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.
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
On 18th to 20th
July, he captained the
England U12 team in an
international match against
Tomorrow we travel to
Stansted before heading off
to the European Union Youth
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.
8th July 2012
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.
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.
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.
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
Millfield win on age handicap rule.