Junior Congress results and all the recent tournaments
SHREWSBURY JUNIOR CHESS CLUB
Organised by two experienced Shrewsbury chess players, Francis Best and
Steve Rooney, the newly launched Shrewsbury Junior Chess Club welcomes
primary school-age players of all standards.
Royal Shrewsbury Hospital
£1 per child
Steve Rooney 01743 241568
Francis Best 01743 821220
Club. - Just to let you know of developments on the junior
chess front. Francis Best and Steve Rooney have agreed to take on the co-ordination
of junior chess for the county trials and county matches. The next trials
will be in the autumn.
In addition we are setting up a junior chess club at Shrewsbury's regular venue at the Wenlock Rooms, Royal Shrewsbury Hospital Welshpool Road. Initially it will run one Friday a month in the summer - confirmed dates 20 May, 17 June and 15 July from 6.30pm to 7.45pm. We will be advertising it to schools around the county and aiming to invite the regular players from county U-9 and U11 teams. We would be delighted to receive any offers of help from players from other clubs.
Alan Shaw has done a marvellous job over many years in building Shropshire junior chess, not just in helping to develop some of our now well-known junior stars, but also for giving an opportunity to so many children to learn about the game. It is up to all of us to continue that legacy to help enthuse and support the junior stars of the future. If you can help or want more information please email email@example.com - Steve Rooney 29/04/05
Junior Chess Club - Dothill Chess Club is no more. I decided
to stop last year when I had my heart surgery, and then thought that I
might as well stop permanently.
Junior Chess - The Shropshire Chess Community owes an
enormous debt of gratitude to Alan Shaw for the tremendous work he has
put in for junior chess in the county over more than two decades.
Grammar school host UK international
Talented youngsters from across the Midlands descended on a Newport school weekend commencing 15th January 2005 when it hosted a prestigious chess tournament. A field of 37 players from 16 schools across the region were at Adams' Grammar School when it hosted the area final of the UK Chess International. And there was home support for five of the players, who are pupils at the school. Chris Lewis and Alex Taylor made it into the under 14 competition while Max Baulf went through from the earlier rounds in the under 13 competition. Joe Pym, under 18, and Huw Davenport, under 12, also got through from round one, which took place over half term in October. The young chess champs were competing for a place in the international final to be be held at Easter.
Grammar School pupils Chris Lewis, 14, left, Alex Taylor, 14, top right,
and Max Baulf, 13, with maths teacher and former National Chess Champion
of Jamaica Ryan Palmer, preparing for the tournament
Shropshire Junior Chess Congress - 2004
A Shropshire Junior Chess Congress was held at Dothill Junior School on Saturday 11th December. It was run by Alan Shaw, with help from Steve Rooney, Francis Best and parents.
There were 70 players ranging from Under 8 to Under 18 and the results were:
Under 8 Winner Liam Middleton – St. George’s School, Shrewsbury
Under 8 Runner-up Matthew Mellor – Ladygrove School
Under 9 Winner Liam Middleton – St. Lucia’s School, Upton Magna
Under 9 Runners-up Hedley Baulf – Tibberton School
Matthew Best – Trinity School, Ford
Under 10 Winner Jonathan Newey – Oxon School
Under 10 Runner-up Curtis Wakeman – Randlay School
Under 11 Winner Peter Mellor – Ladygrove School
Under 11 Runner-up Masahiro Kuroda – Old Hall School
Under 13 Winner Christopher Lovejoy – Adams
Under 13 Runners-up Maxwell Baulf – Adams
Sam Eardley – Adams
Under 15 Joint Winners Christopher Lewis – Adams
Alex Taylor – Adams
Under 18 Winner Richard Lovejoy – Church Stretton
2004 British Under 16 Championship
The British Under 16 Championship, incorporating
the Under 15 Championship, took place in the first week of the British
Championships in Scarborough. The event was over seven rounds of four
hour games. The games were played at the rate of one a day except for
a single day when there was a double round.
Thomas Pym in Austria - Aug Sept 2004
To follow the progress of the European
Youth Championships click
Shropshire Borders Cubs Chess Tournament
Cogratualations to the 23rd
Cheetahs of Shrewsbury - not only on hosting a successful tournament -
but also on winning the team prize.This annual chess tournament open to
cubs in the Shropshire Borders region was held on Sunday 25th January
2004 at Copthorne, Shrewsbury. Organisor Leslie Fardoe (Assistant District
Commisioner Shropshire Cubs) has been running the event for about 7 years.
The region, one of three in Shropshire, covers Church Stretton, Ellesmere,
Oswestry, and Shrewsbury.
Juniors at the Wrekin Chess Congress 2004
Joe Pym (Newport) was the most successful
Shropshire junior in this annual event held on 3 - 4 January at Madeley
Court Centre. Joe scored 3.5 (out of 5) to finish =2nd in the Minor Tournament
(up to Grade 100) This section was won by Joe Curry, a junior from Halesowen.
