2017, 2018

Barnet Under 9 team third in zonal

On Saturday 10 March the Barnet U9 team travelled to Orleans Park School in Richmond, to participate in the Epsca u9 zone stage of the National Association Championships. Our thanks and congratulations to our hosts Richmond on their success. Barnet finished third and won bronze medals. We have qualified to the finals in April. Thanks to parents for their support.

Habs and Devonshire House triumph

Congratulations to Haberdashers' Aske's Boys' and Devonshire House, winners of the BJC League Divisions 1 and 2 respectively. More details and all the scores to follow.

Results from Barnet Individual Championships 21 January 2018

Under 7

Under 9

Under 11

Under 12

Under 14


Habs and ASL lead

After a close first round, Haberdashers' Aske's Boys' scored 7.5 out of 8 and drew clear in round 2 of Division 1 of the BJC league. The Hall and NLCS are joint second but the gap is already 4 points. In Division 2, ASL (American School in London) produced two excellent rounds to take the early lead with St Paul's NW7 and Devonshire house just one point behind. The scores are all here. There are 8 teams contesting Division 1 and 22 in Division 2. Sadly there is no room for any new teams at the second meeting on 24 January 2018.

Results from Barnet Girls' Individual 12 Feb 2017

Under 11/12

Under 9

Under 7

2015, 2016

Habs and Coldfall take early leads

Over 200 children from 29 schools gathered for the first meeting of the 2016-17 BJC Primary Schools League. After two rounds, Haberdashers' Aske's Boys' are leading Division 1, two points clear of hosts North London Collegiate with Highgate a further two and a half points behind. Coldfall lead Division 2, one point clear of The American School in London who are just half a point ahead of St Paul's NWE. All the scores are here.

Results from 30 October tournament

Trophy winners
Under 12 results
Under 10 results
Under 8 results

Under 11 team retain national championship

Our Under 11 team successfully defended their EPSCA Under 11 Inter-Association Championship with a superb performance at the final in High Wycombe. 2 points behind Kent after two rounds, our players gained a maximum 20 out of 20 in the last round to pip them by 1 point! Congratulations to all of the team and their managers! Results here.

Training 1 May

28 children enjoyed a great day of training and tournament play. Here are the results.

Over 200 children at Barnet Junior Championships

Highgate School was packed out for our 2016 Individual Championships. All the results are here.

Under 9 team gain second place in national final

As well as being an important anniversary, Saturday 23 April was another great day for Barnet Junior Chess. Our Under 9 team gained second place in the national final. Kent are the champions this year! Congratulations to all of the Barnet team and thanks to manager, Angela Eyton, and all the parents who helped.

Barnet girls are national champions!

The Barnet girls Under 11 team retained the national championship, winning the national final by 4 clear points on Saturday 16 April in Cheadle Hulme, Cheshire. Nottinghamshire were second and Sussex third. Congratulations to all the girls and to team manager, Angela Eyton! Full results are here.

Girls' Individual Championships, 13 March

The Barnet Junior Girls' Individual Championships was held at St Paul's CE Primary School, NW7 on Sunday 13 March. The results are here.

High quality training with the British Champion

J Hawkins training

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

Our qualifying tournament for the London Junior Chess Championships was a great success. Here are the results. Good luck to all those who have qualified for the London finals in December.

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
Congratulations to:
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

After rounds 3 and 4 of the BJC league, held at North London Collegiate School on 21 January, The Hall continue to dominate Division 1 but Heathside have moved into second place. In Division 2 the lead keeps changing hands and St Andrew's are now just one point clear of Kerem. Read more...


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.
Robin Vicary

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.

Results and more details...

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.

Coldfall take the lead in Barnet league

A fantastic evening of chess saw Coldfall take the lead in BJC Primary Schools League Division 1 whilst St Paul's NW3 and St Paul's NW7 are neck and neck in Division 2. Seven teams of 12 played in jamboree pairings in Division 1, whilst eight teams of 8 battled it out head to head in Division 2. Coldfall gained 17.5 points in the two rounds to move from fourth to first in Division 1. In Division 2 St Paul's NW3 and St Paul's NW3 both won two matches to remain level at the top of the table. The final meeting will see the last round of games and prizes for all on Wednesday 12 February 2014.


