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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:

U14

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

U11
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

U9
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:

U18

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"

U12
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

U10
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

U8
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!

NJCC 2013 Club Championship

Sunday, 20th October, 2013

Today was our third annual Club Championship; twenty-four of our members, ranging from competition veterans to those competing for the first time, came along to test their skills against each other in a Swiss Draw tournament. Congratulations to Harvey Craddock, our new Club Champion for 2013, and to all our age-group Champions too. Here's a full results breakdown:

HACR  Harvey Craddock   WWWWWW = 6.0/6    1st/24       "Club Champion"

ELRE Elliott Reed WWWWLW = 5.0/6 =2nd/24 (1/2) "U14 Champion"
ETRO Ethan Rowe WWWLWW = 5.0/6 =2nd/24 (2/2) "U11 Champion"
RYCH Ryan Chew WWLWWL = 4.0/6 =4th/24 (1/4) "U10 Champion"
WILE William Lee WLWWWL = 4.0/6 =4th/24 (2/4) "U15 Champion"
JARI Jay Rihal WWLLWW = 4.0/6 =4th/24 (3/4)
ETMA Ethan Majeks WWLWLW = 4.0/6 =4th/24 (4/4) "U12 Champion"
EUMA Euan Marsh LWLDWW = 3.5/6 8th/24 "Best Game #2"
BRTO Briony Tomkins WLWLLW = 3.0/6 =9th/24 (1/7)
JEMA Jenna Marsh WLWLWL = 3.0/6 =9th/24 (2/7)
AIOR Aidan O'Reilly WLWWLL = 3.0/6 =9th/24 (3/7)
FIGU Fiona Gunaseelan LWDDLW = 3.0/6 =9th/24 (4/7) "Grading Performance Award #1"
RHMA Rhianna Marsh LWLWWL = 3.0/6 =9th/24 (5/7) "Best Game #1" & "Grading Performance Award #2"
GEGA George Gammage LWLWWL = 3.0/6 =9th/24 (6/7) "Best Game #2"
JASW James Swann LLWLWW = 3.0/6 =9th/24 (7/7) "Late Starter Award #2"
ELOR Elijah O'Reilly WLDLLW = 2.5/6 =16th/24 (1/2) "Best Game #1"
ABRO Abigail Rowe LLLDWW = 2.5/6 =16th/24 (2/2) "Late Starter Award #1"
BRMA Bryony Marsh WLWLLL = 2.0/6 =18th/24 (1/3)
ANTO Aneurin Tomkins LWLWLL = 2.0/6 =18th/24 (2/3) "U13 Champion"
SASA Sanin Salvio LWLLLW = 2.0/6 =18th/24 (3/3) "U9 Champion"
JOHA Joel Hall-Collins LLWLDL = 1.5/6 =21st/24 (1/3)
KIMA Kathryn Marsh LLWDLL = 1.5/6 =22nd/24 (2/3) "U8 Champion"
ETSP Ethan Spencer LLLWDL = 1.5/6 =23rd/24 (3/3)
JOJE John Jesu LLLLLL = 0.0/6 24th/24

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

The "Grading Performance Award" was awarded to the two players who, to over-simplify somewhat, played at a stronger level than usual, by the largest margin.

Once again, behaviour, sportmanship, participation, and effort were all at exceptional levels, and some great chess was played. This has been a fantastic warm-up for the chess season ahead, and I look forward to seeing how well they all do in the forthcoming tournaments.

A big thank you to Cedar Road Primary School (particularly Kay and Ian) for the venue; Tim and Steve (our coaches) for supervising the play; Dominic (parent) for helping set up and pack away; and Lou for general assistance/supervision/refreshments.

SSAFA Championships 2013

Saturday, 22nd June, 2013

Today was the SSAFA Championships, an event organised by the Northampton Schools' Chess Association (NSCA) to raise funds for the Soldiers, Sailors, Airman and Families Association (SSAFA); this year, the event raised nearly five hundred pounds, and we at NJCC were pleased to be able to contribute and participate.

