Tuesday, 10th December, 2019

News

World Schools Championships

Friday, 25th May, 2018

Congratulations to Max for being selected to represent England at the World Schools Chess Championships 2018, held in Albania at the end of April. Max scored a very creditable 4/9 in the Under 15 section.

2018 Northamptonshire Junior County Championships

Thursday, 8th March, 2018

Many NJCC members participated in the 2018 Northamptonshire Junior Chess Championships on 17th February. Several of them were successful in winning prizes, with 7 of the 9 overall county titles being won by club members, namely:


Under 7 Champion : Kasia
Under 9 Champion : Mihir
Under 10 Champion: Alexander
Under 12 Champion: Krishna
Under 14 Champion: Toby
Under 16 Champion: Ethan R
Under 18 Champion: Ben R

Other prize winners were:

Under 8 Runner-up: David R
Under 11 Best Girl: Samantha
Under 12 Runner-up: Lucian
Under 14 Best Girl: Manasi
Under 14 Runner-up: Max
Under 16 Runner-Up: Ben C

Congratulations to all the prize winners.

There was some great chess played by other club members. Their scores were were: Cameron 4/6 (Under 9), Kimberly 3.5/6 (Under 10), Ollie 4/6 (under 10), Jessica R 1/6 (under 12), Luke 2/6 (Under 12), and Elijah 2/6 (Under 16).

National squad half-norms

Wednesday, 7th February, 2018

Max achieved his second "half-norm" in the Under 16 section of the recent English Closed Championships at Yateley Manor. As a result of this, he has now been invited into the National Chess Junior squad.

For Under 11s, second half-norms were also achieved by Alexander at the South of England Championship and by Lucian at the English Primary Schools Rapidplay Championships. This means that both have now qualified for the England U11 Squad trials to be held at the and of April.

Many congratulations to Max, Alexander, and Lucian.

2017 London Junior Chess Championships

Monday, 22nd January, 2018

During the Christmas period, Mihir, David, Alexander, Lucian, Toby, and Ben C. participated in the prestigious London Junior Chess Championships.

Their individual scores were:

Under 8: David 4.0/7

Under 10 (Minor): Mihir 5.0/7

Under 10 (Major): Alexander 5.0/7 and Lucian 4.0/7

Under 12 (Major): Lucian 4.5/9 and Alexander 4.0/9

Under 14: Toby 2.5/6

Under 16: Toby 4.0/6 and Ben C. 3.5/6


Well done to all of these players for such great scores in these very strong fields.

Northamptonshire Christmas Congress

Monday, 15th January, 2018

The 14th Northamptonshire Christmas Congress was held on 29th December, with several NJCC members competing. Special mention goes to both Adam and Charlotte, who were competing in their first ever tournament. Adam did particularly well, jointly winning the Under 8 section, whilst Charlotte scored a very respectable 2/5.

Congratulations also to prize winners Mihir, Samatha, Ethan R., Ben R., Krishna, and Luke.

The individual NJCC results in each section were as follow:



U9
Mihir 4.0/5 "U9 Winner"
Adam H. 3.5/5 "U8 Joint Winner"
Cameron 2.0/5


U11
Samantha 3.0/5 "U11 Best girl"
Charlotte 2.0/5
Kimberly 1.0/5


U18
Max 4.0/5 "U14 Winner"
Ethan R. 3.5/5 "U16 Winner"
Ben R. 3.5/5 "U16 Runner-up"
Elijah 3.0/5
Manasi 3.0/5
Vignesh 3.0/5
Krishna 3.0/5 "U12 Winner"
Luke 3.0/5 "U12 Runner-up"
Saoirse 2.0/5
Jessica R. 1.0/5

2017 British Rapidplay Championships

Friday, 8th December, 2017

Several club members made the journey to Ilkley, Yorkshire, for the British Rapidplay Championships over the weekend of 18th and 19th November.

Saturday: Lucian, Alexander, and David played in the England U11 Qualifier. Lucian and Alexander both gained "half-norms" for the squad with scores of 3.5/5 and 3.0/5 respectively. David scored a very credible 2.0/5 despite his young age.