150 Children play in season's first league meeting

14 schools sent teams to our first league meeting of the season held at North London Collegiate School on 13 November. Seven teams of 12 played in jamboree pairings in Division 1, whilst eight teams of 8 battled it out head to head in Division 2. After two hours of intense concentration the scores were very close. Brookland lead Division 1 on 15 points just half a point ahead of The Hall. In Division 2 three teams - St Paul's NW7, St Paul's NW3 and Dollis - are locked at the top of the table, all of them having won one match and drawn one. We expect plenty more excitement at the second meeting on Wednesday 15 January 2014. Results so far...

Bumper attendance at Autumn Tournament

The second BJC Autumn tournament was held at Channing Junior School and proved to be an enormous hit! We had 200 children playing chess, an increase of 80 compared to last year. This despite the continuous rain from 8am to 4pm!
BJC Autumn Tournament

The playing hall was magnificent but due to the vast numbers and the fact that the weather was appalling so everyone was indoors, the rest of the accommodation was very over-crowded. We will improve this for our next tournament there.

The chess played was of a very high standard and the winners of each section were:

Under 14 - Reuben Balouka-Myers
Under 12 - Gautam Jain
Under 10 - Max Miller
Under 8 - Ezra Brass

Click here for all the results.

We are all particularly delighted that there were large numbers of children present who had never played in a tournament before. One of our aims as an organisation is to spread chess throughout the Borough of Barnet and we can see that this strategic aim is being fulfilled.

Robin Vicary (Chair, BJC)

Grandmaster Nick Pert to lead December training

After leading the highly successful and popular training session on 3 November we are delighted to report that Grandmaster Nick Pert will again be our star coach at our next training session of the season on Sunday 8 December at St Paul's Primary School, NW7. Nick has been an active grandmaster for the past 10 years, is a 3-time British Under 21 champion and was World Under 18 Champion. He is currently the national head coach and trains many of England's leading junior players. Our coaching sessions are fully supervised.

Barnet hosts EPSCA England Girls Match

44 of the top England Under 11 girls played in the annual EPSCA match hosted by St Paul's Primary School, NW7. Barnet was represented by 4 of the winning 'Knights' team. Read more on the EPSCA website.

Channing wins Girls Under 11 Jamboree

BJC's Girls Under 11 Jamboree was won by the home team in a keenly fought competition at Channing Junior School on 19 June. The Channing girls came from behind to beat the girls from North London Collegiate in a thrilling last round. Results are here.

Barnet Under Elevens second in the nation

The Barnet team made a magnificent effort to retain its status as number 1 in the U.K., on a rainy 11th May in Nottingham for the EPSCA Inter-Association Under 11 Final - just failing at the post, beaten by a classy Sussex team.
At the end of the first round Barnet were in third place behind Sussex and Wey Valley despite scoring 15.5/20. Excellent chess was being played with very few errors and many first class attacking games.
The second round was also good with another 15.5/20 but Sussex and Wey Valley were scoring well and pulling ahead so it looked like third place. But the boys somehow found the determination to play a wonderful third round, with only two losses across the whole team, pulling back on both the higher teams, overhauling Wey Valley and putting themselves into second place.
Final scores were – Sussex 51, Barnet 47.5, Wey Valley 46. Full details of scores.
The Squad – George Ivanov, Oren Levene, Federico Rocco, Gabriel Balouka-Myers, Reuben Balouka-Myers, Ethan Sanitt, Leo Sanitt, Oscar Pollack, Jason Covey, Max DeLorenzo, Devin Karia, William Lovell, Tej Shah, Devansh Marwaha, Max Fairclough, Zachary Potel, Jacob Goldberg, Adam Vogel, Adam Rosenthal, Joshua Wong, Arnav Varma, Charlie Sprung, Alex Richards, Raffy Balouka-Myers, Toby Balouka-Myers
Report by Robin Vicary

Another photo...

Barnet Under Nines - third, just half a point off first place

In a thrilling EPSCA Under 9 team final the Barnet team was edged out by the smallest of margins, scoring 26.5 points, just half a point behind joint champions Wey Valley and Kent. Congratulations to all of our team! The event was held at Wycombe High School on 27th April and the results are here. The photo below shows the team on the stage with their trophies.

