Praying for inspiration!

An excellent series of photographs from the recent Junior Congress at Kirkham Grammar School available on Flickr. There are quite a few interesting photos of the event. My favourite is the one below, I am sure we have all prayed for inspiration at the chessboard! Special thank you to Mrs Michelle Tickle for the inspiring photographs, and for sharing!

Now how do I checkmate my opponent from here?

Kirkham Junior Congress Results

There were five sections for the junior chess congress held at Kirkham Grammar School on Sunday 17th November 2019. A damp and grey November day, but it did not dampen the enthusiasm of the 44 children who had turned up to play.

As with all the Lancashire Junior Congress events, the sections are not aged limited, all sections are based on ability. As a result, we had Lancashire U11 players in the Kings section playing some of the senior players. Three of the section winners won with a 100% record

Winners

KINGS Section - Kyden Waite 4.5/5
QUEENS Section - Asad Syed 5/5
ROOKS Section - Malachy Fielding 5/5 
KNIGHTS Section - Daniel Siggers 5/5
PAWNS Section - Samuel Pilling 6/7
KINGS
4.5 5 1st   Kyden Waite
3.5 5 2=   Lucas Stubbs
3.5 5 2=   Regan Topham
2.5 5     Joshua Woodbridge
1.0 5     Cara Sunderland
0.0 5     Daniel Sunderland
QUEENS
5.0 5 1st   Asad Syed
3.0 5 2nd   Anna Kenyon
2.5 5 3rd   Shaun Woodbridge
2.0 5     Joshua Sunderland
1.5 5     Rohan Palaniappan
1.0 5     Taym Bittar
ROOKS
5.0 5 1st   Malachy Fielding
3.5 5 2nd   Conrad Fielding
3.0 5 3rd   Taliesin Jones
2.0 5     Ethan Davies
1.5 5     Thomas Smith
0.0 4     Adam Hedges
KNIGHTS
5.0 5 1st   Daniel Siggers
4.0 5 2nd   William Petrie
3.0 5 3=   Jay Dawson
3.0 5 3=   Daniel Marshall
2.0 5     Felix Young
1.0 5     Eyad Alchaghouri
1.0 3     Harry Ford
1.0 5     Jayden Barrow
0.0 2     James Hall
PAWNS
6.0 7 1st   Samuel Pilling
5.5 7 2nd   Joshua Wong
5.0 7 3rd   Joshua Coffey
4.0 7     Macayla Reese Gundayao
4.0 7     Meriel Shania Gundayao
4.0 7     Raia Trend
3.5 7     Thomas Pilkington
3.5 7     Raurie Sumner
3.5 7     Henry Dawson-Gerrard
3.5 7     Sachchen Lavanaathan
3.0 7     Sam Morris
3.0 7     Bella Grice
2.5 7     Florence Kerr
2.0 7     Nia Murusidze
2.0 7     Shaksha Lavanaathan
1.5 6     Buster Bell-Carr
0.5 6     Polly Hargreaves

Kirkham Junior Chess Congress Report

A grey and damp November morning greeted us as we rolled up on the car park for the Kirkham Junior Chess Congress held at the Kirkham Grammar School. Whilst the weather was typical autumnal fare, the venue was excellent and well attended taking into account the loss of the usual contingent from Aughton St Michael’s.

A special thank you to Kirkham Grammar School for being wonderful hosts and providing a warm and hospitable environment not only for the chess players but also for the parents and guardians. A great cafe service was available, which seemed to be well received looking around all the cups of tea and coffee consumed.

Michael Smith (KJGS) and Bill O’Rourke (LCA)

The playing arena was in the spacious Recital Hall, well lit and excellent playing conditions for the chess players. 44 juniors across 5 sections, all eager and raring to go. As with all of the Lancashire Junior Congress events, training sessions were set aside for all the sections. The children were all well behaved and there was some excellent chess played during the day. Full results can be found on the results page.

The spacious library area for parents and players between games.

After a long day of playing chess, it was nice to see so many parents and guardians staying behind for the prize giving, ensuring the young chess masters of the future were given a resounding reception for their herculean efforts over the chessboard. A very successful first time at Kirkham, and we hope to return to the school in the Spring / Summer of 2020.

Kirkham Grammar School Chess Congress

A quick note to advise parents and guardians of a slight change in the venue for the next junior congress.

The congress will still be at the school, but on a different campus. The congress will now be taking place in The Recital Hall on the main campus, full address below. Note the change in post code.

