Saturday, December 3, 2016


After the national fixtures of the previous week, attention returned to the Birmingham league and another tough fixture against arguable the toughest opposition in the league King Edwards Edgbaston.

This fixture involved the first team and the first outing for the year sevens.

The year sevens eventually lost 8 games to 4, well done to Sujjan, Piotr, Shivansh and Kieran for managing to win a game against very tough opposition.

After a tough games on boards 4,5 and 6 the first team found themselves 3-0 down!

Impressive performances on boards higher boards managed to turn things around, but unfortunately qmgs couldn't quite manage a draw. Eventually losing 3.5 to 2.5. Well done to Fahim, Sarvesh and Dhiren Bahia.

Especially well done to Dhiren Bahia who is quickly becoming an established first team player in year 9! I'm sure this rapid ascension is at least in part due to his extra curricular commitments at Bloxwich chess club. Who are always looking bright young players.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

KES - U18 National Tournament

Last Saturday the first team played in a national final at Kings Edwards Edgbaston. Some of the best school teams in the country were present, including Nottingham High School, Hampton and RGS Guildford. It was a tough day for most of the QMGS team, however most players
managed to win or draw at least one game.

The big success story of the day had to be Fahim Nasiri's performance. Fahim has been the schools best chess player for a number of years now, though has never competed in a graded tournament before and hence entered this tournament with a grading of zero.
It, therefore, caused considerable surprise amongst the spectators when, after a very close game, he managed to beat the Nottingham High Schools board one player who had a grading of 184. He followed this breath taking performance with another impressive win over the King Edwards board one player who had a grading of 176.

Fahim finished in joint second place, amongst the other board one players. He shared this position with a player with a grading of 201. The tournament organiser has passed me the details of an "International Chess Master" who captains a team in the "four nations chess league" and told me and would be very interested to hear of Fahim's performance today.

Friday, November 11, 2016

KECH 3.5 - QMGS 2.5

After an hour and a half of gruelling chess and many closely fought battles, QMGS first team eventually lost 2.5 to 3.5 to Camp Hill’s first team. It was a very enjoyable night of chess and it was nice to see such an excellent rapport between both teams in the after match discussions. Many valuable tips exchanged I am sure. Abu-Bakr Ahmed was man of the match for QM winning his game on board 4. Playing in the fourth team must seem a distant memory now!!

Friday, May 13, 2016

It was a close call but ...

QMGS retain the second division title for the 3rd year running! With KES and QMGS having won 2 matches in the division and drawn against each other it came down to a points decision. Overall QMGS won 2 more matches than KES and so just retain the trophy. Well done to the first team regulars; solid and dependable as ever! But also well to those who played in the first team for the first time this year and managed to win their games, your contribution really did matter in the end!

Friday, April 29, 2016

Chess Colours - Ben Nevett-Farman

Ben started and ended his chess playing career for QM on board 2 in the first team. To say he maintained an impeccable record would be an understatement, as he won every single game he played for the school. His high standards of play have only been matched by his sportsman like conduct and civil manner. He has represented the school exceptionally well in every way. I only regret not finding him sooner. Ben truly deserves his chess colours. (Ben - second from left in the photo above)

Friday, March 18, 2016

Closed Play Tournament

The final tournament of the season took place at King Edwards Five Ways last Friday. It is a quick play tournament in which most of the teams in the Birmingham Junior Chess League take part.
All of the players who took part managed to win at least one game. Well done to Bilal Idris, for winning 6 out of 8 of his games.

Saturday, March 12, 2016

QMGS v King Edwards Five Ways

The final league matches of the season, for QM, took place at King Edwards Five Ways last Friday. The second team eventually managed to win 8 and a half to 3 and half after some very close and competitive matches. Well done to Dhiren Bahia and Amaron Singh who won both their games in their debut performances for the second team. Also, well done to Liam Berembuam for winning his match and for being the star performer in the second team this season.

It was a tough night for the fourth team who eventually lost 9 and a half to 2 and a half. However, well done to Farshad Mohammadi and Zain Ashraf for winning a game each.

Monday, February 29, 2016

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Under 14 National Tournament

For the second year running QMGS hosted a national under 14s tournament which included teams from Surrey and Oxford. After a long day of chess Magdalen College School won the tournament and King Edwards Edgbaston where runners up. Well done to Dhiren Bahia, our board one player for winning a board trophy after a tough day battling with graded players. (Including a player with a grading of 169).
Dhiren Bahia and Amaron Bhatti Amrit Singh and Nikhil Rathod

Friday, February 5, 2016

The Lightning Tournament

Last Friday a team of year 7 and year 8 students entered the Lightning Tournament hosted by King Edwards Edgbaston. Everyone managed to win at least one game, so well done to all involved. Particularly well done to Amrit Singh and Joshwan Jagpal who managed to win board prizes. Amrit Singh won 7 out of 8 games and Joshwan Jagpal won 5 out of 8 games.

Amrit Singh and Joshwan Jagpal
Star player Amaron Bhatti
Another good night for Samual Ojerinde

Saturday, January 30, 2016

QMGS v Solihull

Last Friday saw the first, third and fourth teams in action against Solihull. The first team team eventually won 10 - 2 after a good hour and a half of competitive chess. Well done to all involved. Especially to Abu-Bakr Ahmed, who has now won two first team games this season, showing a clear progression from where he started in the fourth team two years ago. As usual Ben Nevett Farman and Fahim Nasiri maintained there unbeaten runs. 

The second team also won 10 - 2, with impressive debut performances from Amanraj Grewal and Wasif Rahman. Well done also to Tim Crooks for winning his first game for the school and to Zac Elliot who also turned in an impressive performance.

The fourth team struggled and eventually lost 10 - 2 to a confident Solihull team. Although it's been a difficult season for the fourth team, these experiences will inevitably build maturity and good chess players for the future. Well done to Samual Ojerinde for winning his game.

Friday, January 22, 2016

QMGS v King Edwards Edgbaston

A close game for QMGS first team ended in a 3 all draw with King Edwards Edgbaston second team. Well done to Liam Berembaum for stepping in to play at the last minute and recording his first win for the first team. Also well done to Fahim Nasiri and Ben Nevett Farman for winning their games and extending their unbeaten runs.

The fourth team had a tough night eventually losing 9.5 to 2.5. However well done to Farshad Mohammadi and Rohan Sangha for managing to win a game.