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UK Chess Challenge Midlands Gigafinal winners

8 Jul. At the first Midlands Gigafinal held at the Trident Centre, Leamington Warwickshire and Nottinghamshire juniors scored well. Elis Dicen (Warks, Under-7) and Edison Xu (Warks Under-11B) won all their games to take the first prizes in their tournaments. Other players to take first prizes without sharing were: Finlay Terry-Bowcott (Halesowen, Worcs Under-13B), Anita Somton (Notts, Under-14) Jonah Willow (Notts, Under-15), and Jacob Connor Boswell (Staffs, Under-16). The following won shared first prizes in their sections: Jude Sheersby (Warks, Under-8B), Margarita Sanchez (Warks, Under-10), Abhishekdev Ramesh (Worcs, Under-12B), Aditya Munshi (Notts, Under-14), Kishan Modi (Northants, Under-14). Full results are on the Chess-Results server.

Warwickshire Junior Open

7 Apr, Alex Holowczak reports. Over fifty players competed in four tournaments. Manvith Sandhu (Hallfield Sch) was first in group A with 4½ points. In group B, Ayesha Naushahi ( K Henry VIII Sch, Birmingham) and Margarita Sanchez (Coventry Chess Acad) shared first place on 4 points. Eshaan Pasha (Hallfield Sch) won groups C with a clean score of 5 points as did Islem Mahmoud (Acocks Green Primary) in group D. Scores for all players are at Chess-Result.com.

Devan Patel wins Bloxwich Juniors UK Chess Challenge

6 Feb, Ray Dolan reports. Devan was fist on 19 points and shared second placed were Dhiren Bahia and Cameron Rehmen with 18 points. The event was opened by local MP Eddie Hughes who has invited members to the House of Commons.

Midlands under-12s win Junior International Quadrangular Tournament

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

National schools Blitz championships

18 Mar, 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, 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, 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.


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Do you want to play chess for England?

The English Primary Schools Chess Association Chess organises the England Under 11 Team and the England Girls' Under 11 Team. The England Girls' Under 11 Team is selected by its manager, based on performances at major tournaments run by ESPCA throughout the year. One of these events is being held in Nottingham (use "Junior Events" on the left menu) and others are in the calendar of ESPCA events. Use the next link to view The team selection procedure. If you would like to play chess for England and you are under eleven years old, ask your parents to contact Ray Dolan, MCCU Chief Executive Officer.

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