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Whatley vs Vallejo Pons

Congratulations to Stephen Whatley who defeated grandmaster Francisco Vallejo Pons the Spanish number one and world number 51 rated player in a simultaneous display held at the public launch of, a new online chess platform based in Gibraltar.

Stephen has just completed his first year as a chess scholar at Millfield school in Somerset. He has played in a number of International tournaments and is looking forward to representing England at the World Youth Chess Championships this year in South Africa. Stephen enjoys Taekwondo when he is not playing chess being awarded his black belt in 2011. He is the current holder of the Gibraltar Junior Sports Award 2013

- Lawrence Cooper, ECF Junior Director

Commonwealth Junior Championship 2014

Congratulations to Nugith Jayawarna who became the Boys U12 Commonwealth Champion in Glasgow in the nine day event which ran from 30th June – 8th July with a score of 6.5/9, finishing third overall.

Final scores of English players (9 rounds)
U10: Thivyaa Rahulan 4, Mikey Watson 3.5 –
U12: Nugith Jayawarna 6.5, Madeleine Liu 4 –
U14: Rayyan Farroq 3 –
U16: Paul Calderon 4 –
More on the team here

In the Commonwealth Championship congratulations to Peter Batchelor who scored 5.5/9 to win the under eighteen bronze medal whilst Paul Calderon and Stephen Whatley both won rating prizes, (1677-1795 & 1800-1877 respectively).

Final scores of English players (9 rounds):

Peter Batchelor (U18 third boy) 5.5
Paul Calderon (1677-1795 rating prize), Adam C Taylor & Stephen Whatley (1800-1877 rating prize), Ravi Haria 5
Jonathan Pein 4.5
Nugith Jayawarna 3

A list of all prize winners can be found here – with the results and final rankings here –

National U11 Championship

Congratulations to Kings College School on winning the ECF U11 National Schools Tournament - click here for more

Day 9 – final report from Kavala

Click here for a PDF with pictures

ECF Under 18 County Championships

- report by Neill Cooper (ECF Secondary School Co-ordinator and Wilson’s School teacher)

This year the ECF U18 County Championships were held at Wilson’s School, Wallington on Sunday 29th June 2014. There were two events, a twelve board Open Championship and a six board grade limited Minor tournament. Most of the teams taking part were from the South East of England, but there were teams from Manchester in the Open and Wiltshire in the Minor.

The open event attracted nine teams from seven counties, and included some of the top juniors in the country. The minor tournament, in which the six board teams were limited to having an average grade of 110, had ten entrants. Including a few reserves there were over 170 players in the event.

In each event there were two long play games. Digital clocks were used in all games which meant that a Fischer time limit 1 hour + 10 secs per move could be used.

The Championship event was close throughout, and at the end of the second round Sussex and Herts were equal first. The tie break of number of wins still did not separate them and so ‘Bottom board elimination’ was required at which point Sussex won.

Position Team Points
1 Sussex 17
1 Herts 17
3 Middlesex 1 14.5
4= Kent 13.5
4= Surrey 1 13.5
6= Surrey 2 9
6= Berkshire 9
8 Manchester 7.5
9 Middlesex 2 7

Sussex win on board elimination (2nd tie break)

The prize for the best school team of 3 players taking part in U18 Championship was won by Haberdashers Askes with an impressive 5½ out of 6 points.

After the first round of the minor tournament Essex were leading with 5/6, but in the second round the two Sussex teams came to the front and took first and second place, completing an impressive performance by Sussex Junior Chess.

Position TeamName Points
1 Sussex Bishops 10
2 Sussex Knights 7.5
3= Essex 7
3= Surrey 3 7
3= Wiltshire 7
6 Surrey 2 6.5
7 Kent 1 5.5
8 Kent 2 4
9 Surrey 1 3.5
10 Middlesex 2

The competition was smoothly run by Jim Wadsworth (Berks Juniors) whilst Chris Howell (Sussex Juniors) was arbiter and calmly dealt with the few minor issues that arose. The whole event was played in a great competitive but friendly spirit. Christine Golding (Surrey) ensured that all the arrangements outside the playing hall went smoothly. Phil Ehr, ECF Chief Executive, presented the prizes.

Saffrey Durrant and her team from Surrey Hills Bakery provided fantastic refreshments in a relaxing environment. All the teams, managers, parents and other supporters behaved fantastically and left the school in a clean and tidy state. Sussex Junior Chess provided large numbers of digital chess clocks, whilst Surrey County Chess Association and Wilson’s School provide the rest of the chess equipment.

The ECF are grateful to Wilson’s School for providing such an excellent venue.