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NJCC 2016 Club Championship

Sunday, 16th October, 2016

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

First, the final scores, including tie-breaks, and titles won:

Place  Name                  Tag    Age  Score TBrk1 TBrk2

1st Cox, Toby TOCO U12 6 16.0 24.0 Club Champion
=2nd Sheikh, Samia SSHE U12 5 14.0 23.0 U12 Champion
Chew, Ryan RYCH U13 5 14.0 21.0 U13 Champion
=4th Raine, Ben BERA U15 4 16.0 25.0 U15 Champion
Rowe, Ethan ETRO U14 4 14.0 23.0 U14 Champion
Petkov, Ivan IVPE U15 4 14.0 22.0
Marsh, Bryony BRMA U15 4 14.0 21.5
Dytrych, Alexander ALDY U10 4 14.0 21.0 U10 Champion
Sudhakar, Vignesh VISU U12 4 13.0 17.5
Willsher, Callum CAWI U13 4 12.0 18.5
Cox, Lucian LUCO U9 4 11.5 17.0 U9 Champion
=12th Gillespie, Zak ZAGI U9 3 17.0 23.5
Gunaseelan, Leofin LEGU U11 3 13.0 20.0 U11 Champion
Mehta, Manasi MAME U13 3 13.0 19.5
Anstice, Benjamin BEAN U15 3 13.0 19.5
O'Reilly, Elijah ELOR U14 3 12.0 19.5
Dinakar, Ramprasad RADI U14 3 12.0 18.0
Gillespie, Luca LUGI U9 3 12.0 17.5
Marsh, Jenna JEMA U14 3 11.5 16.0
Marsh, Euan EUMA U13 3 11.0 17.0
Gunaseelan, Fiona FIGU U14 3 9.5 15.0
=22nd Childs, Kimberly KICH U9 2 11.0 15.5
Sharma, Mihir MISH U8 2 10.5 16.0 U8 Champion
Miller, Luke LUMI U11 2 10.5 15.0
Rizan, Hanina HARI U14 2 10.5 15.0
Willis, James JAWI U13 2 10.5 14.0
O'Reilly, Saoirse SAOR U11 2 10.0 14.5
Srikakolapu, Pradyun PRSR U8 2 10.0 13.5
Childs, Samantha SACH U10 2 9.5 14.0
=30th Rowe, Jessica JERO U11 1 12.0 17.5
Jesu, John JOJE U12 1 9.5 15.0

We also have a "cross-table" showing who each player faced in each round, and the result:
No  Name                 Tag    Grd Score  1    2    3    4    5    6

