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At the last Essex junior chess Association grand prix event at Saffron Walden, the Knights made history.



                                                          Niall and Deveena meeting the Mayor of Havering



                                                                            Niall with his Essex under 11 grand prix champions trophy.
                                                                            Deveena with her Essex under 11 girl Champions trophy.
                                                                            Atul with his 3rd place Essex under 11 grand prix trophy.
                                                                            James with his ever present trophy.


                       Tournament Update

During the early part of 2013 players from the Knights have been very successful in tournament play.

Niall played in an u12 tournament in Suffolk and finished in 1st place.

James finished 1st in an u12 tournament in north London.

Atul won his first trophy,  2nd place in an u11 tournament in Colchester.

Atul then followed this up with another trophy,  3rd place at South Woodham Ferris u11 tournament.

Well done to them all for these great results.

Niall, James, Atul, Matthew, Bemi, Alex C and Alex W, also show the Knights are good in match play aswell, they have all played for Essex  in this years County Championships.


The Knights of Gidea park have had a successful time in London this month.

They took part in the Schools tournament, held at Olympia London.

This is part of the London chess classic festival held every December.

The children are grouped into age groups, Bemi being the clubs star player,

winning the silver medal for second place in the year 5 tournament.

We had four 4th places, and as a team finished 4th overall.


Niall played in one of the weekend FIDE rated tournaments, and finished 3rd.

This was a very good result as he was the youngest player in this tournament.
This photo shows the Knight team after the Grandmaster simultaneous exhibition,some of the Knights beat the master in their games.
Deveena,Niall and Matthew won,and others managed a draw,this is a great performance.



Over the past couple of months players from the Knights of Gidea Park junior chess club have been very busy.
Lola and Tolu both played in the British chess Championships in South Shields.

Lola at 5½ was playing in the under 8 girls championship, and in every game was the younger by a year or 2.
Lola played very well in her first major tournament.
Lola’s brother Tolu was in the under 9 boys tournament, he scored some very good points.Also going undefeated in half of his games, an excellent performance. 

The Knights had a first, as Niall  played in the prestigious  International under 12 junior tournament in Gibraltar. Niall had some tough games, in round 5 a loss to the Spanish under 12 number 1, dropped Niall to equal 3rd place, but he still picked up a cheque for £100.

 The Essex junior grand prix season 2012-2013 kicked off with the first tournament in Chelmsford, last weekend.In the under 10 tournament,  Nihaal finished equal 3rd, Bemi  5th, Alex C 6th and playing in his first tournament, Adel  finishing a good 8th. In the under 12 tournament, Niall Ali came 1st with 5½ points from 6 games. James finished an excellent  3rd and won a book of David Wood chess games(David Wood was a very promising Essex junior, that died at age 19, talented players are recognised by receiving this book).Sreeram after not playing in tournaments for a while came an excellent 4th.Atul finished in 6th place, Matthew  and Erwin in 7th and Christian  in equal 9th place. Both of these tournaments were tough and some very good chess was played.
This was also a qualifying tournament to the London Junior championships in December.
Niall qualified to the under 12 major section, while James and Sreeram qualified to the under 12 minor tournament.
Nihaal qualified for the under 10 minor tournament.


     Knights perform at season end grand prix

The 5th and last Esssx junior chess grand prix event of this season, took place in Saffron Walden on Saturday the 23rd of July.
Nine members of the Knights of Gidea park junior chess club took part.
In the under 9 tournament, Nihaal Sandhu in his first tournament as a Knight, finished equal 1st but was tie-breaked to 2nd place.This was hard to take as Nihaal was underfeated,but drew 2 games.
Bemi Thompson also playing  his first tournament as a Knight finished 4th, and Balthazar
Hastings, the youngest player in the tournament,finished 6th.
In the under 11 tournament, Aiden Proctor finished a very good 3rd place, after starting with a loss in round 1.
Matthew luff and Atul Sooraj, both played very solidly finishing equal 5th=, with James Bedford and Christian Bowen equal 7th=
In the under 14 tournament, Niall Ali who only a few weeks before this event turned 10, finished equal 2nd tie-break to 3rd,this was a very good result,as Niall was giving away 4 years in age,in this tournament.



Eight Knights quailified from the club Championship to the County finals held in Basildon Essex on May 13th.

The stars of the day where Lola and Niall both winning their age group sections.

Lola who is only five and a half,won the Essex girls under 7 title. This was made harder,as the under 7 and under 9

girls sections were joined together,so Lola played mainly opponents sometimes 3 years older.

