Last Friday the Bury Knights Junior Chess Club had more players than at any time in the last ten years, with no less than 52 members present. There are currently 60 members on the books. Bob Jones has been running the club since September 1992 - over 27 years - and it is great to see it is still such a thriving club after all this time.
This success follows a move to a new venue at Moreton Hall Community Centre on the edge of Bury St Edmunds. Members are split into five divisions, ranging from experienced players in Division 1 through to Division 4 and also a novices’ sections where beginners are taught the rules of the game and how to more the pieces.
It was a great evening with a constant buzz of activity. With the results of all games recorded, players are able to see their progress and move up or down divisions based on their results
With the juniors finishing at 8pm, the second wave of chess began. Several adults from the Bury St Edmunds Chess Club arrived for a relaxed club night and some of the top juniors stayed on to learn from the adults.
This is one of the reasons for the change in venue as it provides both an adult club night and a brilliant opportunity for the stronger juniors.
Thank you to the adults who came along - it really is great for the juniors - they get to see chess from a slightly different angle as the players talk through their games. From a personal perspective, I think my son gets a lot from this and we are very grateful to the adults.
We would love to see more adults come along to play both each other and the juniors, and it would be great to see as many of the Division 1 juniors come along as possible.
Lastly, a big thank you to Bob - without his efforts none of this would happen and chess in Bury would be considerably weaker.
Last Saturday, the Suffolk U11 chess team travelled to Aldgate in London for the Eastern Region Inter County Match. As we are located in the strongest chess region in the country, this was always going to be a very tough event. Our team played extremely well against very strong opposition and achieved some very good results.
I would like to thank all of the team for their performances. We have some very tough opponents and all the players should feel very proud to have represented their county at this level and should remember that some of the very top players in the country were there. Two of our players did the impossible and won 2 of their 3 matches - Amy John and Georgia Pommier. To win 2/3 at this level is a performance that they should be very proud of.
I would also like to thank the team for their approach to the day. They worked hard and concentrated, but above all enjoyed themselves - well done.
I would like to thank the following who represented their county so well: Alex Bujnowski, Amy John, Arthur Dannatt, Beatrice Boreham, Edison Lorejo, Freddie Dannatt, Georgia Pommier, Isaac Kim, Joe Ferdinand, Lade Laguda, Lanfranco Lawson, Luke Holmes, Matteo Barberini , Max Lewis, Mevin Biju, Raf Calumpiano, Rowan Kent, Ryan John, Theo Pommier, Tia Martin, William Davison, Zikora Varner.
The overall results can be found here.
Suffolk's results can be found here.
Please note that there is an error on Round 3 boards 17 and 18, in which Beatrice Boreham and Alex Bujnowski actually played - I have asked for this error to be corrected.
The image below shows where we were playing - a very different environment to Suffolk's Schools!
Sunday, 13th May, saw the first of this summer's major junior chess events - the Mega Final, held at Woodbridge School. This is an event where players qualify through school or club stages to compete in the county final. From these, the top Suffolk players, the very best qualify to compete in the national Giga Finals.
Congratulations to all players who played in this event - they have all done extremely well to qualify. The results will be appearing shortly on the UK Chess Challenge Website.
Before we move on to the results, it was great to see the representation from Suffolk's schools and chess clubs, with many players coming from the Bury Knights. Players also came to the event having succeeded in the schools / clubs stage at Woodbridge school, Bosmere, East Bergholt, and Handford Hall - and other schools which I have not recorded. Thank you to all schools and clubs who took part in this event - it is a great way to make chess fun and competitive in clubs and also helps give a target and competition. Thank you to the UK Chess Challenge organisers for running the competition, and thanks also to Adam Hunt and Dagne Ciuksyte and for organising and running the event.
With the U7s category having been grouped with the U8s, Indula Dedigama played extremely well to win all his games while still an U7, while Lade Laguda won the U8s with some excellent chess, with both being Supremo in their categories. Athene Ross won the title of Suprema in the girls U8 category, again with some excellent chess.
In a big section with many players, Rowan Kent played well to win all his games to takes the title of Supremo in the boys U9 category, while Sofia Ciuksyte took the title of Suprema in the girls section.
The main drama of the day took place in the U10s section. Here there were 3 main protagonists who were all equal at the end of the event with Amy John, Georgia Pommier and Louis Thomas all equal on 5 wins from 6 games respectively, with Amy having beaten Louis, Louis having beaten Georgia, and Georgia having beaten Amy. The boys section was straightforward with victory and the title of Supremo going to Louis Thomas - congratulations to him. After checking the rules, it was confirmed that Georgia would take the title of Suprema due to her victory over Amy, so very well played, Georgia, for some excellent and consistent chess. And congratulations also to Amy for some excellent chess and a very well deserved qualification for the Giga Final.
With the U11 & U12 sections grouped together, Toby Martin earned the title of U11 Supremo with 4 wins from 6 games, while Amber Cook earned the Title of U11s Suprema. In the U12 section, Adam John earned the tile of Supremo with a perfect score of 6 wins from 6 games, while the title of Suprema was awarded to Charlotte Ciuksyte.