1. Raine, Ben BERA 694 4 19:W 13:W 11:W 6:W 4:L 9:L
4. Cox, Toby TOCO 674 6 20:W 12:W 10:W 9:W 1:W 5:W
5. Rowe, Ethan ETRO 658 4 21:W 15:L 20:W 16:W 10:W 4:L
6. Petkov, Ivan IVPE 631 4 22:W 14:W 15:W 1:L 17:W 8:L
8. Chew, Ryan RYCH 594 5 24:W 17:L 21:W 15:W 12:W 6:W
9. Sheikh, Samia SSHE 504 5 26:W 16:W 17:W 4:L 18:W 1:W
10. Willsher, Callum CAWI 488 4 28:W 41:W 4:L 19:W 5:L 16:W
11. Sudhakar, Vignesh VISU 481 4 29:W 18:W 1:L 17:L 20:W 21:W
12. Marsh, Bryony BRMA 476 4 30:W 4:L 22:W 24:W 8:L 17:W
13. Dinakar, Ramprasad RADI 455 3 31:W 1:L 26:W 18:L 21:L 28:W
14. Gillespie, Luca LUGI 440 3 33:W 6:L 24:L 36:W 22:W 18:L
15. Dytrych, Alexander ALDY 423 4 34:W 5:W 6:L 8:L 24:W 19:W
16. Mehta, Manasi MAME 422 3 35:W 9:L 28:W 5:L 26:W 10:L
17. Gillespie, Zak ZAGI 416 3 36:W 8:W 9:L 11:W 6:L 12:L
18. Cox, Lucian LUCO 403 4 38:W 11:L 41:W 13:W 9:L 14:W
19. Marsh, Jenna JEMA 316 3 1:L 29:W 38:W 10:L 28:W 15:L
20. O'Reilly, Elijah ELOR 293 3 4:L 30:W 5:L 31:W 11:L 33:W
21. Gunaseelan, Leofin LEGU 252 3 5:L 31:W 8:L 33:W 13:W 11:L
22. Marsh, Euan EUMA 250 3 6:L 33:W 12:L 34:W 14:L 31:W
24. Anstice, Benjamin BEAN 232 3 8:L 34:W 14:W 12:L 15:L 35:W
26. Gunaseelan, Fiona FIGU 210 3 9:L 35:W 13:L 41:W 16:L 34:W
28. Sharma, Mihir MISH 146 2 10:L 36:W 16:L 38:W 19:L 13:L
29. Jesu, John JOJE 145 1 11:L 19:L 33:L 30:L :W 38:L
30. Childs, Samantha SACH 141 2 12:L 20:L 34:L 29:W 35:L :W
31. Miller, Luke LUMI 132 2 13:L 21:L 35:W 20:L 36:W 22:L
33. Willis, James JAWI 124 2 14:L 22:L 29:W 21:L 38:W 20:L
34. Rizan, Hanina HARI 118 2 15:L 24:L 30:W 22:L 41:W 26:L
35. Childs, Kimberly KICH 113 2 16:L 26:L 31:L :W 30:W 24:L
36. Srikakolapu, Pradyun PRSR 106 2 17:L 28:L :W 14:L 31:L 41:W
38. O'Reilly, Saoirse SAOR 67 2 18:L :W 19:L 28:L 33:L 29:W
41. Rowe, Jessica JERO 13 1 :W 10:L 18:L 26:L 34:L 36:L

Congratulations to Toby Cox, our new Club Champion for 2016, and to all our age-group Champions too.

Four "Grading Performance Awards" were awarded to the four players who, to over-simplify somewhat, played (statistically) at a stronger level than usual, by the largest margin; they were Samia Sheikh (743 vs 504), Leofin Gunaseelan (407 vs 252), Ben Anstice (361 vs 232), and Alexander Dytrych (550 vs 423).

Four "Best Game Awards" were awarded to both players in two particularly interesting and well-played games, as judged by our former club leader Ian who was running the event and monitoring the play; these were Ivan Petkov vs Ben Raine (1-0) and Toby Cox vs Samia Sheikh (1-0), both in round 4.

Two special awards; "Valiant Effort" to Leofin Gunaseelan who played well above his usual standard in his first game against one of the top players in the club to make him work very hard for his eventual victory, and "Sneakiest Move" to Zak Gillespie for an excellent set-up and execution of a discovered check to win a queen to avoid being checkmated next move and to eventually win the game too.

A huge thank you to Cedar Road Primary School (particularly Kay and Ian) for providing such a great venue for the sixth time running. Also, many thanks to Barbara, David, Dimple, and Suzanne for their assistance with organisation, preparation, refreshments and general supervision!

SSAFA Championships 2016

Saturday, 18th June, 2016

Twenty-four of our members went along to the SSAFA Championships on Saturday, the last NSCA tournament of the season, and the last chance to pick up those valuable NSCA Grand Prix points. Here are their results:

U18 (inc. U14/U12/U11)

BEAN Benjamin Anstice WLLWLL = 2.0/6
BERA Ben Raine LWWLWW = 4.0/6
IVPE Ivan Petkov WWLWLL = 3.0/6
JEMA Jenna Marsh LLWWLL = 2.0/6
ELOR Elijah O'Reilly WWLLWL = 3.0/6
BECO Ben Cox WDWWWW = 5.5/6 "U14 Winner"
MAME Manasi Mehta WWLLLL = 2.0/6
RYCH Ryan Chew DLWLWW = 3.5/6
EUMA Euan Marsh LWLWLL = 2.0/6
CAWI Callum Willsher LWWLWL = 3.0/6
TOCO Toby Cox LWWLWW = 4.0/6
VISU Vignesh Sudhakar WWWLLW = 4.0/6

