This weekend saw the last of this year's youth trials, held over 2 days at Umhlali Preparatory School in the ILembe district. Close to a hundred players took part and enjoyed 6 rounds of rated chess. The surprising winner of the under 20 section (and best under 16 player) was Yasheel Maharaj, who scored 5 out of 6. He drew with top seed Miguel Murugan in the last round, and defeated number 2 seed Gregory Hall with a very nice piece sacrifice in round 3 - unfortunately his game score was not legible so I cannot show you this game. Best under 18 player was Llewellyn Iyer and best under 20 player was Miguel Murugan. Here are some photos I took of the under 20 section:
|Llewelyn Iyer vs Yasheel Maharaj on board 1|
|Gregory Hall, Richard Paterson and Yasheel Maharaj|
|Kayler Hulett and Frederick Paynter in u14 section|
|Dylan Atherstone went on to win this game vs Paynter|
Here are the final results for each age group:
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