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Chess Winner Through to National Gigafinal

Wednesday, 04 May 2016

Janani Velayutham in Year 5 has won the regional final of the Delancey UK Schools’ Chess Challenge, and made it through to the next round!

“I started in Year 3 in the School Chess Club,” Janani said. “My dad played a bit and I saw it on the clubs list and thought I’d give it a try. Then my dad helped me and Mr Wilson helped me. When I won the trophy in Year 4, Mr Wilson decided to put me in the after-school club and the chess team.”

All of the girls on the Junior Girls’ School chess team took part in the first round of the Chess Challenge in school. Janani performed well enough to gain an invitation to the ‘Megafinal’ in Oldham: a regional final where all of the best players from schools across Greater Manchester came together to compete. Janani was thrilled to win the competition this year.

She said, “I felt really happy to win the Megafinal because last year I lost by half a point – but this year I won by half a point!”

The next stage of the competition is the Gigafinal, a national semi-final round made up of winners from all of the regional events. This is an exciting opportunity to play against children from all over the UK. If Janani is successful in the next round, she may qualify for the final stage of the competition, called the Terafinal, where entrants have to play across all age groups.

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Janani's skillful chess moves won her a place in the Gigafinal

Janani with the Megafinal trophy

Janani with the Megafinal trophy