Leicestershire’s juniors had a good haul of results at the recent local UK Schools Chess Challenge Megafinals (county based) with 14 age group section winners (Supremos/Supremos) along with 11 additional qualifiers for the regional stages (Gigafinals) which take place in July. Particularly notable was Sophie Mehta’s 6/6 score in a competitive U9 section at the Northants & Leicestershire megafinal along with Lindsay Pyun’s winning 5.5pts score in winning the U10s. and Jason Lv’s unbeaten 5/6 winning score in the U12s which placed him 2nd out of the entire U18 section
The full lists of winners and qualifiers are as follows:
Northants & Leicestershire Megafinal
Supremos: Sam Wakelin (U7), Jason Lv (U12) – Supremas: Emily Dyer (U7), Catharine LV (U8), Sophie Mehta (U9), Lindsay Pyun (U10), Anika Khare (U13)
Qualifiers: Alex Shen (U9), Madhav Eradi (U9), Noor Datoo (U10)
Supremos: Alex Cimurs (U10), Aryan Ankolekar (U11), Daniel Chen (U12) Supremas: Olivia Chen (U8)
Qualifiers: Aarav Sinha (U10), Henry Powell (U12)
Supremos: Joshua Tang (U9), Tom Brown (U18) Supremas: Sophia Hilmi (U9)
Qualifiers: Conor Morris (U7), Arooj Mahajan (U9), Evan Miles (U10), Michel Kula (U10), Jacob Miles (U10), Ben Samworth (U11)
Leicester Junior Chess Club’s May mini-rapidplay was held at the club’s regular venue at Westleigh on Saturday 25th May
In the Kings sections, Leo Abraham won a competitive competition with 3.5 pts out of 4. The Rooks and Knights section was combined with Catherine Lv overhauling early leader Madhav Eradi to win the Rooks with 4/5 whilst Milan Hall won the Knights section with 3pts.
Full detailed results are here:
Rooks & Knights
Leicestershire’s U9 team placed 8th out of 15 qualifying teams in the National final at Nottingham High School on Saturday 27th April scoring a very respectable 19.5 pts (out of 36) and only falling 1.5 pts short of a top 6 finish.
Joshua Tang (bd2) and Catharine Lv (bd8) had outstanding competitions winning all 3 games and Sophie Mehta (bd4), Alex Shen (bd7) and Rishik Madhadi (bd 11) all scored 2 wins out of 3.
The full team was: Kajus Mikalajunas, Joshua Tang, Olivia Chen, Sophie Mehta, Arooj Mahajan, Madhav Eradi, Alex Shen, Catherine Lv, Arav Ajaykumar, Martino Cresciani Lombardo, Rishik Madhadi, Muhammed Shalchi, Varad Dahi and Adeeb Syed
The full team standings with links to individual performances are here.
Leicester Junior Chess Club’s March mini-rapidplay took place at Holywell Primary School, Loughborough on Sat 30th and a record 48 children took part with a roughly even split between Leicester Junior Chess Club and Holywell Primary School Chess Club players.
In the Kings sections, Henry Powell and Lindsay Pyun both scored 3 out of 4 points. Similarly in the Rooks section Aarav Sinha and John Leay also shared a perfect record with 4 wins out of 4. In the Knights section, Rohit Sreenivas (Holywell) tied with Lexi Abraham (LJCC) on 3.5 pts.
Full detailed results are here:
In a joint venture with neighbouring county Northants, Leicestershire entered a team into the national U11 Girls final which took place on 23rd March in Solihull and finished 10th out of 16th teams on 17.5pts (out of 36).
We had a great first round recording 8/12 and the manner of the victory’s showed that we had a team capable of playing slow and very thoughtful Chess. We were in 4th place and only 1 point behind the leaders.
Our 2nd round was equally solid and we scored 6.5 points. This placed us 6th equal and only 1.5 points behind first place. It was all very close. The 3rd round however proved to be a little of an anti-climax and after some quick losses the slipped down the order a little to their final resting position.
Of the 5 Leicestershire players in the team Olivia Chen won all three games on board 2 and Lindsay Pyun (bd1), Sophie Mehta (bd4) and Asin Dobariya (bd8) all scored 2 wins.
A full strength Leicestershire U9 team travelled to Liverpool on Sat 16th March and qualified for the National Final in some style finishing just 1 pt behind last year’s national U9 medallists Warwickshire.
Leicestershire got off to a flying start in round 1 recording 9 wins and 2 draws from 12 boards to lead by half a point from Warks and Notts. The second round went a little less well but still resulted in 8 wins to keep Leics 1/2 a point ahead of Notts but ominously Warks scored an impressive 11 points go 2.5 pts in front of Leics. At this point with the top 3 teams more than 6 points ahead of the 4th placed team, it was clear Leicestershire would win medals but of what colour?
Round 3 started badly with a couple of quick losses but thereafter, win followed win until the team had netted another 10 points from the 12 games. As in round 1 Leicestershire had outscored all their other rivals, but in the final overall scores fell just one point short of Warks in 1st place with Notts 2 points back in 3rd place. Five Leicestershire players (Joshua Tang, Olivia Chen, Arooj Mahajan, Catherine Lv and Arav Ajaykumar) scored an impressive 3 wins out of 3 and it’s interesting to note the contribution of the 3 girls in the team (Olivia, Catherine and Sophie Mehta) who had not played in the U9s in the Midland Team champs (where the U9s finished 3rd) due to being on U11 Girls team duty that day who scored a massive 8.5/9pts between them. That said, this was above all a team performance where everyone played their part and was only made possible by multiple wins almost across the board.