U10 (inc. U9)
LEGU Leofin Gunaseelan LLWLWW = 3.0/6
LUMI Luke Miller DLLWWL = 2.5/6
SAOR Saoirse O'Reilly LWLLWL = 2.0/6
SACH Samantha Childs WWLLWL = 3.0/6
ALDY Alexander Dytrych WWLWWL = 4.0/6

U8 (inc. U7)
LUGI Luca Gillespie WWLWWL = 4.0/6
ZAGI Zak Gillespie WWWWLW = 5.0/6 "U8 Runner-Up"
LUCO Lucian Cox WWWLWW = 5.0/6
KICH Kimberly Childs WDWLLW = 3.5/6 "U8 Joint Best Girl"
CACA Cameron Carlisle LWWWLW = 4.0/6 "U7 Winner"
MISH Mihir Sharma WWLLWD = 3.5/6
MIAD Michael Adeboye BLWLLD = 2.5/6

As is usually the case with simplified results like this, it doesn't really do justice to the level of achievement, as many of the losses were close games against strong competition, and some of the wins were exceptional, with many of our members "punching above their weight". Well done to all of them!

Finally, the "NSCA Grand Prix" results for this season; prizes were awarded based on the aggregate scores across all four events. Our members picked up the following prizes:

U14 Winner: Ben Raine

U12 Runner-Up: Callum Willsher
U11 Winner: Vignesh Sudhakar
U9 Winner: Alexander Dytrych
U8 Winner: Zak Gillespie
U8 Runner-Up: Lucian Cox
U7 Runner-Up: Cameron Carlisle

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

Golders Green FIDE Rapidplay

Saturday, 4th June, 2016

Two of our members participated in the Golders Green FIDE Rapidplay tournament; their scores were as follows:

U120 Section

BECO Ben Cox WWLWDD = 4.0/6
TOCO Toby Cox WLLWWW = 4.0/6

More great results, well done to you both!

2nd Potters Bar Junior Rapidplay

Friday, 3rd June, 2016

Four of our members participated in the 2nd Potters Bar Junior Rapidplay tournament; their scores were as follows:

MAME  Manasi Mehta            WLWLLB = 3.0/6

ALDY Alexander Dytrych WWWWWL = 5.0/6 "Ungraded section: =1st"
ZAGI Zak Gillespie LBDWWW = 4.5/6 "U106 section: =1st"
LUGI Luca Gillespie LWWLLW = 3.0/6

Well done!

Muswell Hill FIDE Rapidplay

Sunday, 22nd May, 2016

Three of our members participated in the Muswell Hill FIDE Rapidplay tournament; their scores were as follows:

U120 Section

BECO Ben Cox WLWLWD = 3.5/6 "Grading prize"
TOCO Toby Cox LDWWLW = 3.5/6
LUCO Lucian Cox LLLLWL = 1.0/6

Well done to the three of them in what would have been a tough group including some very strong opposition, and it's great to see our members taking part in competitions around the country.

UK Chess Challenge Megafinal

Saturday, 14th May, 2016

This weekend, some of our members (and an ex-member!) attended the UK Chess Challenge Rockingham Megafinal; here are their results:

BRTO  Briony Tomkins          DLLWDW = 3.0/6 "U17 Girls winner"

ANTO Aneurin Tomkins DWLWDW = 4.0/6
EMRO Emily Rowe LLLLDL = 0.5/6 "U15 Girls winner"
BEAN Benjamin Anstice LWLWLL = 2.0/6
BERA Ben Raine DWWLDL = 3.0/6
IVPE Ivan Petkov WLWLDW = 3.5/6
ETRO Ethan Rowe WLLWWD = 3.5/6
CAWI Callum Willsher WLLLWL = 2.0/6
RARA Rachael Raine LLLLLB = 1.0/6
MAME Manasi Mehta LLWLWW = 3.0/6 "U12 Girls winner"
VISU Vignesh Sudhakar WWWLWW = 5.0/6
ALDY Alexander Dytrych WWWWDW = 5.5/6 "U9 Boys winner"
ZAGI Zak Gillespie WWWWWW = 6.0/6 "U8 Boys Winner"
LUGI Luca Gillespie WWWWLW = 5.0/6
SACH Samantha Childs WLLDWL = 2.5/6
KICH Kimberly Childs WLWLLW = 3.0/6
CACA Cameron Carlisle WWLWWW = 5.0/6 "U7 Boys Winner"

Well done to all who took part, and congratulations to Briony, Emily, Manasi, Alexander, Zak, and Cameron, who won their respective sections, and to Aneurin, Vignesh and Luca who scored at least 4 points; they have all qualified for the next stage of the competition, the Northern Gigafinal. Good luck!

