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4th June 2017: The UK Schools Chess Challenge Megafinal (for those qualifying from schools in Northamptonshire and Leicestershire) took place on the 13th May at Wellingborough School. Those U11s scoring 4pts (or more) and those over 11s achieving at least 3.5 pts qualified for the next stage, the Northern Gigafinal, which takes place in Manchester in July. The best boy and girl within each year band also won the Supremo/Suprema title respectively. Leicestershire had plenty of Gigafinal qualifiers on the day:
U7: Olivia Chen (4)(Suprema)
29th April 2017: At the final J4NCL weekend of the season, we played one team in Div 1 and one in Div 2. Leicester Blues managed to win Div 2 despite an inauspicious start which saw the team comprehensively beaten in the first round. Thereafter the team managed to win the remaining 4 rounds to swoop into the lead for the first time at the conclusion of the last round. Having played a fine drawn game against a very highly graded player in the 1st round when playing in the reserves, Umar Syed then proceeded to win the remaining 4 games, this time playing for the team each time. Matthew Lo played in the final two rounds on Sunday and took a win and then a mature and 'strategic' draw to clinch the match as the final game to finish in round 5. Jason Lv also had a good weekend winning 3 games.
1st Leicester Blues - 8pts
In a closely matched Div 1, Leicester Reds went the entire weekend unbeaten with an unusual 5 straight draws. Unfortunately this wasn't quite enough at the conclusion of Saturday to put the team in the top pool (of 4 teams) on the Sunday and so the team ended up in 6th place overall. Alastair Mottram- Epson had a great competition winning all 5 games on board 4 and Tom Brown relished the tougher challenge of Div 1 on board 1 to take 3 wins out of 5.
It's been a very successful J4NCL season for the team with 3rd place in Div 2 on weekend 1 and then winning Div 2 on both the 2nd and 3rd weekends.
Leicester Blues: Peter Mottram-Epson, Stephen Matts (Sat), Matthew Lo (Sun), Umar Syed, Jason LV, Rakshai Muthusamy
10th April 2017: Leicester Juniors April Mini-Rapidplay was split into 3 sections (Kings, Rooks, Knights) this time, as opposed to the usual 2, and resulted in very close competitions won on tie break in each section.
Stephen Matts won the Kings section on 3pts out of 4 on tie break over George Worrow-Goodin and Sasha Kerbel.
Vaishnav Nambiar won the Rooks on 3pts on tie break over Austin Meynell and Zaara Syed
Arooj Mahajan won the Knights Section, which played 5 rounds, with 4pts again on a tie break with Arnav Rai.
Full detailed results are below:
30th March 2017: Leicestershire hosted the twice yearly 4 Counties U130 U18 competition between Yorks, Notts, Lincs and Leics at Leicester Grammar School on the 26th March. Having won the competition at Notts High School back in November the Leicestershire team had something to live up to and gave a spirited if ultimately unsuccessful defence of their title by finishing 2nd. Leicestershire played Notts and Lincs in the first two rounds and won both matches relatively comfortably, 8-4 and 10-2. Meanwhile Yorkshire also won the first two rounds even more convincingly meaning that Leicestershire would need to beat Yorkshire in the final round to win the competition. In the event Yorkshire, who were still fielding 75-80 calibre players on boards 11 and 12 and outgraded us comfortably on boards 1-4, proved just too strong and beat Leicestershire 8.5 - 3.5. Although the result was never really in doubt for Yorkshire, a couple of late reverses in the last games to finish made their margin of victory seem a little more flattering than it felt at the time. Every member of the team achieved at least one win over the three rounds and there were outstanding performances from Matthew Lo and Thomas Blay (3 wins out of 3) and Anika Khare and Sasha Kerbel (2 wins and a draw).
The full team was:
David Collyer, Ben Raine, Alastair Mottram-Epson, Peter Mottram-Epson, Matthew Lo, Anika Khare, Thomas Blay, Sasha Kerbel, Rory Haywood, Umar Syed, Ranulph Wheway, Rakshai Muthusamy - and reserve Adam Kerbel
Match Pts Game Pts
Detailed round results:
Here is the Leicestershire team photo:
24th March 2017: Milly Kotecha won U12 title at the inaugural Midlands and Northern Girls Championship at Notts High School on the 5th March with a perfect 5 wins out of 5. Olivia Chen was 1st equal in the U8 Girls scoring 3 out of 5.