Tom Roy took the U13 Supremo title with an excellent 5/6. Samuel Prior won the U14 Supremo title, while Caitlin Shore won the U14 Suprema title. In the U15 section, Rowland Kerr took the Supremo title with an excellent 5.5/6, while Jenny Rochford took the Suprema title.
Over the last few weeks, Suffolk's Junior players have represented the county at U9, U11, and U18 levels. The teams have had varying levels of success, but should all be very proud of their efforts in their matches and also of the way they have represented the county.
Before we get to the important business of the teams, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the clubs and schools who have provided players to the Suffolk teams. The 2 main chess clubs, Bury Knights and Ipswich Junior Chess Club provided the teams with many players and sincere thanks go to Bob Jones and Martin Tomes for the very significant time and effort they put into providing opportunities for young Suffolk players. Thanks also go to the schools with Woodbridge School, St Edmunds Catholic Primary School and Handford Hall being among the schools providing players. Without these clubs and schools, there would be no Junior Chess in Suffolk, so thank you to them all.
In all 3 of the Suffolk teams, the spirit and good natured behaviour was noticeable and I would like to thank the players and their parents for the commitment to travel to the various venues, none of which were close to Suffolk and to spend all day with the team. The players cheerful approach to the game and the team spirit were very noticeable - thank you to all.
Thank you to Ground Control for supporting the team and helping to make the event possible for the players.
On 25th February, the U18 team competed against 5 other counties in the major section in Grantham. While the team struggled against the tough opposition, the games were generally hard fought. Suffolk sent a team of 12 juniors who had an overall average grade of 122 - an impressive achievement in itself. However when competing against counties with average grades of 151, 154 & 161, it was always going to be a tall order.
Well played to the whole team: Alex Sheerin, Jaden Jermy, Adam John, Gavith Dharmasena, Kian Dharmasena, Alan John, Rowland Kerr, Tom Roy, William Moody, Rowan Kent, Mario Saenz de Villaverde, and Amy John.
Thank you also to Bob Jones for organising the team.
The report on the English Chess website can be seen here.
On Saturday 10th March, Suffolk's U9 team gathered in Richmond for the regional inter county event. Against some really strong teams we travelled in hope of strong results, but also prepared for a tough event with many of our players at the start of their chess careers.
In this 12 board event, we had a tough first round, winning only 3.5 points from a possible 12. A stronger 2nd round was needed, and the team delivered, winning 5 points and they followed that up with a further 5 points in the final round.
The team needed to finish in the top 6 to qualify for the national finals, and managed in the final round to overhaul Cambridgeshire to finish 5th - a truly fantastic result which bodes well for the future.
The stand-out performance of the day was undoubtedly by Edison Lorejo. Edison, who has a grade of 24, was asked to play opponents of grades 86, 63 and 26. In winning all three games, he managed a grading performance of 101. Surely his best performance to date.
Another notable performance was by Freddie Dannatt in securing 2.5 points from a possible 3 points which were crucial to secure qualification for the next round - well done Freddie.
The future of the U9 team will also be strengthened by our young new recruit Lade Laguda, who is only just 8. In winning 3 games out of 3, he will strengthen the team next year when the bulk of the players become too old for the U9s.
Not everyone wins all their games, and in these events, the way the matches are arranged, some players have a tougher draw than others. It was fantastic to see that all the players took their defeats and kept smiling and all enjoyed themselves, which is by far the most important thing.
Very well done to the ENTIRE team of: Rowan Kent, Raf Calumpiano, Edison Lorejo, Isaac Kim, Tania Roy, Luke Holmes, Mevin Biju, Freddie Dannatt, Hamilton Lowdell, Karthik Kamatham, Indula Dedigama, Tyler Whalen, Lade Laguda, Kara Whalen, Max Lewis, and Gabriel Kim.
The Suffolk results can be found here.
The full results can be found here.
Yesterday, 17th March, it was the turn of the U11s to represent Suffolk in a snowy Bromley. With 20 players per team, and 10 counties represented in the south-east zone, this was a big event with 200 players in the playing hall as well as reserve players.
After a tough first round in which the team scored 6/20, the team scored a good 8.5/20 to go into the final round needing plenty of wins to qualify for the national finals. Unfortunately, with some tough pairings, the team just failed to qualify.
The most notable performance was probably that of Milan Biju (Grade 53) who scored a win, a draw and a loss to score 1.5/3 against 3 players who were all graded over 100 to finish with a grading performance of 93 - very well played.
Other notable performances were by Raf Calumpiano, Eniko Stuller, Luke Holmes (all 2/3) and Marina Pommier (1.5/3).
The full Suffolk results can be found here.
As with the other teams, ALLthe players should be very proud of their performance. In these events, depending on the draw, some players can have a much tougher draw than others. Well played to EVERYONE.
Following the conclusion of the chess, it was time to travel home on a distinctly snowy and dark evening. One thing that will live long in the memory is the exceptional and ruthless aim of some of the players with snowballs, particularly at yours truly! You know who you are...
Spot the Chess Piece
Seen below is the Under 11 chess team in Bromley - can you find the Knight hiding in the photo???
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
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.
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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.
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