BJC Autumn Championships
The BJC Autumn Tournament was held for the first time at Highgate Junior School, which proved to be a first-class forum for children, parents and organisers.
AND it was a beautiful warm autumnal day so that the changing hues of the beech trees were shown off to best extent.
The 156 children participating played excellent chess, (and some first-class football as a side-line!)
All the results are here but credit must go to Anton Drel & Suriya Velayudham who tied on 5.5 out of 6 in the Under 8 section, James Hartman with a perfect 6 out of 6 to win the Under 10 section outright and Tai Remus Elliott who finished half a point clear on 5.5 in the Under 12 section. The Under 14 section was a very unusual family affair with twin brothers Gabriel and Reuben Balouka-Myers and brother and sister George and Elizabeth Ivanov all finishing joint top on 4.5 out of 6!
There was also an impromptu parents event, with no fewer than 26 competitors. This was won by newcomer Mr. Joe Monk (who turned out to be an ex-Hampshire player) scoring 5/5. He was closely followed by Sam Dias and Patrick Burns. The International element was shown off by French star Claire Nozieres (3/5). Saad Ali (4/4) missed a round but showed great flair in his victories.
Online entry for BJC training days
Our online entry system is now up and running. You can book for any of our training days this season and pay by card using NoChex. No registration or membership is needed. Dates of our training days: 7 December, 11 January, 1 February, 1 March, 12 April, 3 May, 7 June. More details are on the PDF entry form.
Under 11 team placed fourth in national final
On the 10th May the Under 11 team arrived by coach for the Under 11 EPSCA county finals in Northampton. Our aim was to match the under 9's triumph of winning a few weeks earlier and be crowned national champions. We took 23 players who had a long hard fought out day. It was all to play for going into the last round and eventually we finished with a very commendable 41.5 points out of 60. We came in 4th place out of the 17 that had already qualified to be there. Congratulations to Sussex who won the event. Full results can be found here.
There was one last piece of good news before our coach journey home. The Audio Chess Grand Prix measures the average results from the EPSCA Under 11 team, the Under 9 team and the Girls Under 11 team during the qualifiers and finals. And guess what? Barnet had come equal first and hold the trophy yet again. This concluded a very successful year for Barnet in the EPSCA county events. Bring on 2015!
Barnet players selected for England team
Congratulations to Jason Covey on being selected for England! He joins Dominic Klingher (selected last year) as a member of the EPSCA England Under 11 team.
Barnet wins national Under 9 title!
Our Under 9 team achieved a spectacular victory at the EPSCA Inter-Association Under 9 Team Final in Nottingham on Saturday 26 April. Competing against 16 other finalists from all over the country, the Barnet players had won 23 out of their 24 games after the first two rounds! Another 8.5 points in the last round was easily enough to achieve a clear win, 3.5 points ahead of local rivals Hertfordshire who were second. Congratulations to all our players: Aaravamudhan Balaji, Nicolai Woltery, Remy Rushbrooke, Louis Pike, Ezra Brass, Luca van der Lubbe, Noah Shapiro, Elias Gelain-Sohn, Victor Mikheev, Oliver Shaw, Benji Chesworth, Max Marcuson, Han-Sen Choong, Raffy Balouka-Myers, Toby Balouka-Myers, Elias Rosenthal, Evan McDermid, Anisha Sawhney and Yubo Choong. The full results are here.
Training day to have special over 130 section?
April’s training day was another success with 31 children having teaching from Grand Master Nick Pert and International Master Vaidyanathan Ravikumar. The photo shows the pair playing a Double Simul at the end of the day to the delight of the pupils.
BJC is considering running a Special Section for our very talented pupils with a Grading of over 130 at our Training day on June 1st – we would value feedback on this idea.
Just a reminder – BJC always welcomes children from both Barnet and other Boroughs at our Training days.
Girls Under 11 team third in the nation
Congratulations to our Girls Under 11 who took the bronze medals in a tightly contested final held on Saturday 22 March at Didcot Girls School in Oxfordshire! Link to full results.
Under 11 team triumphs at Chingford
Our Under 11 team qualified for the EPSCA Inter-Association final in style, winning the East zone on 15 March by 4.5 clear points. Congratulations to all the children who played and we wish them good luck in the final to be held on Saturday 10 May. Link to full results.
Under 9 team qualify for the final
It was a successful day for our Under 9 team as they finished in second place at the Under 9 East zone and qualified for the Under 9 Inter-Association final to be held on Saturday 26 April. Kent, who hosted the zone, won with 25 points and the Barnet team was just 2 points behind. Link to full results.
Akiva triumph in Under 9 Jamboree
In a marvellous afternoon's chess enjoyed by nearly 150 children the young stars of Akiva School carried away the gold medals in the annual BJC Under 9 team jamboree. Their team of 8 dominated the event from the start, dropping only 2.5 points out of 24. Host school Brookland Junior won the silver medals and the girls of North London Collegiate School took bronze. Read more...
Girls Individual Championships, 9 February
There was an excellent attendance at the Girls' Individual event held at St Paul's CE Primary School, NW7 on Sunday 9 February. There was some superb chess played, not only by the girls but also by parents who played in a special adult section!
Meytal Cohen won the Under 11 section and is also Barnet Champion and Middlesex Champion.
Anum Sheikh won the Under 9 section (Barnet and Middlesex Champion: Jacqueline Sanitt).
Amelia Pike won the Under 7 section and is also the Middlesex Champion (Barnet Champion: Jolanda Herrgott)
The schools' prize was won by Channing with an impressive 19 points.
The photo above shows the impromptu Adults’ tournament held while the girls were playing - no fewer than 16 grown-ups volunteered! We played a 4 round Blitz tournament with a surprisingly high standard. The continuing chorus of groans and witty comments enlivened the competition. In the end the youngest adult, Luka Sugita, crushed all his opponents with a perfect 4/4.
The Hall - league champions!
In yet another twist to the battle for the Barnet League, The Hall overtook Coldfall to become Division 1 champions for 2013-14. Brookland edged out Garden Suburb as the top Barnet school. St Paul's NW3 and St Paul's NW7 won their Division 2 matches again and could not be separated - they drew their head to head match and so share the Division 2 championship. There were trophies for the winning schools, individual gold, silver and bronze medals for all placed 1st, 2nd and 3rd and BJC badges for all the other children. Final results...
Individual Championships on 19 January
Our flagship event, the BJC Individual Championships, was held at Channing Junior School on Sunday 19 January. This very strong event attracted 180 competitors from all over London and beyond. Congratulations to all the section winners: Savin Dias (Under 7), Remy Rushbrooke (Under 9), Alexander Jamieson & Alfie Onlsow (Under 11), Oren Levene (Under 12) and Hajane Ambakumar (Under 16). More prize-winners and links to cross-tables...
(Above) - One of the happy trophy-winners. More photos...
Under 11 Team start the season with a win!
On Saturday 30th November, the Under 11 Barnet team travelled to Berkshire to take part in a match against teams from Berkshire, Hants and Bucks. This friendly was an all play all jamboree style event.
We had in attendance 20 players and one reserve. In the first round we scored 13.5 points, which was a great start and there were some wonderful performances in the team. The 2nd round was even better with a score of 15 points. By this point we were sure none of the other counties could catch us, which was proven when the players scored another 14 points in the last round. This gave a total of 42.5 points and we ran away clear winners.
Congratulations to those all who took part in a very well organised friendly. We even had some players playing for their county for the first time. So a big well done to all players.
BJC awards to Primary Schools
We regularly make awards to Primary schools in the London Borough of Barnet to help them with the costs of professional coaching. Read more...