12th March 2017: The Leicestershire Junior Congress (incorporating the County Championships) took place on Sunday 5th March at Leicester Grammar School with 50 entrants in the Open section and 38 in the Minor Section. Unlike previous years the sections were divided by playing level/ability rather than age in order to provide better and more balanced competition for all players and this clearly did encourage more children to enter who had previously not played outside of their school chess clubs. In the Open Section Leicestershire's Tom Brown (156) finished top with 5 wins and and a draw in the last round against one of Nott's top juniors Anita Somton (165), who finished 2nd overall in the section herself. In a competition within a competition, the top finishing Leics & Rutland player in the 4 age groups within the Open section took the the county champion title: Tom Brown (U18), George Worrow-Goodin (U13), Daniel Chen (U11), Evan Miles (U9). In the minor section Leicestershire's Adam Kerbel (U11) won the section outright with an impressive 6 wins out of 6.
The major placings are listed below with detailed results on these links:
Open (>ECF 40)
1st Tom Brown (Leics) 5.5pts - County U18 Champion
1st Anita Somton (Notts) 5pts
County U13 Champion - George Worrow-Goodin (4pts)
1st Daniel Chen (Leics) 4pts County U11 Champion
1st Zak Gillespie (Northants) 3pts
County U9 Champion - Evan Miles (2pts)
Best Girl in Section: Samia Sheikh (4pts)
Minor (Ungraded or ECF <40)
1st Maxim Manokhin 5pts
1st Adam Kerbel 6pts
Leics & Rutland Award: Edith Wells 3.5pts
1st Roman Manokhin 4.5pts
Leics & Rutland Award: Anant Kapoor 4pts
Best Girl in Section: Ayesha Narvel (4pts)
5th March 2017: Leicestershire Juniors competed in the Midland team Championships on the 25th February at Nottingham High School. Many children were making their debut playing for the county. The U9 team finished an unexpected and excellent clear 3rd behind strong teams from Northants and Nottingham on 12.5 points (out of 24). It was a good all round team performance with points from all parts of the team but of particular note was Danilo Palanac, who won both his 2nd/3rd round games having had a bye in the 1st round. The U11 Girls finished a respectable 4th on 8pts (out of 18), 2 points behind Northants in 3rd (Notts A and B were 1st and 2nd). Everyone scored points for the team but Zaara Syed and Ayesha Narvel both showed their rapid progress this season to score 2pts and 1.5pts respectively from their three games. The U11 section was tough but Leicestershire scored a solid 5pts each round to finish in 5th on 15pts (out of 36). A particular thanks to the 4 U9s who moved up an age category to help out the team and who would otherwise have been playing for the U9 team. Jason LV had an outstanding competition scoring 3 out of 3 on board 2/3 of the U11s and Anika Khare was unbeaten and close to matching that on the hot seat that is board 1. Kareem Patel and Luke Powell had excellent county debuts in that section scoring 2pt and 1.5 pts respectively.
U11 Team: Anika Khare, Umar Syed, Jason LV, Austin Meynell, Luke Powell, Ashish Singh, Kareem Patel, Jack Proctor, Jeremiah Simon, Dhian Shah (U9), Niklas Saukko-Paavola (U9), Arnav Rai (U9), Khalid Patel (U9)
U11 Girls Team: Hope Wheway, Hafsa Syed, Zaara Syed, Emma Abel, Ayesha Narvel, Catherine LV
U9 Team: Arjun Vadgama, Evan Miles, Morris Walker, Arooj Mahajan, Alex Cimurs, Anant Kapoor, Danilo Palanac, Zahra Hardman
4th February 2017: The February edition of the Leicester Juniors Monthly Rapidplay on the 4th February was won by Ben Raine and Evan Miles in the Kings and Rooks sections respectively. It was Ben's second win in this competition series (this time it went to tie break) and Evan achieved his victory with 4 straight wins.
Full detailed results are below:
There will be no March Monthly Rapidplay at Westleigh as the Leicestershire Junior Congress will be taking place on Sunday 5th March at Leicester Grammar School and all Leicestershire Juniors will hopefully play in this competition instead.
22nd January 2017: Anika Khare played in the U11 Open at the EPSCA Rapidplay competition in Liverpool on Saturday 21st Jan and finished on an excellent 4.5/6 to secure her second half norm and thus qualifies to play in the invitation only England Under 11 Team trials in April, at which England team places are at stake.