Sunday: Lucian and Vignesh played in the British Junior Rapidplay. Lucian scored 4.0/5, winning overall and becoming U16 Champion. Vignesh scored 3.0/5.

Saturday & Sunday: Meanwhile, Ben C., Ben R., Toby, and Max played in 10 rounds over two days in the Intermediate section (ECF grade below 146) of the Championships. The scores were Ben C. 6.5/10 (Grading prize winner), Ben R. 5.5/10, Max 4.5/10, and Toby 3.5/10. There were some great scores in this national tournament, with Ben R. narrowly missing out on achieving his second National Squad half-norm.

Special congratulations to Lucian and Alexander for achieving their first squad half-norms.

38th Northamptonshire Junior Congress

Thursday, 30th November, 2017

The first Northamptonshire Grand Prix event of this season, 38th Northamptonshire Junior Congress, took place on 4th November.

Mihir scored a prefect 6/6 in the U9 section. Meanwhile Ethan R. (U16) and Alexander (U11) continued their winning streak from the recent the Club championships, whilst David, Kasia, Samantha, Ben C., Max, and Manasi also collected prizes.

The individual NJCC results in each section were as follow:



U9
Mihir 6.0/6 "U9 Winner"
David 4.5/6 "U8 Runner-up"
Pradyun 4.0/6
Cameron 4.0/6
Kasia 2.5/6 "U7 Runner-up"


U11
Alexander 5.0/6 "U10 Winner"
Samantha 4.0/6 "U11 Best girl"
Ollie 3.5/6
Kimberly 3.0/6


U18
Ethan R. 5.0/6 "U16 Winner"
Ben C. 4.5/6 "U16 Runner-up"
Max 4.5/6 "U14 Winner"
Manasi 4.5/6 "U14 Best girl"
Ryan 4.0/6
Ben R. 3.5/6
Vignesh 3.0/6
Krishna 3.0/6
Luke 3.0/6
Jessica R. 1.0/6


Well done to all.

NJCC 2017 Club Championship

Tuesday, 7th November, 2017

Congratulations to Ethan R. for winning the Club Championship Tournament on 7th October, becoming the first ever member to win the coveted trophy twice. It was very close at the top, with a third break criteria having to be used after the first two criteria could not separate Ethan R., Ben R., and Alexander (all on 5.0/6 points).

Age group champions were Ben R. (U16), Elijah (U15), Manasi (U14), Vignesh (U13), Krishna (U12), Abyan (U11), Alexander (U10), Mihir (U9), David (U8), and Kasia (U7).

Grading performance prizes (for those performances which were stronger than their normal rank) were awarded to Alexander, Ollie, Krishna, Edward, and Jessica R.

The individual results were as follow:


Ethan R. 5.0/6 "Club Champion"
Ben R. 5.0/6 "U16 winner"
Alexander 5.0/6 "U10 winner"
Krishna 4.5/6 "U12 winner"
Vignesh 4.0/6 "U13 winner"
Elijah 4.0/6 "U15 winner"
Leofin 4.0/6
Mihir 4.0/6 "U9 winner"
Manasi 4.0/6 "U14 winner"
Ryan 3.5/6
Ollie 3.0/6
Lucian 3.0/6
David 3.0/6 "U8 winner"
Pradyun 3.0/6
Abigail 3.0/6
John 3.0/6
Edward 3.0/6
Jessica 3.0/6
Abyan 3.0/6 "U11 winner"
Samantha 2.0/6
Saoirse 2.0/6
Ameen 2.0/6
Kimberly 2.0/6
Kasia 2.0/6 "U7 winner"
Abhiram 2.0/6
Ayana 1.0/6
Parvathi 1.0/6


Well done to everyone. Special thanks go to Ian M. for a special visit back to NJCC to run the tournament, and thanks to Barbara, Dominic, and David for their assistance.

English Rapidplay Championships

Monday, 9th October, 2017

Brothers Alexander and David Richards entered the junior sections of the inaugural English Rapidplay Chess Championship, held in Liverpool during September. Alexander scored 4/5 in the U10 section, sharing 2nd place. David came 2nd in the U8 section with a score of 8/9. Excellent results by both.

