Newsletter no.3 - May 2016 - 1st Newham Tournament


The 1st Newham Community Chess Tournament



Newham is a special place for CSC. Since March 2013, we have been part of a Charity-Public-Private Partnership with the Borough Council and East Village E20, providing chess lessons to primary schools across Newham as part of the 'Every Child A Chessplayer' scheme.


There is also a thriving network of library clubs at Beckton Globe, Custom House, East Ham, Forest Gate, Green Street, Plaistow and Stratford, as well as the Newham Grand Prix tournaments organised by Richard Harding and Alan Bright. But on 18th June there was something new - the Newham Community Tournament.


This was a one-day tournament, open to all ages and abilities. Newham residents could play for free, and made up just over half of the field. There was an excellent entry to the Challengers section 96 people took part, many of them children who were totally new to tournament-level chess. There were 65 entries to the other three sections, including three International Masters, two FIDE Masters and two Woman FIDE Masters in the Open.





After six gruelling rounds, prizes were presented by Ken Clarke of Newham Council, who spoke generously about the importance of the 'Every Child A Chessplayer' scheme to Newham's offering to young people. Prizes were won by the following. Particularly noteworthy results came from Lakshan Siddharth, the only player to score 6/6, and Adam Bukojemski, a CSC tutor who won the Open ahead of six titled players.



1st Adam Bukojemski (5/6)
2nd FM Peter Sowray (5/6)
3rd IM Richard Pert, IM Sophie Milliet, IM Lawrence Cooper, WFM Kanwal Bhatia and John Merriman (5/6)
Best Junior Andrew Ng (2/6)


1st Gary Cook (5/6)
2nd Oliver Finnegan and Jacques Tivillier (4/6)


1st Robert Mitchell (5/6)
2nd Joshua John and Maximilian Renner (4/6)


1st Lakshan Siddharth (6/6)
2nd David John, Raghav Vaidya, Purba Audhora, Alexander Lee, Mahmud Mazed, Gautham Shenbagakumar

and Zain Amjad (5/6)


So, a busy day for players and organisers alike, but judging by the feedback received a successful one. I'd like to thank all of the players and accompanying adults, and staff on the day, for making it happen.


Daniel Young







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