All go for great chess at GP1

The first GP of the 2017-18 season was held at Tonbridge Girls’ Grammar School on Saturday 16th September 2017. 


As a London Junior Chess Championships (LJCC) qualifier we had lots of strong competitors across the younger sections of U8, U10 and U12. Also a combined U18 Minor and Major section gave our older players some good quality chess games.


The prizewinners in each section were:

U8: 1st  Alexey Lapidus (5.5/6), 2nd  Rohan Pasari (5/6), 3rd equal Yashasvini Steeram and Adi Srivastava (4.5/6).

Also qualifying for the LJCC U8: Joshua Moisey and Sofia El-Bachir


U10: 1st James Lindquist (5.5/6), 2nd equal Yifan Luo and Lev Mann (5/6).

Also qualifying for the LJCC U10 Major: Artemiy Shkuratovskyi, Kavin Thooran, Amit Aryan Sanka.   Qualfying for the LJCC U10 Minor: Dylan Paterson, Theo Kritzinger, Siena Gurjar, Lavinai Fear, Teo Saunders, Nour Ajili, Max Bell, Roxolana Chaban, Ismail Longia-Zaidi, Reuben Moisey, Sebastian Cazac.

U12: 1st (5.5/6) Denis Dupius, 2nd (5/6) Shahjahon Saidmurodov, 3rd equal Logan Fear and Stakhey Sedykh (4.4/6).  All also qualifying for the LJCC U12 Major.

Also qualifying for the LJCC U12 Minor were:  Yacine El-Bachir, Kirill Povarenkin, Roshan Gurjar, Ciaran Brightley-Davies, Dominic Coates and Samantha Mercer.


The U18 Minor and U18 Major were merged on the day. However, separate prizes were awarded:


U18 Minor: 1st Thomas Crawley-Boevey (3/5), 2nd equal Charlotte Bruce, Atticus Fear, James Holmes and Lorcan Pritchard (2.5/5)


U18 Major: 1st Jacob Watson (5/5), 2nd Mikey Watson (4/5) 3rd  equal: (3/5)  Orla Dorman, James Merriman and Eoin Moore

The full crosstabs are now published at:

The top performing primary school at the tournament was The Pointers School and the top secondary school was Knole Academy.

For further photos of the prizewinners, please look at our facebook page at:


Well done to everyone who played, from experienced county players to those at their first chess tournament. We hope everyone enjoyed both some great chess games and spending time with your friends.

It takes a lot of work and willing volunteers to organise a large and successful chess tournament.

Extra thanks go to Mikhail Sedykh for doing the Tournament Director and GM John Emms for coming along to support the tournament and help in the playing hall.  Also helping in the playing hall were  John Merriman, Rejean Dupius, Cosmin Oprea, Gary Dorman and Jo Wildman.    


Other kind volunteers on the day were: Kathryn Woodward for booking and liaising with the venue and helping with registration, Cosmin Oprea for bringing along the equipment, Emma Holmes for her role as treasurer and also helping with registration, Samantha Metcalfe who organised the trophies and medals for the prizewinners and Conrad Allison who offered game analysis and training on the day.


KJCA is run by volunteers to develop chess opportunities for children and young people in Kent and South East London.


We are looking for some additional helpers to help out this season.  Please do consider it as our organisation thrives on volunteers and it is great to work together to create good events and opportunities for our children and young people.


Please speak to one of the team at our tournaments or contact us via or directly to Jo Wildman, current chair of the committee, on or 07583337307.

Finally, thanks go to Tonbridge Girls’ Grammar School for use of the fantastic school venue and providing good quality catering in the sixth form block.