Middlesex juniors came out top at the annual English Chess Federation's U18 and U13 County Chess Championships held in Grantham on Sunday 21 June.
The U18 A team led by Surjit Dhemrait and the U13 A team led by Kamlesh Karia both won the national titles beating off strong competition from local rivals Sussex who were pushed into second place.
This was a fantastic feat by the juniors, well earned and reflects the strength of junior chess across North London. Middlesex had 36 juniors taking part with two teams of 12 in the U18 Open and another two teams of six in the U13 Open sections.
U18 Open Championships
The Middlesex A team won the section with a score of 16.
The team in Board Order was Jonathan Pein, Aditya Mavinkurve, Anuj Mavinkurve, Atreya Mandnikar, Jagdeep Dhemrait, Rishul Karia, Tibo Rushbrooke, Rishi Patel, Elizabeth Ivanov, Liam Reed, Tim Lewis and Yuri Evdokimov.
All the players did very well with six undefeated in their two matches - Rishul, Tibo, Rishi, Elizabeth, Liam and Yuri.
The B team in Board Order was Harrison Willmoth, Emmanuelle Gelain-Sohn, Devin Karia, Jacob Goldberg, Tej Shah, Zachary Potel, Luca van der Lubbe, Evan McDermid, Ruben van der Lubbe, Max Faircloth, Adam Rosenthal and Oscar Rampley.
The team found playing in the Open section quite challenging. It was substantially stronger than if they have played in the U18 Minor tournament. But they scored a creditable 4.5 points with some fantastic individual results - Jacob, Zachary, Luca and Max had great wins and Devin a draw against strong opponents.
U13 Open Championships
Middlesex also had two teams in this section. Teams were made up of six players each who played four rapidplay matches.
Again the A team did fantastically well winning the section with a score of 19.5.
The team in Board Order was Gautam Jain, Federico Rocco, George Ivanov, Gabriel Balouka-Myers, Oren Levene and Reuben Balouka-Myers.
There were some great results across the team. George and Oren won all their games. Gautam and Federico on the top two Boards were undefeated.
The B team in Board Order was Toby Balouka-Myers, Charlie Sprung, Raphael Balouka-Myers, Joshua Wong, Nikita Nunes and Jake McDermid.
Again it was tough for this team in the Open section. They were outgraded on most Boards and finished on a score of six. But once again there were some amazing individual performances. Toby on Board 1 had a great win against Kent. And Raphael won two of this four games on Board 3.
Middlesex juniors still have one more fixture left to play. The U14/130 team will face Berkshire in the Southern Counties Final this Saturday in Maidenhead - a win will give Middlesex juniors their third title this season!
Surjit Dhemrait & Kamlesh Karia
Middlesex U18 and U13 Team Managers