The Suffolk Chess website is back in action today, after a four-week 'holiday'!
The Junior Congress at Bury St Edmunds today attracted 109 entrants, by far the highest entry in recent years. The venue, Moreton Hall Community Centre, was crowded, with parents having to find seats in various rooms of the Centre. The Under 18, Under 11 and Under 9 sections were held in the Main Hall, whilst the Under 14 section took place in the Conference Room.
27 girls entered, nearly 25% of the total. Most of the entrants came from Cambridgeshire, with only 38 players coming from Suffolk. This was disappointing; several schools in Ipswich are now running chess clubs, but only the Meadows Montessori school managed to send four entrants.
The section winners were:
Under 18 - Karthik Saravanan (Gt Yarmouth)
Under 14 - Julius Jackson (Cambridge)
Under 11 - Alexander Hsieh (Cambridge)
Under 9 - Aarnavh Trivedi (Balsham, Cambs)
Karthik is the East Anglian Junior Champion for 2016.
Suffolk prizewinners included:
Alex Sheerin (Ipswich) 2nd in the Under 18s
Adam John (Bury Knights) 3rd= in the Under 18s
Daniel Garcia-Leon (Bury St Edmunds) 2nd= in the Under 14s
Tom Roy (Bury Knights) 3rd= in the Under 11s
Ralph Martin (Bury Knights) shared the u13 prize (in the u14s)
Rowan Kent (Woodbridge) and Amy John (Bury Knights) shared the u8 prize (in the u9s)