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London Junior Championships Saturday, December 15
Mark Vandersluis and Jim Wadsworth writes:

Eleven Berkshire players took part in the first weekend of this year's London Junior Championships, in the Under 10 and Under 14 age groups. We were represented across all four competitions, and looking back this seems to be a record entry from Berkshire, delivering Berkshire's best ever results.

In the U14 Major, James Holland got off to an excellent start with four straight wins, demolishing two players with much higher grades than his current 109 in the process - Daniel Hunt (graded 145) and Akash Jain (graded 162). He then came to a halt after losing to Felix Ynojosa and finished the day on 4/6 points, but should be congratulated for his superb result. George Tunstall (3/6) and Adrian Archer-Lock (3½/6) also finished on 50% or above, but it was Felix Ynojosa who topped the scoring with a perfect 6/6. And aged 11, he is eligible to compete in this section for another two years!

In the U14 Minor, Alex Matthews came away with a very creditable 1½/6 on his first outing to the London Junior Championships. Ben Vandersluis finished the day on 3½/6, just losing out on the prizes after a last round loss. The honours here went to Patrick Butler, returning to the London Junior Championships after an absence of four years to claim second place in the section with 5/6.

In the Under 10 Major, George Wilks (3/7) and William Foo (3½/7) both performed very well on their London Junior Championships debuts, but it was Matthew Wadsworth who topped the section, with a perfect 7/7. And at age 7, he could compete in this section for another two years!

In the U10 Minor, Jonathan Matthews was the sole Berkshire representative and he finished the day with a brilliant 5/7 at his first London Junior Championships, just out of the prizes

While not a Berkshire Junior player, parent Jim Wadsworth took part in the Minor Under 90 ECF section of the Northwick Park Chess Congress at the same venue, scoring 2½points. We await his ECF grade with interest to see how he compares against his son Matthew!

So to summarise, by the end of the weekend, Berkshire players had two winners and a runner-up - what an amazing result! Well done to all involved.

While his brother was playing in the London Junior Championships, Philip Archer-Lock was battling to qualify for the LJCC U12 Major event which takes place after Christmas. He achieved this in style, winning the Harrow Under 12 Qualifying Event with 4½/6.
Results are now in for the second weekend of the London Juniors from Jim Wadsworth, and he reports two further winners.

William Foo scored 7½ points from 9 and finished outright first place (beating into 2nd place an ECF 102 graded player).

In the parallel "adult" London Christmas Chess Congress event, Felix Ynojosa shared first place in the Open FIDE rated section (with 5 points out of 6), and was therefore the joint U21 champion.

Not strictly a junior, but a very honourable mention in despatches for Chris Archer-Lock competing in the same section as Felix and finishing 4th= on 4 points, which won him a grading prize. Last but definitely not least, Jim Wadsworth secured 2 points from 6 in the Minor.

Related links

LJCC U10 & U14:
Results (for Berks players only)
Full Results *
Last Season's Results

Harrow U12 LJCC Qualifier:
Results (for Berks players only)

LJCC U8, U12 & U21:
Results (for Berks players only)
Full Results *
Last Season's Results

* - link to external site