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SSAFA Championships 2015

Saturday, 20th June, 2015

Today, twenty-three of our members took part in a very well supported SSAFA Championships - so well supported, in fact, that the event had to be relocated to a bigger venue! Here are the results for our members:

U18 (inc. U16/U14/U12)

WILE Will Lee LWLLLB = 2.0/6
BRTO Briony Tomkins LWWDLL = 2.5/6
ELRE Elliott Reed WLWDWL = 3.5/6
EMRO Emily Rowe LLWLBL = 2.0/6
ANTO Aneurin Tomkins LWLWLW = 3.0/6
BRMA Bryony Marsh WLWLWW = 4.0/6 "U14 Runner-Up", "U14 Best Girl"
BERA Ben Raine WLWDLW = 3.5/6
IVPE Ivan Petkov LLLBWL = 2.0/6
ETRO Ethan Rowe BWLWLW = 4.0/6 "U14 Winner"
BECO Ben Cox LBLWWL = 3.0/6 "U12 Winner"
JEMA Jenna Marsh WLLWLL = 2.0/6 "U12 Runner-Up", "U12 Best Girl"

U11 (inc. U10)
RYCH Ryan Chew WWLWWW = 5.0/6 "U11 Runner-Up"
CAWI Callum Willsher WLWLLW = 3.0/6
EUMA Euan Marsh LLWWLW = 3.0/6
RARA Rachael Raine LWLLLW = 2.0/6
ABRO Abigail Rowe WLWLLW = 3.0/6
VISU Vignesh Sudhakar LWWWDW = 4.5/6
TOCO Toby Cox WLWWLD = 3.5/6

U9 (inc. U8/U7)
LUMI Luke Miller WLWLLW = 3.0/6
KIMA Kitty Marsh WLLDWL = 2.5/6
LUGI Luca Gillespie WWLLWL = 3.0/6
ZAGI Zak Gillespie WLWWWW = 5.0/6 "U8 Winner"
LUCO Lucian Cox WLWLLW = 3.0/6

Congratulations to all of them for some great results and some great chess!

Running alongside the individual competition was the school teams competition; this is decided by taking the best four results from all members of the school, and adding them up to give the score for the team.

Once again, the Home Educated U9 team (including Zak, Luca and Kitty from our club) were Runners-Up in the U9 Team competition.

This tournament was also the fourth and final event of the "NSCA Grand Prix" for this season, and prizes were awarded based on the aggregate scores across all four events. Our members picked up the following prizes:

U14 Winner: Ben Raine

U14 Runner-Up: Bryony Marsh
U12 Winner: Ethan Rowe
U12 Runner-Up: Jenna Marsh
U11 Winner: Ryan Chew
U10 Runner-Up: Vignesh Sudhakar
U7 Winner: Zak Gillespie
U7 Runner-Up: Luca Gillespie

A fantastic achievement, well-deserved for their commitment and consistency throughout the year.

2015 Northamptonshire Junior County Championships

Saturday, 7th February, 2015

Once again a record turnout from our club, twenty-five of our members went along to the Northamptonshire Junior Chess Championships today in pursuit of the "County Champion" titles. Here are their results:

U18 (inc. U16/U14/U12)

WILE Will Lee LWLLLW = 2.0/6
BRTO Briony Tomkins WWLLWL = 3.0/6
EVRE Eva Ressel WWWWLD = 4.5/6 "U16 Champion"
ELRE Elliott Reed LWLWWW = 4.0/6
ANTO Aneurin Tomkins WLWLLW = 3.0/6
AGMA Agatha Mann LBLLWL = 2.0/6
EMRO Emily Rowe LLLBLL = 1.0/6
BERA Ben Raine WWLWL- = 3.0/5
PEMO Peter Mottram-Epson DLWWWW = 4.5/6 "U14 Champion"
ALMO Alastair Mottram-Epson WLWWLL = 3.0/6
BRMA Bryony Marsh LWWLLL = 2.0/6
ETRO Ethan Rowe WLWLWW = 4.0/6 "U12 Champion"
JEMA Jenna Marsh LWLWWW = 4.0/6 "U14 Girls Champion", "U14 Runner-Up"
ELOR Elijah O'Reilly LLBLWL = 2.0/6
FIGU Fiona Gunaseelan BLLLLL = 1.0/6

U11 (inc. U10)
RYCH Ryan Chew WWWLLW = 4.0/6
CAWI Callum Willsher LWLWWW = 4.0/6
RARA Rachael Raine WLWDWW = 4.5/6 "U11 Girls Champion"
EUMA Euan Marsh LWWLLW = 3.0/6
ABRO Abigail Rowe LLWWLW = 3.0/6
VISU Vignesh Sudhakar WWWWLD = 4.5/6 "U10 Runner-Up"

U9 (inc. U8/U7)
LUMI Luke Miller WLWLLW = 3.0/6
LEGU Leofin Gunaseelan LWLDWL = 2.5/6
LUGI Luca Gillespie WLWWLW = 4.0/6 "Joint U7 Champion"
ZAGI Zak Gillespie WLWWLW = 4.0/6 "Joint U7 Champion"

Well done to all of them, particularly Eva, Peter, Ethan, Jenna, Rachael, Luca, and Zak, our seven champions!

