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Sunday, June 3, 2018 - Sunday, June 3, 2018  
KJCA GP8 Season Final 2017-18 (Crosstabs)
Venue: Bromley High School  
Event Type: Individual Tournament
Sunday, April 15, 2018 - Sunday, April 15, 2018  
GP7 2017-18 (Crosstabs)
Venue: Sevenoaks School  
Event Type: Individual Tournament
Sunday, March 4, 2018 - Sunday, March 4, 2018  
GP6 2017-18 (Crosstabs)
Venue: Harris Academy Beckenham  
Event Type: Individual Tournament


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Final Thoughts for the season from GM Chris Ward

Wow another lovely GP event this weekend,  ending a truly wonderful season of big attendances and brilliant individual and team results. In coming 4th at the U-11 EPSCA final (in adding to our excellent boys and girls team performances up until then) our ultra-young team helped ensure that for the first time since 2009, Kent won the National Counties Grand Prix. We officially can say that Kent are the best!


In addition to the scores you can read on our cross tables, I can also now announce that the results of the final IOC ( exams taken this season: 


Level 3: Denis Dupuis-Distinction, Danny Oprea-Distinction, Vaidehi Varma-Distinction


Level 5: Dominic Coates Merit


Excellent stuff and stay tuned to the events calendar for confirmation of when our coaching days (as well as the new season of GPs) will be restarting.


We have so much budding talent (Grandmasters in the making!) and already quite a few representing England. On Saturday 3rd June:  Mikey, Charlie, Aurideep, Orla, Saahil and Ciaran were amongst those representing their country in the annual match against Wales. 

Whilst, two of our young regulars, Stakhey and Denis had to miss GP8 because they were playing in the Rapidplay World Cadet Championship in Minsk, Belarus!

Meanwhile we’ve already read how James, Shlok and Shreyas will be showcasing their talents in the World and European Championships later in the summer and we also have a deserved candidate up for the English Chess Federation Player Of the Year award.

In reference to this exciting opportunity, Jitendra writes about his son:  

‘It is with great pleasure that we present the candidature of our son Shreyas Royal for the prestigious ECF Player of the Year Award. In many ways exceeding the challenging requirements and expectations for the award, Shreyas' ambitions, intelligence, and accomplishments complement precisely the stellar community of past recipients and make him highly deserving of the honour and opportunity bestowed by this award. We would be pleased if you go through his complete profile and endorse him for the award which in a way would inspire a lot of youngsters to take up this royal game seriously.’

Most of the other candidates on the shortlist as established Grandmasters and, whilst I certainly haven’t got a bad word to say about them,  this is about player of the year this season, not best player full stop! With hard work and dedication, Shreyas has come so far so quickly and in this last year and has achieved some phenomenal results. For me, though a vote for Shreyas would be like a vote for all the talented young juniors that we have helped progress in Kent over the season. Hence I urge all those amongst you who are ECF members to please do just that on

Finally none of this would be possible without the efforts of a few parents and helpers that make up the voluntarily run organisation the KJCA. They are always looking for volunteers and helpers though that don’t even need to know how to play chess! For example right now we are now in dire need of someone to run the catering at events and there are always smaller jobs that could help take the strain off of the workload of other committee members.

Please, please, please if you feel that you have a little time to spare (at events or otherwise) then do let us know on I cannot understate how gratefully such offers would be appreciated.

 Best wishes and hope everyone has a fantastic summer

GM  Chris Ward

Successful season for young Kent trio - Shlok, Shreyas and James

Our Kent Juniors are doing wonderfully well this season with our tournaments receiving fantastic attendance and our teams in various competitions doing brilliantly.
It feels wrong to single anyone out for additional praise but there can be no denying the impact that the three youngsters above have had on the National stage.
From left to right, Shlok Verma has won plenty of prizes this year including becoming the London U-8 champion and topping the U-8 EYGP courtesy of an excellent 5/5 in their most recent event. He has been selected to represent England in the forthcoming European U-8 Championship.
Shreyas Royal has accrued loads of trophies and titles too including the British U-8 and London U-10. He has been selected to represent England in the World U-8 championship in Brazil although would greatly appreciate any contributions on to help make that happen.
James Merriman won the British U-10 Championship and in topping the EYGP in that category has been asked to represent England in the World U-10 championship, completing a hat-trick of prestigious invites for Kent.
It is unprecedented to have three U-9s on the top three boards in an U-11 team as Kent have and we wish them the best of luck alongside the rest of the Kent players in the forthcoming EPSCA final.
It would however be a lovely gesture if any ECF members could support them by at least considering nominating/voting for them in the ECF player of the year awards. When I see who has received this award in the past, there is no doubt that our trio should receive backing given their successes and amazing progress over the last year.
The first round of balloting is on and you voting would mean a lot.
Good luck everyone!
GM Chris Ward

Winning Kent U9 team - EPSCA National Champions 2017

Congratulations to all the Kent U9 team for winning the 2017 EPSCA U9 Finals and becoming the National Champions for the second year running.

The finals were held at Nottingham high school on Saturday 22nd April.  Everyone knew it was going to be a long day, starting before 7am and including travels by road, rail, underground and even on a tram.

There were 18 teams who had qualified for the finals and the competition was tough.

