The silver shining bright!
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The silver shining bright!

ISUtrecht chess club members from grades 1-3 took home the Silver Cup from the National Finals last weekend. It was an extremely close game where our ISUtrecht players scored just one point less than the winning school.

By Jeremy Doyle and Deepali Bhargava, chess club leaders

The Chess club has had a year full of adventures with amazing results in external tournaments. Many players participated in the fabulous Grand Prix series throughout the year. But there were also team events which they really made the most of. Let us take you through our chess year:

Primary schools tournament

First, the primary schools tournament (Grade 2-6) where our Team A qualified for the regional event and Team B won a bag full of trophies and medals.  At the regional level, they faced tough competition, placing 14th of 27 teams.

Next up was the NK 345 tournament for Grade 1-3. Our younger players are very strong for their age and came ahead of last year’s champions to win Gold in the qualifier!

National Finals

The same amazing team went on to the National Finals on 22 June. After a very exciting  day with each student playing 7 games against champions from all over The Netherlands (275 players participated), all our students had scored at least 13 points, with one of our players achieving the maximum 21 points!

After round 3, the ISUtrecht was leading by 14 points. However, the Nutsschool from Wassenaar slowly came closer and in the final round they passed the ISUtrecht by 1 point to steal first place. It could not have been closer and ISUtrecht took the Silver Cup.

The Nutsschool, won for the 5th time in the big teams group NK 345 with 235 points.  ISUtrecht came second with 234 points.

Anish Giri played the young students simultaneously

When we asked our players their best moment, it was meeting Anish Giri (Ranked #1 Dutch player and youngest grand master) and getting a chance to play a game with him. Each school got an opportunity to play him and so did the chess stewards. Anish Giri played with 5 simultaneous games winning them all. 

We are all proud of each and every chess club player!