The Recital Hall, Kirkham Grammar School, Ribby Road, Kirkham, Preston, Lancashire PR4 2BH   

Directions to Kirkham Junior Grammar school

From the M6, take junction 32 on to the M55. At junction 3 of the M55, take first turning towards A585 Kirkham. Pass through three roundabouts, keeping straight on the A585 Fleetwood Road towards Kirkham.  At 4th roundabout, take first exit on to A583 / Blackpool Road towards Preston. After 400 metres turn left on to B5259 / Ribby Road. You will then find Kirkham Grammar school on your left hand side.

REFRESHMENTS WILL BE AVAILABLE TO PURCHASE ON THE DAY.

Welcome to Kirkham Grammar Junior School

We are pleased to annouce a new venue for the Lancashire Association Junior Congresses, and they have kindly agreed to host the first congress of the season.

Welcome to Kirkham Grammar Junior School. In additon to agreeing to host the congress, the school have recently set up a new chess club. We hope to see many of their players on the day, and with good coaching we hope to welcome many of them to the U9 and U11 squads later in the season.

In the meantime, please help extend a warm welcome to the school and support their efforts by coming along to the first congress on Sunday 17th November 2019. Details and entry form on the Junior Congress link.

EPSCA U11 Northern Zone

A young Lancashire U11 team had some mixed results on Saturday in the EPSCA U11 Northern Zonal, held at the Flowery Field Academy in Hyde. An excellent venue, and well organised on the day.

Tension builds as the team prepares for Round 1

Team Manager, Malcolm Birks, gave his rousing speech to the team. As is the case with the majority of juniors, the plea to take their time and play slowly fell on stony ground!

Within 30 minutes of the start of Round One, 15 players had returned to the team room! The age-old conundrum, how do we get the juniors to slow down when they arrived at the EPSCA zonal!

A return of 5.5 points in Round One, gave us an early indication that this was not going to be our year! All we could hope for was an improvement in the next two rounds. Round Two the team returned with 7 points, and in the final round they returned with 8 points. An excellent last round, which is the round you normally expect the results to tail off due to tiredness.

A total of 20.5, was a good return for a team that contained 6 players from the U9 squad, and with many players playing their first team tournament they discovered that there is a big difference to the junior congresses they have played in previously.

Lancashire U11 Team – raring to go!

Aughton Junior Congress

Results from the Junior Congress held on the 3rd March at Aughton.

Photo’s in order of placing as below, do not have a photo for Bomi Shodipo.

Kings
1JoeBirks
2LouisMelvin
3KydenWaite
Queens/Rooks
1AidanGorman
2NyeJones
3=ZhengyuHou
JoshuaSunderland
Knights
1AsadSyed
2Joshua Woodbridge
3MalachyFielding
Pawns
1
Robert

O’Callaghan
2ConradFielding
3=FinlayRowan
BomiShodipo

World Cadets Chess Championship

The World Cadets Chess Championship has recently finished, and Lancashire’s own Niamh Bridgeman of Morecambe Chess Club was representing England in the Girls’ U12 section.

Report from Matt Bridgeman

Niamh Bridgeman at the World Cadets U12 Championship

Niamh’s had an excellent World Cadets Chess Championship in Santiago  De Compostela. The England team consisted of 14 of the best boys and girls from around the country and 4 coaches. There was plenty of drama in the first week as storms hit the area and one of the competition days had to be postponed and moved to the Saturday rest day.

Niamh finished very strongly over the second half of the competition to come equal 50th out of a field of 107 of the best Under 12 Girl players in the world, with 5.5/11.  Her best result came in the final round, where, as a big underdog she held European Union Under 12 Champion and Woman’s FIDE Master, Lucia Sevcikova of Slovakia to draw, in a position Niamh was actually winning but where she was also low on time.

She played 11 games in total, including playing the world number 8 (Niamh nearly won that one) and two European Champions (the aforementioned draw and the other again a real back and forth battle – Niamh did not get easy pairings from round one!) Other players Niamh encountered were from Russia, Croatia, Azerbaijan, Spain, Moldova, Greece, South Africa and Jamaica.

In total across all events, there were 827 players competing from 86 different countries. The picture is from Niamh’s 7th round game, which was a draw against Petra Kovacs of Croatia.

A full report from the English team manager is available on the ECF website.

All games are available from the World Cadets Chess Championship page,  the game that Niamh and Matt are proud of, was a loss.  In this game, Niamh pushed her opponent, rated 400 ELO points above Niamh.

The game evaluation shows Niamh getting the edge in the middlegame, before eventually running into time pressure and her stronger opponent ran out victorious.

 

A Tale of Two Knights

An horse my kingdom for an horse….

Or in Chess terms, a Knight.  Anand is well known for his preference for Knights rather than bishops.  This is unusual, most players prefer the bishops.  The beauty of the knights can be found in the following positions.  Both with White to move, one  is a draw the other is a loss.  Which one is which!  Can you work it out!