pre-Christmas tourney in Newham
I do enjoy organising chess tournaments and took the opportunity of a slack pre-Christmas (yes, really) to take over the Kitchen Table Café - with the very kind assistance of Anne, who runs it. I invited children from the after-school chess club I run at the nearby Hartley Centre and some other children and adults I know locally, either from Christian home education or from summer chess programmes I have run for the local council (see earlier blog posts).
The morning ran from half past nine until noon - starting with casual games and then a four-round Swiss tournament. We had sixteen participants - just right.
My lovely wife made cup cakes with chess motifs. Next time I shall certainly take photographs.
Results, with children's ages:
1st place - four points
2nd-5th - three points
Rodney, Ranch (15), Daniel (12), Ferris
6th-11th - two points
Micha (15), Jyotsna (10), Dariusz (9), Sudha, Prashanth (12), Aagnesh (9)
12-15th - one point
Dellon (8), Nathanael (9), Sana (9), Karshan (9)
16th zero points
Having a range of ages seemed to help create calm - ie, during the games there was intense concentration with little noise. I used a clock on board one (occupied by Rodney each game) with a 10-3 time control.
How to take this forward? Perhaps do similar at Easter.