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Surbiton members excel themselves at the 2018 British Championships

The 2018 British Chess Championships were held in Hull City Hall between 27th July and 5th August.

Surbiton members scooped up so many prizes they probably needed to hire a van to transport them all back home!

Let's start with the juniors......

Koby Kalavannan won the U-18 British title by virtue of his performance in the Championship, which was a much stronger event than in recent years. His score of 5/9 also earned him 3rd in the U-21 category and the 2201-2350 grading prize. His final six rounds included a draw and a win against FMs, two draws against IMs and two draws against GMs. Its been quite a year for Koby who also qualified for the FIDE Master title during 2018. Well done!

Ranesh Ratnesan captured the U-14 British title with a very impressive score of 6.5/7 including a win against his nearest rival to leave no-one in any doubt that he was the worthy champion.

Ranesh's sister, Radha, added to the family success by sharing the U-11 Girls title with 4/6. Hari Stewart made 3.5/6 in the same U-11 event.

A good effort too from Kavin Thooran who tied for second place in the U-8 event with a score of 5/6 as well as getting a creditable 4/6 in the U-9 section.

It wasn't just the juniors who were having fun. James Holland won the Atkins (weekend Open) event with a score of 4.5/5 as well as tieing equal first in the AM Open with a further 4.5/5 to remain unbeaten all week.

Finally, a shout out to our old mate John Sugden, a former Surbiton member, now of Withersnea and, therefore, playing in his home town British in the U-100 where he tied for equal second place. Despite changing cities and clubs a few years ago John was labelled a Surbiton man in the British 2018 for some reason. We dont mind the reflected glory however!

A great year for Surbiton participants. Past and present!