78 children from around East Anglia, aged between 6 and 18, played in the Woodbridge Junior Open yesterday. There were five sections: u8, u10, u12, u14 and u16/18. This tournament, organised by IM Adam Hunt, is one of the qualifying events for the London Junior Championships. Players in the Under 8 section needed 4 points to qualify, whilst those in the Under 10 and Under 12 sections needed 3½ points for the Minor section at London, or 4½ points for the Major section. Several youngsters managed to achieve their desired qualification certificates.
Suffolk prizewinners included the following:
Under 18 Winner – Alex Sheerin (Ipswich)
Under 18 3rd place: – Alan John (Bury St Edmunds)
Under 12 Winner – Teddy Yang (Leiston)
Under 12 2nd place – Jaden Jermy (Bury St Edmunds)
Under 12 =3rd place – Adam John (Bury St Edmunds)
Under 10 =3rd place – Toby Martin (Bury St Edmunds)
Under 8 2nd place – Rowan Kent (Woodbridge)
Under 8 =3rd place – Tia Martin (Bury St Edmunds)
The five prizewinners from Bury St Edmunds are all members of the Bury Knights Junior Chess Club (pictured right including Alex Sheerin, former Bury Knights member).
Separate trophies were awarded to Woodbridge School pupils who performed best in each section.
A large number of photos taken during the event can be viewed as a slideshow here (click on ‘Slideshow’).