Many Leicestershire Juniors took part in the recent online UK
Chess challenge, several qualifying for the gigafinals, and a select few making
it through to the prestigious Terafinal stage. The finals were played over the
weekend of the 5th and 6th of September, featuring most of the strongest
junior players in the country. Amongst several excellent performances by
members of the club I thought I should mention
Sasha Kerbel – scored 7.5 points in the U18 Terafinal 14th
Lindsay Pyun – scored 6.5 points in the U12 Terafinal 5th
Sophie Mehta – scored 6 points in the U10 Terafinal, 10th
Well done everyone who took part, I am sure we will have even more players in the Terafinals in years to come!
A large number of club members took part in the English Youth Online championships which took place on the 30th May on Lichess.
Amongst a number of good performances by club members Lindsay excelled in winning two prizes, top U12 girl, and 2nd place girl in the U14 bullet competition. Subsequently Lindsay has been selected to represent England in the international team battle. A fantastic achievement and a deserved reward for a talented player who also works very hard on improving her game!
15 club members were represented in the 20 board Leicestershire
U11 team that made the long journey up to Cheadle Hume on Sunday 8th
It was a tough and close competition, with Leicestershire finishing
in 4th place with 31 points to qualify for the finals which will
take place in Solihull on the 28th of March.
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Our qualification was not confirmed until the very last
result of the whole event. Lindsay Pyun completed an excellent game, winning
her opponents centre pawn and expertly converting this advantage through the
endgame. This received a round of applause from all the spectators, and sealed
Leicestershire’s place in the finals.
Special mention also to Joshua Tang, Aarav Sinha and Madhav
Eradi who all earned maximum points over the day. Six more players scored two
wins out of three. Several of our younger players also turned out (including
Sam on his birthday!) and we look forward to seeing them in the team in future
matches. Many thanks to all the parents and helpers who made this possible and
to Julian Tang for organising the team on the day. We look forward to the finals
in Solihull on Saturday 28th of March.
Two club members put in fantastic performances in the under 8 section of the recent Northamptonshire championships. Sam Wakelin finished joint winner with 5 points out of 6! Em-Jay Dyer was joint top girl, scoring 4 points out of 6, beating the top Northamptonshire boy and girl along the way!
More details and full results are available below
Sam has also enjoyed more success recently getting a silver medal in the U11s section of the Kenilworth Junior Open on 26 Jan, winning 4/5 games. Results are available below.
Leicestershire Juniors brought 5 teams to the Midland Team Championships, that were hosted by Notts at Nottingham High School on Saturday 8th February.
In the U11s (8 boards), Leicestershire finished 3rd on 9.5 pts behind Warwickshire (18 pts) and Notts (12pts). In an all-play-all format Leics were just beaten by Notts in the 1st round (3.5 – 4.5) but won against Northants in the 2nd round (5-3). Warks proved a tough assignment in the 3rd round and the team were well beaten 1-7. Madhav Eradi and Arav Ajaykumar both won their games in 1st and 2nd rounds.
In the 4 board U11 Girls event, Leicestershire secured 3rd place on 3.5pts behind Notts (8.5) and Warks (6). In an all play all format Leicestershire lost to both those counties but drew 2-2 against Northants in the 2nd round. On top board Lindsay Pyun won her games against Notts and Northants.
A developing U9 team (8 boards) finished in 4th on 4pts in a tough section, with Shashank Prasanth excelling to record 2 wins out of 3.
A U11 and U9 B team played the Notts B team in those two age groups. Notts, with a much larger pool of players unsurprisingly won both matches, but it was good to have so many Leicestershire players making their debut playing for the county. Martino Cresciani-Lombardo and Aman Das both recorded 2 wins out of 3 for the U11 B team and Sophia Hilmi won two of her games for the U9 B team.
Holywell School, which has a thriving chess club, hosted the February edition of Leicestershire Junior Chess’s Mini-Rapidplay Series on Saturday 1st February and there was an increased entry with both Holywell School players and Leicestershire Junior Chess Club members out in numbers.
All three sections were won or jointly won by pupils of the school who also attend the Leicester Saturday Chess Club. Lindsay Pyun, won 4 out of 4 to convincingly win the Kings Section. Sam Wakelin, surprised some of his older rivals to similarly win the Rooks section with 4 victories out of 4. Finally both Emjay Dyer and Aarav Mittal won 4 out of 4 in the Knight section and tied for 1st place, as having not played each other they couldn’t be separated on tie break.
Full results are below:
December’s Leicester Junior Chess Mini-Rapidplay took place on Sat 14th December at Westleigh with 36 players in 3 sections and 3 first-time section winners
In the Kings , Alan Sharia won all 4 games to win the section.
In an interesting and tight Rooks competition, Adeeb Syed had a great competition remaining unbeaten and winning with 3.5/4
In the Knights, Anjal Masood won all her 5 games to convincingly head the section
Full Results: Kings, Rooks, Knights
Leicestershire were represented by an U18, U11, 2 U11 Girls Teams and an U9 team at the recent 4 Counties Invitational at Kenilworth School against Warwickshire, Oxfordshire and Northamptonshire.
The U11 team finished a fine 2nd to Oxfordshire with wins against both Warwickshire and Northants. Arooj Mahajan and Arav Ajaykumar both won all 3 games with Madhav Eradi scoring well with 2 wins and a draw.
In the U11 Girls, Northants were unable to field a team so Leicestershire chose to enter 2 relatively evenly balanced teams to give more players an opportunity to play at this level. A single Leicestershire might well have won the competition but even with a reduced strength ‘A’ team Leicester tied with Oxfordshire in 2nd on match points only just losing out on Tiebreak with game points. Lindsay Pyun was very dominant on board 1 winning all 3 games and Sophie Mehta on board 1 for the ‘B’ team had good claim to be the 2nd best U11 girl player in the competition given that she won 2 games apart from her loss against Lindsay.
In the U18s, Leicestershire drew with Northants (4-4) ond only narrowly lost to Oxfordshire 4.5-3.5 to finish in 3rd position. Sasha Kerbel had a notable competition with 2 wins and a draw in his 3 games.
In the U9s, the entire team were making their county team debuts as practically all last year’s successful U9 team have moved up to the U11 category. Consequently it was always going to be a tough competition for the new team as they were facing two very strong teams from Warwickshire (Northants didn’t enter a team) and one from Oxfordshire. To put it in perspective, in 2018 Warwickshire where 4th nationally and Oxfordshire 6th. The team finished as expected in 4th place but I’m sure will build on this as the year progresses.
Full detailed results: U18s, U11s, U11 Girls, U9s
The November edition of the Mini-Rapidplay took place on Sat 9th Nov at Westleigh with a very healthy entry of 38 children.
In the Kings , Joshua Tang won all 4 games to win the section.
In the Rooks, Arav Ajaykumar won all 5 rounds for another clean sweep section winner with Catherine Lv a clear 2nd with 4 pts.
In the Knights, Will Jackson was very dominant also winning all 5 rounds. Relatively new member of the Saturday club Apostolos scored 4 pts in 2nd place.
Full Results: Kings, Rooks, Knights
Two Leicestershire juniors were represented in the English Girls Championships which were held over the weekend of 19th and 20th of October in Oxford.
Lindsay Pyun came second in both the U11 and U14 sections scoring 4.5 out of 6 in both comptetitions. Sophie Mehta came 4th (on tie break) in the U11 section also scoring 4.5 out of 6. A really excellent result for both girls, well done! The full results are available below: