Summer chess success for Downlands

September 12, 2017

It was not all beach and ice cream over the summer holidays for some Downlands students.

Just before we broke up for the summer, Downlands had no less than three attend at Twickenham the Gigafinal of the UK Chess Challenge, effectively a national semi-final and involving youngsters from across the south of the UK, including Wales and the Channel Islands. 

Madhavan Varadharajan did well and scored, Leah Douglas scored an excellent 3/6 and was a half point away from the prestigious medal status, but Ryan Sargent went that half point extra and was awarded one of those weighty medals, which suggest that the player has achieved the very top end of their age group in the UK as a whole!

Congratulations to Madhavan, Leah and Ryan.

On the first day of the summer holidays, Downlands had no less than nine players representing the school in a record field full of strong players.  Jayden Zhang & Adam Parvin & Michael Edwards – 2/6; Michael Lea & Leo Watts – 3/6; Edward Hamey – 3.5/6;  Charlie Wood & Leah Douglas – 4/6, and Ryan Sargent – 5/6 all contributed to a very good team performance, with Leah, Ryan and Ed all winning their year groups, so Year Group Champions.  

That was not the only good news of the day as Edward Hamey retained the Rotary Club shield for the Player of the Season, which is the first time it has ever been retained.  Well done Ed and rest of the Downlands Chess Team!