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Midlands under-12s win Junior International Quadrangular Tournament

3 Dec 2017, National Junior Squad website reports. Under-12 teams from Scotland, Wales, The North, and The Midlands, a joint Midlands/Irish team and an Irish U16 team competed with a total of over one hundred players at Liverpool College. After two rounds the Midlands looked certain winners at U12 level and ran out winners with 23½ points, Wales was in the driving seat at U14 and Ireland the same in the U16. Kian Dharmasena (Cambs), Anika Khare (Leics), Joseph Hurst (Notts), and Amar Johal (Notts) won all their games for the Midlands.               

Joel Reeves and Anieshka King win at Worcester

26 Nov 2017. Joel (Redhill Primary, Worcester) had a clean sweep winning all his games. best placed female player was Anieshka King (Malvern College). The gold team medals were won by Rest of Worcestershire (Niseth Fernandez, Joel Reeves, Ted Hales and Pranav Mayilvahanan). Silver medalists were Worcestershire Junior Chess academy (Tamara Marsden, Theo Rodgers, and brothers Ethan and Eamon Tan). The Bronze medalist team from Malvern House of King's Hawford School (Joseph Dowling, lana Woollaston, Henry Lloyd-Adams and Ayrton Little) had to be separated on tie-break from their schoolmates in Kinver House.

Devan Patel picks up another prize

20 Jun 2017, Ray Dolan reports. Birmingham & District Chess League awarded the W. Ritson Morry Trophy for players under the age of 16 to Devan "for outstanding achievements in Chess".

Kenilworth juniors winners

18 Jun 2017. Warwickshire junior Astrid Gibara (St Peter's Primary) made a clean sweep to win the elite group A under-11 prize. Chandrahas Nalabotu (Robin Hood Sch) and Emily Town (Chad Vale Primary) shared first prize in the under-11 group B tournament with 4/5 points. The under-9 was won by Rohan Pal (Hallfield) with 5 points and there was a triple tie for first place between Rithvik Muthuvela (Hallfield), Elis Dicent (St Patrick's Primary) and Shah Viral Ahana (Dhirubhai Ambani Int Sch). Over 50 players took part in this event at Kenilworth School & Sports College and was organised by Alex Holowczak.

Irish success for Devan Patel

2 Apr 2017, Ray Dolan reports. Devan Patel (Rushall/Bloxwich Juniors) was joint first in the major tournament at Cork.

National schools Blitz championships

18 Mar 2017, ECF reports. Michael Fletcher (Nottingham High School) won the individual Blitz championship on tie-break with 6/7 points. Nottingham High School won the team tournament ahead of Wilson's School. The event was sponsored by Winchester College & St Catherine's Bramley.

Midland team top Primary Scholars' under-11 North Semi-final

19 Mar 2017, Andrew Davies reports. Nottinghamshire were first on followed by Warwickshire, second and Staffordshire third. Manchester just missed out on getting a place in the national finals. The event was organised by The English Primary Schools Chess Association.

Midlands and Northern Girls' Championship

12 Mar 2017, David Levens reports. Alana Leung and Asta Knight (both W Nottingham) win the under-14 section. Millie Kotecha (Leicester) made a clean sweep to win the under-12 section. The under-10 championship was shared between Alexandra Arlachova and Poppy Dawson-Best (both Nottingham). In the under-8 section there was also a tie: between Olivia Chen (Leicester) and Thisumi Jayawarna (Manchester) but the latter was awarded first prize on tie-break. The event was organised by John Crawley and David Levens at Nottingham High School.

Worcester Juniors

10 Dec 2016. Finlay Bowcott-Terry (Leasowes High Sch, Dudley) was overall winner in a small rapidplay tournament held at The King's School Worcester. Second was Chinmay Monga (King Edward VI Sch, Edgbaston).

Boxwich juniors celebrate

26 Nov 2016, Ray Dolan reports. Mayor of Walsall Kath Phillips and David Anderton presented prizes at the club's special Christmas party. There was a Spectacular Blind Chess Display by 8 players of the Academy. A great day will not be forgotten by all. Thanks to everyone for their support

Delancey UK Chess Challenge

31 Oct 2016, ECF website reports. Sarah Longson (Woman International Master) and her team have saved this popular national junior competition after the previous organiser encountered difficulties with VAT payment. The sponsores, property developers Delancey, have renewed their support for the new owners of the competition. See more on the ECF website.

English under-11 Championships

15 Oct, David Levens reports. Lavanya Maladker (Fernwood Jnr Sch, Nottingham and West Nottingham Chess Club) won all her games and is the first girl to win this title. Other Midlands high scorers were: Zayan Baig (Nottingham), Daniel Chen, Anika Khare, and Umar Syed (all Leicestershire).

National Youth Chess Association County team champ

25 Sep 2016, David Levens reports. Several Midlands teams travelled to Northampton to compete in the National Youth Chess Association's county team championship for under 14s. These included Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Northants and Leics. Other teams came from South Wales, Cheshire, Yorkshire, Sussex and Kent. At the end of three gruelling rounds, Sussex ran out the winners with Nottingham second, ahead of Kent by three points.

Midlands Terafinal winners

18 Aug 2016, David Levens reports. Samuel Herring (Northants) shared second place with Joseph McPhilips (Greater Manchester) in the final of 4 stages of this annual extraveganza to each scoop £750 in prizes. Read full results of the Delancey UK Schools 2015 competion.