BJC Under 9 team 3rd place 2013 final

Barnet hosts EPSCA National Under 11 Girls' Team Final

EPSCA U11 Girls 2013

Report by Angela Eyton, BJC Girls' Under 11 Team Manager
Barnet Girls' Under 11 team came 4th in the EPSCA National Under 11 Girls' Team Championships on Saturday 20 April.
200 girls from 13 teams from around the country gathered at Channing School in Highgate to battle it out for the title of National Girls' Team Champions. 44 Reserves competed in the Reserves competition, 8 winning medals. Congratulations to Wey Valley for taking the title from reigning Champions Sussex. It was a pleasure to present the trophy and I was pleased to have a quick chance to polish the plaque from our win in 2010. Barnet gave some extra awards - the best game prize was won by Helen Archer-Lock from Berkshire and the prizes for the tidiest team room went to Oxford. A special mention to the girls who won all three of their matches: Nikita Nunes, Lara Mallin, Emily Bramah, Mukampikai Satheeswaran, Maya Gardi. Thank you to all the teams who made the jounrney to take part, we look forward to hosting the National Championships again in 2016. BJC would like to thank Channing School for their use of their fantastic facilities and to Charlie Fleetwood for his help as Assistant Manager on the day. All the results from the day are here.

The photograph below shows the Barnet Girls team enjoying a rare bit of April sunshine!

Barnet Girls U11 team 2013

Under 11 team wins East Zone

The Barnet under 11 team has won again! This time we travelled up to Northampton on 16th March to compete against 8 other counties. The Barnet team comprises 20 players plus reserves and they put in another spectacular performance. At first we were a little worried, knowing that we would be missing several of our strongest players for the finals, due to the World Schools Championships. We took the difficult decision not to invite them for the zone. Luckily for us our strength in depth certainly proved just how strong Barnet Junior Chess really is. After the first round we had won 18 games and drawn 2 from the 20 available. An incredible 19 points out of 20. By the end of the day we had finished on 52.5/60 and comfortably finished some 8.5 points ahead of Kent in second place.

We have big hopes for the finals on 11th May but know that we will face tough opposition. Can we repeat last year’s victory? We certainly hope so!

Full results can be found on the EPSCA website.

Brookland victorious at Under 9 jamboree

Brookland Junior School's team emerged as champions from Barnet's largest ever Under 9 jamboree. On a superb afternoon's chess the host school's team scored a superb 22 points out of 24 to clinch the title. Second place went to Martin Primary and third to The Hall. Full results...

Under 9 team wins East Zone

Our Under 9 team won the Midlands and East zone on 9th March by a large margin. Barnet finished top with 30.5 points out of 30, 9.5 points ahead of second placed Essex. The team goes forward to the final on 27th April. We wish them a great day! A spreadsheet giving detailed results can be found on the EPSCA website.


Under 9 Team in Berkshire

For a number of years Berkshire have hosted an Under 9 friendly match to help teams prepare for the EPSCA team championships. We are very grateful to them for inviting us back this year. We took a team of 12 players plus 3 reserves to Tywford for a match against Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire. This year we decided to leave behind some of our stronger players and give the lower end of our team a real workout. Barnet were leading after the first two rounds but by the time the third, and final, round was finish we were in second place a point behind Berkshire. Congratulations to them. The Barnet team played very well and I am sure it will help in building good team spirit for our upcoming zone on Saturday 9th March. Full results for the day can be found here

BJC Individual Championships enjoyed by all!

Despite the wintry weather there was a superb turnout at the BJC Individual Championships held at Woodhouse College on 20th January 2013. Read about the trophy winners and results...
BJC Individual 2013
And it wasn't just the children putting their chess to the test. 24 parents put themselves through the rigours of a 6 round rapidplay too! The joint winners were George Spentzos, Jixin Yang and Alex Virin.
Full results...
BJC Jan 13 parents

Schools league - final meeting

Thursday 30th January saw a thrilling day's chess hosted by Woodhouse College, Finchley. The first part of the afternoon saw the culmination of the Barnet Secondary Schools league. After two keenly fought semi-finals, North London Collegiate pipped Merchant Taylor's 3.5 - 2.5 in a pulsating final. The last three games went into the final minutes of the 30 minutes each allowed. The third and fourth place playoff was also a 3.5 - 2.5 result with hosts Woodhouse College taking the bronze medals. This was followed by the arrival of about 150 primary school children for their final league meeting. Again, many games went right down to the wire. In Division 1, Garden Suburb, who had led throughout, continued to dominate and emerged as worthy Barnet Champion school. Heathside claimed second place with Brookland third. Division 2 was decided on tiebreak with Coldfall the champion school and North London Collegiate second. Scores and results...


