Recently, to the astonishment of the players, a fight broke out at Ipswich Junior Chess Club between Martin and Jane. Eventually order was restored when it turned out that it was all a clever plan to demonstrate the importance of developing pieces. It finished all square, although Jane very nearly delivered a knock out finish. It is a great video - click on the image below for a link to the YouTube video.
Today saw the latest Train and Play event held by Suffolk Junior Chess. Thank you to all 22 players who took part in this event - we loved having you there are we are really grateful to all the parents who stayed with you - thank you.
Thank you also to our coaches - Mario Saenz de Villaverde and Fide Master Andy Lewis. All the players had a great introduction to chess play from Andy Lewis. They were then split into 3 groups, with the more experienced players enjoying advanced tips and advice from Andy Lewis, while the less experienced players learned more about how to use chess openings from Mario and also had a session where they learned about how chess tournaments work and what to watch out for. All the players had a great time while learning a lot, and lunchtime came in no time at all.
After lunch they all took part in a chess tournament where they were split into 3 groups divided roughly on ability - above is a photo of the tournament. There was some good chess and everyone had fun, with several playing in their first tournament. Tom Roy and Rowan Kent both played very well and had a tight finish to the deciding match in the top group (Section 1), with Tom edging it to win the trophy having won all 3 games. Their endgame is shown in the photo below right (Tom is to the left and playing with the black pieces). William Gu and Toby Martin also put strong performances, both scoring 2/3, but losing out to Rowan on Sum of Progressive Scores.
In Section 2, there was a tight finish between Jonathan Painter (2.5/3), Owen Free and Isaac Kim (both 2/3), with Jonathan taking the trophy and Owen taking the runner-up position on Sum of Progressive scores.
In the third section, an excellent performance saw Eniko Stuller emerge victorious with 3/3, and with Jake Locking pipping Hamilton Lowdell and Jagoda Napieraj to 2nd place on Sum of Progressive scores having all scored 2/3.
One stand-out performance was by William Gu, who was playing in his first tournament and scored 2/3, narrowly losing a close game against the experienced Rowan Kent. William earned himself a book of chess puzzles for his efforts.
The results were as follows, with a link at the bottom to the full results:
1st Tom Roy (3/3)
2nd Rowan Kent (2/3)
3rd William Gu (2/3)
1st Jonathan Painter (2.5/3)
2nd Owen Free (2/3)
3rd Isaac Kim (2/3)
1st Eniko Stuller (3/3)
2nd Jake Locking (2/3)
3rd Hamilton Lowdell (2/3)
Full results can be found at this link.
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
On Sunday 3rd December, players from across Suffolk together with a strong contingent from outside Suffolk played in this year's Woodbridge Junior Open.
In the Under 8 section, Local Bury Knight, Indula Dedigama, playing in his first tournament played very well, scoring a very impressive 4.5/6 to come 3rd overall and take the Woodbridge prize. Another very notable performance was that of Karthik Kamathan, who scored also scored a very impressive 4.5/6 in his first tournament.
In the Under 10 section, Theo Pommier played very well to win the Woodbridge section with 3.5/6, while Bury Knights players Amy John and Tia Martin also achieved strong results scoring 3.5 and 3 points respectively in what was a tough section boosted by many strong players from the surrounding area.
In the Under 12 section, Woodbridge School student Marina Pommier put in an exceptional performance, playing in a strong section, to win 5 out of 6 games to take to Woodbridge U12 prize, losing only to another Bury Knight, Adam John, who won all 6 to score a perfect 6/6.
In the Under 14 - 18 section, Bury Knight, Jaden Jermy, won on count back with 5/6, while Rowland Kerr, a newcomer to this event, played extremely well to take the Woodbridge Prize with 4/6.
Well played to everyone, including all those we have not been able to mention. It was great to see lots of local players, including significant numbers from the Bury Knights and Woodbridge School. It was also good to see other schools represented and some new faces, including members of the 'new' Ipswich Junior Chess Club.
For the results, please click the links below.
Under 8 results
Under 10 results
Under 12 results
Under 14 - 18 results
Last Sunday a number of Suffolk Juniors made there way to South Essex for the Basildon Junior Chess Congress. This was an important event because allowed them the chance to qualify for the London Junior Chess Championships which take place over the Christmas period. This is the most important event in the junior chess calendar after the British Championships.
Adam John placed especially well in the U12s and scored 5.5/6 and winning a play-off to take the trophy.
Tom Roy also played very well in winning 4/6 and was placed 5th overall in the U14 section.
In the U10 section, Amy John got off to a fantastic start, winning her first 4 games, including a good win over Daniel Shek. In the final round, Amy and Rowan Kent were paired together with Rowan winning to finish on 4.5/6. Amy finished on 4/6 having had tough pairings in the last two rounds.
