The Bury St Edmunds Junior Chess Congress took place today at Moreton Hall Community Centre.
60 children (including 11 girls) took part, in four age-groups: Under 9, Under 11, Under 14 and Under 18.
The event was supported by the Moreton Hall Community Club, who provided the excellent accommodation free of charge.
The section winners were:
Under 9 – Alexander Hsieh (Cambridge) (the only player to score 6/6)
Under 11 – Alan John (Bury St Edmunds) (also winner of the BACL shield)
Under 14 – Karthik Saravanan (Lowestoft)
Under 18 – Seb Taylor (King’s Lynn) and Patrick Gembis (Bury St Edmunds)
The Girls’ prize was shared between four players scoring four points. These included 16-year old Tasha Parrott (Bury St Edmunds) who was playing in her first tournament.
A total of £350 prize money was paid out, including first place prizes in each section of £50.00.
The tournament was an excellent opportunity for Suffolk Under 11 Team Manager Boby Sebastian to view prospective members of his squad to play in the Under 11 Inter-County Zonals on 15 March. The full results will appear soon on the Suffolk Grading website.