So, on to the chess results for our members:

U18

HACR Harvey Craddock LWLDWW = 3.5/6
BRTO Briony Tomkins LLLWWL = 2.0/6
ANTO Aneurin Tomkins LLWDLL = 1.5/6

U11
BRMA Bryony Marsh WLWLWD = 3.5/6 "U11 Best Girl"
ETMA Ethan Majeks WDWLLW = 3.5/6
GEBO George Horner LWWWLD = 3.5/6
ETRO Ethan Rowe WWWWLW = 5.0/6 "U10 Winner"
JEMA Jenna Marsh WLWLWL = 3.0/6
GEGA George Gammage WLLLWD = 2.5/6

U9
RHMA Rhianna Marsh WWWLDL = 3.5/6 "U9 Best Girl"
FIDM Finlay De Meo WLWWLL = 3.0/6
SASA Sanin Salvio LWLWWL = 3.0/6
VISU Vignesh Sudhakar WLWWDW = 4.5/6 "U8 Winner"

The Home-Educated team, comprising of ETRO, BRMA, JEMA, and RHMA also picked up =2nd in the U11 team awards.

This tournaments is 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:

U8 Winner: Vignesh Sudhakar

U10 Joint Runner-Up: Ethan Rowe
U11 Joint Runner-Up: George Horner and Bryony Marsh

The Preston Hedges Primary School team, comprising of our members FIDM, SASA, and VISU also picked up 2nd in the U9 team awards
(only 0.5 points behind the winners!), and the Home-Educated team (as above) also picked up 2nd in the U11 team awards.

Well done to everyone who took part and to all our individual and team winners. Now we're all looking forward to next season, 2013-14, to see if we can improve even further!

UK Chess Challenge Megafinal

Saturday, 18th May, 2013

Today was the 2013 UK Chess Challenge Megafinal for our region, and 10 of our members attended. Here are their results:

U18 (inc. U12-U18)

JARI Jay Rihal WLWLLD = 2.5/6 (U14B)
ELRE Elliott Reed LWWLLD = 2.5/6 (U13B)
AGMA Agatha Mann LLBLWL = 2.0/6 (U12G) Q "U12 Suprema"
U11 (inc. U10-U11)
ETMA Ethan Majeks WWWDWL = 4.5/6 (U11B) Q
GEBO George Horner WWLWLW = 4.0/6 (U11B) Q
BRMA Bryony Marsh WLLWWL = 3.0/6 (U11G)
ETRO Ethan Rowe WWWLDW = 4.5/6 (U10B) Q
JEMA Jenna Marsh LWWLWL = 3.0/6 (U10G)
U9 (inc. U7-U9)
RHMA Rhianna Marsh LLWWLW = 3.0/6 (U9G)
VISU Vignesh Sudhakar WWLWWW = 5.0/6 (U8B) Q

We wish our qualifiers well in the next round, at the Gigafinal!

2013 Q1 results

Friday, 22nd March, 2013

Tonight was our quarterly Fun/Awards night; the awards went as follows:

Medals for Ladder results:

Beginners - 1st: Sandeep Seth, 2nd: Sanin Salvio
Pawns - 1st: Luke Cannon, 2nd: Archie Waldron
Knights - 1st: William Lee, 2nd: Sriram Karthi
Bishops - 1st: Finlay De Meo, 2nd: Jenna Marsh
Rooks - 1st: Ethan Majeks, 2nd: Patrick Harrison
Queens - 1st: Ethan Rowe, 2nd: Harry Horner

Trophies for All-Play-All results:

Pawns - 1st: Luke Cannon, 2nd: Archie Waldron
Knights - 1st: William Lee, 2nd: Sriram Karthi
Bishops - 1st: Finlay De Meo, 2nd: Jenna Marsh
Rooks - 1st: Patrick Harrison, 2nd: Ethan Majeks
Queens - 1st: Jay Rihal, 2nd: Harvey Craddock

Best Improver awards:

Harvey Craddock (+140)
Patrick Harrison (+138)
William Lee (+98)
Finlay De Meo (+90)

Promotions/demotions followed; check the rankings page for details, as all ranks have been updated!

Well done to all the above for their effort and achievements!

Northampton Junior Chess Club vs Kingsley Primary School

Tuesday, 5th February, 2013

Today we visited Kingsley Primary School in Northampton for a friendly chess match; hopefully the first of many matches against local schools. We took eight members along to play against the six players the school had available.

The first round went as follows:

   Northampton JCC       Kingsley Primary

1. Ethan R 1-0 Oliver
2. George H 1-0 Omar
3. Josh 1-0 Jahedal
4. Bryony 1-0 Callum
5. Finlay 1-0 Harry
6. Jenna 1-0 Najmul

A clean-sweep, although not without a scare or two; Josh had to work hard to recover from an early blunder, but managed a win in the end.

