End of the Sussex Junior Grand Prix season 2023/24

Last weekend, many of our juniors headed over to Worthing for the sixth and final Grand Prix of the Sussex junior chess season. It was a great day and all the juniors did us proud!

In the under 11 minors we had three players, two of whom were playing in their very first county tournament. Hudson scored a fantastic 3 out of 6 in his first event, an amazing achievement! Sebastian S, also playing in his first event, scored an incredible 3.5 out of 6! Amazing! Zach had a really good day scoring 4.5 out of 6 and came joint third. Unfortunately he just missed out on a trophy due to tie-break, but was awarded an arbiters award for his excellent performance.

In the under 11 majors, the top two seeds were Bexhill juniors Harry and Noah. Harry scored 3.5 out of 6, and Noah finished in 3rd place with 4/6. Well done boys!

In the under 18 majors, Sebastian M was playing for the first time in the major section. He scored 2 out of 6 and kept his chin up during what is often a very tough transition from playing in the minors to the majors. Rose and Samuel both finished on respectable 3/6, but the man of the moment was our Luke Chapman, continuing his rapid progression who scored 5.5 out of 6 and won the section!

Once the tournament was wrapped up it was time to announce the age group winners for the 2023/24 season:

Timmy Nguyen won the under 8 age group.

Noah Pearson won the under 9 age group.

Luke Chapman won the under 13 age group.

Sebastian Merchant came 2nd in the under 15 age group.

Well done to everyone for a fantastic season. Thanks to everyone at SJC that makes these events happen. Look forward to doing it all again next season.

The 2024/2025 season will begin in September in Crowborough.

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