2017 Wiltshire and West of England Junior Championship

Thomas, Daniel, James, Oli, Jack and Toby all played in The Wiltshire and West of England junior open championship this weekend in Swindon. The event was spread over Saturday and Sunday and was a test of both stamina and endurance (especially if you were suffering with jet lag from a trip back from Hong Kong).


Some of the Downend juniors getting ready for the weekend.

In this prestigious annual junior chess championship most of the countries top juniors were in attendance. This included those from as far and wide as Oxford, Nottingham, Berkshire, Devon, Surrey, Somerset, Gloucestershire, etc..

Thomas played in the Minor U140 standardplay. He scored 4/7, winning his last game (against the top seed) to secure The Wiltshire Minor Junior Trophy. Well done Thomas.

Jack played in the under 14 championship which as usual was of a very high standard. He had a tough task and scored 2/5 with most of his opponents graded 30 points above him. His most notable win came in the second round when he beat an experienced 140 graded opponent. Well done Jack.

Toby played in the very popular under 12 championship. With over 80 entrants, this again was extremely competitive and played over 6 rounds. In round three Toby suddenly found himself on top board, and after a long battle was just edged out. Throughout the weekend Toby played with his usual grit and determination, scoring an admirable 3½/6. Well done Toby.


Toby with the fanciest chess board.

Oli played in the under 120 Sunday rapidplay. He again maintained his recent fine form, scoring an unbeaten 5½/6, to finish 1st equal.


After 6 games, nothing is quite as welcome as chess analysis.

It was nice to see James and Daniel Connors in attendance, playing in the Saturday under 120 Rapidplay. James came 2nd scoring 5/6, whilst Daniel scored 3/6.

We the parents really enjoyed it, and most of the time left the boys to battle it out with their friends and rivals. It was a good time for us to catch up with chess friends, whilst also deciding to sample the delights of homemade Victoria sponge, coffee and walnut, and Lemon drizzle!

John Stubbs