2016 Andalucia Kids Chess Championship

The 2016 Andalucia Kids Chess Championship took place at the El Fuerte hotel in beautiful, El Rompido, Spain.

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Over the course of three days, nearly 400 participants played nine rounds of chess in the U08, U10, U12, U14 and U16 categories. For our family, this was Lance’s first year in U14 and Andrea’s first year in U16.

For the third year in a row, Lance won first place in his category, with a perfect nine wins in nine games, and Andrea finished third female in her category with 5.5 points of a possible 9.

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Congratulations are in order to the Andalucia Chess Federation for once again organizing a great event, in a wonderful location. The hotel was great, the food was great, the weather was great, and of course it was fantastic to have a chance to see all our chess-playing friends from around Andalucia!

Next stop, the Spanish Kids Championship in July!

Lance mention in the Böblinger newspaper

This year, rather than playing the usual Spanish Christmas tournament in Lorca, we decided to let Lance travel to Germany, to play the 2015 Internationales Böblinger Open. With a strong field—Lance started in 64th position—we thought it’d be a good opportunity to play against opponents with whom we’re unfamiliar.

He’s been doing really well, having lost only one game over the course of the first eight of nine rounds, and we were happy to see a mention of him this morning in the local newspaper:

2015 World Youth Chess Championship in Greece

The 2015 World Youth Chess Championship (WYCC) took place between October 25 and November 5, in the Halkidiki region of Greece, at the beautiful Porto Carras resort. For our kids, Lance and Andrea, this would be the second world chess championship in which they would participate as representatives of Spain, with the first being in 2013 in the United Arab Emirates.

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Lance is the 2015 Spanish National Chess Champion!

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After coming so close last week in the Under-12 category—finishing 2nd due to the thinnest of tie-break computations—Lance (pictured above in the middle) decided to stay an additional week, and play in a superior age category.

After 9 rounds of classical chess play against the big boys in Under-14, Lance finished alone in 1st place, with 8 of 9 points and was declared 2015 Spanish National Chess Champion!

The full results are online at Info64.

Lance is the 2015 Spanish National Chess Championship Runner-Up in U12

It’s quite unusual to score 8 of 9 in a national chess championship, and finish second. But that’s what happened in Salobreña last week, at the 2015 Spanish National Chess Championship, Sub-12 age category.

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