Yesterday, the Abbey School sent a chess team to take part in the National Primary Schools Chess Championship. This is an event in which the school have a good record having come within a whisker of qualifying for the National Finals in the U9s section last year. This year Mr Hunt led the U11 team to Moulsham Junior School in Chelmsford. The team delivered in fine fashion to qualify for the Semi-Finals, which will be held over a weekend at Pontins this summer.
Having taken two reserves, the team got off to a good start, winning 4 out of 5 games on the scoring boards, and winning both of their reserve games. The second round saw a perfect result with all seven players winning their games. As the competition got tougher, the team lost their number 2 player, Marina Pommier, who had to depart to swim for Suffolk! The rest of the team had to step up a board, with Marina's sister, Georgia, playing board 2, and Henry Allen stepping up from the reserves to play board 5. It was a tougher round and a 3:2 win was well deserved with wins for Rowan Kent, Georgia Pommier, and Theo Pommier (yet another of the chess playing Pommier clan).
Success in chess always leads to tough matches and the 4th round was no different. The Abbey were drawn to play against Number 1 seeds Brentwood Prep school, led by ex Ipswich player Richard Pert. This was a tough round and proved to be the team's sole loss. The final round saw a return to form with a 3.5:1.5 win for the Abbey including a crucial draw on Board 1 for Rowan and wins from Fred Bartlett-Smith, Theo & Georgia to secure another win for the team.
Overall the teams finished 3rd out of 15 schools - a fantastic result.
With 2 wins from 2 for Henry Allen in the reserves, before stepping up to Board 5, and 4 wins from 5 for Lade Laguda (still only 8 years old) in the reserves, this shows the strength in depth available to the school.
Overall, the points were as follows:
Rowan Kent: 3.5/5
Marina Pommier: 2/2
Georgia Pommier: 4/5
Fred Bartlett-Smith: 2/5
Theo Pommier: 4/5
Henry Allen: 2/5
Lade Laguda: 4/5
Below are Photos and positions from the event.
Top Left: Spot the chess piece - Theo Pommier, Lade Laguda, Henry Allen, Fred Bartlett-Smith, and Georgia Pommier are seen here hiding a chess piece - where is it?
Top Right: Mate-in-One for White - This is a position from Rowan Kent's 3rd round game - he Check-Mated next move - can you see how?
Bottom Left: This is a position from the same game, but one move earlier. The chess computer assures us that there is Mate-in-5 for Rowan (playing white) - can you see how? I believe it starts Queen takes the Rook on b3. The first person to email email@example.com with the correct solution gets their name "in lights" when we publish their solution here.
Bottom Right: The Abbey Chess team - Henry Allen, Rowan Kent, Fred Bartlett-Smith, Theo Pommier, & Georgia Pommier collecting their medals for 3rd place. Marina Pommier and Lade Laguda had had to leave early.
Sunday 21st January saw the inaugural Martlesham Heath Chess Open, run by local International Master Dagne Ciuksyte. In a mixed field including junior players and some of the top players from Suffolk's adult players there was good competition. Woodbridge School's own International Master, Adam Hunt, won the event with a perfect 6 wins from 6 games, including wins against the 2nd and 3rd placed competitors, Peter Gemmel & Dagne Ciuksyte. A position from their game is shown below with Dagne's thoughts on the game.
There were some very good performances by Suffolk's Junior players. Jenni Rochford gave a stand out performance in winning 4 from 6 games, including a loss against Dagne Ciuksyte. Woodbridge School's Abhiram Durbakula also put in an extremely strong performance including a memorable win against 139 graded player, Cameron Little. A loss against Adam Hunt will no doubt also be remembered for a long time.
The next of Dagne's series of events is the Martlesham Heath Exchange Chess Tournament which is to be held on Sunday 25th February. More information available on the tournaments page here.
The full results can be downloaded here.
A long, long, final round. In an 80 minute game, Jaden had less than a minute on the clock at the end of his match. Although the team lost this round, they should be very proud their performance. With 3 draws across the top 3 boards against the competition's silver medallists, and a very narrow loss on board 4 against a very strong opponent, the team can be very proud of their efforts today. We also won every single reserves match over the weekend - very well done.