Junior in British Championship

29 Jul 2016, ECF website reports. Jonah Willow (West Nottingham) aged 13 is one of the youngest ever competitors in the Britsh Championships this year.

Bloxwich juniors nab Staffs club of the year award

22 Jul 2016. Bloxwich junior club collected Staffordshire Chess Association's premier accolade at the county annual meeting. Eunice and Ray Dolan who founded the club said: "Congratulations to all children for listening and learning."

Midlands Juniors at Konya, Turkey

3 Jul 2016, ECF website reports. Two players from West Nottingham and one from Cheddleton & Leek represented England in the European Schools Tournament at Konya. Jonah Willow scored 6 points from 9 games, Aditya Munshi 5½/9 - both players from West Nottingham. Thivyaa Rahulan (Cheddleton & Leek) scored 4/9.

English Primary Schools

1 Jul 2016, David Levens and ESPCA report. The under-11 and under-9 tournament was held in Birmingham. In spite of missing players away in Turkey to represent England, Nottingham High managed sixth with 12 points and Bolton Junior Boys were eighth on 7½ points in the under-11 competiytion won by Westminster. In the under-9s, Bramcote Hills (Notts) was 2nd on 12 points behind winners Haberdashers' Aske's School.

Under-11 county finals

8 May 2016, David Levens reports. Nottingham under 11s travelled to High Wycombe, Bucks to battle against the sixteen other county finalists. At the end of round 2 Kent had scored 34, 2 points clear of Barnet (Middx) and Nottingham in joint second place. Barnet sensationally scored 20/20 in the final round and pipped Kent to first place, while Nottingham faded slightly to gain third prize. Nevertheless, this latest result on top of Nottingham's recent second place in the Girls' Under-11 team finals, speaks volumes for the work done in Nottingham.

National Girls' final

16 Apr 2016, David Levens reports. Three Midlands counties participated. Nottinghamshire (27 points) were second to Barnet (31 points). Northamptonshire were eighth (9½ points) and Manchester ninth (8 points). Four of Nottinghamshire's players won all three games: Susie Wand (board 1), Alexandra Arlachoua (board 8), Farah Akbar (board 9), and Aliyah Wan (board 10). For more details see the English Primary School Chess Association website.

More success for Nottingham juniors

20 Mar 2016, David Levens reports. Nottinghamshire romped home with 53 points to win first place ahead of Lancashire in the under-11 English Primary Schools Chess Association's Northern Zonal team tournament held at Wallasy, Cheshire. Manchester were sixth on 24½ and Staffordshire ninth on 19½ points.

Nottinghamshire dominate in Midlands Junior county teams

7 Mar 2016, David Levens reports. In this year's competition Nottingham again dominated. In the under 11s section for teams of twenty, the final scores were as follows: Nottingham A 56½/60; Northants 27; Nottingham B 24½; Lincolnshire 13. The Girls event for teams of twelve over 3 rounds, the results were Nottingham A 30½/36; Lincolnsire 21; Nottingham B 3½ The Under 9s for teams of twelve was a much closer affair: Nottingham A 28/36; Northants 24½; Nottingham B 23; Nottingham C 14; Lincs. 13; Nottingham D 5½.

Bloxwich Juniors take on former ECF President

5 Mar 2016, Ray Dolan reports. Twenty four players from the club played simutaneously against former English Chess Federation President Roger Edwards. Alex Jarvis, Dominic Holmes, and Andrew Fenn won their games and seven other players got draws against Roger. The former president played 24, won 13, drew 7 and lost 3.

Worcestershire winter winners

28 Nov 2015. Ben Fuller (Worcester Sixth Form Coll) won the premier tournament at Worcester with a perfect score. The scores of King'sHawford School's players earned the prize for the best Worcestershire Chess School. It is just outside of Worcester and players are coached by coached by Kevin Thomas. King's Hawford's chess captain Tamara Marsden along with team members Max Copeman and Freddie Yorke-Brooks won individual prizes. The other prominent school team was fielded by Chad Vale Primary School in Edgbaston. Their players also took home three prizes. See picture and read more in the Worcester News

Bloxwich juniors' awards

28 Nov 2015, Ray Dolan reports. Bloxwich Juniors met mayor of Walsall, Angela Underhill, at a presentation evening. Palyers who achieved great success in the Staffordshire Chess League included Aaryan Singh, aged 9, who is the under 10 Staffordshire Junior Chess Champion and the outgoing club captain Sarvesh Rajdev who was runner up in the under 14 category. County and England player Alex Jarvis, who is a national school champion, now takes on the mantle of club captain.

Notts players score in the under-11 English Championships

11 Oct 2015, Neil Graham & David Levens report. Two Nottingham players scored well. Daniel Chen (Notts Juniors) gained 4 points winning the title for year 4 boys and Susie Wang (West Nottingham) on 3½ points was top-scoring girl. Savin Dias (Herts) with 4½ points took the title on tie-break. Milad Fadakar-Bahy, Armaan Gogia, Alexander El-Khouri, Vidura Mendis, Lavana Maladkar and Susie Wang (all Notts) gained a half norm for the English Trials at liverpool at Easter. The event took place at Nottingham High School with just under fifty players and was run by the English Primary Schools Chess Association.

Worcester Junior winners

20 Aug 2015. Joe Rastall (Nunnery Wood HS, Worcester) won a small tournament with a perfect score of 5 points from his five games. Best girl on tie-break was Tamara Marsden (King's Hawford Sch, Worcester) and best under-11 was Monty Woodhouse (West House Sch, Birmingham).



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