Gibraltar Junior International Festival

Tuesday, 29th August, 2017

During our August break, Ben C. travelled with the National Junior Chess Squad to Gibraltar for its Junior International Chess Festival.

In the tournament's warm-up Blitz Tournament Ben scored 3.0/5. In the main tournament played over the following days, he scored a very respectable 3.0/6 in the U16 section.

UK Chess Challenge - Terafinals

Monday, 21st August, 2017

At the Northern Gigafinal, Max and Mihir had previously qualified for the Challengers' section of the Terafinals. So on the weekend of 12th and 13th August they both travelled up the road to Daventry for the culmination of this year's UK Schools Chess Challenge. In these Terafinals there are no age sections - all ages between U8 and U18 play against each other.

Mihir (U8) scored a great 2.0/6, whilst Max (U13) scored a superb 3.5/6; with all of their losses coming only against older children.

Well done to both on their fantastic achievements.

2017 British Chess Championships

Friday, 11th August, 2017

It was great to see 7 members taking the journey to Llandudno to play in the British Chess Championships, where they faced some very strong competition.

The Richards brothers and Mihir competed in the weekend sections, whilst the Cox brothers and Max competed in the longer weekday tournaments.

The results were:


U8: David 2.0/6
U9: Mihir 3.0/6
U9: Alexander 5.0/6 "Joint 3rd Place"
U10: Lucian 3.0/7
U12: Toby 3.5/7
U14: Ben C. 2.5/7
U14: Max 2.5/7

Under 120 grade (weekend): Alexander 1.5/5
Under 140 grade (weekday): Max 2.0/5



Well done to all for scoring wins at such a competitive event.

UK Chess Challenge - Gigafinals

Wednesday, 26th July, 2017

There were some great performances by NJCC members at the recent Gigafinals of the UK Schools Chess Challenge.


U7: David 3.0/6
U8: Mihir 4.5/6 "Joint 3rd Place"
U9: Alexander 4.0/6
U9: Lucian 4.0/6
U9: Ollie 3.0/6
U11: Leo 2.0/6
U11: Luke 3.0/6
U11: Krishna 3.5/6
U12: Toby 4.5/6
U12: Vignesh 3.0/6
U13: Max 5.0/6 "Joint 2nd Place"
U14: Ben C. 3.5/6
U14: Ram 2.5/6



Special congratulations to those competing in their first Gigafinal, and Mihir and Max for qualifiying to the Challengers' event at the Terafinal.

UK Chess Challenge - Megafinals

Tuesday, 13th June, 2017

Many members of the club were in action at a couple of the recent Megafinals for the UK Schools Chess Challenge.

A summary of the results are:

Northamptonshire & Leicestershire Megafinal:


U15 Ben Anstice 0.5/6
U15 Ben Raine 3.0/6
U14 Ethan Rowe 3.0/6
U13 Ryan Chew 2.5/6
U13 Max Miller 5.5/6 "Qualified for Gigafinal"
U13 James Willis 3.0/6
U13 Callum Willsher 4.0/6 "Qualified for Gigafinal"
U13 Manasi Mehta 3.5/6 "Suprema", "Qualified for Gigafinal"
U13 Abigal Rowe 2.0/6
U12 Samia Sheikh 3.5/6 "Suprema", "Qualified for Gigafinal"
U12 John Jesu 0.5/6
U12 Vignesh Sudhakar 3.0/6
U11 Jessica Rowe 2.0/6
U11 Leo Gunaseelan 4.0/6 "Qualified for Gigafinal"
U11 Luke Miller 4.0/6 "Qualified for Gigafinal"
U11 Krishna Srinivasan 4.0/6 "Qualified for Gigafinal"
U10 Samantha Childs 4.0/6 "Qualified for Gigafinal"
U9 Kimberly Childs 3.0/6
U9 Alexander Richards 6.0/6 "Supremo", "Qualified for Gigafinal"
U8 Cameron Carlisle 4.5/6 "Qualified for Gigafinal"
U8 Mihir Sharma 4.5/6 "Qualified for Gigafinal"
U8 Pradyun Srikakolapu 3.5/6
U7 David Richards 5.5/6 "Supremo", "Qualified for Gigafinal"



