Last Updated: 14:28 7th March
|4 Feb 2018:||
This weekend was the Kidlington Congress and the club's contingent appears to have grown.
Oli was our representative in the under 180 section. Oli was not particularly happy with his form, but also remained unbeaten on 2½/5, with 4 draws.
Jack Tye had a fantastic weekend at Kidlington. Jack finished joint 1st in the under 120 section, and had a great unbeaten score of 4½/5. (That's U120 winners two years in a row. Last year Oli, this year Jack. Who's winning it in 2019?).
|23 Jan 2018:||
Oli and Toby were a little late to their matches tonight and John has written up why!
|21 Jan 2018:||
Toby was at the J4NCL this weekend playing for the Chess in School and Communities (CSC) charity. In a last minute reshuffle the team expecting to play in Division 2 was moved up to Division 1. Toby was playing board 1 and did fantastically with 3 wins, 1 draw and only 1 loss. His performance and that of his team saw them achieve an amazing 3rd place in Division 1. Kandara, a North Bristol junior, was also in the team and in her crucial game in the final round she converted her advantage to win the round for her the team. Cool as a cucumber, but no one looked as cool as Geoff.
|14 Jan 2018:||
David also got in touch to fill us in on some great junior news!
It was the West of England and South Wales Team Championships this weekend. 4 county teams were competing this year, including Devon, Somerset and 2 Welsh teams, Gwent and Glamorgan. There was a big turn out for Downend Juniors, all representing Somerset Juniors. With 10 boards in the Under 14s, Downend Juniors occupied 5 of them with Aron, Fedor, Jack, Toby and Yuvraj.
Warning: Our proud Welsh players should stop reading now!
Out of 30 games played, Somerset had 24 Wins, 3 Draws and 3 Losses, it was a whitewash, with the U14s Somerset Juniors beating all 3 opponents convincingly.
Somerset vs Gwent - 8 Wins, 1 Draw, 1 Loss
Somerset vs Devon - 9 Wins, 1 Loss
Somerset vs Glamorgan - 7 Wins, 2 Draw, 1 Loss
Aron (Board 8): 3 Wins
Fedor (Board 5): 3 Wins
Jack (Board 3): 2 Wins 1 Loss
Toby (Board 2): 1 Win 2 Draws
Yuvraj (Board 4): 3 Wins
An amazing weekend for Somerset, Downend and our juniors. Congratulations to all of them
|1 Jan 2018:||
Happy New Year! There's plenty to catch up on, so let's get to it.
Over the Christmas break when people should be thinking of nothing related to chess (unless it's the buzzer tournament) Oli and Yuvraj played in the 3 day London Junior Chess Championship Dec 27-30th. In total there were over 300 juniors playing,ranging from Under 8s through to Under 21s.
Yuvraj played in the demanding 9-round Under 12 Major section and finished on a solid score of 5/9 in a very competitive field, with a great win against a 140 in round 7.
Oli played in the 6 round Under 16 FIDE section. He finished on a fine score of 4½/6, winning his final game to secure 3rd place.
Oli was also offered some advice by Mike Basman, who presumably favoured a more unusual opening stance. Personally I think that's a New Year's resolution for us all!
|11 Dec 2017:||
John keeps us updated on the London Chess Classic Rapidplay with photos by David!
|4 Dec 2017:||
While many eyes are fixed on the 'excitement' at the London Chess Classic, David sends us news of Toby's time there:
After being duffed up by Richard L on Tuesday night during the Downend brawl between C & D. Toby didn't have time to lick his wounds too long. On Wednesday night we set off to Deepmind (Google's Artifical Intelligence division) at their London HQ to play some more chess. This time his opponent was world number 4 Fabiano Caruana and a group game against Vishy Anand... Unfortunately he was duffed up again! Still managed to enjoy the day and met many GMs and world champions past and present.
|19 Nov 2017:||
We now have two national champions! Yuvraj scored a fantastic 9/10 in the Minor section of the 2017 British Rapidplay Championship to finish joint first in a field of about 50 strong players. What an excellent first season with the club.
|12 Nov 2017:||
David has more junior news from the weekend:
The Somerset Junior Grand Prix kicked off last month with an impressive showing from our Downend Juniors with a 1st, 2nd and 3rd placing for Yurvaj, Toby and Aron. This weekend was the second event at a very impressive venue, the Somerset County Cricket ground. However, it was not just an impressive venue, there were some very impressive performances from our juniors once again. This time Aron showed the way, winning 5 games out 6 and coming 1st. Toby on 4½/6 in 2nd and Yuvraj on 4 in 3rd. So a Downend 1, 2, 3 again. Fantastic stuff and a big congratulations to Aron for an outstanding performance this weekend. We all know what a great player Aron is at Downend, but the rest of Somerset just found out too. Congratulations to all!
Update: And John fills us in on the club's exploits at the Torbay congress.
|15 Oct 2017:||
David Kan fills us in on more junior exploits:
It was the start of the Somerset Junior Chess Grand Prix this weekend at St Saviours School in Bath. 4 Downend Juniors were participating include Jack in the Under 16s, Aron, Toby and Yuraj in the Under 12. It was a very competitive event with many Somerset Junior County players present.
In the Under 12 section, all juniors did fantastically as usual finishing 1st, 2nd and 3rd. Results below:
In the U16s, Jack was not feeling 100% and was not playing his best chess. Still he showed great resolve and fought on finishing on 2/6.
For other Downend Juniors who would like to be involved, the next events are detailed on www.somersetjuniorchessgrandprix.co.uk.
|10 Oct 2017:||
Jack's excellent win for the D-team is available to view on our Games page!
|3 Oct 2017:||
Aron Saunders' spectacular debut game for the club is well worth a play through!
|25 Sep 2017:||
Oli went to the 2017 English Rapidplay Championship came away with fantastic results .
|14 Aug 2017:|
|7 Aug 2017:||
Full-time Downend & Fishponds journalist John Stubbs has written a report of the club's showing at the 2017 British Championships and of course there's an accompanying gallery. It's also worth noting that club member wannabe Daniel Young also qualified for next year's Championships with his excellent performance in the Major Open.
|23 Jul 2017:||
First there was the Northern Gigafinals, and now there's the Southern Gigafinals. In the U15s Thomas scored a very strong 2½/6 (which included a game against the 206 top seed!), however it was Oli that took the prizes with an incredible undefeated 5/6 (half a point behind the top seed) including some excellent results against very strong players. Oli's second place means that he joins Toby with a ticket to the Terafinals. Don't forget to check out the gallery of the tournament.
|16 Jul 2017:|
|12 Jul 2017:||
It was the first junior match for the club. John has written up a match report complete with pictures of the night.
|19 Jun 2017:||
There will be a junior match where Downend & Fishponds' youngest will be pitting their skills against Chepstow juniors on July 11th with some of the club's strongest players in attendance to provide post-match analysis. It should be a great event if you're able to attend and we're hoping it might blossom into a yearly match much like the Pentyrch tradition meaning yet more work for me on the site. Full credit to John Stubbs for organising the evening.
|20 May 2017:||
There were over 170 juniors at the Bristol Megafinal at Bristol Grammar School. There were 3 Downend juniors in the U15 section, all doing themselves proud:
Three local Bristol & District league juniors collecting their Supremo/Suprema champion trophies from IM Chris Beaumont at prize giving: Yuvraj Kumar (Bath), Acharya Kandara (North Bristol), and our very own Oliver Stubbs (Downend & Fishponds).
|7 May 2017:||
David Kan is keeping us in the know about the performances of our juniors with a Megafinals report.