Thank you to everyone who entered this tournament. We had a total of 14 entrants, which is another increase on the previous week, so a big thank you to everyone who has played this evening.
The results tonight were:
For ChessKid users, the results and full crosstable can be found here: https://www.chesskid.com/tournament/chessintheweek-18120/results. You can look through any of the games and see where you could have done better, or see where someone else won a game. You will need to be logged in to see this.
And... if you would like to see an interesting game, have a look at this one between theworldoflegend and ZanyHummingBook: https://www.chesskid.com/fastchess/game/23537885
Suffolk Junior Chess on ChessKid
Round-up for the last 7 days:
Joint top ranked players: Merry Jazz & OvalCuteSnail
Top ranked player: GlumSuddenBacon
Most games played: Mean Cactus - an impressive 79 games
Top ranked player: RowanTree with an impressive puzzle rating of 2004
Most puzzles attempted: BentHuskyBullfrog - 173 puzzles, no less
Most stars this week: MeanCactus with 708 stars, nearly double that of the 2nd placed player
ChessKid Challenge of the Week
Attempt 50 puzzles and try and improve your rating by 100 points.
If you want to join Suffolk Junior Chess on ChessKid and you live in Suffolk or nearby, you are very welcome. you will need a ChessKid account, and you will need to download the consent form and read throught it. If you are happy with the arrangements, then fill in page two and send it to me. Remember to read pages 1 and 3 also!!! Link to form: Link to Form
This evening 10 junior players competed in the Friday Night Lockdown Chess tournament within the SJC online chess club on ChessKid.
We are all new to this and are learning as we go. There have been a number of frustrating glitches. One of these was solved this evening once we realised that the player had ChessKid open in more than one window on the computer. I suspect that this caused confusion at the website and was the cause of this glitch. I would suggest that players should make sure they only ever have one ChessKid window / tab open at a time.
But - onto more important matters: the result...
Congratulations once again go to RichSmoothPanda. Who can beat them next week and claim the title?
This week we saw a very clever promotion of a pawn by WiseCrabbyCoconut. I the position shown below, WiseCrabbyCoconut found a way to get the queen out from behind the pawn - can you see how?
Answer (from move 48) - Rd3 Qf7; Qg4 . After another move by black, white promoted the pawn with check, and after the pawn was taken by the blacks Queen, white took the black queen and went on to checkmate 4 moves later. Very well played. If you want to see the game, try following the following link once you have signed in. https://www.chesskid.com/fastchess/game/23404890
Today saw the first regular meeting of Suffolk Junior Chess's new online chess club which is based on ChessKid. We held a mini-tournament which was very experimental, if not for the kids, then definitely for the organiser (me)! While we are still ironing out the details, the club meets regularly on Tuesday and Friday evenings - times to be finalised, but currently 6.30pm to 8.30pm.
The tournament went really well and round 3/3 saw a tussle for victory between RichSmoothPanda and TheWorldOfLegend. When TheWorldOfLegend lost a rook at move 36 after dRd4, other players watching online may have thought that RichSmoothPanda was going to win the match. However TheWorldOfLegend hung on for victory - very well played. But - what move could TheWorldOfLegend have played to save the rook? The position at move 36 for white is shown below and the moves played for the whole game are also shown.
The tournament was won by RichSmoothPanda - very well played.
If you want to play in the next event, which will happen this Friday, you will need to join the club. For more information about how to do this and to complete the form required for entry, please download this form. Parent/s will need to read the form and complete page 2 and send it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. You will then need to carry out the instructions on Page 3 of the form.
