Chess to impress! – Edgbaston schoolboys have success on the national stage
Written by Tristan Harris on August 7, 2018
TWO CHESS players from Hallfield School in Edgbaston have been performing well on the national stage.
Rohan Pal was named British under nines Chess Champion 2018 and Manvith Sandhu, the school’s strongest player, came second in the under 11s. Manvith has also won many local and regional titles.
Both boys were delighted with their achievements. Rohan said he knew he had a good chance but it was amazing to win.
Nick Thomas, Hallfield School’s Chess Coach, said: “Rohan was simply unstoppable. He has come a long way in the time I have known him – he is a very talented player.
“Manvith played fantastically well and scored 5/6 in a field of 59 of Britain’s elite Under 11 players to come joint second, a brilliant result.
“This is the very top event for junior chess players in Britain and an incredible achievement for both boys and also for Hallfield.”
Hallfield School is one of the best schools for elite junior chess in the country being IAPS and ECF National Champions 2018.
And they will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of Edgbaston’s Tony Miles. In 1976 Tony, a former pupil of King Edward’s School, became Britain’s first Chess Grandmaster.