Niall finished joint first in a tough boys under 10 section. Matthew played in the very tough boys under 11 section

finishing 3rd,James was also in this section finishing =5th. Megan played in the equally hard under 11 girls section,

but finsihed in an excellent 4th position. Erwin also played in the under 10 boys,this being his first

non-club tournament,but came =6th,very good. Tolu played in the boys under 9 

section finishing =6th. Balthazar also playing in his first tournament in the under 7 boys,had a great tournament finishing 3rd.


Well done to all the Knights,this was a very tough tournament this year.



Once again players from the Knights have been selected for the Essex county team.

In this seasons team tournaments Tolu has been picked for the Essex under 9 team.

This team finished 5th in the Eastern zone and go through to the under 9 finals.

Niall, James, Atul and Sreeram played in the Essex under 11 team

in the Eastern zone,this team had a great tournament by finishing 3rd.

This result puts them into the under 11 finals.


In the 3rd Essex Junior Chess Association Grand prix event
held in colchester,on Sunday 15th January,Tolu finished in
equal 3rd place in the under 9 tournament.
Tolu's score of 4 points from 6 games is his best result to
This result gave Tolu a grading performance  of 66.
Niall finished 4th in the under 11 tournament with 4.5/6,this was a very
steady performance.
Atul,Matthew and James all came equal 5th with 3.5/6,Sreeram scored
2.5/6 to finish 7th. This was a very good days chess by the Knights.

Knights at Basildon Essex Junior GP2

The Knights entered players in 3 of the age groups tournaments at the  Basildon GP2.

Toluwalola and Hannah finished equal 3rd in the under 6 tournament.

This is a fantastic result as this was their first tournament.

In the under 10 tournament Atul was top Knight and came 4th,Niall finished 5th while Sreeram was 6th and Toluwaniyi finished 8th.

In the under 12 tournament James and Theo came equal 6th with Matthew in 7th place.

At Basildon Atul and Niall gained their second qualification to the London Junior Championships later this month.


Niall wins ECF title

Niall the Captain of the Knights was awarded the ECF "Chess Maestro" title for reaching  a grading of above 96.
This is an excellent result, for a player as young as Niall.



The Knights have won league C of zone 6 in the National Schools Championship.

In this tournament Schools are grouped together by location,not age.

The tournament has 9 zones covering England and Scotland.

In zone 6 the Knights are with Fairlop Primary and Oaks Park Secondary Schools.

Oaks Park fielded  A and B teams.

The format is each School plays each other once,the Knights won all 3 matches.

As league C winners they are now in zone 6 semi-finals,waiting the winners of league D.

The Knights team was Niall,James,Atul,Sreeram,Matthew and Tolu.

Matthew and Atul  finished top scorers for the Knights by winning all their games.

This is a very tough tournament as the Secondary Schools can have players up to16 years old,

almost twice the age of some of the Knights.



James,Tolu,Aiden and Niall went to Olympia in London for a training day hosted by the London Chess Classic.The training day started with  a question and answer session,followed by a games against coach for the day James Coleman.


After this the Knights got stuck into a match against a Secondary School from Devon,it turned out to be a one-sided.

The Knights won all the games to the point,that the Secondary School did not want to play anymore.

Lunch followed,then into watch the top Grandmasters in the auditorium.

webassets/niallvis6.jpgNiall was asked to go onto the stage and make the first move for Vishy Anand the World Champion,this is a great honour.

The Knights kept alternating between watching the Grandmasters in the auditorium,and listening to other Grandmasters talking about the games in the commentary room,or just playing chess.

Before we left we just had time to meet the ex-World Champion Vladimir Kramnik.


Under 11 training day

On Saturday the 8th of October the Knights sponsored and hosted an Essex under-11 training day.
Some of the best under-11 players from all over Essex where invited, along with 
Niall, Atul, Sreeram, James and Theo from the Knights.
Many of those at the training day will make the Essex under-11 team next year.
The Inter-county zone takes place in March 2012, fingers crossed they quailify for the Finals 5 weeks later.

 Centre of Chess Excellence
In September the Knights was awarded the ECF title of "chess centre of Excellence"
This is an award for outstanding acheivement in chess.
This is great to receive this,as it's less than a year since the club was formed.

Knights v Fairlop match

The Knights played a match against Fairlop Primary School Chess Club, for what will be an annual event callerd the Knights Cup.

The match was 9-a-side and finished a 9-9 draw.

Some very good chess was played by both teams.

Well done to them all.

The team proudly showing the Knights Cup.