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Colchester Junior Chess Tournament

The 4th Essex Junior Grand Prix event of 2017/18 was held at St Teresa’s Catholic Primary School in Colchester on 26 May 2018 and attracted 64 entrants.

All the sections were very well contested with only the under 18 Minor producing a winner with a maximum score.


1st Robert Shaparenkov (Hertfordshire) 5/6

2nd (on tie break) Mae Catabay (Colchester) 5

3rd Max Yau (Southend) 4.5

Forthcoming Events & Megafinal

It is not too late to enter the Colchester Junior Chess Tournament, the fourth event in the Essex Junior Grand Prix.  It will be held next Saturday, 26 May 2018 and the entry form is available at this website via the red ‘view tournaments’ button.

There are other forthcoming events that have recently been added to the tournaments page -

Outstanding Performance by the Under 11s at the EPSCA Final

The Essex Under 11s played in the EPSCA Under 11 Final at Grace Academy Solihull in Birmingham on 21st April 2018.

The 15 qualifying teams competing were Barnet, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Cheshire and North Wales, Essex, Kent, Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Richmond, Sussex, Tameside, Warwickshire, and Wey Valley.

English Youth Grand Prix Results 2017/18 + Southend Congress

Congratulations to Harry Zheng on being the U8 ECF Boy's champion. There were a number of other good finished for Essex players including:

- Daniel Gallagher - 2nd place in U18s

- Sarah Weersing - 3rd place girl in U15s

- Urbi Modhura - 2nd place girl in U14s (Purba Audhora was 4th)

- Abigail Weersing - Joint 1st (lost on tie break) in U12 girls (joint 3rd overall)

- Anum Sheikh - 3rd place girl in U12s

- Jerry Zheng - 7th place overall in U11s

- Nina Pert - 6th place girl in U10s

- May Catabay - 9th place girl in U8s

U11s Medal at EPSCA East Zone Qualifier

The Essex Under 11s played in the EPSCA Under 11 East Zone at Bishop Justus School, in Bromley, Kent on 17th March 2018.  The other teams involved were Barnet, Bucks, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, Kent, Newham, Northamptonshire, Richmond and Suffolk.

Richmond, March 10th 2018 - Zonal Qualifiers for EPSCA U9

Richmond found the U9s battling it out for a place in the finals.
A team of 12 players plus one reserve tackled through the Richmond traffic to 
make it in time for the 1st round.
Players travelled from all over Essex arrived to represent their county.
Three rounds of hard-fought mental battles ensued. 
Essex players punched above their weight and many showed the what future talent
that lays ahead.
The team didn't gather enouigh points to move to the next round but

Under 14 Team Qualify for SCCU Final

The under 14 team played their fourth fixture of 2017/18 at home against Kent at the King’s Road Primary School, Chelmsford on 10 March 2018.  We had to win this match or score more than nine game points to make the tournament final for the second year running. 

New Date for Colchester GP4

Following the recent bad weather the 4th event in the Essex Junior Grand Prix scheduled for 3rd March in Colchester had to be postponed.  The new date will now be Saturday, 26th May 2018 at a venue to be confirmed. 

Under 14s Continue Good Form in Surrey

The under 14 team played their third fixture of 2017/18 away against Surrey at Wilson’s School, Wallington on 24 February 2018.  The Team Manager was pleased to be able to bring a strong team, including reserves, and we soon built up a healthy lead in the first round although there were several hard fought games.  The top three boards were the last to finish but were all eventually won by Essex despite this looking unlikely until the closing stages of the games.  This left us with a 10½ to 1½ lead at the interval between the games.

Colchester Junior Chess Tournament / Southend Congress

A reminder that the 4th Essex Junior Grand Prix event is to take place at St. Benedict’s Catholic College, Norman Way, Colchester, CO3 3US on Saturday 3rd March.  The entry form is available on this website via the red “view tournaments” button.  Please enter as early as you can to avoid disappointment.