West Anglia Megafinal:


U14 Ben Cox 4.5/6 "Supremo", "Qualified for Gigafinal"
U14 Ram Dinakar 3.5/6 "Qualified for Gigafinal"
U12 Toby Cox 5.5/6 "Supremo", "Qualified for Gigafinal"
U9 Lucian Cox 4.0/6 "Qualified for Gigafinal"
U9 Ollie Higgins 4.0/6 "Qualified for Gigafinal"


Well done to everyone, and congratulations to all those who have progressed to the Gigafinals.

j4NCL Tournament - April 2017

Tuesday, 2nd May, 2017

A team from NJCC participated in the final j4NCL tournament of the season at Solihull on 22nd & 23rd April.

The team were entered in Division 1 and with only 2 Kings playing (Max and Toby), the 3 Queens in the team (Vignesh, Lucian, and Ram) faced some very tough games.
So it was great to see these bottom boards stepping up so well to the challenge and recording several individual wins and draws.

In summary, the team won one match, drew one, and lost three.

National Junior Squad Championship

Monday, 17th April, 2017

Ben C., Toby, and Lucian played in the National Chess Junior Squad Championships at Wokefield Park over the weekend of 8th and 9th April.

Lucian scored 2.0/5 in the Under 10 Championship.

Toby scored 3.0/5 in the Under 12 section, winning both a grading prize and securing a "half-norm" for the National Junior Squad.
This was Toby's second half-norm, so he has now been invited to join the Squad.

Ben also scored 3.0/5 in the Under 14 section. He won prizes for both joint 4th place and the grading prize, as well as his third half-norm of the season.

Warwick Junior Open

Saturday, 15th April, 2017

New club members Alexander and David Richards played in the Warwick Junior Open on 8th April. This tournament was for those under the age of 11, with sections organised according to ability.

In the top A section, Alexander came 3rd with a score of 3.5/5. David scored 3.0/5 in the E section.

Well done to both Alexander and David.

St Albans Chess Congess

Monday, 10th April, 2017

Max, Toby, and Lucian played in the St Albans Chess Congress on 1st and 2nd April.

Max scored a superb 3.5/5 in the Major (U161) section and won the grading prize.

Toby scored 2.0/5 in the Intermediate (U141) section, whilst Lucian scored 1.0/5 in the Minor (U121) section.

Great result Max!

Leicestershire junior congress

Thursday, 9th March, 2017

Last Sunday, ten of our members competed in the Leicestershire junior congress. All ten took part in the very tough ‘open’ section where over a quarter of the 51 competitors were graded over 100. Our results were:

MAMI  Max Miller          4.5/6 

BERA Ben Raine 4.5/6 "U18 2nd place"
SSHE Samia Shiekh 4.0/6
KRSR Krishna Srinivasan 3.5/6 "U11 2nd place"
ZAGI Zak Gillespie 3.0/6 "U9 1st place"
MAME Manasi Mehta 3.0/6
IVPE Ivan Petkov 3.0/6
LUGI Luca Gillespie 3.0/6 "U9 2nd place"
MISH Mihir Sharma 2.0/6
CAWI Callum Willsher 2.0/6

Well done to all, but special mentions must go to Max and Samia whose only losses were to players graded 154 and 165!

You can find full the crosstable here.

2017 Northamptonshire Junior County Championships

Wednesday, 1st March, 2017

We had our largest ever entry to an external tournament (33 members) to the Northamptonshire County Championships at Wellingborough School on 18th February.

