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York Junior Chess Day, 07/10/2017


Report by Peter Cloudsdale

Photos by David G. Mills


The above event was held at Archbishop Junior School, York.  50 children attended from all over Yorkshire.


The popular event was opened by the Lord Mayor of York, Councillor Barbara Boyce.


(Click here for more photographs below.)


Lateefah Messam-Sparkes from London, a full-time chess professional, and IM Andrew Ledger from Sheffield were the 2 guest ECF‑accredited coaches.


A good game was shown initially to highlight how to develop in the opening.  This was followed by a 4-round Swiss competition, in 3 sections depending on ability.  Between play, general advice was given, and problem solving was shown.


Competition results were as follows:


Pawns ‑ led by Paul Johnson and Peter Cloudsdale


Renjay Chong

Caister Grammar


Renyi Chong

Caistor Primary


Archie Lusted

Oatlands, Harrogate


Siddath Babu

QEGS, Wakefield


Caleb Samworth

Archbishop Junior, York




Knights -  led by Andrew Ledger


Ajay Kumah

QEGS, Wakefield


Wilfred Fountain

St Martins, Scarborough


Matthew Androvici

QEGS, Wakefield


Toby Clarke



Harvey Banks

Archbishop Junior, York




Bishops -  led by Lateefah Messam-Sparkes


Sachin Ragu

QEGS, Wakefield


Aditya Krishnan

QEGS, Wakefield


Andrew Carden

Fishergate, York


Joshua Burland



Hahim Khan

Heckmondwyke Grammar



More photos, of the event in progress, taken by David Mills from Hull.





Thanks for support from the ECF and Chess & Bridge, and various individual volunteers.


An excellent venue, and thanks to the school.


White Rose Junior Chess Academy ran the event.  The next one on 19th November at Ackworth School for problem solving and later a Rapidplay.  See ECF Calendar of events.



Best wishes,

Peter Cloudsdale, York, tel: 01904 624 958