First GP tournament of the 2016-17 season at the Judd school

Thanks to all the young chess players and accompanying parents and carers for coming along to our first GP tournament of the 2016-17 season.

It was held at the Judd School in Tonbridge on Sunday 20th September. It was very well attended, with over 100 players across all age groups which resulted in some great chess matches at all levels..

This event is also a London Junior qualifier for those in the U8, U10 and U12 sections. Players who achieved 4.5 points or more in the U10 and U12 qualify for the major finals whilst those getting 3.5 or 4 qualify for the minor. In the U8 section those gaining 4 points qualify. The London Junior Chess Championship finals are held in Harrow, London in December.

The top three in each section were:  

U8: 1st Roxolana Chaban  6/6), 2nd equal with 4/6 Ismail Longia-Zaidi, Yifan Luo, Xirui Mao, William Shoben, Joshua Moisey and Max Bell.

U10: 1st  Eoin Moore (5.5/6), 2nd equal (5/6) Stakhey Sedykh, Samuel Beukes and Theo Lawson.

U12: 1st  Shreyas Royal (6/6), 2nd equal James Merriman, Shlok Verma,, Elizabeth Johnson and and Logan Fear (4.5/6)

 U14 (merged with the U18s): 1st Alexander Levin (3.5/5), 2nd Orla Dorman (3/5 ) joint 3rd Ben Barton and Thomas Crawley-Boevey (2.5/5)     

U18: 1st equal Andrew Ng Chen Lock and Ximan Mao (4.5/5), 3rd Aditya Verma (4/5)

The best scoring primary school on the day (top three raw scores from pupils at that school) was Warren Road and the best scoring secondary school was St Olaves' Grammar.

For more photos of the prize-winners go to the KJCA facebook page at

Well done to everyone who played, from experienced county players to those at their first chess tournament. We hope you all enjoyed the day and look forward to welcoming you to more of our tournaments throughout the season.

A big thank you to all the organisers and volunteers who ensured that the day ran smoothly.  Also thanks to GM Chris Ward and GM John Emms for coming along to watch and support all the young chess players.

Remember, we are always keen for parents and carers to get involved with our successful events, so if you think you can help in any way, please do get in touch. You can contact us via

Also thanks to The Judd School for the use of their school, it is a lovely venue and ideal for our tournaments. 

The next tournament, GP2, will be held on Sunday October 16th at Skinners' School in Tunbridge Wells. Early registration helps with ensuring the day runs smoothly so please go to the event page at   to register as soon as you can.