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.
There are now a few photos from the Saffron Walden Grand Prix on the slideshow. The previous ones from Colchester can be found in the Gallery section of the website under News & Events http://www.ejca.co.uk/news-events/gallery The Gallery will be the place to find all photos that are not on the slideshow or in a news item.
Elliot Cocks and Daniel Gallagher represented England at the annual junior team event comprising teams from England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland. It was held this year from 19 to 23 July in Dublin. Daniel was in the under 18 team that competed for the Glorney Cup whereas Elliot was in the under 14 team that played for the John Robinson Cup. Full details are available via the website for the event - http://www.glorneycupchess.org/index.htm