The Wilts & West of England Junior Chess Championships for 2020 were held in Swindon on the 22nd and 23rd February 2020. It is good to have this event back in the calendar following the cancellation of the event last year. The championships included many different age categories over the weekend, with trophies being awarded for Wiltshire champions, West of England champions, and the Age Section champion. Lots of trophies and medals to be won!

It’s great to see so many Somerset Juniors taking part in this tournament, and competing against some of the best players in the region and players from further afield including Kent, Surrey and Lancashire.

Congratulations to everyone taking part and hopefully learning and improving their chess, no matter what their final score or finishing position in their section.

Prizewinners who take part in Somerset Junior Chess Grand Prix are:

Under 14

Minor section: 1st Bilal Ahmed

Under 12

Championship section: 2nd= Matthew Timbrell

U12 West of England Champion: Matthew Timbrell

Under 10

Championship section: 3rd Elliot Bleeg

U10 West of England Girls Champion: Dyansa Gunatilake

Under 8

Championship section: 3rd Avishka Gunatilake

U8 West of England Champion: Avishka Gunatilake

U8 West of England Girls Champion: Annie Doan

Best Under 7: 1st= Maelys Manouvel

Saturday Intermediate

1st= Jacob Hoyes


Full list of prizewinners on the ECF website.