chess Challenge

It is sad to report that the future of UK Chess Challenge is under threat. The HMRC have forced the event’s organiser into bankruptcy through non payment of VAT.

Latest details can be found on the UKCC’s two websites:

Season 2015/16

Southern Gigafinal, Reading
Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th July 2016

The results of both Northern & Southern Gigafinals are available at UKChessChallenege.com

Southern GigaFinal, Saturday: U7-U10 Boys Results

Southern GigaFinal, Sunday: U11-U18 Boys & All Girls Results

2016 EPSCA U11 Final, High Wycombe
Saturday 7th May 2016

Place Team Score Wins
1st Barnet 52 50
2nd Kent 51 49
3rd Nottinghamshire 46 43
8th Hertfordshire 32 29

Teams are made up of 20 players who each play 3 opponents in a Jamboree pairing.

Hertfordshire finished eighth out of seventeen teams.

Full results are available: 2016 EPSCA U11 Final, High Wycombe

Hertfordshire Megafinal,Harpenden
Saturday 30th April 2016

The Hertfordshire Megafinal was once again held at St George’s School. The tournaments for younger players (u7 to u11) were held in the main hall and the older aged groups (u12 to u18) were accommodated in a nearby hotcanadianpharmacy.com double classroom.

Refreshments were available from the kiosk adjacent to the playing hall and the school refectory served as the parents’ room. The weather was glorious.

Congratulations to winners of the Supremo/Suprema titles and all qualifiers to the Southern Gigafinal which will be held at Riverside Leisure Complex, Reading, on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th July 2016. Invitation letters will be sent in June to all qualifiers.

If you didn’t qualify don’t loose heart as you were up against the strongest players in the county. There will another chance next year!

The HSCA couldn’t have run the Megafinal without the good will and assistance of many parents and volunteers. So, a big thank you is due to all who helped, especially Ravi who at the last minute took on the task of controlling the under 7 to under 11 sections.

Event Organiser: Michael Flatt
On-the-day Payments: Mrs Mala Jain
Certficates: Mrs Ally
Controllers: Tim Thurstan (BCF Arbiter), Ed Holland, Peter Fitzgerald, Ravi Kumar, Lewis Misselbrook, Ian Cross
Board Stewards: Tom Coates, Mo Ally, Kishan Pattni
Refeshments: Richard Dawson, Sam Dias

We hope to hold the event again next year at the same venue.

Please, contact the HSCA chairman at hsca@gmx.com if you would like to help run what is always an enjoyable and worthwhile event.

Section Supremo Qualifiers (boys) Suprema Qualifiers (girls)
under 7 Ruwan Dias Alex Cham, Charles Harris Mariella Poulloura
under 8 Bruno Zheng Jeet Thakrar, Timo Birke,
Shayan Raghavani, Zack Saurymper
under 9 Savin Dias Jeff Tomy, Zack Jaffe,
Adam Khunda, Aran Luca Patel,
Aryan Prabhudesai
Riya Sri-Ram
under 10 Thomas Ng Adiveer Baweja, Aidan Cham,
George Dalton, Billy Draper,
Spencer Gaunt, Abhinay Khannan,
Joshua Robinson, Henry Stewart,
Alexander Taylor
Tofunwa Daniel Zhara Jaufarally
under 11 Connor Clarke Nicholi Woltery, Karan Bhagat,
Anish Bhargava, Conrad Dickinson,
Euan Martin, Zachery Segal,
Ben Whiting
Emma Lloyd
under 12 Niall Clarke Callum Butters, Param Vyas Nadia Jaufarally Hilary Bexfield
under 13 Adam Gemmell Freddie Magee, Max Faller Abigail Lloyd
under 14 Vishnu Kirupakarian Shobin Manocha Gabriella Holland
under 15 Nicholas Rovick Arrojo Shazia Jaufarally
under 16 James Palmer
under 17 Peter Turner
under 18

Table showing Qualifiers to Southern Gigafinal
Full results are available at: Megafinal Results 2016

EPSCA England Under 11 Team Trial, Liverpool
Saturday 23rd & 24th April 2016

Congratulations to Aman Gogna, a pupil at Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys School, who gained 1st place (score 5/6) in a field of 42 invited players.

Two other Hertfordshire players participated: George Angel (year 6, score 2/6), Samuel Gilmore (year 5, score 2/6).

Place Player Association Score
1st Aman Gogna Hertfordshire 5
2nd= Jacob Yoon Barnet 4.5
2nd= Dhruv Easwar 4.5
2nd= Alex Hedger Sussex 4.5

The full tournament results, in the form of an excel spreadsheet(.xls), can be downloaded here

Source: EPSCA website, http://www.epsca.org.uk