Team and individual success at national chess championships

Two QE teams emerged as runners-up in the National Team Championships, while two boys won recognition for outstanding individual performances.

Both the U14 team, captained by Year 8 pupil Madhi Elango, and the U12 team, headed by Joseph Levene of Year 7, took second place after six closely contested rounds at the championships held over two days at Pontin’s Holiday Centre in Somerset.

Teacher Geoffrey Roberts said: “There were some outstanding individual performances, with two boys winning prizes for the leading performance on their board; Reyvanth Varathan, of Year 9, and Joseph Levene, of Year 7, who won all of his games.”

The U16 team, captained by Kushal Shah, finished in fifth position. In addition to the successes of the A teams, Mr Roberts reported that QE’s B teams competed at U16 and U14 levels and gained valuable tournament experience.