A summary of the results is as follows:

U18

MAMI Max Miller 5.0/6 "U14 winner"
ETRO Ethan Rowe 4.5/6 "U14 runner-up"
BERA Ben Raine 4.5/6 "U16 winner"
RADI Ramprasad Dinakar 4.0/6
JEMA Jenna Marsh 4.0/6 "U14 best girl"
RYCH Ryan Chew 3.5/6
BECO Ben Cox 3.5/6
SSHE Samia Shiekh 3.5/6 "U12 winner"
IVPE Ivan Petkov 3.5/6
EMRO Emily Rowe 3.5/6
VISU Vignesh Sudhakar 3.0/6 "U12 runner-up"
ELOR Elijah O'Reilly 3.0/6
EUMA Euan Marsh 3.0/6
CAWI Callum Willsher 3.0/6
BEAN Benjamin Antice 2.5/6
ABRO Abigail Rowe 2.0/6
JAWI James Willis 2.0/6
MAME Manasi Mehta 1.5/6
SASH Sarayu Shankar 1.0/6

U11
KRSR Krishna Srinivasan 5.5/6 "U11 winner"
LUCO Lucian Cox 5.0/6
SACH Samantha Childs 4.5/6 "U11 best girl"
LEGU Leofin Gunaseelan 4.0/6
LUMI Luke Miller 3.0/6
SAOR Saoirse O’Reilly 3.0/6
JERO Jessica Rowe 2.5/6
SSHA Sarang Shankar 2.0/6

U9
LUGI Luca Gillespie 5.0/6 "U9 runner-up"
ZAGI Zak Gillespie 5.0/6
KICH Kimberly Childs 4.0/6 "U9 best girl"
MISH Mihir Sharma 4.0/6 "U8 winner"
PRSR Pradyun Srikakolapu 3.5/6
CACA Cameron Carlisle 2.0/4


Well done to all members; with special congratulations to the prize winners.

(At the same weekend, Toby Cox played in the West of England Championships, scoring 3.5/6 in the U12 Championship section.)

Nottingham Rapidplay and Yateley tournaments

Thursday, 9th February, 2017

In the last weekend of January, 8 members competed in external tournaments at Nottingham and Yateley.

Nottingham:
In the Intermediate (U135) section of Nottingham Rapidplay, Ben R. scored a great 3/6 whilst Krishna score 1/6 in a high standard section.
In the Minor (U110) section, brothers Zak and Luca scored 2/6 and 1/6 respectively.

Yateley:
Meanwhile at Yateley, Lucian scored 3/6 in the U9 section of the South of England Championships.

Also at Yateley, 3 members (Max, Ben C., and Toby) competed in the English Junior Closed Championship (only for England Junior Squad members or others with "half-norms").
Toby scored 1.5/5 in U12 section, whilst in the U14 section Max scored 1.5/5 and Ben 2.5/5. Ben secured his 2nd half-norm and so qualified for the England Junior Squad.

j4NCL Tournament - January 2017

Monday, 30th January, 2017

Two teams from NJCC entered the second of this season's j4NCL tournaments, held in Solihull on 20th and 21st January.

Having won the previous Division 2 tournament, the team consisting of King's (Max, Toby, Ben R., Ben C., and Ivan) decided to take the challenge of competing in Division 1.

The second team, mostly from the ranks of the Queen's (Krishna, Vignesh, Alexander, Lucian, and Callum), competed in Division 2.

In a tough tournament, both NJCC teams scored 3/10 points. Special mention should go to Callum who scored a perfect 5/5 over the weekend.

13th Northamptonshire Christmas Congress

Wednesday, 4th January, 2017

The 2016 Christmas Cracker was attended by twenty-six of our members. The results were as follows:


U14
DARA Daniel Radulescu WWWLW = 4/5 "U14 joint winner"
BECO Ben Cox DWDWD = 3.5/5
MAMI Max Miller LWWWD = 3.5/5
ELOR Elijah O’Reilly LWLWW = 3/6
ETRO Ethan Rowe DWWLL = 2.5/6
MAME Manasi Mehta WWLLL = 2/5
VISU Vignesh Sudhakar WLLWL = 2/5
JEMA Jenna Marsh WLLLW = 2/5
CAWI Callum Willsher LLWLW = 2/5
ABRO Abigail Rowe LLLWW = 2/5
JAWI James Willis LLWLL = 1/5
SASH Sarayu Shankar LLLLL = 0/5

