Well done to everybody who scored well in their Chess Challenge event at their school and who played at the Essex Megafinal held over last weekend, 14-15 May at Kingswood School in Basildon. Players who qualified from this event will take part at the Southern Gigafinal to be held at the Rivermead Leisure Complex, Richfield Avenue, Reading on 16/17 July.
The Essex Under 11s played in the EPSCA Under 11 Final at Wycombe High School in Buckinghamshire on 7th May 2016.
The 17 teams competing were Barnet, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Glamorgan, Hertfordshire, Kent, Lancashire, Nottinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Richmond, Somerset, Sussex, Tameside, Wey Valley, Wirral and Yorkshire.
English Youth Chess Champions, are now awarded from the English Youth Chess Championship Grand Prix and it is excellent news that Adam Taylor and Anum Sheikh have again won the titles in their age groups - congratulations to both of them.
The Fourth Round of the Essex Junior Grand Prix was held on Sunday, 24 April 2016 at St Benedict’s College, Colchester. 86 players took part with many players coming from outside of the County to give the homegrown talent some strong opposition. The results were as follows –
1st (on tie break) Aarnavh Trivedi (Cambridgeshire) 5
2nd equal Tristan Bromelow (Hainault) and Nina Pert (Billericay) 5
Last Saturday, 16 April a team of Essex girls played a friendly match against a girl’s team made up of players from Cambridge plus Richmond junior club. The fixture was arranged to give the girls an opportunity to play a match as we did not have enough younger players to make the long trek to Manchester for the EPSCA under 11 girl’s finals on the same day. The match was played at the Friends Meeting House in Saffron Walden.
A 6 man team, consisting of 5 girls and 1 boy, went down to Gravesend on Sunday 13th March to compete in the U14 Minor section. Essex was the 2015 defending champions and 3 of the team were back again.
Each player would play 3 games, with 60 mins per player on the clock.
Round 1 placed Essex in front. After Round 2, Essex found themselves tied for 1st with a 3rd team a whisker behind.
The Essex Under 11s played in the EPSCA Under 11 East Zone at Orleans Park School in Twickenham on 19th March. The other teams involved were Barnet, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, Kent, Newham, Northamptonshire, Richmond, and Suffolk.