22nd January 2017: Three teams of Leicester Juniors played in a record field of 26 teams in Division 2 of the 2nd J4NCL (Junior 4 Nations Chess League) weekend on the 21st/22nd January in Solihull and the Leicester Reds team achieved a historic victory. In the 1st weekend back in October the two Leicester teams had finished 3rd and 7th respectively but with a few key players missing on the 2nd day, we were left with the feeling that, but for that, Leicestershire might have placed higher. This time with a more settled team it was a different story. After day 1, Leicester Reds lay in 3rd place just a point behind the leaders having had 2 wins and a draw, however on the 2nd day they won both matches to overtake the teams above them and take the title. Milly Kotecha (with 5 wins out of 5 mostly on board 2) and Tom Brown (with 3 wins and 2 draws on board 1) were outstanding throughout with good points also achieved by Peter Mottram-Epson (2 wins and 2 draws) within a great team performance overall.
Both Leicester Blues and Leicester Greens had tough 1st days but rallied strongly on day 2, both winning all their matches to improve their positions markedly to 11th and 18th respectively. David Collyer had a great competition on board 1 for the Blues achieving 4 wins out of 5 but some of the younger players such as Umar Syed and Jason Jiacheng LV both excelled scoring 3 wins over the course of the weekend and Matthew Lo and Rory Haywood both achieved 2 wins out of 2 and Anika Khare a win and a draw with the games they played for the team on the 2nd day.
1st Leicester Reds 9 pts
26 teams competed
Leicester Reds: Tom Brown, Milly Kotecha, Peter Mottram-Epson, Thomas Blay, Arjun Vadgama
Here is a photo of the winning Leicester Reds team
22nd January 2017: Leicestershire Juniors started their Saturday training sessions in the new year on the 7th with the January edition of the monthly rapidplay at their regular training venue at Westleigh. Alastair Mottram-Epson and Jeremiah Simon were the winners of the Kings and Rooks sections respectively.
Full detailed results are below:
22nd January 2017: Three Leicestershire Juniors took part in the prestigious London Junior Championships on 28th-30th December - Shyam Modi (aged 13) finished a fine 8th in the U18/21 Open section of the with 3½/6 and in the U16 section Tom Brown was placed an impressive 6th (4/6) and Kishan Modi was 16th (3/6)
19th December 2016 : December's edition of the Leicester Juniors monthly Rapidplay took place at Westleigh on Saturday and again produced two new winners in the shape of Ben Raine and newcomer Kareem Patel who won the Kings and Rooks sections respectively. There were also awards for the players who had improved their LJC training grade the most since we started training on September 3rd. Players needed to have played a minimum of 6 games to qualify:
1st Sasha Kerbel +133pt (+13.3 ECF equivalent)
Full detailed results are below:
14th December 2016 : Four Leicestershire Juniors played in the festival competitions taking place at the London Chess Classic at Olympia on December 10th and 11th December. This event is unique (in this country certainly) in allowing club players to play in a competition held in an a adjacent hall to the invitational event which features most of the world's top ten Grandmasters. Festival players have free access to the auditorium where the GMs play and can also go to the live commentary room. In the festival open section, which boasted 12 entrants out of 49 with a FIDE rating in excess of 2100, England Junior and Leicestershire players Shyam (12) and Kishan Modi (13) finished in 11th and 16th place with 3½/5 and 3/5pts . It's impressive in it's own right but even more so when one considers they were only rated 38th and 47th on grade in the start list. Shyam's performance merited a FIDE competition rating of 2262 and his only loss was against the competition winner, whilst Kishan's rating was an also very impressive 2062. One imagine's these two would be more than useful additions to the county senior team if the opportunity were to arise. In the considerably less rarified heights of the U1600 competition, but a veritable minefield of talented up and coming 10 year olds and younger(!) nonetheless, Peter Mottram-Epson (14) scored a respectable 3/5 and his brother Alastair (14) was a little below par on this occasion with a 1½/5 result. Thanks to Paul Mottram for this report.
12th December 2016 : Three Leicestershire juniors made the trip up to Liverpool to play in the English Midlands team on the 3rd and 4th of December in the annual quadrangular against Scotland, Wales and England North. The juniors each played higher boards then they had been expecting due to the absence of several regular squad members. Daniel Chen (Ashby) had the best result scoring a win and a draw on board 2 of the Under 12s. Milly Kotecha (Syston), still eligible to play in the U12s was moved up to play board 2 in the U14s by the team manager. After losing the 2 Saturday games, Milly ended her campaign with notable draw against a player who out-graded her by over 50 pts. Ben Raine (Wigston) was handed the toughest job of all, playing board 2 in the Under 16 section. Ben put up a fighting performance in each of his 3 games and was perhaps a little unfortunate to come away with nothing to show for his efforts. Nonetheless, a spirited showing by all three of our juniors. Thanks for this report from Parag Kotecha
29th November 2016 : Leicestershire sent U11 and U11 girl's teams to an inaugural 4 counties competition at Rugby between Warwickshire (the host county), Oxfordshire and Northants on the 27th November. The U11 team drew 4-4 in the 1st round against Warwickshire and then won in the 2nd against Northants 5-3. The hardest match was still to come though in the 3rd round and a strong Oxon team put paid to Leicester hopes of winning the overall competition by coming out on top 6-2. In the final table Leicestershire tied with Warwickshire on 3 match points but were nudged down into 3rd by virtue of scoring half a game point fewer when tallying up all the game scores over the whole competition. Nevertheless it was a good strong first showing for the U11 team and individually Anika Khare and Umar Syed were unbeaten on boards 1 and 2 and Jason LV scored 2 wins. The full team was Anika Khare, Umar Syed, Austin Meynell, Jason LV, Rakshai Muthusamy, Henry Andrews, Krish Bassi, Evan Miles and Aashish Singh.