Then a second round, swapping opponents and letting our two other members have a game:
   Northampton JCC       Kingsley Primary

1. Ethan R 1-0 Omar
2. George H 1-0 Oliver
3. Josh 1-0 Callum
4. Bryony 1-0 Jahedal
5. Sophie 1-0 Harry
6. Edward 1-0 Najmul

100% again; this time Edward had to recover from a bad mistake, and Sophie's game was a marathon rather than a sprint!

The 12-0 scoreline does not really do Kingsley Primary justice; considering their players have only been playing since September at the earliest, they played well, and were unlucky not to convert a couple of good positions into wins.

We look forward to hosting them in a return match some time, logistics permitting, and our thanks to Kim at the school for inviting/hosting us.

2013 Northamptonshire Junior Chess Championships

Saturday, 2nd February, 2013

Our biggest turn-out yet at a tournament took place at the County Junior Championships this weekend, with 20 of our members present; here are their results:

U18 (inc. U16/U14/U12)

AGMA Agatha Mann LLWLLL = 1.0/6
ANTO Aneurin Tomkins LLLWLW = 2.0/6
BRTO Briony Tomkins LWLWWL = 3.0/6
ELRE Elliott Reed WLWWLW = 4.0/6
HABO Harry Horner WLWLWL = 3.0/6
HACR Harvey Craddock WLLWWW = 4.0/6
JARI Jay Rihal LLWLWD = 2.5/6

U11 (inc. U10)
ETMA Ethan Majeks WWLWWL = 4.0/6
BRMA Bryony Marsh WLWLLW = 3.0/6
ETRO Ethan Rowe WWLWWL = 4.0/6
GEGA George Gammage LWLWWL = 3.0/6
GEBO George Horner WLWWWL = 4.0/6
JEMA Jenna Marsh LLWWLL = 2.0/6

U9 (inc. U8/U7)
EUMA Euan Marsh LWWWLW = 4.0/6
FIDM Finlay De Meo WWWWLW = 5.0/6 "U9 Runner-Up"
JOKH Josh Khangura WWWLWW = 5.0/6
KAMA Kitty Marsh LLLLWW = 2.0/6
RHMA Rhianna Marsh WLLWWL = 3.0/6 "U9 Best Girl"
SASE Sandeep Seth WLLLDW = 2.5/6 "U7 Runner-Up"
VISU Vignesh Sudhakar WWLWWL = 4.0/6 "U8 Champion"

Well done to all of them, particularly Vignesh, now the U8 County Champion, and Sandeep, who has only been with us for a few weeks, is only 5 years old, and got 2.5 out of 6 to pick up the U7 runner-up trophy!

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.

The U9 team competition was won by Preston Hedges Primary School, comprising of Finlay, Josh, and Vignesh, all from our club; what makes this all the more impressive is that they only had 3 scores to add together, and beat the other teams who had 4 scores! Amazing results from all three of them, both individually and as a team; well done!

The U11 team competition runners-up were the Home-Educated team, comprising of Bryony, Rhianna, Euan, and Ethan R (the top four scorers), plus Jenna and Kitty; well done to them too!

9th Northants Christmas Congress

Saturday, 29th December, 2012

Today was the 9th Northants Christmas Congress, and 12 of our members attended. Here are their results:

U14

JARI Jay Rihal LLWDW = 2.5/5
ELRE Elliott Reed LWWWL = 3.0/5
HABO Harry Horner LLWLW = 2.0/5

U11 (inc. U10)
BRMA Bryony Marsh WLWLW = 3.0/5 "U11 Best Girl", "U11 Best Game"
GEBO George Horner LWWLW = 3.0/5
ETRO Ethan Rowe WWLWW = 4.0/5 "U11 Best Northants", "U10 Winner"
JEMA Jenna Marsh LLWWL = 2.0/5

U9 (inc. U8+U7)
RHMA Rhianna Marsh LWWLL = 2.0/5 "U9 Best Girl"
EUMA Euan Marsh WWLLW = 3.0/5
KAMA Kathryn Marsh LLLLW = 1.0/5 "U7 Best Girl"
FIDM Finlay De Meo LWDDL = 2.0/5
SRKA Sriram Karthi LWDWL = 2.5/5

Competition was very fierce, with most of the top county players in attendance, which makes the above results all the more impressive. A special mention too for former members Eva Ressel (WWWLL, 3/5) and Harry Bowman (WLLWW, 3/5) who played very well in the very challenging U14 group.

