The Suffolk Megafinal took place at Woodbridge School last Sunday. This event is the second of four levels where children try to reach the final of the UK Chess Challenge – the Terafinal.
A total of 62 children entered, mainly from schools and clubs around the county (a few Essex and Cambridgeshire children entered too). Only those who performed well at the first stage of the competition qualified for the Megafinal.
13 of these qualifiers were from the Bury Knights Junior Chess Club, whilst other qualifiers came from the Ipswich Junior Chess Club, Martlesham Heath Junior Chess Club, Woodbridge School, the Royal Hospital School (Holbrook), Orwell Park School, St Albans High (Ipswich) and several other chess-playing primary schools, at Bosmere (Needham Market), Handford Hall (Ipswich), East Bergholt, Bealings and Birchwood (Martlesham)..
Perhaps the outstanding individual result was the maximum six points out of six, scored by six-year old Indula Dedigama (Bury Knights). Indula has only recently had his sixth birthday and was competing in a section for Under 7s and Under 8s, so some of his opponents were two years older than him. Two other players scored maximum points – Rowan Kent (Woodbridge School and Bury Knights) in the Under 9s and Adam John (Bury Knights) in the Under 12s.
The full results will be posted soon on the UK Chess Challenge website (scroll down to ‘Suffolk’).