A brilliant day was had by Harrison, Arran, Matthew, Joe, Isaac, Roman and Zak in Fleetwood at the Lancashire, Cumbria and Merseyside regional Megafinal of the Delancey UK Schools Chess Challenge on Saturday 29 April. The children did brilliantly and represented Oakhill so well. We left Oakhill at 8.30 am and got back at 6 pm.
All the students received a certificate to say they are in the top 20% of chess players in schools across the U.K. by reaching the Megafinal. They got to the Megafinal by playing 6 games at Oakhill and having the best results in their year groups.
They all played 6 matches at the Megafinal and all our players won at least 2 games against students from other schools.
Zac finished 3rd in the U8s for the whole of Lancashire, Cumbria and Merseyside. He won a medal and missed out on being in the North of England final by half a point.
Harrison – our Oakhill Chess Champion – also finished joint 3rd in the U11’s but managed to defeat 4 of his 6 opponents and as a result has got through to the North of England Chess GigaFinal in July. His age group was highly competitive. He is now rated as being in the top 2% of chess players in schools (prep and seniors) in the UK. There is a North and South final and then a UK final.
Arran and Isaac also came within a point of being in the North of England final.
The students loved the day and I am sure we will have a bigger contingent next year for the May 4 2018 Megafinal.
A lot of the competition today played in U.K. National Chess Competitions so our students did brilliantly as this was their first ever competition.