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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.

Northamptonshire Junior Chess Championships

Saturday, 1st February, 2014

A record turnout at the Northamptonshire Junior Chess Championships today; 21 of our members attended this yearly event in a bid to win the "County Champion" titles that were up for grabs. Here are their results:

U18 (inc. U16/U14/U12)

BRTO Briony Tomkins LLWDWL = 2.5/6
ELRE Elliott Reed WLWWLL = 3.0/6
ANTO Aneurin Tomkins BLLLLL = 1.0/6
BERA Ben Raine LBLLWW = 3.0/6 "U12 Runner-Up"
BRMA Bryony Marsh WLLWWL = 3.0/6 "U12 Champion"
AGMA Agatha Mann LLLBLL = 1.0/6

U11 (inc. U10)
ETRO Ethan Rowe WLWWWW = 5.0/6 "U11 Runner-Up"
GEGA George Gammage LWWLLL = 2.0/6
FIGU Fiona Gunaseelan LLWWLL = 2.0/6
JEMA Jenna Marsh WLLWWW = 4.0/6 "U11 Girls Champion"
ELOR Elijah O'Reilly WLWWDL = 3.5/6
HARI Hanina Rizan WWLDDL = 3.0/6
JOKH Josh Khangura WWLWWL = 4.0/6 "U10 Runner-Up"
RYCH Ryan Chew LWLWWW = 4.0/6
EUMA Euan Marsh DWLWDL = 3.0/6
RARA Rachael Raine LWLLWL = 2.0/6
ABRO Abigail Rowe LWLWLL = 2.0/6

U9 (inc. U8/U7)
SASA Sanin Salvio WWWLDW = 4.5/6 "U9 Champion"
VISU Vignesh Sudhakar WWLLWW = 4.0/6
LEGU Leofin Gunaseelan LWWLLW = 3.0/6 "U9 Best Game"
LUMI Luke Miller LLLWWL = 2.0/6

Well done to all of them, particularly Bryony, Jenna, and Sanin, our three 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 Preston Hedges Primary School U9 team (Sanin and Leofin) picked up the U9 Team Runners-Up trophy, and the Home-Educated U11 team (Ethan, Jenna, Elijah and Euan) picked up the U11 Team Runners-Up trophy; both teams are based at our club.

As always, our members put in a lot of effort and behaviour was excellent; we're very proud of all of their achievements, and congratulations to all of them!

10th Northants Christmas Congress

Saturday, 28th December, 2013

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


ELRE Elliott Reed WWLWW = 4.0/5 "U14 Runner-Up"
BRMA Bryony Marsh WWLLL = 2.0/5 "U12 Runner-Up", "U14 Best Girl"

JEMA Jenna Marsh LWWLW = 3.0/5 "U11 Best Girl"
RYCH Ryan Chew LWWLW = 3.0/5
FIGU Fiona Gunaseelan LLDWD = 2.0/5
EUMA Euan Marsh LWLLW = 2.0/5
RARA Rachael Raine LLWWL = 2.0/5
HARI Hanina Rizan WLLLL = 1.0/5

SASA Sanin Salvio WWWLL = 3.0/5
LEGU Leofin Gunaseelan WLLWW = 3.0/5 "U8 Runner-Up"

34th Northamptonshire Congress

Saturday, 16th November, 2013

The chess season is now truly under way, with the first NSCA-run tournament - the 34th Northamptonshire Congress - now finished. Sixteen of our club's members attended; here are their results:


AGMA Agatha Mann LLLBLW = 2.0/6
ANTO Aneurin Tomkins LBLLLL = 1.0/6
BRTO Briony Tomkins LLBLWW = 3.0/6 "U18 Best Girl"
ELRE Elliott Reed WLWWLL = 3.0/6 "U14 Runner-Up"

BERA Ben Raine WLWDWW = 4.5/6
ETRO Ethan Rowe WLWWDW = 4.5/6
FIGU Fiona Gunaseelan DLWDLW = 3.0/6
JEMA Jenna Marsh WLLWWW = 4.0/6

ABRO Abigail Rowe WLLLWW = 3.0/6
EUMA Euan Marsh WLWWLW = 4.0/6
RARA Rachael Raine LWWWDW = 4.5/6 "U10 Best Girl"
RHMA Rhianna Marsh LWDLWW = 3.5/6
SASA Sanin Salvio DLWWLL = 2.5/6
VISU Vignesh Sudhakar WWWLDL = 3.5/6

KIMA Kathryn Marsh WLLDDW = 3.0/6 "U8 Best Girl"
LEGU Leofin Gunaseelan LDDDLW = 2.5/6

The competition was, as usual, tough, particularly in the U18 section; even more so as this competition is a qualifying event for the London Junior Chess Championships in December. Despite this, most of our members got 50%+, and three got 4.5/6, which is an excellent score.

Our home-educated contingent formed a team for the U11 Schools Team part of the event, and with a score of 17 points (Ethan, Rachael, Jenna, and Euan) came equal-first in a three-way tie with Redwell Junior School and Laxton Junior School.

Congratulations to our prize-winners, and thank you to all our members that came for your efforts and support; it was another great turnout from our club!

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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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