The first age-groups (Under 10s and Under 14s) played this weekend in the London Junior Championships. The remaining age-groups (Under 8, 12, 16, 18) play in the week after Christmas.
Six children from Bury Knights JCC competed in these events. In each age-group there are two sections: Minor and Major. To qualify for the Under 10 Major section, players had to score at least 4½/6 in a qualifying tournament.
The only Suffolk entrant in the Under 10 Major section was seven-year old Rowan Kent, who attends Woodbridge School and is also a member of the Bury Knights. Rowan scored 2/7, but has another two years in the same section. After Christmas he will play in the Under 8 section, where he should stand a much better chance of a good score. There were two local entrants in the Under 10 Minor section: Amy John and Toby Martin. Amy, who is only eight years old, scored 4/7. She won her first three games but then faced the top seed in Round 4. Toby scored 3½/7.
In the Under 14 section there is no qualifying requirement. Entrants are divided into Major and Minor sections according to grade, with the Minor section only open to players graded 120 or below. 12-year old Tom Roy, graded 91, had an excellent tournament, scoring 4½/6 to finish in joint third place in the Minor section. He will have two more years to play in the Under 14s, so should be able to move up to the Major section next year.
Adam John, still only 10 years old and graded 129, played in the Under 14 Major section. He scored an excellent 3½/6. After Christmas he will play in the Under 12 Major. His brother Alan was unable to complete the tournament and withdrew today.