Latest news: Aayan new Grand Prix Champion

10 February 2018 - Aayan Ismail from Tower Hamlets today won the final round of the Newham Junior Grand Prix and with it the overall 2017/18 Grand Prix. He scored 6/6 for an overall Grand Prix score of 779 points.

Second in the Grand Prix was Greenwich's Mateusz Bazan with 704 points; Kelvin Sermaxhaj, who came second today, was third overall.

Under-nine champion was Aryan Gohil from Manor Park. Bhavika Raghupatruni was the girls' champion.

The photo shows all the prize-winners from today and the overall Grand Prix.

This year's Grand Prix had a record 66 entrants. The first round of the 2018/19 Grand Prix is planned for September.

- Alan Bright (CSC Newham GP Organiser)

Supported by The London Borough of Newham, East Village London E20 and Baird

Calverton Primary School Jerzy Dybowski
Carpenters Primary School Jerzy Dybowski
Gainsborough Primary School Ferris Lindsay
Gallions Primary School Alan Bright
Godwin Primary School Roman Ismailov
Grange Primary School James Robinson
Keir Hardie Primary School Ferris Lindsay
Lathom Junior School Roman Ismailov
Park Primary School Gulbahor Hamdamova
Ranelagh Primary School Vladimir Agasaryan
Ravenscroft Primary School Jerzy Dybowski
Rosetta Primary School Jerzy Dybowski
Selwyn Primary School Ferris Lindsay
St Antony's Primary School Vladimir Agasaryan
St Francis's Catholic Primary School Roman Ismailov
St Helen's RC Primary School Jerzy Dybowski
St Joachim's Primary School Jerzy Dybowski
Tollgate Primary School Ferris Lindsay
Vicarage Primary School Jerzy Dybowski
William Davies Primary School Vladimir Agasaryan


Newham Lord Mayor's Show

On Sunday 10th July 2016, Chess in Schools and Communities Newham supported the Newham Lord Mayor’s Show with a chess tent, where all comers could play throughout the day.


One of the stars of the Newham junior squad, Shahjahon Saidmurodov, made a big impression on everyone by giving a simultaneous display against members of the police force, fire and ambulance services, as well as council leader Ken Clark and Lord Mayor Sir Robin Wales who, we discovered at the inaugural event in Newham and then again in an online match with the Mayor of Sunrise in California, is an accomplished player himself.

In an impressive display, 10-year old Shahjahon defeated all his opponents, with the Mayor putting up the longest resistance in a close game.

Photos by Gulbahor Hamdamova