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Boys Shine in AJIS Chess Tournament

Monday, 01 December 2014

The Junior Boys’ School chess players have excelled once again in the latest AJIS Chess Tournament. Four Bolton School boys won individual prizes, and two teams achieved podium positions in the competition.

The Tournament was hosted at Park Road, the Junior Boys’ School, and five junior independent schools from across the North West sent their best chess players to compete. After welcoming pupils from The King’s School Chester, The King’s School Macclesfield, Oldham Hulme Grammar School, Bolton School Junior Girls, the competition began.

A number of children from each school won various games throughout the Tournament, but the final teams were made up of the four players in the A section with the highest score.

Two Bolton School Junior Boys teams achieved the highest scores on the day. Year 5 pupils Nihal Aravind, Shivraj Das, Aran Pomian and Hashir Sapra performed particularly well on the day, and subsequently won first place overall. They were followed into second place by a Year 6 team: James Hopkinson, Zen Jepson, Farrell Saturley and Sebastian Schofield.

In the individual competition, Year 4 pupil Vibhav Sugumar was placed joint first in the U9 competition, while Hashir Sapra and Shivraj Das from Year 5 were joint winners of the U10 competition. The U11 competition was particularly close: Year 6 pupil Zen Jepson came second, narrowly defeated by Amerleen Hundle of the Junior Girls’ School by just one point.

This was a fantastic achievement for all of the boys who took part, and we congratulate them on their medals and trophy.

The School's most famous chess player is Old Boy Nigel Short, who earned the title of grandmaster at the age of just 19.

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The winning team: Aran, Hashir, Shivraj and Nihal

The winning team: Aran, Hashir, Shivraj and Nihal with the trophy

Year 4 pupil Vibhav came joint first in the U9 competition

Year 4 pupil Vibhav came joint first in the U9 competition

Sebastian, James and Zen from the second place team

Sebastian, James and Zen from the second place team