Junior News

2017/18 Season

Last Updated: 11:30 15th November

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:

Player Pts
1st Yuvraj Kumar 5½ (5+ 1= 0-)
2nd Toby Kan 5 (4+ 2= 0-)
3rd Aron Saunders 4½ (4+ 1= 1-)

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:

Junior news from the Terafinals! Get the news in David's report and gallery.

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:

David has written a report about Aron, Jack, and Toby's successes at the 2017 Northern Gigafinal. Also his photos have been saved in another new gallery.

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:

Pts Player
5½/6 Oliver Stubbs Supremo
5/6 Thomas Carter Qualifier
2/6 Linton Scotthorne


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.