78 children from around East Anglia, aged between 6 and 18, played in the Woodbridge Junior Open yesterday. There were five sections: u8, u10, u12, u14 and u16/18. This tournament, organised by IM Adam Hunt, is one of the qualifying events for the London Junior Championships. Players in the Under 8 section needed 4 points to qualify, whilst those in the Under 10 and Under 12 sections needed 3½ points for the Minor section at London, or 4½ points for the Major section. Several youngsters managed to achieve their desired qualification certificates.
Suffolk prizewinners included the following:
Under 18 Winner - Alex Sheerin (Ipswich)
Under 18 3rd place: - Alan John (Bury St Edmunds)
Under 12 Winner - Teddy Yang (Leiston)
Under 12 2nd place - Jaden Jermy (Bury St Edmunds)
Under 12 =3rd place - Adam John (Bury St Edmunds)
Under 10 =3rd place - Toby Martin (Bury St Edmunds)
Under 8 2nd place - Rowan Kent (Woodbridge)
Under 8 =3rd place - Tia Martin (Bury St Edmunds)
Separate trophies were awarded to Woodbridge School pupils who performed best in each section.
A large number of photos taken during the event can be viewed as a slideshow here (click on 'Slideshow').