Under 11 team match

Our match against Berkshire and Buckinghamshire resulted in a convincing victory for Barnet. Tony Niccoli, our Under 11 manager reports, "On Saturday 1st December the Under 11 Barnet team travelled to Reading to take part in a 3 team county friendly match. Our opposition for the day was Berkshire and Buckinghamshire, with teams consisting of 20 players plus reserves. Whilst only a friendly match and with several strong players missing we were still keen to put in a good performance and the players did not disappoint. Our defending national champions finished on a very impressive 50 out of 60 with Berkshire and Buckinghamshire finishing on 20 out of 60 each. A resounding victory. This bodes well for our upcoming zone on 16th March, but we know we will still have to train hard to repeat last years performance." Here are all the scores.

Under 9 team wins by 13 points!

Barnet’s Under 9 team scored a spectacular victory in their Under 9 zone held in Essex on Saturday 10th March. They scored a superb 31.5 out of 36 points, an amazing 13 points ahead of second placed Kent. The team will now be looking forward to the national final on Saturday 28th April in Northampton. Results

EPSCA Girls' Under 11 Inter-Association Final

The EPSCA Girls’ Under 11 Inter-Association Final took place in Nottingham on 24th March and a somewhat weakened Barnet team finished 8th. Although this does not match our amazing achievement last year when we were national girls champions it is still very creditable. Team manager Angela Eyton is justifiably very proud of our young team – most will still be eligible next year when we look forward to hosting the event in Barnet.

First BJC Fun Day

The first BJC FunDay held on 22nd April was a great success.
Eleven children new to chess received coaching from Angela Eyton – and couldn’t get enough of it. In the end an exhausted Angela had to send the kids away – they would have stayed all night so keen were they!
The rest of the 50-odd attendees were some of Barnet’s most experienced junior players. They provided visiting chess super-star Nevil Chan from Chess in the Schools and Communities stiff opposition in the Simul that he played with them. After a marathon 2 hour sessions, a number of the games looked drawn to the enormous credit of the team. “Barnet’s future in chess looks excellent” enthused Nevil.
There were also chess competitions and puzzles, a raffle and bookstall.
Three tournaments during the afternoon were fiercely competed with the Exchange Tournament providing the kids with a glimpse of a different and unusual form of the game.
Adults vs Kids tournament resulted in a number of sad-faced grown-ups!
Finally it was Joshua Altman’s 8th birthday and Angela baked him a lovely “chess” cake, which he generously shared with everyone.
A great day left us happy , but a bit exhausted!
Robin Vicary


Akiva and Fitzjohn's win Under 9 jamboree, Channing win Girls' Under 11... more

Brookland and Heathside joint Barnet league champions... more

Under 11s triumph at EPSCA final!

Our under 11 team has matched the achievement of our younger under 9 players and won the English Primary Schools Inter-Association Under 11 trophy. This is the first time we have won this title.
Fifteen teams assembled in Northampton to battle it out on Saturday 12th May. With a reserve pressed into action at the last moment the team did well to gain 14.5 points out of 20 in the first round - putting us in second place with local rivals Hertfordshire in the lead! Fifteen minutes into the second round reinforcements arrived to help the team to a magnificent 17 out of 20. We were now in first place and the pressure was on for the third and final round!The children responded with determination and brilliance to gain another wonderful score of 18 out of 20 bringing our total to 49.5. Victory was ours!
Many congratulations to all the players, coaches (Angela Eyton and Tony Niccoli) and thanks to all the parents, especially Mr Lewis who brought his son to the event at very short notice for round 2!
Winning the U11 and U9 Zones and Finals together with the Girls results means Barnet has also won the Audio Chess Grand Prix.
EPSCA Under 11 Inter-Association Final Results

Under 9 team wins national final!

On a bleak Saturday in April, the Barnet Under 9 team carried away the English Primary schools trophy just beating the Sussex team by 1.5 points. Our wonderful team scored 30 points out of a maximum of 36 – a truly stunning feat. There were in fact only 2 defeats over the 36 Boards.
The team was led by example on the Number 1 Board by David Xu who scored a 3/3 score against some of the strongest players in the country. And all of this despite being without Joshua Altman, playing for an England team in Rumania!
The coaches (Angela Eyton and Tony Niccoli) must be congratulated on their marvellous efforts. Finally let's not forget those dedicated parents who braved the motorway spray and ghastly conditions to take their children to the tournament!
EPSCA Under 9 Inter-Association Final Results





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