The Hampshire Junior Chess Congress attracted a bumper entry of approaching 90.
Winchester College was again the host and the New Hall proved to be a fantastic venue.
Basingstoke youngsters all played well and a few got among the prize winners.
At under 8 Ted Mayne in his first Congress scored a remarkable 5 out of 6 and claimed second place. Yasmin Phillips continued her good form and scored well in a very tough under 12 section narrowly missing out on a place prize. However Yasmin picked up the Best Girl prize.
In other groups there was a solid score as always from Bryan Vaz at under 10's . Lilly Beeson playing in her first Congress also in the under 10 section scored well with a couple of neat wins.Peter Bulgakow who done well last year also played well and posted a good score. Luca Thuy, Hedi Jiang and Casper Lampard all played well and were unlucky not to get as many points that their chess prowess deserved. Daniel Shek who still occasionally attends Basingstoke Chess Club could have entered the under 8 section. He elected however to play in the top under 18 group and amazingly was among the prize winners at the top of the board.
Daniel recently represented England at under 8's in Brazil.
All in all a very successful Congress in top notch surroundings. The attendance figures have doubled over the past 2 years.