Welcome to the Essex Junior Chess Association

A Possee of Controllers at Saffron Walden GP5Players deep in thought at Saffron Walden GP5Top Board in the under 11s at Saffron WaldenSaffron Walden GP 5 - Playing HallTop Board in the under 9s at Saffron WaldenUnder 18 (Open) at Saffron Walden GP5Under 11s at Saffron Walden GP5Lavanan Ainkaran plays Lakdinu Peries in the Under 18 (Minor) at Saffron WaldenAditya considers a reply to Sarah's French DefenceLeonardo Stefanoni v Aditya Verma in the u18 at Saffron Walden

Top Board in the under 9s at Saffron Walden

Essex GP 2 at Basildon

The 2nd Essex Junior Grand Prix of 2015/16 was held at the The Kingswood Primary School, Basildon on 15 November attracted 126 entrants from across Essex and a large number from other counties.  There were also several juniors playing in the Open section for adults and those over 14.

Results in the various age groups were as follows –

Under 8

5/6 – Amy John (Bury), Yoav Bankier Pilowsky (Cambridge) & Shlok Verma (Orpington)

Under 10

5½/6 Adam John (Bury) & Nischal Thatte (Ealing)

Chelmsford Junior Chess Club

The Organiser of the Chelmsford Junior Chess Club reports that the Club had its first meeting on 3 November and will continue to meet every Tuesday at 4.30pm. We ended up with 30 juniors between the ages of 4 and 14 ranging from experienced players to total beginners. Please see the club blog for photos and further details.



Essex Juniors at Bury Congress

Several Essex Juniors took part in the annual Bury St Edmunds Congress held on 24/25 October 2015.  This is one of the nearest weekend events to most parts of Essex so it was good to see many of the players make good tournament performance ratings and/or register some good results.  Individual results from five games listed below -

Open: Daniel Gallagher 3; Gorak Rajesh and Partha Mulay 2

Major (u170): Elliot Cocks 2

Intermediate (u145): Aadarsh Saravanan 2½

Minor: (u120): Scott Shelley 4 (=2nd); Giulio Sahinoz 3: Lorenzo Sahinoz 2½; Bhramav Rajesh 2

Chelmsford Junior Chess Tournament - 10 October 2015

The 1st Essex Junior Grand Prix of 2015/16 was held at the Kings Road Primary School, Chelmsford and attracted 89 entrants – an increase of five from last year.

Results in the various age groups were as follows

Under 8

1st Shreyas Royal (Beckton) 6/6

2nd Shlok Verma (Orpington) 5/6

3rd on tie break Zoe Johnson (Colchester) 4/6

Under 10

1st Shahjahon Saidmurodov (East Ham) 6/6

2nd Bhramav Rajesh (Colchester) 5/6

3rd on tie break Fraser Caves (Hullbridge) 4/6

Under 12

FM Adam Taylor


Congratulations to Adam Taylor from Colchester who has attained the FIDE master title.

Several years ago Adam was a regular at Essex junior events, winning many trophies and being Essex Under 11 Champion in 2009.  Following that Adam was a constant member of the Under 14 Team for two years scoring an excellent 9 points from 10 games in the year the team reached the SCCU Under 14 Team Final.

Since then Adam has moved onto to greater achievements in the chess world and he has represented England many times at junior events.