The third Grand Prix of the season was held on an unseasonably warm and sunny day on the 24th March at St Johns School in Frome. This was the rearranged date following the postponement due to the snow and ice in early February. We welcomed over 90 children, competing across the 6 different age sections, including many children taking part in their first ever chess tournament.
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The Final of the EPSCA Inter-Association County Team Championship 2019 took place in Solihull on 30th March 2019. The Somerset Under 11’s team qualified from the semi-final round and competed against 15 other teams in this national final.
The semi-final rounds of both the Under 9s and Under 11s EPSCA County Team championships take place in March 2019.
The U11s enjoyed a tense battle with other counties, and played extremely well to qualify for the final. The U9s played well, but unfortunately did not qualify for the final this year.
It was good to see so many Somerset Junior players competing in different age sections at the South of England Junior Championships at Yateley Manor School on the 26th and 27th January 2019.
All three teams played extremely well, and players should be proud to win two age sections and only narrowly finishing 2nd in the other age section.
The 1st Bristol Blitz Chess Championship was held on 25th November 2018 at Bristol Grammar School. As the name suggests, this was an event with a short time control of 5 minutes + 3 second increment, and played over 11 rounds. This new event in the local chess calendar attracted a field of 44 players, and gave the opportunity for several Somerset Juniors to compete in the same line-up and against experienced players, including USA International Master James Sherwin.
The British Rapidplay Chess Championships 2018 took place on the weekend of the 24th and 25th November 2018 in Ilkley, North Yorkshire. There were several Somerset Juniors who made the long journey and took part in this prestigious event in the British Chess calendar.
The annual Musketeers Chess Club Congress took place in Shurdington Social Centre on 17th November 2018. The event is organised by the Musketeers Chess Club as a one-off tournament. It’s a great starter-tournament, and also has some compelling battles between players with more experience.
Whilst not a part of the Somerset Junior Chess Grand Prix series, it is good to see some familiar faces making the journey and getting some valuable tournament practice against different opposition. And very pleasing to see some of our Somerset Juniors win their age sections.