U11
KRSR Krishna Srinivasan WWWDW = 4.5/5 "U11 winner"
ALDY Alexander Dytrych WWWLD = 3.5/5
LUGI Luca Gillespie WWLWD = 3.5/5
ZAGI Zak Gillespie WLWWL = 3/5
SACH Samantha Childs LWLWW = 3/5 "best U11 girl"
LEGU Leofin Gunaseelan LWLWW = 3/5
LUMI Luke Miller LWWLL = 2/6
SSHA Sarang Shankar LWLWL = 2/5
SAOR Saoirse O’Reilly WLLLL = 1/5
JERO Jessica Rowe LLDLL = 0.5/5

U9
CACA Cameron Carlisle LWWWW = 4/5
KICH Kimberly Childs WWLLW = 3/5 "best U9 girl"
MISH Mihir Sharma WLWWL = 3/5
PRSR Pradyun SrikakolapuDLLWW = 2.5/5


Well done to all: an excellent performance. Congratulations to all our winners with special mention to Daniel Radulescu for an outstanding result! Also to Sarang Shankar, scoring almost half marks in his first ever competition.

The 2016 British Rapidplay Championships

Monday, 14th November, 2016

At the weekend, some of our members entered the British Rapidplay Championships in Leeds.

For the Junior events, Saturday was an England U11 Trial Qualifier and Sunday was the Junior British Rapidplay U16 (both over 5 rounds). The Senior Championships sections consisted of 11 rounds over 2 days. The NJCC results were as follows:

Junior - England U11 Trial Qualifier:

LUCO Lucian Cox LLWWL = 2.0/5
ALDY Alexander Dytrych WLLWW = 3.0/5 "Half-norm for England squad"

Junior - British Rapidplay U16:
LUCO Lucian Cox DLWLL = 1.5/5
ALDY Alexander Dytrych LWLLL = 1.0/5

Senior - The Minor Championship (grade U121):
BECO Ben Cox LWDWWWLLDDW = 6.5/11 "Half-norm for England squad"
TOCO Toby Cox WWDDWWWLLDW = 7.5/11 "Joint 3rd", "Grading prize", "Half-norm for England squad"
BERA Ben Raine LWWWLWWWWDL = 7.5/11 "Joint 3rd", "Grading prize", "Half-norm for England squad"


A great set of results for all these members.

37th Northamptonshire Congress

Monday, 7th November, 2016

On Saturday, twenty-nine of our members attended the first NSCA tournament of the chess season, the 37th Northamptonshire Congress. The results were as follows:

U18

EMRO Emily Rowe LLWWLL = 2.0/6
BEAN Ben Anstice LWLLWL = 2.0/6
BERA Ben Raine WLLWWD = 3.5/6
ETRO Ethan Rowe LWWWLW = 4.0/6 “U14 runner-up”
RADI Ram Dinakar WLWLLL = 2.0/6
ELOR Elijah O’Reilly WLWLLL = 2.0/6
FIGU Fiona Gunaseelan LLLLLL = 0.0/6
MAMI Max Miller WWWDLW = 4.5/6 “U18 runner-up”
JAWI James Willis LWLLLW = 2.0/6
MAME Manasi Mehta WWLLWL = 3.0/6
RYCH Ryan Chew WWLLLW = 3.0/6
CAWI Callum Willsher LWLLWL = 3.0/6
ABRO Abigail Rowe LLLWLW = 2.0/6
TOCO Toby Cox WLWWWD = 4.5/6 “U16 winner”
VISU Vignesh Sudhakar LWWWWL = 4.0/6 “U14 winner”
SSHE Samia Sheikh WWLWWL = 4.0/6 “U12 winner”, “U18 best girl”

U11
LEGU Leofin Gunaseelan LLWWLW = 3.0/6
LUMI Luke Miller WLLWLW = 3.0/6
SAOR Saoirse O’Reilly LLLWLL = 1.0/6
JERO Jessica Rowe LDLLWW = 2.5/6
KRSR Krishna Srinivasan WWLLWW = 4.0/6
SACH Samantha Childs WLWWLL = 3.0/6
ALDY Alexander Dytrych WWWWWW = 6.0/6 “U11 winner”
LUCO Lucian Cox DWWWWL = 4.5/6 “U10 winner”