1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.cxd5 exd5 4.Nc3 Nf6 5.Nf3 Bf5 6.Bf4 Nc6 7.e3 a6 8.Bd3 Bg4 9.h3 Bh5 10.g4 Bg6 11.Bxg6 hxg6 12.Bg3 Bb4 13.a3 Bd6 14.Bxd6 Qxd6 15.b4 O-O-O 16.Ng5 Rdf8 17.Qf3 Qe7 18.Nxd5 Nxd5 19.Qxd5 Kb8 20.Nf3 Rd8 21.Qc5 Qe4 22.Ke2 Rd5 23.Qc4 Rhd8 24.Rhd1 Rh8 25.Rh1 Rhd8 26.Rad1 f5 27.Qd3 Qxd3+ 28.Rxd3 Re8 29.gxf5 gxf5 30.Rg1 f4 31.Rxg7 fxe3 32.fxe3 Rh5 33.Ng1 Rh4 34.Rg4 Rh6 35.d5 Ne5 36.Rdd4 Nxg4 37.Rxg4 Rd6 38.e4 Rxd5 39.Kf3 Rd3+ 40.Kf4 Rf8+ 41.Ke5 Rd7 42.Ne2 Re8+ 43.Kf4 Rde7 44.Kf5 Rf8+ 45.Kg5 Rg7+ 46.Kh4 Rxg4+ 47.hxg4 Kc8 48.g5 Kd7 49.Kh5 Ke7 50.g6 Kf6 51.Kh6 Rg8 52.Nf4 b6 53.g7 Kf7 54.Nh5 c5 55.Kh7 c4 56.e5 Rxg7+ 57.Nxg7 c3 58.Nf5 c2 59.Ng7 c1=Q 60.e6+ Ke7 61.Kg6 Qg1+ 62.Kh6 Qg4 63.Kh7 Qh4+ 64.Kg6 Qe4+ 65.Kg5 Qd3 66.a4 Qa3 67.Kf5 Qxa4 68.Nh5 Qxb4 69.Nf4 a5 70.Nd5+ Kd6 71.Nxb4 axb4 72.Kf6 b3 73.e7 Kd7 74.Kf7 b2 75.e8=Q+ Kc7 76.Qe1 b1=Q 77.Qxb1 1-0
Last Friday the Bury Knights Junior Chess Club had more players than at any time in the last ten years, with no less than 52 members present. There are currently 60 members on the books. Bob Jones has been running the club since September 1992 - over 27 years - and it is great to see it is still such a thriving club after all this time.
This success follows a move to a new venue at Moreton Hall Community Centre on the edge of Bury St Edmunds. Members are split into five divisions, ranging from experienced players in Division 1 through to Division 4 and also a novices’ sections where beginners are taught the rules of the game and how to more the pieces.
It was a great evening with a constant buzz of activity. With the results of all games recorded, players are able to see their progress and move up or down divisions based on their results
With the juniors finishing at 8pm, the second wave of chess began. Several adults from the Bury St Edmunds Chess Club arrived for a relaxed club night and some of the top juniors stayed on to learn from the adults.
This is one of the reasons for the change in venue as it provides both an adult club night and a brilliant opportunity for the stronger juniors.
Thank you to the adults who came along - it really is great for the juniors - they get to see chess from a slightly different angle as the players talk through their games. From a personal perspective, I think my son gets a lot from this and we are very grateful to the adults.
We would love to see more adults come along to play both each other and the juniors, and it would be great to see as many of the Division 1 juniors come along as possible.
Lastly, a big thank you to Bob - without his efforts none of this would happen and chess in Bury would be considerably weaker.
Can you find Check Mate in two moves? White to play. If you can find it - post your answer as a comment...
Last Saturday, the Suffolk U11 chess team travelled to Aldgate in London for the Eastern Region Inter County Match. As we are located in the strongest chess region in the country, this was always going to be a very tough event. Our team played extremely well against very strong opposition and achieved some very good results.
I would like to thank all of the team for their performances. We have some very tough opponents and all the players should feel very proud to have represented their county at this level and should remember that some of the very top players in the country were there. Two of our players did the impossible and won 2 of their 3 matches - Amy John and Georgia Pommier. To win 2/3 at this level is a performance that they should be very proud of.
I would also like to thank the team for their approach to the day. They worked hard and concentrated, but above all enjoyed themselves - well done.
I would like to thank the following who represented their county so well: Alex Bujnowski, Amy John, Arthur Dannatt, Beatrice Boreham, Edison Lorejo, Freddie Dannatt, Georgia Pommier, Isaac Kim, Joe Ferdinand, Lade Laguda, Lanfranco Lawson, Luke Holmes, Matteo Barberini , Max Lewis, Mevin Biju, Raf Calumpiano, Rowan Kent, Ryan John, Theo Pommier, Tia Martin, William Davison, Zikora Varner.
The overall results can be found here.
Suffolk's results can be found here.
Please note that there is an error on Round 3 boards 17 and 18, in which Beatrice Boreham and Alex Bujnowski actually played - I have asked for this error to be corrected.
The image below shows where we were playing - a very different environment to Suffolk's Schools!
Sunday, 13th May, saw the first of this summer's major junior chess events - the Mega Final, held at Woodbridge School. This is an event where players qualify through school or club stages to compete in the county final. From these, the top Suffolk players, the very best qualify to compete in the national Giga Finals.
Congratulations to all players who played in this event - they have all done extremely well to qualify. The results will be appearing shortly on the UK Chess Challenge Website.
Before we move on to the results, it was great to see the representation from Suffolk's schools and chess clubs, with many players coming from the Bury Knights. Players also came to the event having succeeded in the schools / clubs stage at Woodbridge school, Bosmere, East Bergholt, and Handford Hall - and other schools which I have not recorded. Thank you to all schools and clubs who took part in this event - it is a great way to make chess fun and competitive in clubs and also helps give a target and competition. Thank you to the UK Chess Challenge organisers for running the competition, and thanks also to Adam Hunt and Dagne Ciuksyte and for organising and running the event.