The full team was: Kajus Mikalajunas, Joshua Tang, Olivia Chen, Sophie Mehta, Arooj Mahajan, Madhav Eradi, Alex Shen, Catherine Lv, Arav Ajaykumar, Martino Cresciani Lombardo, Rishik Madhadi, Adeeb Syed, Oliver Brown.
1st Warks 29
2nd Leics 28
3rd Notts 26
>4th Cheshire & North Wales 17
5th Oldham 15.5
6th Manchester 15
7th Wirral 13.5
8th Lancashire 13.5
9th Tameside 12
10th Merseyside 10.5
An U11, U11 Girls Team and U9 team competed at the Midland Team Championships at Notts High School on Saturday 9th February.
The most impressive performance came from the U9 team, who despite being short of three team members who were playing for the U11 Girls Team, scored 14.5 out of 24 from the 3 rounds to come a close 3rd to the winners Warwickshire (16.5pts) and the runner’s up Notts (15.5pts). Kajus Mikalajunas, who recently scored 5/5 to win the Kenilworth Junior Open U11 Section and 5.5/6 to win the Minor U11o section of the Notts Rapidplay, won all 3 games on top board with ease. Alex Shen and Arav Ajayjumar also had a perfect 3/3 record whilst Madhav Eradi recorded 2 wins.
As already mentioned, 3 of the U11 Girls team were U9, but the team battled well to tie for 3rd place with Northants on 5.5 (out of 12). Olivia Chen was unbeaten on top board with 2 wins and a draw, whilst Sophie Mehta scored 2 wins on 2nd board.
The entire Leicestershire U11 team was in fact U10 and found the competition a tough one finishing 4th out of the 5 teams with 7.5 pts. Lindsay Pyun had an excellent competition on top board however scoring 2/3 as did Morris Walker on board 7.
U9: 1st Warks (16), 2nd Notts A (15), 3rd Leics (14), 4th Northants (8.5), 5th Notts B (5)
U11 Girls: 1st Warks (10), 2nd Notts (8.5), 3rd= Leics/ Northants (5.5), 5th Notts B (0.5)
U11: 1st Warks (18.5), 2nd Notts A (15), 3rd Northants (12), 4th Leics (7.5), 5th Notts B (7)
The Leicester Junior Congress took place on Sunday 13th January at Leicester Grammar School.
In the Open section Sasha Kerbel & Jason Lv, Leicestershire Chess’s’Most Improved Junior’ and ‘Junior Team Player of the Year’ last year, underlined their progression by winning gold medals tying on 5 points (out of 6) each. 8 year old Kajus Mikalajunas also had an excellent competition in winning a bronze medal with 3.5 points.
There were 35 players in a competitive Major (U80) section. Leonard Wylie topped the list with 5.5pts and along with Zain Amir (5pts) and Leicestershire’s Joshua Tang (5pts) won gold medals. Leicestershire Juniors Kori Lee & Henry Powell both won silver medals with 4pts and Noor Datoo, Alan Skaria won bronze with 3.5pts.
In the Minor section, the 3 gold medallists on 5 points (Catharine Lv, Josh Crook and Arav Ajaykumar) were all Leicestershire Juniors, with Adeeb Syed winning silver (4pts) and Varad Dahi a bronze with 3.5pts.
Detailed Results are here: Open, Major, Minor
Over 30 Leicestershire juniors played in the Four Counties Invitational Match for U18, U11, U11 Girls and U9s against Warwickshire, Oxfordshire & Northamptonshire that took place at Kenilworth School on Sunday 2nd December.
The U9 team was the most successful of the Leicestershire teams finishing 2nd in the competition with wins against both Oxfordshire & Warwickshire Yellow (Warkwickshire fielded 2 U9 teams) before going down 5.5-2.5 to Warwickshire Red in the last round. Individually Joshua Tang achieved 3 straight wins on board 2 with Madhav Eradi (board 5) also unbeaten with 2.5pts. Arooj Mahajan, Alex Shen & Martino Lombardo (on his county debut) all won 2 out of the 3 games.
The U11 team (comprising mostly year 5s) faced fierce competition losing in the first two rounds against Oxfordshire & Warwickshire but did well to draw with Northants in the last round. Aarav Sinha did well to score two wins.
It was a similar story for the U11 Girls (3 of whom are under 9) who similarly lost to Oxfordshire & Warwickshire in the first two rounds but finished well with a 3-1 win against Northants. Catharine Lv had an excellent competition with 3 wins.
The U18 team was missing many key players and much of the team was only just out of the the U11 ranks but nevertheless had relatively close matches with Oxfordshire (2.5 – 5.5) & Northamptonshire (4-4) but found it tough going against a dominant Warwickshire (1-7). Recently invited national squad member Jason Lv (aged 12) impressively won all 3 games on board 4.
Full detailed results of the competition are available here