Checkmate of Teenage Chess Masters | Mirage News

Wyndham Libraries is proud to have successfully hosted a concurrent online teen chess tournament on January 17th.

The tournament brought together 14 participants aged 12 to 19, who tested their chess skills against guest player Woman Grand Chess Master Julia Ryjanova.

A chess simultaneous exhibition is a unique opportunity for a player to meet a grandmaster on a chessboard. This exciting way of running a chess tournament was entertaining for everyone. Feedback was also provided on the game and the youngsters appreciated having their game analysed.

The tournament created drama and suspense as participants showed off their chess skills.

Wyndham City Deputy Mayor and Learning City Portfolio Holder Cr Jasmine Hill said: “It was inspiring to watch the participants test their skills against the best and to see the Grand Master challenge the participants’ skills.”

There were 14 simultaneous chess games played during the two-hour Teen Chess Simultaneous online exhibit. Thathsi Rajapaksha was selected as “Best of Play” and Aadav Vijayakumar had the strongest match opener.

Remarkably, Prabal Virk drew and Arnav Aggarwal, Abeejeet Pulla, Bhavana Yerravajjala and Thathsi Rajapkasha won in time.

“Wyndham City is committed to hosting events for young people in our community that encourage and foster skill development, like this inaugural Simultaneous Chess Exhibition for Teens,” said Cr Hill.

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