With the U7s category having been grouped with the U8s, Indula Dedigama played extremely well to win all his games while still an U7, while Lade Laguda won the U8s with some excellent chess, with both being Supremo in their categories. Athene Ross won the title of Suprema in the girls U8 category, again with some excellent chess.
In a big section with many players, Rowan Kent played well to win all his games to takes the title of Supremo in the boys U9 category, while Sofia Ciuksyte took the title of Suprema in the girls section.
The main drama of the day took place in the U10s section. Here there were 3 main protagonists who were all equal at the end of the event with Amy John, Georgia Pommier and Louis Thomas all equal on 5 wins from 6 games respectively, with Amy having beaten Louis, Louis having beaten Georgia, and Georgia having beaten Amy. The boys section was straightforward with victory and the title of Supremo going to Louis Thomas - congratulations to him. After checking the rules, it was confirmed that Georgia would take the title of Suprema due to her victory over Amy, so very well played, Georgia, for some excellent and consistent chess. And congratulations also to Amy for some excellent chess and a very well deserved qualification for the Giga Final.
With the U11 & U12 sections grouped together, Toby Martin earned the title of U11 Supremo with 4 wins from 6 games, while Amber Cook earned the Title of U11s Suprema. In the U12 section, Adam John earned the tile of Supremo with a perfect score of 6 wins from 6 games, while the title of Suprema was awarded to Charlotte Ciuksyte.
Tom Roy took the U13 Supremo title with an excellent 5/6. Samuel Prior won the U14 Supremo title, while Caitlin Shore won the U14 Suprema title. In the U15 section, Rowland Kerr took the Supremo title with an excellent 5.5/6, while Jenny Rochford took the Suprema title.
Congratulations to the Suffolk Junior Chess Under 9 team who yesterday travelled to Solihull for the national finals. This is an event for which they qualified last March. The teams approach was very impressive and they showed how far they have come in the last few months in their approach to matches and the thought that they put into their chess.
Hamilton Lowdell (Ipswich Junior Chess Club), Luke Holmes, and Isaac Kim (both Bury Knights) all won 2 out of 3 games and should be very proud of their performances, while Edison Lorejo and Raf Calumpiano both scored a win and a draw and also played very well.
However, many players played very well while not always winning. We saw some excellent chess by all players, while not always winning. We saw players play chess in a way they could not have achieved only a few months ago and have seen players confidence grow over the last few months through training session and competition and we have seen the players from different clubs and schools get to know each other, which has been great. We have also seen frustration when players have lost games they felt they could have won, and bounce back to fight for the next game. It has been a great experience.
All the players, no matter what the result should be very proud of their efforts and we look forward to seeing as many of them as possible at the Suffolk Junior Chess Open at Woodbridge School on Sunday 17th June at Woodbridge School. Contact Dagne Ciuksyte for more information.
So - the results. We did not win. We did not come 2nd or 3rd. But, we did come 13th out of 16 teams. I am sure many of the players would have liked to have done better, but this is the national final and many of these players are playing their first tournament chess, so they have all done really well.
the team photo...
... and the hidden chess piece photo...
Over the last few weeks, Suffolk's Junior players have represented the county at U9, U11, and U18 levels. The teams have had varying levels of success, but should all be very proud of their efforts in their matches and also of the way they have represented the county.
Before we get to the important business of the teams, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the clubs and schools who have provided players to the Suffolk teams. The 2 main chess clubs, Bury Knights and Ipswich Junior Chess Club provided the teams with many players and sincere thanks go to Bob Jones and Martin Tomes for the very significant time and effort they put into providing opportunities for young Suffolk players. Thanks also go to the schools with Woodbridge School, St Edmunds Catholic Primary School and Handford Hall being among the schools providing players. Without these clubs and schools, there would be no Junior Chess in Suffolk, so thank you to them all.
In all 3 of the Suffolk teams, the spirit and good natured behaviour was noticeable and I would like to thank the players and their parents for the commitment to travel to the various venues, none of which were close to Suffolk and to spend all day with the team. The players cheerful approach to the game and the team spirit were very noticeable - thank you to all.
Thank you to Ground Control for supporting the team and helping to make the event possible for the players.
On 25th February, the U18 team competed against 5 other counties in the major section in Grantham. While the team struggled against the tough opposition, the games were generally hard fought. Suffolk sent a team of 12 juniors who had an overall average grade of 122 - an impressive achievement in itself. However when competing against counties with average grades of 151, 154 & 161, it was always going to be a tall order.
