Individual Championships, 24 April
High quality training with the British Champion
The photo shows British Champion Jonathan Hawkins and some of the keen and talented children at our November training session. The day was a great success. Here are the results of the tournament.
Autumn Championship Results
British Champion to lead our November training
Our new-look training sessions got off to a great start on Sunday 11 October with 26 youngsters enjoying high quality coaching led by Nick Pert and competitive play with graded games. Here are the final scores from the tournament. We are delighted that Grandmaster Jonathan Hawkins, British Champion 2014 and 2015, will be leading our next training day on Saturday 7 November. You can enter online here! The rest of the dates are on the calendar.
North Bridge House and NLCS triumphant
North Bridge House School won the Under 9 Jamboree and North London Collegiate school won the Under 11 Girls Jamboree held at Brookland Junior School on Thursday 18 June. In Russell Fell's final match before retiring as manager of North Bridge House chess, his team ran away with the Under 9 event winning by 2.5 points from second placed North London Collegiate who were just half a point ahead of hosts Brookland who took bronze. The girls' event was a clear win for North London Collegiate who scored a maximum 12 points out of 12. St Paul's NW3 were second and Channing third.
Barnet completes the set with Under 11 Title
Wow! In the final instalment of county chess there has been yet another amazing day! On 9 May the Barnet under 11 team travelled to Nottingham for the Under 11 national finals. It was great to have so many of our long term players on the coach we had hired to get us all there. There was expectation in the air and our team had been looking promising for a number of months. 16 teams with 24 players each and a few hundred games of chess would decide who would be crowned national champions.
After the first round we had scored 15/20 and we were in joint first place with Kent, Wey Valley and Oxford. We knew that we would have to improve on this solid round to pull away from the pack. Round 2 came and we managed to score 17.5/20 - an excellent score. We nervously looked to see how many points the other teams had managed. Our rivals from the zone, Kent, had also managed 17.5/20; it was like the zone all over again! The final round came and another 15.5/20 left us waiting anxiously to see our final placement. It all came down to the last couple of games where we discovered that Kent had also managed 15.5/20! In the qualifying zone we had managed 49/60, the same as Kent (we then won that day on tie break), now in the final we had scored 48/60 - equal with Kent again! 120 games for each team and our score remained identical - The closest final I have ever seen! Everybody went in search to see what the tie break rules were - the titled was to be shared! A fair result and our congratulations to Kent as well.
This meant we had played and won all 5 of our EPSCA county events this year. the Under 9 Zone, The Under 11 Zone, The Under 9 final, The Girls final and the Under 11 final. In doing so we had also completed the treble, only the second county to ever do so. We had also managed to achieve the perfect score of 60/60 to win the Audio Grand Prix which measures the best over all county for the year.
Congratulations to all our players and my thanks to all their hard work over numerous years.
Results in detail are here.
Report by Tony Niccoli, Under 11 Team Manager
Clean Sweep for Barnet
Barnet teams have won all three national titles - the national girls' Under 11 team championship, the national Under 9 team championships and the national Under 11 team championships. All of these competitions are organised by EPSCA (English Primary Schools' Chess Association). The girls' event was held on 18 April in Gloucestershire and the Barnet team (pictured above) gained 31.5 points out of 36 in the three round competition with Kent 2.5 points behind in second place. Our Under 9 team followed this up on 25 April with victory in their final held in Northampton. They finished with 30.5 points out of 36, comfortably ahead of Cambridgeshire who were second with 28 points! On 9 May our Under 11 team completed the set for us, sharing the title of National Champions with Kent! Detailed results are here.
Thrilling Under 11 East Zone won by Barnet!
The zone stage of the EPSCA Inter-Association Under 11 Team Championships took place on Saturday 21 March in Northampton. We took 26 players to take part against 9 other counties. After the first round there was just half a point separating the top three teams, it didn't look like it could get any closer but it was just about to...! By the end of the day we had managed to score a magnificent 49 points out of 60! However a strong Kent team also managed to score a mighty 49! It was tie break time and this was to be decided on the number of wins, where the team with more wins would take home the gold medals. Barnet had managed 47 wins and 4 draws, Kent had managed 46 wins and 6 draws - so Barnet won on tie break! A great performance by the team and we very much look forward to the finals on 9 May in Nottingham.
Barnet Under 9 team wins East Zone
The Zone stage of the EPSCA Inter-Association Under 9 Team Championships took place on Saturday 14 March at Twickenham Preparatory School.
It was an exciting day; Hertfordshire were leading after the first and second rounds, but a tough final round saw the BJC team sneak ahead to win the Gold medals. We are through to the Finals, taking place in Northampton on 25 April.
My thanks to Peter Sowray and the Richmond hosts for a well run and enjoyable afternoon of good chess. All the results are here.
We hear that Sussex and Nottingham won their zones so we know who to watch out for in the Finals!The under 9 team will be meeting with GM Hawkins to prepare for the Finals on 12th April at the BJC training day.
BJC teams ready for national stages
The EPSCA Inter-Association Championships kick off on 14 March with the Under 9 zone. Then it's the Under 11 zone the week after and the Girls' Under 11 Final just after the Easter holidays. The teams have been selected and all of them have 'warmed up' with practice matches. The girls' team won a five-county match, two Barnet Under 9 teams came 4th and 5th in a 9 team practice match and our Under 11 team won a four-county match. Good luck to all our teams in the challenges ahead!
BJC Girls' Individual Championships
The event was a great success. Here are the cross tables:
Under 9 cross table
Under 11 cross table
Sarah Weersing (Under 14 event winner), Ruriko Ojima (top Barnet Under 14 and top Middlesex Under 14), Anaya Popat (Under 11 event winner and top Middlesex Under 11), Anisha Sawhney (top Barnet Under 11), Ralitza Vanguelova (Under 9 event winner and top Middlesex Under 9), Jacqui Sanitt (top Barnet Under 9) and Jolanda Herrgott (Under 7 event winner and top Middlesex Under 7).
North London Collegiate won the prize for top school.
BJC Individual Championships
This was a great day at Highgate Junior School. There was a massive attendance. Results available here. More details soon.
The Hall and St Andrew's lead the way
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BJC awards to Primary Schools
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