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             UK CHESS CHALLENGE SUCCESS FOR DEVON BOY

14-year old Torquay Grammar School pupil John Fraser scored a tremendous result in the recent finals of the UK CHESS CHALLENGE held at Loughborough Grammar School in mid-August. John scored 4.5 points out of 6 to come joint third in the CHALLENGERS “A” section of the competition’s TERAFINAL. John’s achievement earned him a prize of £175.

The UK Chess Challenge, which claims to be the world’s  biggest chess tournament attracting 30,000 entries from all over the UK, is run in a series of stages: The initial tournaments are held in individual schools, followed by county MEGAFINALS and regional GIGAFINALs. The various age-group winners from under 8 to under 18  then compete together in the national TERAFINAL. John is only the second Devon player ever to qualify for the TERAFINAL, after Robert Thompson of Kingskerswell  who is now a student at Bristol University having also attended Torquay Boys’ Grammar School.

John has now placed himself firmly among the brightest young chess talents in the country and is hopeful of receiving an invitation to represent the English Chess Federation in a tournament abroad. John is a member of Newton Abbot Chess Club and represents their teams in the Devon and Torbay Leagues. Last season he made a successful debut for the Devon senior county team.

Trefor Thynne

26th August 2012                GAMES PLAYED BY JOHN CAN BE SEEN HERE

 

ANDREW SLADE REPORTS ON THEO'S CHESS PROGRAMME FOR THE COMING MONTH 

HERE ARE THE GAMES PLAYED BY THEO AT THE EUROPEAN YOUTH CHAMPIONSHIPS

 

Two weeks ago he played in the Southern Gigafinal of Mike Basman’s UK Chess Challenge and won the U11 section. He has now qualified for the Terafinal to be played at Loughborough Grammar School on 18th & 19th August and is in the last 68 out of an original entry of 63,000 children.

On 18th to 20th July, he captained the England U12 team in an international match against Scotland, Ireland & Wales at Daventry – see http://www.glorneycupchess.org/bernadette_stokes.htm and photos attached (one with GM Nick Pert who assisted with coaching). By scoring 1.5/2 against the top board in each of the three other countries, Theo helped England to a comprehensive victory. Nick Pert must have been impressed with Theo as, since the tournament, he has invited him to the Guernsey International Chess Festival in October.

Tomorrow we travel to Stansted before heading off to the European Union Youth Championships in Mureck, Austria. Theo plays 9 games in 9 days and there are 7 England players accompanied by their families, with Dave Regis and IM Thomas Rendle providing coaching support. As you know, Dave is Theo’s coach and he will be in charge of the team, the first time he has taken on this role. I’m sure all of the players will have a great time and benefit from Dave’s experience and enthusiasm. Details of the tournament are here http://www.chess.at/specials/2012/1208_mureck.htm and here http://www.chess-results.com/tnr77320.aspx?lan=0

 

DEVON INDIVIDUAL PLAYERS AND RESULTS
        ROUND
BOARD NAME GRADE   ONE TWO
1

Alex Billings

163 TBGS/Newton Abbot 1 0
2

Jeffrey Leung

165               " 1 1
3

Theo Slade

147 Shebbear Coll/Barnstaple 0 0
4

John Frazer

125 TBGS/Newton Abbot ½ 1
5

Daniel Nie

123 TBGS 0 0
6

Arthur Rinvolucri

100 Petroc Coll/Barnstaple 1 1
7

Nathan Mills

100 S.Devon Coll/Brixham 0 0
8

Jared Wray

100e TBGS 0 0
9

Tomas Trott

92 Clyst Vale Comm. Coll./Exeter 1 0
10

James Royle

80                     " 0 ½
11

Rees Whittington

85                     " ½ 0
12

Rafe Whitehead

66e TBGS/Newton Abbot 0  
13

Greg Susavee

84 Colyton GS/Sidmouth   1

 

It is certainly an event worth making the effort to attend and will prove to be valuable experience for those boys eligible for the team next year. The august surroundings of Eton College make an extra attraction for players and spectators alike. I am grateful to Dave Regis of Exeter CC who shared the minibus driving and team management with me and who will in due course provide annotations on all the Devon boys’games.

