It’s hardly surprising with the winter weather we’ve been having, but a record number of juniors have been playing chess over the past few months. More than 70 took part in the championships during the holidays and the quality of the games was stunning.
This year’s State Under 18 Championship ended in a tie for first between Peter Gregoric and Qi Le Kong-Lim; 3rd was Jing Ng. The Under 16 title was won by Oscar Herrmann; Equal 2nd were George Karassoulos and Axel Heinrich.
The Under 15 Championship was won by Riley Karayiannis and 2nd was Ethan Low.
The Under 14 Championship was won by Preshaan Thavarajah; equal 2nd were Matvei Kotousov & Leron Rathnayake. The Under 13 Champion is Chathula Kiripitige; 2nd was Ognyen Stankovic and 3rd Ethan Retnaraja.
The Under 12 Championship ended in 3-way tie between Kevin Qi, Anthony Huynh and Ethan Liu.
This year’s City of Adelaide Junior Chess Championships attracted over 70 juniors, with 30 playing in the Under 21- 12 event, 20 in the Under 12 and even more in the Under 10. It was very busy but wonderful to see the exciting talent we are fostering in Adelaide. The U21 was won by Qi Le Kong-Lim on countback from Denny Han. Preshaan Thavarajah and Kee-An Seet tied for third with Preshaan winning the trophy.
Vladimir Gordienko won the U12 Trophy on countback from Anthony Huynh. Third was Ethan Retnaraja. 1st in the Under 11 Section of this tournament was William Swanson and equal second were Tommy Burks and Royce Wong.
The U10 tournament was won outright by Athena-Malar Retnaraja; second was Anton Ivanov and third Caleb Tang. Equal 1st in the Under 9 section were Jayden Yue and Priyanka Thavarajah with Ian Liu coming third. Dimandiw Kosgallana impressed by winning all 7 games on the final day!