Running alongside the individual competition was the school teams competition; this is decided by taking the best four results from all members of the school, and adding them up to give the score for the team.

This year, the Home Educated U9 team (including Luca and Zak from our club) were Runners-Up in the U9 Team competition.

As well as excellent results across the board, of which we are immensely proud, there were a couple of displays of sportsmanship from our members today that were truly exceptional, and their willingness to put personal gain aside in favour of fairness makes us feel privileged to have them associated with our club.

Northern Junior Chess Championships

Sunday, 1st February, 2015

This weekend saw six of our members - and one former member - travel to Leeds for the Northern Junior Chess Championships. It is not often that a group of our members travel this far afield to regional or national competitions, but the results at this competition will certainly help encourage more of this in the future! Here are the results:


EVRE Eva Ressel WWWLW = 4.0/5 "U16 Runner Up"

BERA Ben Raine LWWWW = 4.0/5 "U14 = Winner"
BRMA Bryony Marsh LLWWL = 2.0/5 "U14 Best Girl"

ETRO Ethan Rowe WLWLW = 3.0/5
HOJA Holly Jacobson WWLLL = 2.0/5 "U12 Manchester Winner"

LUGI Luca Gillespie BWLWW = 4.0/5 "U8 Runner Up"
ZAGI Zak Gillespie WLLWW = 3.0/5

Well done to them all!

11th Northants Christmas Congress

Sunday, 28th December, 2014

Fifteen of our members attended the NSCA Christmas Congress this year; here are their results:


BERA Ben Raine WWLWL = 3.0/5
BRMA Bryony Marsh LWLLW = 2.0/5 "U14 = Best Girl"
ELOR Elijah O'Reilly LWWLW = 3.0/5
EMRA Emily Raine LLLLL = 0.0/5
EMRO Emily Rowe LLWLL = 1.0/5
ETRO Ethan Rowe WWLLL = 2.0/5
JEMA Jenna Marsh WLLWL = 2.0/5 "U14 = Best Girl"

ABRO Abigail Rowe LLLWL = 1.0/5
CAWI Callum Willsher WLWWW = 4.0/5 "U11 = Runner-Up"
EUMA Euan Marsh LLWWL = 2.0/5
RARA Rachael Raine LLWLW = 2.0/5
RYCH Ryan Chew WWWWW = 5.0/5 "U11 Winner", "U11 Best Game"
VISU Vignesh Sudhakar LWLLW = 2.0/5

LUGI Luca Gillespie WWDWL = 3.5/5 "U7 Winner"
ZAGI Zak Gillespie WWWLW = 4.0/5 "U8 Winner", "U9 Best Game"

Some great results, including full points for Ryan, and two winner trophies for two of our youngest members, the Gillespie twins!

35th Northamptonshire Congress

Saturday, 22nd November, 2014

Today twenty-three of our members (our highest tournament turnout ever!) attended the first NSCA tournament of the chess season, the 35th Northamptonshire Congress. Here are their results:


BERA Ben Raine WLLWWW = 4.0/6
ETRO Ethan Rowe WWLWWL = 4.0/6 "U12 Winner"
ELOR Elijah O'Reilly WWLDLW = 3.5/6
WILE William Lee LbWWLW = 3.5/6
ANTO Aneurin Tomkins WWWLLL = 3.0/6
BRMA Bryony Marsh WWLLWL = 3.0/6
EMRO Emily Rowe LWLWLW = 3.0/6
JEMA Jenna Marsh LWWLWL = 3.0/6
BRTO Briony Tomkins LWLLWL = 2.0/6
EMRA Emily Raine LLLLBL = 1.0/6
FIGU Fiona Gunaseelan WLLLLL = 1.0/6
WIDA William Davidson LLLBLL = 1.0/6

JOKH Josh Khangura WWWLWW = 5.0/6
RYCH Ryan Chew WLWWWW = 5.0/6
EUMA Euan Marsh LWWWWD = 4.5/6
CAWI Callum Willsher WWLLWW = 4.0/6
RARA Rachael Raine LWLWWW = 4.0/6
ABRO Abigail Rowe LWLWLW = 3.0/6
VISU Vignesh Sudhakar WWLLWL = 3.0/6

ZAGI Zak Gillespie WWLWWW = 5.0/6 "U7 Winner"
LUGI Luca Gillespie WWWDLW = 4.5/6
LUMI Luke Miller LWWWLW = 4.0/6
LEGU Leofin Gunaseelan WDLWLW = 3.5/6

The U18 section was tough, with several of our members moving from the U11s last year into the U18s this year, making them the youngest in the section. Despite this, two-thirds of them managed 50%+, which is an excellent effort.