Also sharing 2nd place was Yanshan Yu, a girl from Cheddleton-Leek. Other
Shropshire juniors Ieuan Fenton and Matthew Grice (Oswestry) each scored
Shropshire Junior Chess Congress 6th December 2003
This year's congress, held on Saturday 6th December at Dothill Junior School, attracted an entry of 74 children, up 50% on last year. The Mellor family from Ladygrove School took home three trophies, while the Law family from St.Lucia's School took home two.
RESULTS Under 7s - Winner Matthew Mellor Ladygrove School Telford Under 7s - Runner Up George Gibb Trinity School Shrewsbury Under 8s - Winner Ryan Law St Lucia's School Upton Magna Under 8s - Runner Up Rhydian Windsor Kingsland Grange Shrewsbury Under 9s - Winner Henry Graham Kingsland Grange Shrewsbury Under 9s - Runner Up Curtis Wakeman Randlay School Telford Under 10s - Winner Peter Mellor Ladygrove School Telford Under 10s - Runner Up Cameron Law St Lucia's School Upton Magna Under 11s - Winner Huw Davenport Moorfield School Newport Under 11s - Runner Up Joseph Mellor Ladygrove School Telford Under 13s - Winner Ieuan Fenton Corbet School Baschurch Under 13s - Runner Up Christopher Fraser-Shaw Wakeman Shrewsbury Under 15s - Winner Christopher Lewis Adams Newport Under 15s - Runner Up Jonathon Reid Community College Bishops Castle Under 18s - Winner Thomas Roe Adams Newport Under 18s - Runner Up William Duncan Wakeman Shrewsbury
NEW CHESS JUNIOR MASTER WINS AMPLEFORTH SCHOLARSHIP PRIZE
On Sunday 2nd November 2003 the biggest prize in British chess was won at Ampleforth College by a 13-year-old boy from Shropshire.
After six rounds of play over four days in the Ampleforth Junior Masters tournament, four boys were on the same score, forcing an unprecedented four-way blitz play off. After two extra rounds, each limited to ten minutes, Thomas Pym, of Boughey Road, Newport, Shropshire, emerged victorious over Josiah Lutton, 15, of Whitmore Way, Basildon, Essex, to claim the Ampleforth Trophy and £1000 prize money. He qualifies for a two-year scholarship to the school’s sixth form and an automatic place in the British Chess Championship next summer
An entry of 90 of the UK’s best young chess players of both sexes were drawn to North Yorkshire for the Ampleforth Junior Masters, proving in its fourth year to have become established as the effective British junior championship. First prize is worth more than £20,000 including a two-year scholarship to attend Ampleforth College’s mixed sixth form as a boarder.
Success is no stranger to Thomas Pym, a student at Adams Grammar School, Newport. In July he won the Under 13 British Championship, which he has won twice before for his age group and once come second. This year he has represented England in the Czech Republic and in two weeks’ time he will be playing in the European Community Championship in Graz, Austria.
Peter Turner, Director of Junior Chess at the British Chess Federation, said: "The Ampleforth Junior Masters has rapidly become the major championship for British juniors. It brings together the very best young players, so the incentive to win is as much about players’ reputations as about the generous and imaginative support from Ampleforth College. It is a tournament which like no other creates all the conditions of top level competition, and is thus invaluable experience for promising youngsters." BCF
Shrewsbury High School now has its own chess club. Mr Cooper, the teacher who is running the club, says that although it is early days the girls are keen to learn more about the game. As far as I know this is the first time that Shropshire has had a chess club for girls. With so few femail players in the county this is welcome news. Here's wishing you every success - I hope that it won't be too long before some of you join one of the senior chess clubs.
Can You Help?
Shropshire Junior Chess Organiser Alan Shaw expects to be out of action for a couple of months early in the new year following a hospital operation. Unless cover can be found the Saturday morning club at Dothill will have to be suspended. Any volunteer will of course need approval from the school head teacher and the appropriate police check (which I understand takes at least 6 weeks) so the matter is urgent.
Meanwhile we wish Alan a successful operation and a speedy recovery.
The Good News and the Bad News
First the good news - In September a brand new chess club opened at Oxon Primary School in Shrewsbury. Mrs Andrews already has about 35 keen young chess players, is running a chess ladder, and has taken a group to visit Shropshire's Saturday morning chess club at Dothill Junior School in Wellington. Well done to all of you!!
Now the bad news - St. Georges Primary School, Copthorne, Shrewsbury has lost its chess club. Mr Farnborough, the teacher who organised the club, left at the end of the 2003 summer term. There are lots of disappointed young players now looking for their next move.
I suggest a trip to Dothill on Saturday mornings - or you'll find a welcome at one of the senior clubs - try Telepost Club on Tuesday evening or Shrewsbury Club on Friday evening.
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