Despite the long journey, the Kent team were ready to take on all opponents. All the young players lived up to expectations and were determined to build on the high standards set last year (when the team won the title with 33/36 points).

All started very well, with the team scoring an excellent 11/12 in both the first and second rounds. This meant that Kent went into the final third round with a 2.5 point lead over nearest rivals Wey Valley.

However, to everyone's delight, the improving pattern continued and our last round was a clean sweep – 12/12 - wins on all boards!

All the rounds had some close games which could have gone either way, but the Kent players kept their nerves, maintained focused, increased concentration levels and eventually managed an overall victory.
Our strong finish gave Kent a clear first place, leading the runners-up by 6.5 points.

The final scores were:

1st – Kent 34/36
2nd – Wey Valley 27.5/36
3rd equal - Warwickshire and Richmond 24.5/36

Congratulations also to the players who were on the reserve boards, they all played some quality chess and special mention for Yifan Luo, who won the reserve tournament.

The reserves also completed a clean sweep of 4/4 wins in the last round of the tournament complementing the 100% score across the whole team.

The full team were: Shreyas Royal, James Merriman, Shlok Verma, Stakhey Sedykh, Arthur Chikovsky, Dennis Dupuis, Roxolana Chaban, Herb Balaam, Nour Ajili, Aneesh Sagar, Ismail Longia Zaidi, Artemiy Shkuratovskyi, George Allen, Yifan Luo, Max Bell, Amit Aryan Sanka

Many thanks to our team manager, John Merriman and to GM Chris Ward and GM John Emms for their coaching, guidance and support throughout this season.

We also appreciate the efforts from all the parents and carers, who brought the children along to both the zonal and the final competitions and continuously support their chess.

With another great result from our U9 team, the future for these promising young players looks bright. Well done to everyone.

The full results can be viewed at:

Kent Under 11 Team Wins EPSCA Zonal

Congratulations to the Kent Under-11 team who won the EPSCA U11 Zone East, which took place on 18th March at Mount Grace School, Potters Bar.

Kent fielded a very young team that included many players who will still be eligible to play in future years. The tournament was played with an excellent spirit throughout and contained lots of high-quality and fighting chess.

The team started positively and seized an early lead by scoring an excellent 16½ points in the first round. The second round also went very well, with Kent scoring 16 points to increase their lead over their nearest rivals. The final round proved to be much closer between all the teams, but Kent’s tally of 13½ points was still the highest score of the round and it secured an overall victory.

Kent’s winning score was 46 points (from 60 games), Barnet came second with 41 points, and Cambridge came third with 36½ points. At the end a double success was celebrated, as Kent’s board 21-24 players also won the reserve section.

Kent’s winning team were: Shreyas Royal, Shlok Verma, James Merriman, Saahil Bansal, Lakshya Lokwani, Eoin Moore, Ciaran Brightley-Davies, Stakhey Sedykh, Arthur Chikovsky, Navieinaah Haridas, Dennis Dupuis, Dominic Coates, Theodore Panchev, Suriya Velayudham, Jai Chaturvedi Singh, Danny Oprea, Tyler Roberts, Aaron Dhillon, Iris Davies, Harry Chauhan, Dmitry Belousov, Evan Veitch, Roxolana Chaban and Geremia Gover.

Congratulations to all the Kent players for their success, a deserved reward for their hard work, focus, fighting spirit and positive attitude throughout.

Special thanks go to team manager, Robin Davies, for his organisation of the team before and during the event, to GM John Emms for his training and encouragement, and also to all the parents for their wonderful support.

Great performances at the EPSCA U11 Girls' Finals

Great performances at the EPSCA U11 Girls' Finals

On Saturday 26 March 2017, Kent's U11 Girls' team travelled to Orleans Park School in Twickenham for the EPSCA Girls' Final. 

Following a successful training day the previous Sunday run by GMs Chris Ward and John Emms, the team arrived in good spirits. 

However, the quality of the other 15 county teams was emphasised in the 1st round as Kent could only muster 5.5/12 (+ 3/4 in the Reserves) leaving us down in 10th place. 

Following an inspiring team talk and some much needed lunch, the team returned to the playing hall and secured a magnificent 8.5/12 in the 2nd round (although the Reserves struggled to 1/4). 

Even better was to follow, with Kent scoring 9.5/12 in the 3rd Round. This left Kent in 6th place, albeit only 1.5 points off the four counties that all tied for second position. Congratulations to the Sussex team who finished in a convincing first place.

Well done to All the Kent players who put in a fantastic effort to improve their scores in each round and played some great chess.  The reserves also had a good day and ended up in 3rd place in their tournament. 

The girls who played were: Navieinaah Haridas, Radha Ratnesan, Iris Davies, Roxolana Chaban, Samantha Mercer, Diya Choudhary, Neya Iyer, Eleanor Colesmith, Josie Marshall, Laura Holmes, Vaidehi Varma, Hollyann Reeves, Sanuvi  Amarakoon, Georgina Bruce, Anya Strivastava, Scarlet Watson

It is not fair to single out individuals as this was a real team performance where every player scored at least 1 point, but mention must go to Iris, Roxolana and Laura who all had perfect 3/3 records. 

Thanks, as ever, to GM Chris Ward for his inspiration and enthusiasm at the Final.  Also to Andrew Bruce, for his work as team manager and Taras Chaban, who was board steward on the day.