Report from London Junior Chess Championship – 14th - 15th December 2013

Well done to all the Kent Juniors who took part in the first weekend of the London Junior Chess Championship Finals, held at Harrow on the 14-15th December.

Kent did very well in the U10 sections.  Big congratulations to Nikhil Chidipothu, who won the U10 Minor section with an impressive 6.5 out of 7, not losing any games.  Also in the U10 Minor section were Charlie Metcalfe and Kimball Catling, playing in their first national level tournament, and gaining 4 and 2.5 points respectively.

The U10 Major section included very strong competitors from around the country. Mikey Watson played quality games against the top graded players and ended up joint third with a score of 5.5 out of 7. Other Kent players in this section were Navieinaah Haridas, Alexander Levin, Ximan Mao and Siddharth Soni.

Girinath Haridas was flying the flag for Kent in the U14 majors, with a great result of joint third on 4.5 out of 6. This section also saw some strong performances from Anantha Anilkumar and Freddie Hand.  

Joelle Hakim and James Elgar also played well in the U14 Minor section.
Other competitions on the day included the Harrow Junior U12, where Emily Green achieved a great score of 4.5 out of 6, coming joint third and qualifying for the major final. Also playing in this section were Danyal Warsop and Jacob Watson.  
Finally, Zakary Warsop played in the Northwick Park Major, competing against many experienced adults.  

Great to see so many talented Kent Juniors competing at such a high level, and doing well in this prominent tournament.

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Report by Jo Wildman