Well played to the whole team: Alex Sheerin, Jaden Jermy, Adam John, Gavith Dharmasena, Kian Dharmasena, Alan John, Rowland Kerr, Tom Roy, William Moody, Rowan Kent, Mario Saenz de Villaverde, and Amy John.
Thank you also to Bob Jones for organising the team.
The report on the English Chess website can be seen here.
On Saturday 10th March, Suffolk's U9 team gathered in Richmond for the regional inter county event. Against some really strong teams we travelled in hope of strong results, but also prepared for a tough event with many of our players at the start of their chess careers.
In this 12 board event, we had a tough first round, winning only 3.5 points from a possible 12. A stronger 2nd round was needed, and the team delivered, winning 5 points and they followed that up with a further 5 points in the final round.
The team needed to finish in the top 6 to qualify for the national finals, and managed in the final round to overhaul Cambridgeshire to finish 5th - a truly fantastic result which bodes well for the future.
The stand-out performance of the day was undoubtedly by Edison Lorejo. Edison, who has a grade of 24, was asked to play opponents of grades 86, 63 and 26. In winning all three games, he managed a grading performance of 101. Surely his best performance to date.
Another notable performance was by Freddie Dannatt in securing 2.5 points from a possible 3 points which were crucial to secure qualification for the next round - well done Freddie.
The future of the U9 team will also be strengthened by our young new recruit Lade Laguda, who is only just 8. In winning 3 games out of 3, he will strengthen the team next year when the bulk of the players become too old for the U9s.
Not everyone wins all their games, and in these events, the way the matches are arranged, some players have a tougher draw than others. It was fantastic to see that all the players took their defeats and kept smiling and all enjoyed themselves, which is by far the most important thing.
Very well done to the ENTIRE team of: Rowan Kent, Raf Calumpiano, Edison Lorejo, Isaac Kim, Tania Roy, Luke Holmes, Mevin Biju, Freddie Dannatt, Hamilton Lowdell, Karthik Kamatham, Indula Dedigama, Tyler Whalen, Lade Laguda, Kara Whalen, Max Lewis, and Gabriel Kim.
The Suffolk results can be found here.
The full results can be found here.
Yesterday, 17th March, it was the turn of the U11s to represent Suffolk in a snowy Bromley. With 20 players per team, and 10 counties represented in the south-east zone, this was a big event with 200 players in the playing hall as well as reserve players.
After a tough first round in which the team scored 6/20, the team scored a good 8.5/20 to go into the final round needing plenty of wins to qualify for the national finals. Unfortunately, with some tough pairings, the team just failed to qualify.
The most notable performance was probably that of Milan Biju (Grade 53) who scored a win, a draw and a loss to score 1.5/3 against 3 players who were all graded over 100 to finish with a grading performance of 93 - very well played.
Other notable performances were by Raf Calumpiano, Eniko Stuller, Luke Holmes (all 2/3) and Marina Pommier (1.5/3).
The full Suffolk results can be found here.
As with the other teams, ALLthe players should be very proud of their performance. In these events, depending on the draw, some players can have a much tougher draw than others. Well played to EVERYONE.
Following the conclusion of the chess, it was time to travel home on a distinctly snowy and dark evening. One thing that will live long in the memory is the exceptional and ruthless aim of some of the players with snowballs, particularly at yours truly! You know who you are...
Spot the Chess Piece
Seen below is the Under 11 chess team in Bromley - can you find the Knight hiding in the photo???
A couple of weeks ago, local IM Dagne Ciuksyte organised Suffolk's first Exchange Chess Tournament. It was held in Martlesham and was a fun and boisterous event. Dagne's report is below.
"It was a great fun at the Exchange Chess Tournament! And surely I will be getting rid of the rule to be quiet in similar format (team) events in the future as it is simply impossible to stay still when you can't wait to send a message to your opponent be it desperate for an extra piece or being one move away from getting checkmate...
Anyway, the tournament started with our arbiter Mark Weidman lining the players up according to their grades and asking them to choose a teammate from the other half of the tournament. It's not often you see it happening at the chess tournament so we did have a few jokes floating around even before the event started!
I was partnered with John Painter. Both of us were rather generous to other teams (I got checkmated rather quickly in my very first game by, apparently, experienced Exchange Chess Player Russell White) so most of the time we were having a laugh sitting there at the bottom boards. John improved considerably by not only shedding me some of these precious extra pieces but also checkmating his young opponents hungry for his jokes and mistakes!
Surprisingly, the tournament was won by our arbiter Mark and his teammate 5-year-old Daniel who had a slight helping hand from another player's Mum."
The image to the right shows a position from the event.
The full results can be found here.
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