Tania Roy also played well in a tough tournament and scored 2/6 while a year younger than many of her competitors.
In the Open section, Manningtree's Andy Lewis played extremely well, winning 5/6 to take the prize. We look forward to welcoming Andy to support Suffolk Junior Chess at a new event on 7th January. More news about that to follow.
Well played to all of them. The Cross-tables from the event are below - click on the link below.
Spot the chess piece hiding in the photo...
Can you find the hidden chess piece??? Answers to email@example.com
And the results have been announced:
Open: Joint Winners GM Mattew Sadler and Richard Bates (4.5/5)
Major (U170): Winner Stephen Lewis (4/5), 2nd Ole Bay-Petersen (4/5)
Intermediate (U145): Winner Rich Wiltshir (4.5/5), 2nd Paul Walton (4/5)
Minor (U120): Winner Abigail Weersing (Junior) (5/5)
Congratulations to Cambridgeshire Junior Abigail Weersing on a perfect 5/5.
Suffolk Juniors top performers were:
Open: Alex Sheerin (2.5/5)
Major (U170): Jaden Jermy (2/5)
Intermediate (U145): Tom Roy (1/5)
Minor (U120): Rowan Kent (2.5/5)
For full results, see here: Bury St Edmunds 2017 results
And a special mention goes to... Shreyas Royal for 3.5/5 and a share of 3rd place in the Major section... at the age of 8!!! Congratulations.
Once again - CONGRATULATIONS to all the Suffolk juniors.
Today is the closing day of the 2017 Bury St Edmunds Chess Congress at The Apex Centre in Bury. It has been a great event with 170 players of all standards - including England's No. 1 - Grand Master Matthew Sadler.
At the end of day one, Suffolk's leading juniors were:
Open Section: Alex Sheerin 1.5/3
Major (U170 grade): Adam John 1/3
Inter (U145 grade): Tom Roy 1/3
Minor (U120 grade): Rowan Kent 1.5/3
Congratulations to these players and all the other Suffolk Juniors - this is a really tough tournament to enter - how many juniors have played in the same hall as the British Number 1?
Last Saturday (14th October) the Ipswich Junior Chess Club met as usual between 9.45 and 11.45am in the lecture hall at Ipswich County Library. Numbers were slightly down, but 8 keen juniors met up to play chess and learn from Martin Tomes.
They began with an hour or so of friendly chess games, and then as a group started looking at their 2 correspondence chess matches against Martlesham Junior Chess Club. The Ipswich and Martlesham junior chess clubs have been playing correspondence chess for the last few weeks. In these games, the clubs each make one move per game every week. This move is then sent to the other club, who then plan and play their move when they next meet. This is a great way for the players to discuss their match and plan their moves - and have a lot of fun.
In one of the matches, the position is as shown below. Ipswich are playing the white pieces, while Martlesham are playing the black pieces.
The game record is as follows: e4, d5, e5, Nc6, d4, Bf5, f4, e6, Nf3. Black to play - what would you play next?
Martin and the club planning their next move against Martlesham.
This month, the Bury Knights are holding their 2017 Club Championship. After 3 rounds, Adam John and Tom Roy are tied in first place, each having 3 points from 3 games.
Last Friday, 32 players attended, with a number there for the first time. It is always an enjoyable evening with lots of competitive and fun chess. Pictured below are (clockwise from top left): Adam John playing Aaron Saenz in the club championships, the beginners section being instructed by Mario, one of the chess puzzles from the evening (can you solve it?), and some of the players in the regular leagues.
The players are split into 4 divisions where they play opponents of similar ability and there is also a beginners group for players still learning the moves. Coaching is also sometimes available for the top division. Once players have been placed in a division, they will be quickly moved to another division as they improve.
The Bury Knights meet at Horringer Court Middle School every Friday night during term time between September and the end of March (they do not meet at Half Term) and is generally aimed at players between 5 and 13 years old, from total beginners who have never played, right through to players in the England squad. If you would like to go along, contact Bob Jones - firstname.lastname@example.org
2 weeks ago, Suffolk Junior Chess were delighted to receive 400 chess sets which have been donated by Kaarlo Schepel and sent over from Holland. There is also 50 chess demonstration boards and 24 digital chess clocks.
We are very grateful for this gift, which also includes around 50 magnetic chess demonstration boards and 24 chess clocks. We have also been given lots of standard playing cards, with each card having a different chess opening position as the central image.
We have already given Birchwood Primary School 10 chess sets and a demonstration board, and we are now looking for more schools and chess clubs to support with chess equipment.
Thank you again to Kaarlo for this gift, and thank you to Adam Hunt for helping with the arrangements.
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