2012 Q4 Results

Friday, 14th December, 2012

Tonight was our quarterly Fun/Awards night. After a short warm-up of Card Chess and Crazy Chess, we moved on to an Exchange Tournament. After four hectic rounds, we had a winner, with four wins out of four games: Aaron Rihal. Congratulations to Aaron, who earned a bag of sweets for his efforts, as did Mark Impey who came second, at the head (by tie-break) of several players who finished on three out of four.

Then came the presentation for this quarter; the awards went as follows:

Medals for Ladder results:

Beginners - 1st: Archie Waldron, 2nd: Liam Beirne
Pawns - 1st: James Swann, 2nd: Dylan Cavill
Knights - 1st: Patrick Harrison, 2nd: Finlay De Meo
Bishops - 1st: Jenna Marsh, 2nd: George Gammage
Rooks - 1st: Josh Khangura, 2nd: Ethan Majeks
Queens - 1st: Ethan Rowe, 2nd: Harry Horner

Trophies for All-Play-All results:

Pawns - 1st: Dylan Cavill, 2nd: James Swann
Knights - 1st: Sriram Karthi, 2nd: Finlay De Meo
Bishops - 1st: Mark Impey, 2nd: Jenna Marsh
Rooks - 1st: Harvey Craddock, 2nd: Josh Khangura
Queens - 1st: Elliott Reed, 2nd: Aaron Rihal

Best Improver awards:

Patrick Harrison (+155)
Finlay De Meo (+113)
Sriram Karthi (+76)
Archie Waldron (+72)

Promotions/demotions followed; check the rankings page for details, as all ranks have been updated!

I hope all our members have a great Christmas break; 2013 Q1 starts on Friday 4th January. Also coming soon are the NSCA's Christmas Congress (Saturday 29th December), and the Northamptonshire County Championships (Saturday 2nd February).

Merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous 2013 to you all!

33rd Northamptonshire Congress

Saturday, 17th November, 2012

Today saw the first of the NSCA-run tournaments of this season, the 33rd Northamptonshire Congress, held at Malcolm Arnold Academy in Northampton. 18 of our members, plus one extra sibling, attended the tournament; there was some tough opposition, particularly as this was a qualifying event for the London Junior Chess Championships (to be held in December). Here's our scores:

U18

AARI Aaron Rihal LWLWWL = 3.0/6
HACR Harvey Craddock WLWLWW = 4.0/6 "U14 Runner-Up"
JARI Jay Rihal WLWWLL = 3.0/6
BRTO Briony Tomkins LDLBLW = 2.5/6
HABO Harry Horner LLWWWL = 3.0/6

U12
AGMA Agatha Mann LWLLWL = 2.0/6
ANTO Aneurin Tomkins LWLWLL = 2.0/6
BRMA Bryony Marsh LWLWLW = 3.0/6 "U11 =Best Girl"
ETMA Ethan Majeks WWLDWL = 3.5/6 "U12 Best Game"
GEBO George Horner WWWLLL = 3.0/6

U10
ETRO Ethan Rowe WWWLLW = 4.0/6
GEGA George Gammage LLWWWL = 3.0/6
JEMA Jenna Marsh WLLLWW = 3.0/6 "U10 Best Girl"
SAFU Sam Fuller LWLLLB = 2.0/6
JOKH Josh Khangura WWLWWD = 4.5/6 "U9 =Winner"
FIDM Finlay De Meo WLWLWD = 3.5/6
EUMA Euan Marsh WLLWWD = 3.5/6

U8
VISU Vignesh Sudhakar LWDWLW = 3.5/6
Kathryn Marsh LLBDLL = 1.5/6

Preston Hedges Primary School was equal runner-up in the U9 team event, and their team comprised of three of our members: Josh Khangura, Finlay De Meo, and Vignesh Sudhakar.

Also, those of our members who are home-educated also formed a team, and that team was runner-up in the U11 team event; that team was comprised of: Ethan Rowe, Euan Marsh, Bryony Marsh, and Jenna Marsh.

Well done to all 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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