The Second Essex Junior Grand Prix event was held at the Kingswood Primary School, Basildon on Sunday, 20 November 2016. There were four sections plus juniors over 14 could compete for prizes in the Open Section.
Essex players faced fierce competition from many players based outside the county, especially with this event offering the chance to qualify for the London Junior Chess Championships.
The Tournament Protocol for Essex Junior Grand Prix events has recently been reviewed by the EJCA Committee. The Protocol may be viewed on this website under Results/Tournaments/Grand Prix/Grand Prix Rules.
Essex has another National Champion - Abbey Weersing recently competed in the U-11 Danish Chess Championship and was the winner of the girl's section, finishing with 4.5 out of 7. Congratulations to Abbey and her family - photo of Abbey (centre with other prizewinners).
Essex Junior Chess held its first of five annual training sessions on Sunday, September 25th. For £15 these promising young players received 6 hours of expert coaching from International Master Richard Pert, Tom Villiers (203 grade) and Robin Slade (189 was most recent grade). They also played two graded games with Findlay Lister winning both matches against the highest graded opponents.
Seven Essex juniors played at the Terafinal this year. This is the final round of the UK Chess Challenge and it is a great achievement to reach this stage having come through the school, Megafinal (county) and Gigafinal (national) stages. The Terafinal is for those who came first in their sections at the Gigafinal and and the three challenger sections are for those who finished second or third in their Gigafinal sections. There are no allowance for age at the Terafinal and the games have a much longer time allowance so it is particularly daunting for the younger players. It is also uses
The Organisers were delighted to see a turnout of 90 players for the final round of the Essex Grand Prix held in Saffron Walden on 26 June 2016. Many local players were trying to boost their Grand Prix standings and we also had some strong entrants from outside the County. All of the sections were very competitive and it was good to see several newcomers from Chigwell School in the under 14 Minor Section.
1st on tie break Arnav Srivastava (Cambridge) 5/6
=2nd Nina Pert (Billericay) and Harry Zheng (Boreham) 5/6