The result in the final round is shown in the attached link.
There will be a full report here later this week with another 'find the chess piece' photo of the team.
Well played Bury Knights!!!
In a tough 4th round, the Bury Knights secured a solid draw against a good side. Jaden drew against a higher rated player, Adam secured a really good win, Tom brought some points home with a draw, while Rowan lost his game. Amy won her substitute game.
And now onto the fifth and final round. Can we get another win?
Results of the 4th round at the links below.
This was the scene this morning at breakfast time in Telford. We have had more snow overnight and all is white. Jaden, Adam, Tom, Amy & a camera shy Rowan have now started the forth round as we look to build on a strong end to the first day. The success last night has led to a tough forth round with a battle expected.
After 3 tough rounds we are pleased to say that we have got a loss, a draw and a win. We progressed every round leading up to a win. First we played Sleepless knights 1 it was a great game but we lost 1.5 to 2.5.Adam John board two said it was a tough battle we just missed some great moves. The results for game one. Jaden Jermy 1 Adam John 0.5 Tom Roy 0 Amy John 0 Rowan Kent 1( as reserve).
Round 2 we played Welsh Dragons Red we had a great round drawing 2-2 with a higher average team. Jaden Jermy said it was a very unlucky to draw the game as we should of won but i was pleased with my win against another strong junior. The results from game two Jaden Jermy 1 Adam John 1 Tom Roy 0 (but had a fantastic game and didn't deserve to lose).Rowan Kent 0 Amy John 1(with a nice win)(as reserve)
One good thing to point out Tom and Jaden were the last two to finish !
Round 3 we played Chess in schools Community 1 Rowan Kent said i had a roaring game in reserves swinging back and forward all the way until the end with a ladder checkmate. We had a excellent round with a 2.5 to 1.5 win. The results from round 3 Jaden Jermy 1 Adam John 0.5 Tom Roy 0 Amy John 1 Rowan Kent 1( as reserve)
Overall Jaden Jermy 3 out of 3 playing strong players on board 1
Adam John 2 out of 3 unbeaten
Rowan Kent 2 out of 3 two reserves played
Amy John 2 out of 3 one reserve played
Tom Roy 0 out of 3 very unlucky but says he is going to win all the games tomorrow
TO BE CONTINUED
Reporting by Jaden Jermy & Team
With the team now starting the third round, it has been a tough tournament so far with the team narrowly losing in the first round, but gaining a draw in the second round. Jaden is playing very well with 2 wins from 2 on the top board, while Adam has a win and a draw. A win in the third round would set us up well for day 2.
For the results so far, please see the following links:
Full tournament details here
This weekend, the Bury Knights Junior Chess Club have sent a team to the top national team chess tournament - the Junior 4 Nations Chess League (J4NCL). The team consists of Jaden Jermy (Captain), Adam John, Tom Roy, Rowan Kent, & Amy John.
Jaden, with the help of the team, will be posting results and news about the event here. Keep looking to see how they are doing.
The current standings in the Suffolk Junior Chess Grand Prix have been announced and can be found at the Grand Prix section of the website - see here.
The current leaders in each section are as follows:
U9: Karthik Kamathan
U11: Marina Pommier
U14: Adam John
U18: Alex Sheerin
These standings are based on performance at the Woodbridge Junior Chess Championships at Woodbridge School last December. See here for more information.
The final two event s of the Grand Prix are the Bury St Edmunds Junior Chess Congress on Sunday 18th February, and the Suffolk Junior Chess Open on 17th June. For more information, please see the tournaments section of the website.
Congratulations to Woodbridge School student and Bury Knight Rowan Kent on a strong performance in Southend to win the U9 trophy with a perfect 6 wins from 6 games.
Please let firstname.lastname@example.org know about other tournament success and anything else - we would love to put the stories on the website. Pictures are always good as well!!!
The picture below shows Rowan being awarded the trophy by Nate Weersing.
Well done Rowan!!!
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