Congratulations to Jolnar who recently managed to qualify for the Gigafinals in the prestigious UK Chess Challenge held in the UK each year. She got through the first qualifying stage at her school with an impressive 21 points (you need 17 points to automatically qualify or the highest score in your age group). The second stage, the Megafinals, was held among other places in Surrey and Jolnar managed to get 1st place in the U11’s section, which is a fantastic result and earned her a trophy and thus she qualified for the next stage. We wish her the best of luck!
Her younger sister Lamar also took part and managed to qualify for the U8’s section at her school. In the Megafinals she ended up on a respectable 3rd place and earned a bronze medal. Well done to both Jolnar and Lamar for their incredible effort.
Here is a little bit about their journey so far:
Jolnar first learned chess at the age of 5 but did not take up the game properly until the age of 8 when she started training with International Master and Woman Grandmaster Susan Lalic who would later become her coach. Since then, Jolnar has been absolutely infatuated by the game playing chess on a daily basis besides reading chess books, taking regular lessons with her coach, playing in the Wallace Chess club at school and the Richmond Junior Chess Club, and, finally, taking part in tournaments around the country.
Lamar took up the game more recently as she was inspired by her sister. She plays in the Wallace Chess club at school like her sister and they often enjoy a game or two at home. Whilst being a relatively new entrant to the game, she is quite keen on learning new tactics and spotting captures!