Trefor Thynne

8th July 2012

GRADINGS FOR SEASON 2012/13

Ref Name Sex Age Club(s) Category Standard Previous Category Rapid Previous
277495B Bealing, Sam M   Torquay Grammar School C 113 114      
247356C Billings, Alex J M   Newton Abbot X 171 165 C 158 149
245568H Darling, George A M 17 Torquay Grammar School C 154 151     149
252096F Demeger, Oliver J M 16 Torquay Grammar School E 146 146     152
279819A Fraser, John M 14 Newton Abbot X 153 125 C 128 107
273678A Gow-Smith, Alexander J M 13 Torquay Grammar School E 91 97      
254889G Head, Sam M 17 Newton Abbot C 105 127     111
269131A Leung, Jeff M 16 Newton Abbot A 169 166 D 164 165
279880D Milne, James E M 12 Newton Abbot C 69 48      
252753E Nie, Daniel M   Torquay Grammar School B 146 123      
268151B Rochford, Charles T M 17 Newton Abbot D 118 117      
280483K Rosser, Jonathan M 15 Torquay Grammar School E 62        
268153F Sugden, Freddie M   Newton Abbot A 129 142 E 142 147
242035B Thompson, Robert M   Newton Abbot X 176 185 E 164 169
269026D Worsey, Elliott M 14 Torquay Grammar School D 113 113      
286282H Wray, Jared M 15 Torquay Grammar School E 110        
175380A Yau, Justin M   Torquay Grammar School E 139 139    

 

 

JOHN FRAZER AND THEO SLADE REPRESENT SOUTHWEST v WALES

On 6th June, John Frazer of the Newton Abbot Club and TBGS played on the 4th board of a 10 player team representing the Southwest Under 14 against Wales.  He won both his games and contributed to a comfortable win for the Southwest team.

In a parallel match for Under 12's, Theo Slade also won both his games.

TBGS CHESS NEWS: March 2012

It was reported on ChessDevon recently that a chess club had been started at WEST BUCKLAND SCHOOL, Barnstaple.  Further to this I am able to report on a friendly 10-board match played by a junior TORQUAY BOYS’ G.S. team at West Buckland early in March.  The TBGS team ventured  north  by school minibus into relatively unknown North Devon territory and were warmly welcomed by Andrew Watkinson-Trim, the recently appointed school chaplain and Head of R.E. who has taken on the task of running chess at this famous public school (It was the setting for the R.F.Delderfield novel “To Serve Them all My Days” ).   He told us that they had enjoyed a recent simultaneous display given by local junior star THEO SLADE and that this match against TBGS was the next stage in their chess development.

The match itself was rather one-sided with TBGS winning 17-3 over two rounds but the result was secondary to the fact of the match taking place as a stimulus to further chess development at West Buckland.

The TBGS team was able to enjoy an excellent dinner in the West Buckland dining hall before heading back to the familiar pastures of Torbay having very much enjoyed their day out.

Trefor Thynne

     23.3.12

TBGS CHESS NEWS  (12.3.12)

BIRMINGHAM and DISTRICT UNDER 14 TEAM TOURNAMENT (Solihull School)

A largely inexperienced TBGS under 14 team travelled by minibus to the Midlands on Saturday 10th March and performed well above expectations, finishing 3rd equal in a field of 10 , all top chess schools.

In the 8-man team best  performances were by captain JOHN FRASER   on board 1 with 4 points from 5 games and year 7 pupil YUL LEE  who scored  4½ points.  JAKUB KUBIAK   and  CHARLIE MASON  also did well with 3 points.

1st  NOTTINGHAM HIGH SCHOOL “A”

2nd MAGDALEN COLLEGE SCHOOL, OXFORD

3rd= TORQUAY BOYS’ G.S.

         HABERDASHER’S ASKES, ELSTREE

        WILSON’S SCHOOL, SURREY

         KING EDWARD’S SCHOOL, BIRMINGHAM

7th   NOTTINGHAM HIGH SCHOOL “B”

8th   KING’S SCHOOL, GRANTHAM

9th  KING EDWARD’S (CAMP HILL) G.S. BIRMINGHAM

10th SOLIHULL SHOOL

TBGS Team: John Fraser, Rafe Whitehead, Bradley Causey, James Milne, Yul Lee,  Jakub Kubiak, James Illingworth, Charlie Mason

RESERVES TOURNAMENT:  Joshua Blackmore (7G) came second. Also competing: Tom Pike, Alasdair Damerell, Jacob Blackhurst, Dylan Boyes.

These results confirm that TBGS has a particularly strong year 7 chess squad this year which augurs well for the future of chess at the school.

      T.F.Thynne    12.3.12

 

TBGS CHESS NEWS: JOHN FRASER

Fourteen year-old John Fraser of Torquay Boys’ Grammar School is one of the bright young hopes of Devon Chess. Within the last few weeks he has had a number of chess successes which mark him out as one to watch.

In February John competed in SWINDON at the West of England Junior Championships, an event which is one of the biggest and most significant tournaments in the Junior Chess Calendar. By scoring 3 points out of 5 in the under 14 tournament he earned his first “norm” towards selection for the National Junior Squad. Two of his wins were against boys who have already represented England.

John followed this up by being selected to make his debut for the Devon senior county side against Somerset at Norton Fitzwarren. He scored a creditable draw.

On March 10th John captained the Torquay Boys’ Grammar School team in an Under 14 team Competition held at Solihull School, near Birmingham. Playing on Board 1 he scored 4 points out of 5 and shared the Board 1 individual board prize.

