The 2020 Junior Future Star Chess Tournament was held in UWA Ezone on the 15th of November. A whopping 85 promising young chess players turned up in what was one of the biggest WA junior events in recent years. Given the impact of COVID-19, it was extremely pleasing to see many fresh new faces coming and attempting in their ever tournament.|
As our very first tournament, things didn't quite go according to planned (it never does!). An unexpected road closure struck, causing a few children to arrive late. As a direct result, the tournament started 30 minutes behind our initial schedule. However, once we got the tournament rolling it was a great success. The day saw many nail-biting games with close competition across all three divisions (Advanced, Intermediate and Beginner). Given the recent popularity surrounding the Netflix series 'Queen's Gambit', it is an encouraging sign to see quite a few girls participating, as well as two girls managing to topple their respective divisions.
Congratulations to all the prize winners (and for everyone involved)!
Report kindly provided by Patrick Gong.
Advanced 1st: Celine Ong (6.5/7) 2nd: Eu Jin Khaw (6/7) 3rd: Jayden Arav (4.5/7) Merit Awards: Angus Chen (4) & Ethan Nguyen (4) Intermediate 1st: Daryoush Rafiei Darani (7/7) 2nd: Jerry Wu (6/7) 3rd: Callan Arav (5.5/7) Merit Awards: Jayden Song (5.5), Jaswanth Ram Sethuraman (5), Nithuli Liyanage (5), Eu Ming Khaw (5), Nathan Arav (5), Christopher Loh (5), Ezra Levine (4.5) & Marcus Van Der Berg (4.5) Beginner 1st: Jasmine Wu (6.5/7) 2nd: Terry Wu (5/7) 3rd: Harrison Palmer (5/7) Merit Awards: Oscar Storey (5), Avan Chung (4.5), Nicholas Cooper (4.5), Asher Nissen (4.5) & Mwansa Chansongo (4.5)