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Page published 16 November 2014

Junior News in the 2013-4 season

Most recent reports at the top of page

Royal School for Deaf tops East Mids schools league

18 Nov. Chris Dunworth reports. The Royal School just pipped Mundy Junior School on tie-break.

Thivyaa Rahula wins under-10 British Championship

2 Aug. Thivyaa (Newcastle-u-Lyme, Staffs) was the best Midlands junior at the British Championships at Aberystwyth. In the under-10 tournament, Aditya Munshi (West Nottingham) shared second prize in the under-11 and the under-10 tournaments.

Midland success at Commonwealth Junior Championships

8 Jul, ECF website reports. Nugith Jayawarna (Ashton, Gtr Manchester) was third in the Under-12 tournament with 6½ points from his nine games at Glasgow.

Midland juniors off to Delancey UK Chess Challenge Terafinal

6 Jul. Eight hundred juniors took part in the Northern Gigafinals at Manchester. Midlands juniors who claimed ultimo (boys') or ultima (girls') titles were: Jamie Horton (U18, 3Cs, Oldham, GMC); Amy Milsom (U18, Louth, Lincs); Alex Cartlidge (U17, St Joseph's Coll, Staffs); Jason Lau (U15, 3Cs, Oldham, GMC); Jacob Boswell (U12, St John Fisher Coll, Staffs); Sharon Daniel (U12, Bolton Girls, GMC); Jonah Willow (U11, West Notts); Mahima Raghavendra (U11, Bolton Girls, GMC); Adam Bennett (U10, W Notts); Aditya Munshi (U10, Nottingham High Junior); Hashir Sapra (U9, Bolton Boys, GMC); Susie Wang (U9, West Notts); and Lavanya Maladkar (U8, Bramcote Hills, Notts). A further 28 Midlands players will be in the Challengers' tournaments with top prizes of £500.

Manchester GS lose out at final

4 Jul NSCC website report. In a closely fought match, Manchester Grammar went down on board count to Reading School in the National Schools Chess Challenge played at Uppingham, Rutland.

England under-11 trials

27 May, David Levens reports. Many juniors representing MCCU counties qualified for the team trial after fighting their way through a series of events organised around the country. Successful players were: Adam Bennett, Adi Munshi and Abhishek Thakar (all of Nottinghamshire); Thivyaa Rahulan (Staffs); Max Miller (Northants); and Mahima Raghavendra and Kevin Ye (Manchester). Of these Adi Munshi, Mahima Raghavendra and Kevin Ye all qualified to represent England as part of the EPSCA England Under 11 team.

East Midlands winners

24 May, East Midland Chess reports. Susie Wang (Derby) won narrowly from Andrew Fenn (Wolverhampton). Laxton Junior (Oundle) players received commendations for thier play.

Newcastle-under-Lyme School fourth in National Schools competition

4 Jul, NSCC website reports. Newcastle-under-Lyme School (Staffs), lost their third place play-off match against Torquay Boys' Grammar School.

Junior prizes at Bloxwich Congress

13 Apr, David Anderton reports. Owen Bennett (Caerleon) in the Open; Jacob Boswell (Cheddleton & Leek, Staffs) in the Major; and Adam Bennett (W Nottingham) and Andrew Fenn (Bloxwich, Staffs) each won prizes.

Midlands schools girls teams' successes

13 Apr, ECForum reports. In the under-11 girls team tournament at Bramley, Surrey, Fernwood B, Nottingham with 10 points were placed second after Howells A from Cardiff with 13½ points. In the under-19 tournament, St Edward's Sch, Leek, Staffs 11½ points were just pipped for first place by Nonsuch School, Cheam, Surrey with 12 points.

Midlands winners in National Chess Junior Squad championships

6 Apr, Loz Cooper reports. This weekend event was held at Daventry. Jonah Willow (W Nottingham) just missed out in the under-12 championship to share second place with 4½ points from 5 games. Remy Rushbrooke (Bury Knights, Greater Manchester) shared second place in the Under 10 championship. The highest scoring MIdlander in the under-14s was Taylor Pearson (W Nottingham) with 3½ points and in the under-16 tournament Harry Croasdale (W Bridgford), Sam Herring (Oundle Sch, Leics) and Conor Reid (Baraunstone, Leics) scored 2½ points.

Three Midlands schools through to quarter final

2 Apr, NSCC report. Nottingham High School, King Edward's School, Birmingham and Manchester Grammar go through to the quarter final of the National Schools Chess Championships. Manchester GS beat Nottingham High to book their semi-final place. Newcastle-under-Lyme Grammar School also qualify for the quarter final of the Plate competition.

Nottingham Girls win under-11 Championship

22 Mar, David Levens reports. Nottinghamshire reversed last year's result to win the championship for the first time. This team event was held at Oxford.

Nottinghamshire win EPSCA Zonal at Liverpool

15 Mar, David Levens reports. Notts won with 48 points. Second placed were Yorkshire. Both these teams qualify for the finals in May.

Mayor and Friars showcase chess at Bewdley

14 Mar. British junior internatiopnals James and Joseph Friar help Bewdley Mayor Linda Candlin in a chess demonstration tomorrow at St Anne's Church, Bewdley. Organiser Keith Thompson said: "Chess is one of the most popular board games played in the world. We are determined to help make Bewdley a chess-friendly town. We are hoping that local pubs and coffee houses will have a chess set for those who want to play." Reported by the Express and Star 6 March 2014.

Henrick Stepanyan and James Kearney win Warks Junior titles.

9 Mar, Warks CA report. Henrick (Sutton Coldfield) won the under-18 Warwickshire Championship and James (Rugby) the under-16 title.

East Midlands Grand Prix leaders

4 Feb, Christopher Dunworth reports. The leading players so far are: Susie Wang (Derbys) 59; Harry Madden (Derbys) 58; Shyam Modi (Leics) 39; Kishan Modi (Leics) 35; and Adam Bennett 33.

New chess coach at Bloxwich Club

21 Jan, Ray Dolan reports. Manny Rehman has been apponted to coach this young team.

Ben Fuller winner for second time at Worcester

14 Dec Ray Collett reports. At the Winter tournament held at The King's School, Worcester, Ben (Nunnery Wood HS) won the gold medal for under-18s. Charlie-Ann Arkell (St John's Middle, Bromsgrove) was girl champion. The Under-11 winner was: Dan Arkell (St John's Middle Sch, Bromsgrove). Pictures and results were reported by Worcester News in the 18 December paper edition and by the Worcester Observer.

Aditya Munchi wins Under-10 tournament at Northampton

16 Nov, David Levens reports. Adyita Munchi and Abhishek Thakar (both Nottingham) were in the top spots. Adyita scored 6 points from his six games and was Under-10 champion. Abhishek was second on 5 points.

Aditya Munshi runner-up in under-11 championship race

David Levens reports. Aditya, from Nottingham, was second with 4 points from 5 games. The event, held at Nottingham Junior High School at the end of October, was won by Ilya Misyura from London. Other Midland juniors to do well were Adam Bennett (Nottingham), Mahima Raghavendra (Bolton, GMC), Abhishek Thakar (Nottingham), Neel Badhe (Nottingham), and Susie Wang (Derby).

Junior British Chess Magazine

3 Nov. David Levens is the editor of a special new digital chess magazine for younger players. Visit British Chess Magazine for further information.

ECF Schools' tournaments

12 Oct. At the ECF annual meeting, it was decided that Game Fee, but not ECF membership would be required for team members in ECF schools' competitions.


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