Three of our members also participated in the West Anglia Megafinal earlier in May, having qualified through their school. Their scores were as follows:

BECO  Ben Cox                 LWWWWD = 4.5/6

TOCO Toby Cox LWLLWW = 3.0/6
LUCO Lucian Cox WWWDWD = 5.0/6

Congratulations to all three, and well done to Ben and Lucian who have qualified for the next stage, and will join our other members at the Northern Gigafinal.

Another member also participated in the Buckinghamshire Megafinal, having qualified through their school. His results:

RYCH  Ryan Chew               DWWWWD = 5.0/6 "U12 Boys winner"

Well done, Ryan; unbeaten!

2016 Northamptonshire Junior County Championships

Saturday, 6th February, 2016

Thirty of our members went along to the Northamptonshire Junior Chess Championships on Saturday in pursuit of the "County Champion" titles. Here are their results:

U18 (inc. U16/U14/U12)

ELRE Elliott Reed LWWWLL = 3.0/6
EMRO Emily Rowe LBLLLW = 2.0/6
BEAN Benjamin Anstice WLWLLW = 3.0/6
BERA Ben Raine DDDWWW = 4.5/6 "U14 Runner-Up"
IVPE Ivan Petkov DWLWLW = 3.5/6
BRMA Bryony Marsh WLWDLW = 3.5/6
ETRO Ethan Rowe WWWLWW = 5.0/6 "U14 Champion", "U18 Best Game"
JEMA Jenna Marsh LWLLWW = 3.0/6
ELOR Elijah O'Reilly WLLWLL = 2.0/6
BECO Ben Cox WWWLLW = 4.0/6
MAME Manasi Mehta WLLWWW = 4.0/6 "U12 Champion", "U14 Girls Champion"
RYCH Ryan Chew DDWLLW = 3.0/6
EUMA Euan Marsh LLLBWL = 2.0/6
RARA Rachael Raine LWLLBL = 2.0/6
ABRO Abigail Rowe LLBWLW = 3.0/6 "U12 Girls Champion"
CAWI Callum Willsher BWLWLL = 3.0/6 "U12 Runner-Up"

U11 (inc. U10)
TOCO Toby Cox DWWWLW = 4.5/6
VISU Vignesh Sudhakar WWDWWW = 5.5/6 "U11 Champion"
LEGU Leofin Gunaseelan WLLLWW = 3.0/6
KIMA Kathryn Marsh WWLLDL = 2.5/6
LUMI Luke Miller BLWWLW = 4.0/6
SAOR Saoirse O'Reilly LLLLWL = 1.0/6

U9 (inc. U8/U7)
SACH Samantha Childs BLLWWW = 4.0/6 "U9 Girls Champion"
ALDY Alexander Dytrych WWWWWL = 5.0/6 "U9 Champion"
LUGI Luca Gillespie WWWWLW = 5.0/6 "U8 Champion"
ZAGI Zak Gillespie WWWLLW = 4.0/6
LUCO Lucian Cox WWLWDW = 4.5/6
ABMI Abigail Miller LLLLLB = 1.0/6
KICH Kimberly Childs WWLWLL = 3.0/6
CACA Cameron Carlisle LWWWLW = 4.0/6

The U18 section was particularly dramatic, with several surprise results, showing that some of our emerging talent can truly compete against some well-established and competent opposition!

Well done to all of them, especially Ethan, Manasi, Abigail, Vignesh, Samantha, and Luca, our six champions!

