1st Brentwood Under 12 Open Chess Tournament
The 1st Brentwood School Under 12 Open Chess tournament was held on Sunday, 22 May and attracted 78 players. 22 were school pupils playing for the title of School Champion and the remainder were talented young players from the wider Essex area and beyond.
The winner of the event was former Essex player, Shlok Verma, now resident in Kent who scored 5½/6. ahead of 2nd Jermy Jaden & 3rd Charuk Muhunthan 5/6. Anum Sheikh was the top girl with 4/6; The Brentwood School Champion was Adhith Srikanth who scored 5/6 with his nearest rival being Nina Pert 4/6. Shreyas Royal was the top U8 5/6, Max Pert top U7 4/6 and Kian Suzanger was the best novice (in his first official tournament) 3/6.
After the tournament was over many of the competitors had the chance to play in a simultaneous display against Grandmaster Jonathan Speelman, International Master Richard Pert and Woman Grandmaster Dagne Ciuksyte. Most competitors unsurprisingly lost however Anum Sheikh & Max Pert managed wins and tournament winner Shlok Verma held the masters to a draw.
It was a great effort from Richard Pert to initiate the event on behalf of the school and they are very keen to see it established as a regular event. There were many others who helped to make the day a success, notably Richard Harding the chess teacher at Brentwood School, Gavin Strachan of Brentwood Chess Club who controlled the event, Nasarullah Sheikh who was the tournament director and Dave Hawkins, the president of Essex junior chess who helped in the lead up to the event.
The photo below shows GM Speelman in action at the simultaneous display -