The Somerset Junior Chess Grand Prix 2018/19 season comprised of 4 grand prix events taking place across the county, with more than 130 children taking part this year. It’s great to see so many children in Somerset playing chess and meeting other children from the region.
The Top 4 players in the league table standings for each age section were invited to the SJC Finals Day 2019, held at Millfield School in Street on the 30th June. Across the 7 age categories, 28 in total players battled it out to determine the final placings.
The Finals Day format is a knockout competition where in the semi-finals: 1st place play 4th place in the league tables, and 2nd place play 3rd place. After a best-of-three games encounter, the two semi-final winners play against each other in the final. Again, there is a best-of-three game match, and the winner will take home the trophy for the year and have their name engraved on it.
Congratulations to all players earning a place at the Finals Day for their consistent good performance at grand prix events throughout the season.
Finishing top of the league table this year was Gaetan Manouvel, who unfortunately couldn’t attend the Finals Day. Progressing through the semi-finals this year were Matthew Timbrell and Jack Liu.
There was nothing to separate the players in the opening games, both games ending in a draw. The third and deciding game was won by Jack Liu and with it the Under 16’s title 2018/19.
- Jack Liu
- Matthew Timbrell
- Lawrence Fields
- Andy Y Wang
Kandara Acharya finished the season top of the Under 12’s league, and won the first game of her semi-final, but fought back Andy won the next two games and progressed to the final.
In the final, Jacob won the first game with Andy drawing level following a win in game two. The deciding game was won by Jacob, to make it 2-1 and taking home the trophy for the year.
- Jacob Hoyes
- Andy Wang
- Kandara Acharya
- Nathaniel Trethaway
The Under 11’s has been a very competitive age section this year, with the top 4 players attending all four grand prix events this year and playing consistently good chess throughout. Ernie finished top of the league, and progressed to the final following tough games against Vishal in the semi-final, to join Kevin who won his match against Loic.
In the final, Ernie took the first game, only for Kevin to level at 1-1 to force a third and deciding game. Congratulations to Ernie, who won the decider and the Under 11’s title for 2018/19. It was equally close in the 3rd place play-off, with the deciding game won by Loic.
- Ernie Fields
- Kevin Kalandaraj
- Loic Manouvel
- Vishal Pradeep
The season finished with Gabriel at the top of the table, and he proved too strong for his opponents on finals day, winning his opening two games in the final against Kirin to take the win and trophy.
Third place play-off was evenly matched, with only 0.5 points between the players in the league table and a play-off match needed to determine 3rd place, which was won by Ethan.
- Gabriel Keech
- Kirin Ranpura
- Ethan Denslow-King
- Zac Wood
The season finished with Dyansa and Dwiti joint-top of the Under 9’s league table. However, the semi-finals were won by Elliot and Senan, who met each other to determine the U9’s winner. Senan continued his recent good form and won the first game, but Elliot came back to win the next two, winning the match 2-1 and the Under 9’s title for this year.
There was little between Dyansa and Dwiti for third place, with the score at 1.5-1.5 after three games, the play-off was won by Dyansa.
- Elliot Bleeg
- Senan Howden-Jones
- Dyansa Gunatilake
- Dwiti Acharya
It was Adri who finishing top of the league table, following a consistently good season. The semi-finals were close matches, with Finley progressing 2-1 and Zhouhao winning his match against Adri following a play-off. The final also proved close, with the match standing at 1-1 after two games. The decider was won by Finley, and with it the U8’s trophy.
- Finley Beviss
- Zhouhao Yu
- Adri van Hensbergen
- Daniel Collins
In the final league standings, Jonas finished top with Maelys just 0.5 points behind. And both players progressed to the final to meet each other and decide the overall winner. Maelys won all three games and is Under 7’s champion for 2018/19.
- Maelys Manouvel
- Jonas Han
- Avishka Gunatilake
- Jonah Lovat
Thank you to all players throughout the year for taking part, we hope you enjoyed the events and have used the experiences to become better chess players. And thanks to parents and guardians who bring children to the events. We, the organisers are all volunteer chess parents ourselves, and we know that finding the time to attend is not always easy.
It has been a successful season for Somerset, with the Under 14s and Under 9s teams winning their sections in the annual West of England and South Wales county team event; and the Under 11s reaching the final of the EPSCA national county team event and achieving one of their best placings ever (as far as we can see from the records available, anyway!).
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