The U11 girl's team also performed well finishing 3rd in their competition and drawing their matches against both Warwickshire & Northamptonshire, and only lost to competition winners Oxfordshire. All members of the team scored points and Emma Abel and Zaara Syed were experiencing county level competition for the first time. Hope Wheway notably scored 2 wins on the top board. The full team was Hope Wheway, Hafsa Syed, Emma Abel and Zaara Syed. Thanks to Paul Mottram for this report.
1st Oxon 6 (17)
Detailed results can be found here
8th November 2016 : After coming close last April, Leicestershire Juniors finally won the 3rd staging of the 4 Counties Juniors U130 Competition at Nottingham High School between Yorks, Notts, Lincs and Leicestershire by winning all three matches. The first round saw a narrow win over our nearest geographical rivals Notts 6½ - 5½ over the 12 boards. With two games remaining we were trailing by a point but both Max Miller and Matthew Lo won tense games under time pressure to complete a thrilling reverse in fortunes. Round two was against Yorkshire, the winner of the two previous editions of this competition. Our top 5 boards found it tough going against higher graded opposition we obtained just 1 point out of 5 courtesy of two hard fought draws from our top two boards (Max Miller and Ben Raine). Fortunately we proved to have better success on the lower boards and with wins from team debutant Thomas Blay, Joseph Ward-Langman and our two youngest team members Umar Syed and Jason LV (both aged 9) we pulled it back to dead level. Milly Kotecha, perhaps thankfully unaware of the match position given the potential added pressure, then won a very close final game in play to bring another tight 6½ - 5½ victory as in the first round.
Leicestershire went into the final round with 4 match points with Lincs and Yorks in 2nd place with two. As such, a draw in the final match would have sufficed. Things started well with brisk victories from Peter Mottram-Epson and Joseph followed by further wins from Rory Haywood, George Worrow-Goodin and Matthew such that with four matches to finish and 5½ points on the board it initially looked like plain sailing. Needing just another half point to secure the title however, it suddenly didn't look such a forgone conclusion as we were down in two games and the other two were close. Finally after a long fifteen minutes or so, a draw from Milly took us to the all important 6 points before Rakshai Muthusamy's draw and Alastair Mottram-Epson's win in the final game ensured a comfortable match victory 7½ - 4½ and a clean sweep of match wins. Many thanks to Paul Mottram for supporting our juniors and this report.
Individually Max Miller, Milly Kotecha, Matthew Lo, Rakshai Muthusamy, Joesph Ward-Langman and Jason LV were all unbeaten on the day and George Worrow-Goodin scored 2 wins out of 3.
The full team was Max Miller, Ben Raine, Peter Mottram-Epson, Alastair Mottram-Epson, George Worrow-Goodin, Milly Kotecha, Matthew Lo, Thomas Blay, Joseph Ward Langman, Umar Syed, Rory Haywood, Jason LV & Rakshai Muthusamy. A picture of the winning team:
The match score was:
1st Leicestershire 6pts
Full results by round:
7th July 2016 : The Leicestershire Junior Chess Championships, a 6 round 20mins + 10 sec rapidplay competition, took place on Sunday 3rd July at Leicester Grammar School, which proved a popular venue. This year all sections were graded and entries were encouraged from outside the county as well as within. The result were strong fields in the U9s, U11s and U18s and competition was keen amongst the 73 entrants.
The U9 section was dominated by Daniel Chen (Leics) who won all 6 games. The next 5 players all scored 4 pts with three U8s occupying 2nd to 4th positions in the section with Sarthak Sanyal (Warks) leading the way. Jason LV (Leics) also on 4pts picked up the 2nd U9 award.
