Five members of the Bury Knights Junior Chess Club played last weekend at Hinckley in the Junior 4NCL league, which features some of the strongest juniors in the UK.
The photo below shows four members of the team that played on Saturday: left to right: Tom Roy, Adam John, Alan John, Alex Sheerin (Board 1). On Sunday, Daniel Garcia-Leon replaced Tom Roy.
Alan top-scored with 3½ points from five games, whilst Alex and Adam each scored 2½ points. Both Tom and Daniel won one game, so no one went home empty-handed. The team finished in 6th place out of 20 teams in Division 2, an excellent début in this tough event.
In effect (Alex excepted) this was the Club’s second team, with the likes of Emilia Jewell (130), Anita Somton (128), William Sait (126), and Patrick Gembis (90) waiting in the wings. The Club hopes to be able to field two teams in the next rounds, on 24/25 January, with one team in Division 1 and the other in Division 2.
11-year old Alan John and his 8-year old younger brother Adam continued their good form in the Suffolk League this evening, both winning their games against their Felixstowe opponents. Alan, graded 58 in July, is heading for a grade of more than 100 in January 2015. Adam only has a rapidplay grade (24) at present, but should achieve a standard-play grade in January in the region of 60 or 70.