Junior News

2016/17 Season

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.

24 Apr 2017:

More junior news! The following comes from David about Toby's experience at the England Junior Trials:

Those of you who follow Downend Juniors may know that Toby qualified for the England Juniors trials earlier this year. The trials itself took place last weekend in Liverpool attended by the Top 50 U11 Junior players in England.

The trials were played over 2 days with 3 games each day. The competition and strength of players was formidable. Unfortunately, on the first day, Toby lost his first 2 games and managed a nervy draw in the 3rd. He had a mountain to climb, needing to win all 3 games on the 2nd day to having any realistic chance for selection. However, the setback did not hold him back on Day 2, he showed lots of guts and determination to hold his nerve and rallied with a comeback winning his first 2 games. This gave him a slim chance of selection if he won his final game. Unfortunately, it wasn't to be. The game was drawn, but Toby knew he needed a win and pushed for a win which ended in a loss.

Although disappointed with not being selected for the national squad, Toby has been selected to play for the regional England team and will play matches against England (SW) vs Wales and Rest of England vs London & South East. It's been a great experience for him, thanks to all at Downend Chess Club for helping him along his chess journey.

5 Apr 2017:

Announcement for all our chess prodigies: Bristol are running a UK Chess Challenge Megafinal for the first time on the 20th May at Bristol Grammar School. Expect the club's very own Geoff Gammon to be arbiting!

3 Apr 2017:

Three of our juniors were in action at the 2017 National Club Championships. John has written and taken plenty of pictures of the event.

27 Feb 2017:

For those wondering where the rest of our juniors were at the weekend, we have an update from David:

As the Bristol League is heading towards the end of the season, the Junior chess calendar is just starting to warm up. This weekend was the Gloucestershire Junior County Championships which is also a qualifier for the regional Delancy UK Chess Challenge MegaFinals in May. It was rammed pack with excited junior players from all over the region. Downend was represented by Tom in the U15, Jack in the U13, Arron, Joe, Noah and Toby in the U11. The U11s section was rammed back with over 28 entries. It was a hectic day with 7 rounds of tough chess to be played and plenty of prizes to be won.

As always the Downend Juniors did amazingly, with 3 of them taking the Gloucestershire Junior County Chess Champion title home. Tom and Jack won their age section outright, winning the county title and a place in the Megafinals. Toby was very fortunate, although not winning his section outright, he was awarded the county champion title through progressive scores as the winner of the section was not eligible. Both Arron and Toby also progress to the Megafinals. Joe and Noah also did very well and were both in contention to qualify, but unfortunately lost out in the final round.

Well done to all the boys!

26 Feb 2017:

John has written a summary report of the 2017 Bristol Spring Congress in which every section contained club members.

At the start of April there is also the National Club Championship which appears to be making a comeback. We already have a team prepared for the Minor section but if there's any interest in putting together any more teams for any section get in touch!

19 Feb 2017:

John has written a report about how six of our juniors got on at the Wiltshire and West of England Junior Championship. Spoiler alert: They all did fantastically!

5 Feb 2017:

There were plenty of Downend & Fishponds players in action at Kidlington over the weekend (and even Daniel Young who isn't far off becoming a member). John Stubbs has written about how Oli topped his last minor section. Full details will soon appear on the offical website.

30 Jan 2017:

More junior chess news! From David's summary:

It's non-stop for our Downend Juniors at the moment and this weekend was a Somerset Grand Prix event at St Saviours. Downend was represented by Jack Tye in the U14s and Toby Kan in the U11s. The U14s was a tough section with plenty of experienced county players fighting for the trophy. Still, Jack did fantastically, winning 3 out of 6 and coming 3rd. Toby in the U11s section also had some tough opposition, again from the county team and some of GM Matthew Turners young proté gé s from Millfield. But it was Chinese New Year this weekend and luck was on his side, 6 wins out of 6 and winner of the U11s. Well done lads! Fantastic to see how well our juniors are doing.

Jack and Toby

23 Jan 2017:

What could be a better way to relax after the last weekend of chess than by attending the Junior 4NCL? That's exactly what Toby was doing. Read about it in David's report.

22 Jan 2017:

There was even more chess happening last weekend! David has sent us a summary of the third event that was happening:

It was the West of England and South Wales Jamboree last weekend with several Downend Junior representing Somerset county again. Jack Tye in the U14s, nominated as vice captain and also Toby Kan in the U11s, team captain and board 1. There was a really strong field this year with Glamorgan, Gwent, Wilshire, Devon and of course Somerset. The Welsh teams were particularly strong, fielding players representing their country. Nevertheless, Somerset Juniors and our Downend Juniors did amazingly. Jack's U14 cruised away in 1st place, Jack winning 2 out of 3. Toby's U11s came a close second, with Toby managing a draw and a win. The Somerset U9s also won their age group. An amazing result for the Somerset Juniors. Congratulations to them all!

Jack and Toby

19 Dec 2016:

David has supplied a chess report from Hong Kong, a new distance record!

11 Dec 2016:

Although some eyes may be on the London Chess Classic, most people know the real action was in the U1600 weekend tournament. Thomas Carter, Grant Daly, Jack Tye and Shaun Walsh were all in attendance and everyone scored at least 50%. Thomas was our top player with 3½/5. A full breakdown of the scores can be found on the official website.

