Tormead’s chess players have been busy recently. On Saturday 12th November Felicity played in the U11 England Trial Qualifier at the British Rapidplay Championships in Leeds. With a score of 3 out of 5 she achieved her first norm. A second norm at another qualifying event would give her a place in the England trial next April.

On Monday 14th November the Tormead A team of Felicity, Raina, Élise and Appoorvaa played league matches against the Aldro A and B teams. Tormead won both matches by 3 to 1 with  Felicity and Appoorvaa winning two games and Raina and Élise one each. Thanks to David Archer from Aldro for arranging these matches.

On Monday 21 November the A and B teams of Presleigh, Aashima, Sophia and Kitty went to St Catherine’s School and played their U13 and U11 teams respectively. The A team won by 3 to 1 and although the B team went down by 2.5 to 1.5 the overall result was a win for Tormead. Thank you to IM Andrew Martin and St Catherine’s for their hospitality.

On Saturday 21st November the A team girls plus U7 Risha took part in the Surrey Girls Championship at Hinchley Wood School. This is both a team competition, with the best four scores from each School counting, and an individual tournament. In the School competition Tormead came an excellent second with 48 points out of a possible 60. We were only three points behind a much larger team from Guildford High. The team won a trophy for the School and medals for all the team members. In the individual competitions in the U10 Raina won the Championship with 14 out of 15 winning a trophy and rosette. Appoorvaa was joint second with 12 points winning a rosette. In the U11 section Felicity won the Championship with 13 points also winning a trophy and rosette.

The girls have all put a lot of effort into their chess in the last few weeks and deserve our congratulations for all their hard work.

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