The U11 section was won convincingly by national junior squad member Armaan Gogia (Notts) who nearly managed a perfect 6pts, but for being held to a draw by Lavanya Maladkar (Notts) who finished 4th in the section on 4 pts but 1st U10, rendering the best girl award superfluous. Leicestershire's Milly Kotecha made it 2 girls in the top 4 by finishing 2nd equal in the section and 2nd equal in the U11s with Gavith Dharmasena (Cambs).
The U18 section featured no less than 7 players graded over 120, so it was something of a surprise that Peter Mottram-Epson (only 10th ranked on paper) managed to finish on 5pts by virtue of a win in the final round to overhaul the competition leader Adam Bennett (Notts) who finished 3rd in the section but 2nd U13. 1st U13 and tied for first within the section was Shyam Modi (Leics) who was unbeaten throughout the entire day but had 2 draws within his points total.
Thanks are due to Bob Wallace, Andy Morley, Parag Kotecha, Ian Marsh and John Pattinson for running the competition in the playing hall and to Josephine Mottram-Epson, Marjorie Epson and Kath Haywood for manning the refreshments table. Thanks to Paul Mottram for this report.
The award winners were as follows:
1. Sarthak Sanyal (Warks) 4 pts
2. Tansei Ito (Barnet) 4 pts
3. Arjun Vadgama (Warks) 4 pts
Best Girl: Hafsa Syed (Leics) 2pts
Slow Starter: Dhian Shah (Leics) 3pts
1. Daniel Chen (Leics) 6 pts
2. Jason LV (Leics) 4 pts
3. Kian Dharmasena (Cambs) 4 pts
Best Girl: Lilli Szasz (Yorks) 3.5 pts
1. Lavanya Maladkar (Notts) 4.5 pts
2. Henry Andrews (Leics) 4 pts
3. Kian Dharmasena (Cambs) 3.5 pts
1. Armaan Gogia (Notts) 5.5 pts
2= Milly Kotecha (Leics) 4.5 pts
2= Gavith Dharmasena (Cambs) 4.5 pts
1. Shyam Modi (Leics) 5 pts
2. Adam Bennett (Notts) 4.5 pts
3. Aditya Munshi (Notts) 4.5 pts
Best Girl: Anita Somton (Notts) 3.5 pts
1. Peter Mottram-Epson (Leics) 5 pts
2. Thomas Blay (Leics) 3.5 pts
3. Stephen Matts (Leics) 3 pts
The detailed results can be found below:
4th July 2016 : Leicestershire competed in the ECF U13 U18 county team competition in Brighton on Sunday 26th June. The U13 Minor team (6 players graded <110) came desperately close to winning the title finishing equal 1st on 15 points with hosts Sussex only to lose out on the total number of wins (13 - 14). The team had started particularly well scoring 9 pts from the first two rounds (out of 4) to establish a healthy 3 pt lead. Still leading after round 3 it took a very strong last round from Sussex to pull it back to level. Both George Worrow-Goodin and Ben Cox were unbeaten over the 4 matches whilst Milly Kotecha and Toby Cox both scored 3 pts out of 4. The U18 minor team ( 6 players graded < 130) found it tough going being outgraded in most games, although they particularly suffered from a poor 1st round. Thereafter they scored a respectable 2½ - 3 points per round with all team members scoring at least 1 win. The teams were:
U13 Team: George Worrow-Goodin, Toby Cox, Ben Cox, Milly Kotecha, Nathanael Jacob, Ranulph Wheway
U18 team: Ben Raine, David Collyer, Peter Mottram-Epson, Alastair Mottram-Epson, Briony Tomkins, Rakshai Muthusamy reserve: Aneurin Tomkins
The full results can be found here
Here is the Under 13's team:
Thanks to Paul Mottram for this report
5th July: The South Leicestershire Junior Championships took place on July 4th at Dunton Bassett - a full report from Paul Colburn can be found here.
2nd July: The Leicestershire U13 Team are the ECF U13 Minor Champions! We finished in first place with 17½ points just ahead of Sussex who got 17 points.
A comprehensive report from Paul Colburn can be found here. Congratulations to the U13 Team of Ben Raine, Joseph Ward-Langman, Alastair Mottram-Epson, Peter Mottram-Epson, Daniel Hill and Yash Surbihatla (plus Adam Kerbel in the first round) and the U18 Team of Tom Brown, Matthew Lo, Drew Harbidge, Harendra Surendran, Sanaathen Surendran and Rory Haywood.
Our second U13 Team finished seventh, although they were fourth going in the last round and were made up of a development team (much younger than U13). This was also a fantastic performance. Report by Paul Colburn
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