Second Youth Squad Training Tournament
We held our second online British youth training tournament today, reports Alison Bexfield. Any British youth player who has reached at least 20 kyu in strength is invited to these events, where we run a three round tournament online with even games to test the players in tournament conditions and see who has been improving. We expect players wanting to be selected for the British Youth Team to try to participate in these events.
This was our second such event. We were missing some of our top players who were in transit back to schools, but still had an excellent turnout of 32 players (including our ghost). This time we had a closely fought top group with six players all around 3 kyu in strength. This group included a couple of players who have risen rapidly in strength over the past six months. One of these rising stars, Sam Barnett (U16, Cheadle Hulme), was undefeated to take first place. Other players who finished on three wins included Megan Upton (U16, 15kyu, Cheadle Hulme) and Lytton Yao (U12, 18 kyu, Edinburgh).
These events have enabled our youth players from across the country to play each other. It was good to see players come together from a variety of locations including Scotland, Cornwall, Manchester, Oxford, Cambridge, London and Epsom.