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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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 email@example.com 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!!!
Over the Christmas period, the London Junior Chess Championships have been in full swing. A number Bury Knights, including one with 'dual citizenship' with Woodbridge School, made their way to Harrow for this event, which is second only to the British Open in the Chess Calendar.
All Suffolk's players played well and did their county proud. The stand out performances were those by Jaden Jermy, Tom Roy, and Amy John. Jaden scored 3.5/6 to finish 12th out of 61 in his section. Amy John scored a very impressive 5.5/7 to finish 5th out of 106 entrants in her section - a very impressive performance. Tom scored 4/6 to finish 6th out of 37 in his section.
The results were as follows:
U14 Major: Jaden Jermy 3.5/6, Adam John 3/6
U14 Minor: Tom Roy 4/6
U10 Major: Rowan Kent 4/7
U10 Minor: Amy John 5.5/7
LJCC Harrow Junior U12: Tania Roy 2.5/6
Full results can be found here.
Can you find the hidden chess piece in the photo of the Suffolk Chess players (above) - answers to firstname.lastname@example.org
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