5 Dec 2016:

Downend had only one representative at the Dorset Chess Congress and he was playing a section higher than normal in the Intermediate. Regardless, Oli came equal first with 4/5 and an incredible 166 grading performance (48 more than his current grade). For his trouble he won the Book Prize for the Best Junior Performance. For the full tables check out the congress website.

Oli Stubbs

Reports indicate that it was a fantastic event (over 100 players in attendance) in a great location and is strongly recommended to our members for next year.

28 Nov 2016:

Last weekend was the Bristol Winter Congress and once again Downend had a great turn out. David has written another excellent report for those who want to catch up.

20 Nov 2016:

More junior news straight from David Kan:

It was the Musketeers Junior Chess Congress this weekend at Cheltenham with a number of Downend Juniors participating. Our newest member Arron was competing in the U11 with Joe and Toby, whilst Jack Tye was competing in the U14. All did fantastic. In the U11, Joe and Arron finished with 4 wins and 2 losses. A great performance from Arron and for sure will further strengthen the Downend Juniors (watch out seniors :D). Toby finished with 5 wins and 1 draw and was tied with the eventual winner on points and progression, so the total points of the opponents they played were used to decide the winner. Unfortunately Toby lost out this time, but the prize went to his good friend, so he was happy. Jack put in another strong performance with 3 win and 2 losses.

15 Nov 2016:

David Kan has been busy writing reports about tournaments (the Wiltshire Junior Open and the British Rapidplay Championship) where our juniors are once again crushing the opposition. Now is as good a time as any to remind the parents that if you have something you'd like on the site (ideally chess-related) let me know!

13 Nov 2016:

There was another storming performance from the club's attendees at the Torbay Congress. Read all about it in John's congress report.

16 Oct 2016:

This weekend Toby was in action at the English Closed Championships and notched another fantastic result! For full details please check out David's write up of the weekend.

8 Oct 2016:

The Chipping Sodbury rapidplay was a particular success for the club as Lewis Martin managed a heroic 6/6 and a performance rating of 228 to win the Open. More to follow, I'm sure.

Update: There was far more club triumph at the tournament than "just" Lewis' success. John Stubbs was there and has made his report debut for the site, while also providing enough photos for another gallery.

3 Oct 2016:

Toby was busy last weekend at the Junior 4NCL and scored an incredible 4½/5 on top board for his team! His father David has written a report of the event, guest starring Geoff.

2 Oct 2016:

Jack Tye was competing Under 14s Northern Silver Plate Tournament in Manchester on the weekend of the 24th September. He managed an incredible 2nd place! Well done to Jack! If anyone is able to provide any more details please let me know.

25 Sep 2016:

Chris Beaumont's simultaneous exhibition was a great success, particularly for our own Oli Stubbs who managed to score a full point. In lieu of the game (which I shall be relentlessly tracking down) Oli and Toby's fathers have taken some pictures put together in this report.

Toby and Jack with their trophies

In addition, we have also got Oliver's first attempt at annotating one of his games, which I trust will inspire the rest of you.

Update: Oliver's game has arrived!

20 Sep 2016:

Toby played a blinder of a game against Clifton E to save the team from defeat.

15 Sep 2016:

Our juniors have so many successes that they forget to mention their triumph at the British Championships. Toby was involved in the U10 where he finished joint 13th with a fantastic 4/7, 12 places above his seeding! I've looked at his games and annotated my favourite. Who doesn't love to see the dismantling of a Colle-Zukertort? Well done Toby!

13 Sep 2016:

Jack's game against Horfield D is up. After some nice play he found a great sacrifice.

7 Sep 2016:

Time for a bit of housekeeping news from John Stubbs:

Richard Livermore - At the Penarth chess congress Richard came 1st in the major section with an unbeaten score of 4½/5!

At the recent Steve Boniface Memorial congress (Aug 26th - 28th), three of our juniors were involved in the Minor section; Toby Kan, Oliver Stubbs and Jack Tye. They all achieved results of at least 50% - a great showing for the club and themselves!

In round 5 Toby was paired against Oli on board 2. Both were on 3/4 and battling it out for 2nd place. After much discussion about possible openings the game started. An extremely long and tight game ensued, drawing in plenty of spectators including IMs and GMs! Toby eventually came through and secured 2nd place. A really excellent result for Toby, who also achieved an impressive performance grade of 144! Oli is now studying his end game book with even more resolve and looking forward to the next Bristol Chess congress in November!

21 Aug 2016:

Toby was playing in the national Challengers Tournament and scored an excellent 3/6. He and his father have put together a report of the weekend, which includes an online petition to save the UK Chess Challenge. Please have a look! We're also looking forward to seeing how Jack gets on at the Northern Plate Tournament!

10 Jul 2016:

A contingent of Downend juniors were in action over the weekend at the Gigafinals, all of whom performed with tremendous results. Toby's father David has produced another great write-up of the weekend.

15 May 2016:

Oliver Stubbs has joined Jack, Toby and Joseph in qualifying for the Northern Gigafinals by finishing second in the Worcestershire Megafinals. Oliver came second in the Under-14 section with a very impressive 4½/6! Congratulations to all and I'm sure the rest of the club is looking forward to a Gigafinal report.

7 May 2016:

Three of Downend's juniors went to the Megafinals and all three qualified for the Gigafinals in Manchester! Toby's 6/6 performance in the Under 10 section earning him the title of Under 10 Gloucester Supremo deserves a special mention. For more details please see David Kan's report.