T.F.Thynne

11.3.12

TBGS CHESS: ECF SCHOOLS’ CUP (National Stage, Round 1)

For the second consecutive year the TBGS team suffered disappointment at the moment of triumph in the National Schools’ Cup. Despite beating old rivals MILLFIELD SCHOOL by 3 ½ - 2 ½ in a tense and thrilling match, TBGS went out because of the age handicap rule. Being on average almost 3 years older than their opponents, the TBGS team knew that they had to win by a minimum of 4 -2. This was always going to be tough given that Millfield’s top board, Rhys Cumming is one of England’s top juniors and that they are able to recruit talent from all over the world on chess scholarships. In this match they fielded juniors from Kazakhstan and Armenia!

All the games of the match were well contested but when Sam Bealing lost on board 6 the uphill task had just had even steeper. So well did the remaining team members play that they were leading by 3 -1 with 2 games to finish. John Fraser agreed a draw with both players about to run out of time on the clock and all eyes turned to board 2 where Alex Billings had an advantage but both players were down to less than one minute on the clock. Sadly Alex’s time ran out a few seconds before his opponent’s so a probable win turned into a loss and therefore team defeat. But a glorious victory nonetheless and Grandmaster Matthew Turner, the Millfield chess coach was shaken and apologetic after the match.

Pride of place in the TBGS team must go to Board 1, Jeffrey Leung who played brilliantly to defeat Cumming. The scale of this win can be seen when we remember that Cumming had previously won every game played against our former top board, Robert Thompson. Well done too to Daniel Nie and Freddie Sugden for fine wins.

Here is the top-board win by Jeff Leung:

White: Rhys Cumming (Millfield ECF 188) Black: Jeffrey Leung (TBGS ECF 165)

Ruy Lopez Time limit: all moves in 1 hour

1e4 e5 2Nf3 Nc6 3Bb5 a6 4Ba4 Nf6 50-0 b5 6Bb3 Be7 7Re1 d6 8c3 Bb7 9d4 0-0 10Nbd2 h6 11Nf1 Re8 12Ng3 Bf8 13a4 exd4 14cxd4 b4 15a5 Na7 16Qc2 c5 17dxc5 Rac8 18Qc4 Qc7 19Bf4 d5 20exd5 Qxc5 21Qxc5 Bxc5 22Rxe8 Rxe8 23Rc1 Rc8 24Rxc5 Rxc5 25Be3 Rxa5 26Bxa7 Ra1+ 27Nf1 Bxd5 28Bc2 Bc4 29Nd2 Bb5 30f3 a5 31Kf2 a4 32Ne3 Rc1 33Bd4 b3 34Nxb3 axb3 35Bxb3 Ne8 36Bc3 Ra1 37Nf5 Ra7 38Nd4 Ba6 39Nc6 Rc7 and in the hectic time-scramble that followed Black held his nerve to convert his slight material advantage.

Well played Jeff!

Full match details:

(TBGS names first)

1 Jeff Leung 165 1 -0 Rhys Cumming 188

2 Alex Bllings 157 0 -1 Nikita Ayvazyan 162

3 Freddie Sugden 147 1 -0 Yasmin Sadyovka (UG)

4 John Fraser 125 ½ - ½ George Galliano 136

5 Daniel Nie 133 1 – 0 Alex Gould 124

6 Sam Bealing 120 0 – 1 Max French 112

3 ½ 2 ½

Average ages:

17.1 14.3

Millfield win on age handicap rule.

 

T.F.Thynne

13.3.12

 

GRADINGS FOR SEASON 2011/12

                     
Ref Name Sex Age Club(s) Category Standard Previous Category Rapid Previous
277495B Bealing, Sam M 17 Torquay Grammar School D 114 121      
247356C Billings, Alex J M 17 Newton Abbot A 165 157 E 149 161
245568H Darling, George A M 16 Torquay Grammar School C 151 145 E 149 143
252096F Demeger, Oliver J M 15 Torquay Grammar School C 146 147 E 152 151
279819A Fraser, John M 13 Newton Abbot B 125 125 D 107 107
273678A Gow-Smith, Alexander J M 12 Torquay Grammar School D 97 94      
254889G Head, Sam M 16 Newton Abbot D 127 120 D 111 110
269131A Leung, Jeff M 15 Newton Abbot C 166 165 D 165 167
240680K Mann, Harry T M   Torquay Grammar School E 163 161      
279880D Milne, James E M 11 Torquay Grammar School D 48        
252753E Nie, Daniel   17 Torquay Grammar School C 123 133      
268151B Rochford, Charles T M 16 Newton Abbot E 117 118      
268153F Sugden, Freddie M 17 Newton Abbot A 142 147 E 147 157
242035B Thompson, Robert M   Newton Abbot X 185 178 D 169 169
269026D Worsey, Elliott M 13 Torquay Grammar School D 113 116      
175380A Yau, Justin M   Torquay Grammar School D 139 139

 

 


 

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