Hampton’s Chess players have enjoyed success at the Terafinal of the 2019 Delancy UK Schools Chess Challenge.
Upper Sixth pupil and School Vice-Captain, Koby Kalavannan, won the U18 category for the second successive year, whilst Second Year chess player Rajat Makkar finished runner-up in a tightly fought U12 category. The UK Chess Challenge first took place in 1996 and has since grown into the largest school’s tournament in the world. This year 185 players took part in the Terafinal competing across five age groups for the chance to become the School Chess Champion of the UK.
Speaking about his success, Koby was delighted with his victory as well as the strength of Lower School players at Hampton School:
Winning such a competitive tournament for the second year running was an exhilarating feeling and it gives me immense joy seeing the younger pupils perform incredibly well too. At the rate everyone’s improving, l will be lucky to stay on board 1 by the end of my time at Hampton but it’s great to know that Hampton chess will continue to grow stronger for years to come!