London Junior Chess Championships 2015

The annual finals of the prestigious London Junior Chess Championships were held on the 14-15th December and the 28-30th December.

Well done to all our Kent Juniors who travelled to Harrow to compete in this national level competition.  As always, the standard in all sections was very high, however every one of our players proved they were up to the challenge.

U8: This section included an array of promising youngsters from across the country.
Congratulations to Shlok Verma, who came joint 2nd with a fantastic score of 6/7 and to James Merriman who came joint 4th with a score of 5½/7.
Other young players representing Kent were: Shreyas Royal, Stakhey Sedykh, Arthur Chokovsky, Raghav Vaidya, Herb Balaam, Ismail Longia-Zaidi and Zeno Burns.

U10 Minor:
  Well done to Danny Oprea, who came joint 4th got a score of 5/7.
Also playing in this sections were: Jai Singh Chaturvedi, Iris Davies, Suriya, Velayudham, Raghav Vaidya, Madhav Suraj and Laura Holmes. 

U10 Major:  Representing Kent in this section were: Shahjahon Saidmurodov, Ciaran Brightley-Davies, Navienaah Haridas, Shreyas Royal, Saahil Bansal, James Merriman, Dominic Coates, Stakhey Sedykh and Yong Gui Wang.

Harrow U12 Qualifier: Well done to Nikhil Chidipothu who came second with a score of 4½/6.

U12 Minor: Well done to Navienaah Haridas and Radha Ratnesan who came joint 3rd with a scome of 6½/9
Also playing well in this section were Orla Dorman and Jai Singh Chaturvedi.

U12 Major: Once again the Major section included many high graded national players and the quality of chess was impressive.  Playing  well in this section were Rajeiv Ratnesan, Charlie Metcalfe, Nikhil Chidipothu, Saahil Bansal, Ciaran Brightley-Davies, David Dallakyan and Aditya Jain.

U14 Minor: Well done to Charlie Metcalfe who came joint 4th with a score of 4½/6. Also playing in this section was Alex Thompson.

U14 Major: This section include  many national and international young players.  Representing Kent were: Emily Green, Haolin Zhao and Aurideep Nayak.

U16: The standard of chess from the teenagers in this section was very strong. Kent players were:  Jackson Wen, Haolin Zhao, Jacob Watson and Mikey Watson.

U18/U21/Open: This was a fiercely contested section which was won by a Russian grandmaster, with an FM and CM coming in second and third.  However our Kent juniors played well at such a high standard,  Girinath Haridas achieved 3½/6 and Anantha Anilkumar 3/6.

To see the crosstabs from all these sections, please go to and follow the link to tournament director.  Hopefully we have picked up the names of all the Kent players above, but if we have accidentally missed anyone or made an error, please let us know and we will correct this as soon as possible.