U9s Chess Success for CHS Juniors

Congratulations to CHS’s U9s Junior chess team who are celebrating as Champions of the AJIS Chess Tournament.

CHS Chess Coach, Mrs Sarah Hegarty is thrilled. She said: “I am very proud of the U9 team – they have worked very hard on their game. There is no secret to why we did well; all players study chess outside of Chess Club and remained focused throughout the day.”

Competing for the 3rd year, Rohit Surapaneni, Aaryan Girota, Oliver Norbury, Freddie Hallam, Nikhil Devakumar, and Gonzalo Rodrigo have been working hard; learning from mistakes and honing their skills, which culminated in beating Bolton Boys – winners of the shield for the past few years.

Mrs Hegarty said: “It was a very exciting moment for CHS and well deserved. We won by half a point so it was very close. I was nervous as the boys went into their last matches. Everyone focused and gave it 100% so we emerged champions!”

During the competition Rohit won all 5 of his matches and an additional trophy and medal for 1st place. Aaryan won 4 of his 5 games and receievd a medal for 2nd place.

The team are now preparing for the ESPCA U9 chess competition in January and the UK Chess Challenge.

The U9 chess success comes at the end of a very exciting term for CHS’s Infant and Junior Chess players.

Rohit and Rahul Surapaneni played for the U14 Cheshire North Wales County team and CHS made it look very easy whilst defeating Greenbank 5-0 in an annual team match. Well done Rahul Surapaneni, Rohit Surapaneni, Nikhil Devakumar, Oliver Norbury and Freddie Hallam.

Earlier this month CHS had a fixture against Year 5s from Claremont school. Age didn’t matter as CHS managed to secure a 12-5 victory!

Congratulations to James Ryan, Rahul Surapaneni, Rohit Surapaneni, Aaryan Girota, Nikhil Devakumar, Oliver Norbury, Oscar Meredith, Faris Mazhar, Lucian Flanagan and Gonzalo Rodrigo. Well done also to Freddie Hallam, Harry Broster, Alfie Baker and Max Wallwork who drew their matches.

Mrs Hegarty said: “ A special mention should go to Max who was playing someone over 3 years older than him! Emily Norbury and Arun Devakumar from Year 1 also put up a tough fight against a boy 4 years older. All fantastic achievements and well done to everyone who has taken part in playing chess this term.”