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
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.
Under 14 matches with other counties are being arranged and the Team Manager has been in touch with prospective players. Further interest is always welcome so if your son or daughter wishes to be considered for the matches please contact Trevor Dickerson via email firstname.lastname@example.org
The first annual Challenge Match with Cambridge juniors was held at St Faith’s School in Cambridge on Saturday 26 September 2015. Each County fielded players in under 11, 14 and 18 categories and after two rounds of highly competitive chess Essex emerged as the winners of the Challenge Cup. This was mainly due to strong performances by the under 14 players and a spirited performance by the under 11s who were clear winners of the second round after just losing the first.. Scores were as follows -
News from the Organiser of the Club - "Chelmsford Junior Chess Club will start Tuesday 3rd November and meet at Christ Church in London Road from 4.30-6pm. Chelmsford has not had a junior club since July and it will be lovely to have one again. We will welcome junior players of all ages and chess levels and offer a safe environment for everybody to have fun playing and improving their chess. Players can drop in at any time the club is open and the initial cost will be £2 per week."
The 2015 British Championship at Warwick University was a resounding success for Essex Players. Eleven Essex players competed in the various Junior Championship events held throughout the Championship. Congratulations to the following prizewinners -
Anum Sheikh – Joint under 9 Girls Champion
Aditya Verma – under 11 and under 12 Champion
Nadia Jaufarally – under 11 Girls Champion
Daniel Gallagher – under 15 Champion
Elliot Cocks – 2nd in the under 14 and under 15 events (also winner of the under 150 Rapid event)
Thanks to Anna Gallagher for photos from the Championships. This one is of Anum Sheikh receiving her prize on becoming joint British Girls Joint Under 9 Champion. Essex players are performing well so hopefully there will be other successes to report.
We will aim to report the progress of Essex Juniors competing at the British Championships and there has been a great start with Elliot Cocks winning the U150 Rapidplay tournament where he finished on 10 points out of 11!! The photo below shows Elliot receiving his prize money.