Southend Junior Chess Tournament

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The 3rd Essex Junior Grand Prix event of 2017/18 was held at the Prince Avenue Academy School in Westcliff-on-Sea on 14 January 2018 and attracted 62 entrants.

Whereas the two younger age groups had a winner with a maximum score the under 18 sections provided closer contests.  In the Minor section, three players battled for the top prizes all finishing on five points with Fraser Caves the unlucky player to miss out on progressive scores.  In the Open section some of the most promising young players in Essex fought hard for the prizes but, on this occasion, lost out to a visitor from outside the county.


1st Rowan Kent (Suffolk) 6/6

2nd Mae Catabay (Colchester) 4½/6

3rd Max Yau (Southend) 4/6


1st Max Pert (Billericay) 6/6

2nd Ethan Yau (Southend) 4½/6

3rd Dmitry Molostvov (Brentwood) / Shayan Gohil (Hornchurch) 4/6 (= progressive scores)

U18 Minor

1st Lakshan Siddharth (Basildon) 5/6

2nd Jonathan Cheung (Rayleigh) 5/6

Grading U75 Alex Watkins (Brentwood) 4/6

Grading U50 Olivia Caves (Rayleigh) 3½/6

U18 Open

1st Eryl Malanta (Surrey) 5½/6

2nd Abigail Weersing (Saffron Walden) 4½/6

Grading U110 Nina Pert (Billericay)/ Tejas Mulay (Ilford) 3/6

Best Newcomer -  Sebastian Rapley Mende (Leigh-on-Sea) 3/6 in the U11 section

Congratulations to all the prize winners and we hope to see everybody at the next Grand Prix which will be in Colchester on a date to be confirmed in early March (entry form available via this website nearer the date).

The latest Essex Junior Grand Prix tables can be found on this website under Results/Tournaments/Grand Prix and the Crosstables for the Colchester event are under Results/Tournaments/Cross Tables.