12th Northants Christmas Congress

Sunday, 20th December, 2015

Today, twenty-two of our members attended the second NSCA tournament of the chess season, the 12th Northants Christmas Congress. Here are their results:


BERA Ben Raine WWWWD = 4.5/5 "U14 Winner"
BECO Ben Cox WLWWW = 4.0/5
JEMA Jenna Marsh LDWWW = 3.5/5 "U14 Best Girl"
CAWI Callum Willsher WWLLW = 3.0/5
ETRO Ethan Rowe LWWWL = 3.0/5
FIGU Fiona Gunaseelan LWWLW = 3.0/5
BRMA Bryony Marsh DWWLL = 2.5/5
MAME Manasi Mehta WWLLL = 2.0/5
JAWI James Willis LDLLB = 1.5/5
EUMA Euan Marsh LLWLL = 1.0/5
ABRO Abigail Rowe LLBLL = 1.0/5

VISU Vignesh Sudhakar WWWWD = 4.5/5 "U11 Runner-Up"
LUMI Luke Miller WLLWL = 2.0/5
KIMA Kathryn Marsh WLLWL = 2.0/5
TOCO Toby Cox LLWLW = 2.0/5
LEGU Leofin Gunaseelan LLLBW = 2.0/5

ZAGI Zak Gillespie WWWWL = 4.0/5 "U8 Winner", "U9 Runner-Up"
LUGI Luca Gillespie WWLWW = 4.0/5
LUCO Lucian Cox WWLWW = 4.0/5
CACA Cameron Carlisle WLLWW = 3.0/5
ABMI Abigail Miller LLLBW = 2.0/5 "U9 Best Girl"
SACH Samantha Childs DLWLL = 1.5/5

Some great results, including six scores of 80%+, and lots of extra points added to the Grand Prix running totals. Well done, everyone!

We hope everyone has a great Christmas break and we're looking forward to a great 2016!

36th Northamptonshire Congress

Sunday, 15th November, 2015

On Sunday, twenty-six of our members (plus one ex-member!) attended the first NSCA tournament of the chess season, the 36th Northamptonshire Congress. Here are their results:


BERA Ben Raine WWWDLW = 4.5/6 "U18 Runner-Up"
CAWI Callum Willsher LDWWWW = 4.5/6 "U14 Winner"
BRMA Bryony Marsh LWWLWW = 4.0/6 "U18 Best Girl"
ETRO Ethan Rowe WLWWLW = 4.0/6 "U14 Runner-Up"
BECO Ben Cox WWLWWL = 4.0/6
MAME Manasi Mehta WWLWLL = 3.0/6 "U12 Joint Winner", "U12 Best Girl"
RYCH Ryan Chew LWWLWL = 3.0/6 "U12 Joint Winner"
JEMA Jenna Marsh WLLWWL = 3.0/6
ELOR Elijah O'Reilly LLWLWW = 3.0/6
ABRO Abigail Rowe LLBLDW = 2.5/6 "U18 Best Game"
EMRO Emily Rowe WLLWLL = 2.0/6
BEAN Benjamin Anstice LWLLLB = 2.0/6
EUMA Euan Marsh LBLWLL = 2.0/6
Rachael Raine BLLLLW = 2.0/6
JAWI James Willis LLLBDL = 1.5/6

TOCO Toby Cox WWWDWW = 5.5/6 "U11 Winner"
VISU Vignesh Sudhakar LWWWWL = 4.0/6
LEGU Leofin Gunaseelan WLLWWW = 4.0/6
SAOR Saoirse O'Reilly LLLWWW = 3.0/6 "U11 Slow Starter"
JOJE John Jesu LWLWLW = 3.0/6
LUMI Luke Miller LWLWLL = 2.0/6
KIMA Kathryn Marsh LDWLLL = 1.5/6

ZAGI Zak Gillespie WWWWWW = 6.0/6 "U9 Winner"
LUCO Lucian Cox WWWWWL = 5.0/6 "U8 Winner", "U9 Runner-Up"
LUGI Luca Gillespie WWWWLW = 5.0/6
CACA Cameron Carlisle WDLWWW = 4.5/6
SACH Samantha Childs WLWLDL = 2.5/6 "U9 Best Girl"

An excellent set of results, with lots of high scores in the U18 section despite many of our members having to play against each other due to the high proportion of our members in that section.

A special congratulations to Zak Gillespie, who scored a perfect 6/6 in the U9 section!

Well done to all our members who attended; the standard of play was very good indeed, and we look forward to seeing how the rest of the season goes!

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