Inter County Battle Blitz
Last Monday, for the first time, we took part in the Inter County Battle Blitz. This is an event run by Alex Holowczak and is formed of two divisions. We joined in Division 2 while our friends in Essex Junior Chess, having been promoted to Division 1 in the last round, were playing in Division 1.
The event took the form of an Arena tournament played over 90 minutes, and with 10 teams in Division 2 and 144 players representing their local teams, this was a big event. We were delighted that no less than 21 players played for Suffolk in this competition - a great turn out. So - what happened? Well, we came second - a fantastic result. For much of the event we were neck and neck with Yorkshire and Hampshire and at times in first place. As the event wore on, Yorkshire pulled away to take a well deserved first place and the race was on between Hampshire and Suffolk for the Silver medal position. This went down to the wire and some great results in the last few minutes secured our silver medal position - well played to all.
In an outstanding performance meancactus scored 26 points for the team, a scored equalled only by RowanKent and meancactus performed at 134points above his grade - to score so many points and outperform your grade is an really excellent. ADannatt26 also had an excellent event. Not only did he score 18 points for the team, he played to a performance grade of 1798, which is no less than 221 points above his Lichess grade - another great effort. derpydough123, understoodporcupine, Mystic17 and RowanKent were also among the players to play well above their grade. Well done to all these players. Well played also to WiseCrabbyCoconut who scored no less than 19 points, and to Midnight17 and HarryOscar who both scored 18 points, and also to Sana333 who is a relatively new player, but who scored 12 points.
We have congratulated lots of players and I would like to mention everyone, but that would be a very long article. But, what pleased me the most about our performance was how well the team performed as a whole. You need 2 things among others to succeed in these events. You do need your top players, they will score you points. But that is not enough. To borrow a cricketing phrase, you need to bat a long way down the order. What I mean by this is that you need to be able to score plenty of points throughout the team. Firstly, you need all those points, and secondly, players will always have an off day so we need a strong team. And that is what the team did so well. Everyone contributed to the result - so well done to the whole team.
You can see the full results and all the games here: lichess.org/tournament/ApuMThsZ
So, where does that leave us? - in Division 1! How amazing is that? Our first match in Division 1 will be on Monday 4th January at 6pm. We will send out a link to the event as soon as we are able to, most likely a week before.
SJC Clubnight - Wednesday 9th December
Well played to Midnight17 who won this event, playing no less than 13 games of chess in one hour, and won all but 3 of them - very well played. RowanKent also played very well to take second place. AbleLopsidedGiraffe, Koliyfl0w37 and wisecrabbycoconut all finished on 14 points, with AbleLopsidedGiraffe taking 3rd place by having the highest performance grade.
To see all the games and the full results, click here: lichess.org/tournament/Tv2ZUEA0
Today we held an Arena event. Number were slightly down due to AbleLopsidedGiraffe, OliverRichards and RowanKent taking part in the online London Junior Chess Championships U12 finals which are running throughout today.
Midnight17 looked sure to follow up his victory on Wednesday with another victory this morning, only for ADannatt26 to put together an amazing run of results at the end to take victory. Well played ADannatt26 - a great finish. Midnight17 secured second place, while Rafandros secured third place by virtue of some great results at the end.
To see all the games and the full results, click here: lichess.org/tournament/Kc4hhvCJ
Tonight was the night for Midnight17. He scorched to victory with a perfect 10 wins from 10 games - what a performance! Very very well played. Sana333 also had an excellent evening taking second place from RowanKent on tie-break - again very well played. RowanKent completed the top three with a great comeback after a wobbly start.
But - tonight was Midnight17's night. 10 wins from 10 games is a perfect results - can anyone equal it?
All of tonight's games and the full results can be found here: lichess.org/tournament/4cKrQTUP
London Junior Chess Championships (LJCC)
Last weekend was the finals of the LJCC. This is a major event - one of the 'majors' of the junior chess calendar. It is normally held over the board in Harrow, but this year has moved online. In the younger age groups, entry to the finals is by qualification only, and in normal years these qualifiers are held all over the country. This year the qualifiers were also online, but a high level of performance was still required to gain entry to the finals. Last weekend was the finals of the U18 and U12 age groups and Suffolk had players who made it to both of these events.
Rowan Kent has entered the LJCC for a number of years and this year took the opportunity to enter the U18 age group. Against lots of older players the standard of chess was high, but the pressure was off. Rowan Kent had a great event and scored 4/7, and came an impressive 36th out of 123 entrants. Very well played.
The full results and all the games can be seen here: lichess.org/swiss/0LZCfGR9
The finals of the section were by qualification only and we were delighted that 3 Suffolk players qualified for the final. These players were AbleLopsidedGiraffe, OliverRichards, and Rowan Kent. This was the first time AbleLopsidedGriaffe and OliverRichards had entered this event and they performed extremely well. AbleLopsidedGiraffe achieved an extremely good 3 wins form 7 games, while OliverRichards also had a great event and scored 2/7. Reaching the finals of this event is a really big achievement, so to get there and win games - that is fantastic, so very well played to them both. RowanKent also had a good day and managed to score 4 wins from his 7 games to finish in the top half. Very well played.
The full results and all the games can be seen here: lichess.org/swiss/ZbTYv4Ix
Wins, Draws, Losses and Stalemates - we had them all tonight. I think tonight proves you should never give up. If all else fails - try for a stalemate!
Special mentions tonight go to:
sana333 - Undefeated
jamesblyth - Best ever finish
m4verickvp - first win
MerryJazz - 2nd and somehow fitted in 16 games in one hour - how exactly?
CheckmateIWonHaha - First time and came 5th
I have reasons to congratulate to congratulate every player, but then they would not be special mentions. But - well played to everyone.
Well played also to RowanKent for winning the event, MerryJazz who came second, and in third place, HarryOscar who could so easily have won or taken second.
If you have a Lichess account, you can see the full results and all the games here: lichess.org/tournament/OW4oN79K
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