In both the U11s and U9s, all our members managed 50%+, which is an excellent achievement; a special mention here for Zak and Luca Gillespie, who at the age of 6 have now attended their first tournament ever, and come away with a 5.0/6 and 4.5/6 respectively, and Zak also picked up the trophy for the best U7! A truly outstanding result!

Well done to all our members who came along today; the standard of play was, like during our Club Championship, much improved, which is clearly reflected in the results above.

NJCC 2014 Club Championship

Sunday, 19th October, 2014

Today was our fourth annual Club Championship; nineteen of our members came along to test their skills against each other in a Swiss Draw tournament.

The levels of concentration and quality of play hit a new high, with hardly any games finishing within the first 10 minutes of any round, a rare feat indeed!

Here's a breakdown of the results:

BERA  Ben Raine          WWWWWW = 6.0/6    1st/19       "Club Champion"

ETRO Ethan Rowe WWWLLW = 4.0/6 =2nd/19 (1/5) "U12 Champion" & "Best Game #1"
RYCH Ryan Chew WWLLWW = 4.0/6 =2nd/19 (2/5) "U11 Champion"
JEMA Jenna Marsh LWWWWL = 4.0/6 =2nd/19 (3/5) "Grading Performance Award #2" & "Best Game #1"
VISU Vignesh Sudhakar LWWWLW = 4.0/6 =2nd/19 (4/5) "U10 Champion" & "Grading Performance Award #1"
ELOR Elijah O'Reilly WLWWLW = 4.0/6 =2nd/19 (5/5) "Grading Performance Award #3"
WILE William Lee WWLDWL = 3.5/6 =7th/19 (1/2) "U16 Champion" & "Best Game #2"
BRTO Briony Tomkins WLWDWL = 3.5/6 =7th/19 (2/2) "Best Game #2"
RARA Rachael Raine LWLWWL = 3.0/6 =9th/19 (1/6)
BRMA Bryony Marsh WLWLLW = 3.0/6 =9th/19 (2/6) "U13 Champion"
EUMA Euan Marsh LLWWLB = 3.0/6 =9th/19 (3/6) "Best Game #3"
CAWI Callum Willsher WWLLLW = 3.0/6 =9th/19 (4/6) "Best Game #3"
ANTO Aneurin Tomkins LLWWWL = 3.0/6 =9th/19 (5/6) "U14 Champion" & "Late Starter Award #1"
ABRO Abigail Rowe LLLBWW = 3.0/6 =9th/19 (6/6) "Late Starter Award #2"
FIGU Fiona Gunaseelan LWLDWL = 2.5/6 15th/19
WIDA William Davidson WLLLBL = 2.0/6 16th/19
JOJE John Jesu LBLLLD = 1.5/6 =17th/19 (1/3)
LEGU Leofin Gunaseelan LLBDLL = 1.5/6 =17th/19 (2/3) "U9 Champion"
LUMI Luke Miller BLLLLD = 1.5/6 =17th/19 (3/3)

Note that those with equal scores are also ranked according to tie-breaker scores.

Congratulations to Ben Raine, our new Club Champion for 2014, and to all our age-group Champions too.

The "Grading Performance Awards" were awarded to the three players who, to over-simplify somewhat, played (statistically) at a stronger level than usual, by the largest margin. The "Late Starter Awards" went to two players who, despite initial setbacks, kept trying hard and did very well in their later games. The "Best Game Awards" were awarded for particularly interesting and well-played games, as judged by our coach Steve who was monitoring the play.

A huge thank you to Cedar Road Primary School (particularly Kay and Ian) for providing such a great venue for the fourth time running; Steve (one of our club coaches) for supervising the play; Dominic (parent) for helping set up; Gareth (parent) for supervising the fresh air breaks; and Barbara for general assistance/supervision/refreshments.

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About NJCC

Northampton Junior Chess Club provides a place for young chess players to meet, socialise, and play chess; all levels of playing ability welcome.

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