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Essex Juniors at Bury Congress

Several Essex Juniors took part in the annual Bury St Edmunds Congress held on 24/25 October 2015.  This is one of the nearest weekend events to most parts of Essex so it was good to see many of the players make good tournament performance ratings and/or register some good results.  Individual results from five games listed below -

Open: Daniel Gallagher 3; Gorak Rajesh and Partha Mulay 2

Major (u170): Elliot Cocks 2

Intermediate (u145): Aadarsh Saravanan 2½

Minor: (u120): Scott Shelley 4 (=2nd); Giulio Sahinoz 3: Lorenzo Sahinoz 2½; Bhramav Rajesh 2

Chelmsford Junior Chess Tournament - 10 October 2015

The 1st Essex Junior Grand Prix of 2015/16 was held at the Kings Road Primary School, Chelmsford and attracted 89 entrants – an increase of five from last year.

Results in the various age groups were as follows

Under 8

1st Shreyas Royal (Beckton) 6/6

2nd Shlok Verma (Orpington) 5/6

3rd on tie break Zoe Johnson (Colchester) 4/6

Under 10

1st Shahjahon Saidmurodov (East Ham) 6/6

2nd Bhramav Rajesh (Colchester) 5/6

3rd on tie break Fraser Caves (Hullbridge) 4/6

Under 12

FM Adam Taylor


Congratulations to Adam Taylor from Colchester who has attained the FIDE master title.

Several years ago Adam was a regular at Essex junior events, winning many trophies and being Essex Under 11 Champion in 2009.  Following that Adam was a constant member of the Under 14 Team for two years scoring an excellent 9 points from 10 games in the year the team reached the SCCU Under 14 Team Final.

Since then Adam has moved onto to greater achievements in the chess world and he has represented England many times at junior events.

Essex under 14 Team

Under 14 matches with other counties are being arranged and the Team Manager has been in touch with prospective players.  Further interest is always welcome so if your son or daughter wishes to be considered for the matches please contact Trevor Dickerson via email

Essex Juniors Win Challenge Match v Cambridge

The first annual Challenge Match with Cambridge juniors was held at St Faith’s School in Cambridge on Saturday 26 September 2015.  Each County fielded players in under 11, 14 and 18 categories and after two rounds of highly competitive chess Essex emerged as the winners of the Challenge Cup.  This was mainly due to strong performances by the under 14 players and a spirited performance by the under 11s who were clear winners of the second round after just losing the first..  Scores were as follows -

U18 - 4:4 draw