U9
LUGI Luca Gillespie WWWLWL = 4.0/6 “U9 school team runner-up”
ZAGI Zak Gillespie WWWLWL = 4.0/6 “U9 school team runner-up”
KICH Kimberly Childs DLWDWL = 3.0/6
CACA Cameron Carlisle WWLLWW = 4.0/6
MISH Mihir Sharma WWLWWW = 5.0/6 “U8 winner”


Well done to all members. Special congratulations to Alexander Dytrych, who scored a perfect 6/6 in the U11 section,
and great personal performances from Jessica Rowe and Kimberly Childs.

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!


Update:
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.


Update:
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:

U14

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

U11
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

U9
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:

U18

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

U11
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

U9
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!

NJCC 2015 Club Championship

Sunday, 18th October, 2015

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

Here's a breakdown of the results:

BRMA  Bryony Marsh       WWLWWW = 5.0/6   =1st/24 (1/2) "Club Champion"

TOCO Toby Cox WWWWLW = 5.0/6 =1st/24 (2/2) "U11 Champion" & "Grading Performance Award #1"
CAWI Callum Willsher WLWWLW = 4.0/6 =3rd/24 (1/7) "U12 Champion" & "Best Game #2"
ZAGI Zak Gillespie WWWLWL = 4.0/6 =3rd/24 (2/7) "U8 Champion"
BERA Ben Raine WWDDWL = 4.0/6 =3rd/24 (3/7) "U14 Champion"
RYCH Ryan Chew WWLLWW = 4.0/6 =3rd/24 (4/7)
JEMA Jenna Marsh WLWWWL = 4.0/6 =3rd/24 (5/7) "U13 Champion"
BEAN Benjamin Anstice LWLWWW = 4.0/6 =3rd/24 (6/7) "Grading Performance Award #3"
LUGI Luca Gillespie LWWLWW = 4.0/6 =3rd/24 (7/7) "Best Game #2"
ETRO Ethan Rowe WLWDLW = 3.5/6 =10th/24 (1/2)
IVPE Ivan Petkov WWDLLW = 3.5/6 =10th/24 (2/2)
MAME Manasi Mehta LWWWLL = 3.0/6 =12th/24 (1/4) "Best Game #1"
BECO Ben Cox WLLWWL = 3.0/6 =12th/24 (2/4) "Best Game #1"
EMRO Emily Rowe LWLWLW = 3.0/6 =12th/24 (3/4) "U15 Champion"
ABRO Abigail Rowe LLWWLW = 3.0/6 =12th/24 (4/4) "Late Starter Award"
LUMI Luke Miller WLDLWL = 2.5/6 =16th/24 (1/2) "U10 Champion" & "Grading Performance Award #2"
ELOR Elijah O'Reilly WLDLWL = 2.5/6 =16th/24 (2/2)
EUMA Euan Marsh LWLWLL = 2.0/6 =18th/24 (1/3)
AGMA Agatha Mann LWLLWL = 2.0/6 =18th/24 (2/3)
LUCO Lucian Cox LLWLLW = 2.0/6 =18th/24 (3/3)
JOJE John Jesu LLWLLD = 1.5/6 21st/24
JAWI James Willis LLLWLL = 1.0/6 =22nd/24 (1/2)
CACA Cameron Carlisle LLLLDD = 1.0/6 =22nd/24 (2/2)
SACH Samantha Childs LLLLDL = 0.5/6 24th/24 "U9 Champion"

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

Congratulations to Bryony Marsh, our new Club Champion for 2015, 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 Award" went to a player 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 club leader Ian 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 fifth time running. Also, many thanks to Barbara, David, Dimple, Suzanne, Gareth and other parents for their assistance with administration, refreshments and general supervision.

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 Kathryn 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:

U16

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

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

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

U8
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:

U14

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"

U11
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

U9
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:

U18

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

U11
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

U9
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.

2014 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.

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