The new season opened in style with 76 in the four SJC junior events, joined in the impressive playing hall by a further 42 players in the Crowborough Adult Rapidplay.
In the Under 11 Minors, the arbiters reported that standards of play, concentration and behaviour were very high. Congratulations at the top end to Jonathan, unbeaten with 5.5. Joining him in moving up to the Under 11 Majors will be Daniel and Harry, both with an excellent 5 out of 6. Just missing out on a top 3 position was Lydia who found that even scoring 4.5 wasn't enough to secure a place on the podium in this hotly contested section. It was enough to secure Lydia the top girl prize. Impressive performances behind her from two girls new to SJC tournaments, Polina and Grace.
The U11 Major remains a tough place to be with no easy games to be had. The title was won convincingly by Arjun (amazingly still an under 8) with a +41 point grading performance. Arjun will now head to the Under 18 Majors at Horsham and on this evidence will be well up to the challenge. Alec, including an exciting win over Arjun, held on to second place ahead of Batuhan in third on progressives.
The Under 18 Minor section featured impressive displays from players who have only just moved up from the Under 11s – second placed Matthew (+34 grading performance), Will, Thomas L, Louis, Jude and Thomas M. The deserving winner with a perfect 6 out of 6 was Michael gaining promotion to the Under 18 Major for future events. Strong performances through the day took Julian to third place and Timon to a well earned grading prize in fourth.
The Under 18 Majors was missing a few of the usual faces, with Callum, David, Matthew and Scott entering the Adult Rapidplay. Even so the competition still had four England players in the field of 12. Well done to Jamie and Alex who were both pushed into their first major and equipped themselves well with Alex deservedly winning the grading prize.
Last week Amardip played in Flanders for England, being awarded the prize for the top performance out of the team of 20. That very impressive form carried on with serene and untroubled progress to 6 out of 6 and a grading performance of 184. This also won Amardip the Crowborough Cup for the top performance by a local player. Behind him second place was shared by Paul, Thomas and Dominic, all on 4 points.
Finally, thanks to all the parents for supporting the children throughout the highs and lows of the day. And notable efforts from the six SJC parents who entered the Crowborough adult tournament, headed by Dave in second place.
We hope to see many of you back to compete again - our next Grand Prix is on October 18th where the sections will be slightly different - Under 8, Under 10, Under 12, and Under 18. Look out also for our age-limited tournaments for the Under 8s (Nov 1st), the Under 9s, Under 11s, Under 13s and this year also an Under 18s (Nov 16th) and the Girls Tournament (7th Dec). These events additionally include team prizes where there are three or more players from the same school.
Finally, we are a voluntary organisation and can always use extra pairs of hands, either at events or handling administration behind the scenes. Please speak to an organiser if you would like to get more involved.