On Saturday 27 October we held the Champions Trophy. And on Sunday, we held the Teams Nationals.
The Champions Trophy is an invitation-only event that had what may be one of the largest individual junior chess tournaments in NZ history - well at least for the last 20 years. We had 237 players enter from 6 years through to 20 years old!
Players were from every part of New Zealand from way up in Northland right down to Invercargill. To qualify for the Champions Trophy, players have to be the best individual player in one of our regional team events.
Each player was provided a goodie bag on arrival with a personalised name badge, some freddy frogs, a juice and morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea for the day ahead.
We had special prizes for players that gained the most rating points and had the biggest upsets winning against a lot stronger players.
Junior division - Yolanda Chang. Gained 148 rating points.
Intermediate division - Jay Zi Xuan Zhao. Gained 191 rating points.
Senior division - Max Stephens. Gained 150 rating points.
Max Stephens win against JM Euan McDougall rated 1638!
Jack Ellis for his win against Shai Dyson rated 875.
Sam Bunny for his win against Shivam Shankar rated 777.
The best ranked player in each age group won the special champions trophy age group medal.Age Group Winners
6 and under: Eric Zhang (Cockle Bay School)
8 and under: Loki Taupua (Avalon School)
10 and under: Anya Thurner (Kaurilands School)
12 and under: Aidan Morgan (Berkley Normal Middle School) and Kevin Li (Berkley Normal Middle School)
14 and under: Nathanael Loy (Hamilton Boys' High)
16 and under: Aidan Soal (Ashburton College)
18 and under: Xxavier Willoughby-Ansell (Waiuku College)
The best score by a player in each division and the best girl were awarded glass Champions Trophy trophies.
Yolanda Chang (Kaurilands School)
Paul He (Eastern Hutt School)
Rohit Mudaliar (Blockhouse Bay Intermediate)
Marin Brimon (Linwood College)
The best player overall become the 2018 Champions Trophy champion. Congratulations to Max (pictured left below) who with an outstanding performance of not losing a single game became the 2018 Overall Champion.
Max Stephens (Hamilton Boys' High School)
Congratulations to Rohit Mudaliar, Marvin Brimon, Aidan Soal and Max Stephens.
We would really love to hear what you thought of the event. We are giving away 6 chess sets for the best feedback.