Making the right moves

Queen Elizabeth’s School has further demonstrated its strength in chess, with boys participating in regional, national and international competitions this term. Two QE boys were this month taking part in the Dubai Junior International U14 Chess Championship.

Tharshan Kanagaraj who is in 9B, and Kushal Shah, of 9S, have been invited there to face some of the world’s best young chess players. “This is a prestigious, week-long tournament involving some of the best chess players in the world held every July: the invitation to Tharshan and Kushal is a sign of the School’s growing reputation in chess,” said Mathematics teacher Geoffrey Roberts.

Also this term, the School chess team of Akshaya Ahuja, Jonathan Hoong, Thanurshan Mahentran, Amit Desai, Anup Desai, Luka Sugita and Gabriel Gendler progressed to the quarter-final of the English Chess Federation Schools’ Championship.

And nine boys reached the Southern Final of the UK Chess Challenge after excellent performances in the regional finals. In the Middlesex regional final, Reyvanth Varathan won the U13 age group category, Jerome Singh finished runner-up in the U15 section and Ethan Singh finished third in the U13 section. In the Hertfordshire regional final, Akshaya Ahuja won the U16 section, with Jonathan Hoong in second position. Finally, in the U15 section Anup Desai, Amit Desai and Luka Sugita all finished in joint-second place. Madhi Elango finished second in the U12 competition.