This time we had 4 juniors taking part, Nathanael, Harvey, Joshua & also Ryan (one of our future juniors).
Nathanael has now moved up from the u12’s to u16’s which is quite a jump when you are 12. Today there were only 6 of them in his age group so they all got to play each other. He had many challenging and long games. He finally came out with 1.5 points.
This was Harvey’s first tournament and as he’s only been playing for 3 months he was very brave to give the tournament a try. Even though he didn’t come out with a win this time he definitely gave each of his opponents a run for their money by keeping them playing for quite a while, a great achievement for a beginner. We look forward to seeing how he progresses as he learns more at the club. Welcome onboard Harvey!
Joshua, our little rising star, at age 5 was also attending his first tournament. He was placed in the u7/u8 group and seemed to end up playing the u8’s most of the time. This didn’t matter as he was able to clock up 4 wins out of 6!!! It was all down to the last game and fortunately his main contender lost his last game which placed Josh as joint winner of the u7’s group. What a great achievement at such a young age. I think Arnold (Dad) is going to have to do some DIY and put up a shelf in his room as I feel we are going to see many more trophies coming his way!
Ryan another new promising junior is not really known to anybody in the club yet. He is currently waiting for our junior side to start up at the club so he decided to join us at the tournament and it was good to meet him and for us to get to know his family, Ryan, taught solely by a computer so far, put up some good games for his first tournament in the u8’s. He came out with 4 wins (one loss against Joshua!) and was awarded the runner up trophy.
So all in all it was quite a successful day and it was lovely to have a team going from Taunton Chess Club.
The next tournament is at Bristol Grammar School on the 10th November 2019. Make sure you are signed up to the Somerset Junior Chess Grand Prix newsletter to receive your entry form link.