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...
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