New Mailing List for Active Juniors (Aug. 13, 2007)
If you have been receiving chess e-mail bulletin in the last 3 years from juniorchess.ca, you will no longer receive them as the list has been deemed ineffective and retired. A new mailing list will be created, mainly for active junior players for event notification. You can subcribe to the list by sending e-mail here with subject "subscribe". Thanks to those who sent encouraging words and appreciation to juniorchess.ca. As requested, you will be on the new mailing list.
BC Juniors at Seattle Seafair Open (Aug. 12, 2007)
Four BC juniors joined this 5 round swiss/one section event, organized and directed by Fred and Carol Kleist of the Seattle Chess Club. Many Washington masters were among the 62 players. John Readey and Benjamin Calpo tied for first with 4.5/5.0. Facing strong competitions, BC juniors had outstanding performance: Jack Cheng 3.5, Richard Huang 3.0, Arik Milner 3.0 (defeating a FM) and Donovan Zhao 2.5. Jack, Richard, Arik and Donovan all won cash prizes. A group of strong WA juniors also joined the event, including Michael Omori, Matthew Yang (grade 6), Frank Qu, Robert Goodfellow (grade 5), Casey Xing, Matthew Song, Kate Tokareva (grade 4), Wisely Yu (grade 3) and Justin Yu (grade 2), and some of them won cash prize and "upset prize". Full standings here.
Junior Player Rating List Updated (July 19, 2007)
Recent CYCC and Canadian Open tournaments have been
rated. Based on CFC rating updates, BC
top junior players under age 18 and Canada's top rated players
under age 10 lists have been updated.
Canadian Open, a Truly International Event
(July 16, 2007)
Since juniorchess.ca started hosting Canadian Open viewable
games online in the evening of July 9,
there have been more than 2,300 visitors from 70 countries
who viewed these games 4,500 times as of 12 pm PDT today.
Fifty-two percent of viewers were from Canada, followed
by USA (13.8%), Netherlands (4.8%), Turkey (4.3%) and
Argentina (3.6%). In Canada, visitors were from 9 provinces
with Ontario, BC and Quebec in the lead. US visitors
were from 33 states. Washington, California and Texas
were popular origins. There must have been a lot more
people around the world looking at these games via other
online game viewers, e.g. Monroi,
due to world wide promotion by Canadian Open organizers
(detailed coverage here).
Here is the list
of top 40 countries ranked by the numbers
of visits to juniorchess.ca's Canadian Open game collections.
BC Junior Players at Canadian Open (July 15, 2007)
Twelve BC top junior players joined Canadian Open in
Ottawa from July 7-15 (total 280 players). Final standings here and more details can be found on the "official" blog.
Games of top 40 boards can be viewed here thanks to Monroi web
site. In the end Bindi Cheng led BC juniors with 6.5/10.0
(and an IM norm!), followed by Richard Huang (6.0). Louie
Jiang, Alexandre Botez and Yiming Han (5.5), Stefan Trandafir,
Elliot Raymer and Jack Cheng (5.0). Photos of the closing ceremony.
BC Players Won Trophies at Canadian Youth Championship,
Ottawa, On (July 6, 2007)
Twenty-six BC juniors joined this well-run event of
189 players and eight of them made top three spot in
their age groups. Janak Awatramani won first place trophy
Boys with score 6.5/7.0 and John Doknjas
third place (5.0); Joanne Foote second place (U10
Girls) after playoff (5.0/6.0); Alexandra
Botez second place and Erika Ruiter third place after
Girls); Louie Jiang third place (U14
Boys) with 5.5/7.0; Chelsa Ruiter third
place (U16 Girls) and Bindi Cheng second place (U18
Boys) with 5.0/6.0. Ten years old Ontario player Christopher
Knox won U10
Boys section with a perfect score 7.0.
Jingzhou (Peter) Lai and Donovan Zhao were in a 5-way
tie for third (5.0/7.0) before playoffs; Yifei Han,
Jack Cheng and Changhe Li tied for 5th place with 4.5/7.0
Boys. Most games are now online and a photo album here (thanks to Victoria for some of the photos). This photo shows 4 years old BC player Joshua Doknjas vs. 6 years
old Leeam Polgar with Susan Polgar evaluating Leeam's
positions (photo and story from Polgar's
Junior Players Won Prizes at Keres Memorial (May 21,
The 32nd Keres Memorial was won by IM Georgi Orlov
with 6.0/7.0. Among the 79 players, 23 are juniors.
Bindi Cheng won second prize in open section. Changhe
Li won second prize in U2000 section with Alexandra
Botez and Clyde Chen tied for third. Clyde Chen took
U1800 prize. In U1600 section John Doknjas and Donovan
Zhao tied for third. Vera Tardos and Gabriel Panaitiu
tied for the U1300 prize. Full standings can be found here.
The credit for this successful event is due to organizer
and TDs Stephen Wright, Lyle Craver and Lynn Stringer.
Thanks to Ken Jensen for some of the nice photos.
Team BC at National Chanllege (May 21, 2007)
Team BC tied for third place after Ontario and Quebec.
Janak Awatramani is our grade 2 national champion (second
time), and Tanraj Sohal grade 5 national champion (for
the third time). Grade 1 player Jonah Lee won second
place trophy, so did Grade 4 player Alex Sabaratnam.
Team captain Brian Raymer (Brian received the Outstanding
Contribution Award for his effort in promoting junior
chess), assistant captain Tanveer Sohal and team coach
Greg Churchill, plus many supporting parents all made
great contributions to the results. Thanks to Sunny
Chow (K-12chess.com's web master) for keeping everyone
informed by his blog "updates
from Quebec City". Please follow this link for final standings.
BC Youth Chess Championship (May 5-6, 2007)
Thanks to our sponsors Sprott-Shaw
Community College and Terra Nova Starbucks
(Richmond), more importantly, BC Junior Coordinator
Ken Jensen, TDs Eugen Demian, Andrei Botez and many parent
volunteers, BC's final major junior event for the season
finished with a bang! Sixty junior players from age
6 to 17 competed in this annual provincial event. The
2007 BC Youth Champions are: (boys)
Janak Awatramani (U8), Donovan Zhao (U10), Yifei Han
(U12), Louie Jiang (U14), Stefan Trandafir (U16) and
Bindi Cheng (U18); (girls) Asena Oclay
(U8), Joanne Foote (U10), Alexandra Botez (U12), Karen
Lam (U14) and Chelsea Ruiter (U16). The final standings
and winner list are here. You can view photos here (Thanks to Karl Penner for some of the photos).
Sprott-Shaw April Junior Open (April 22, 2007)
Another well run event with more than 50 players participating.
The winner for Beginners U800: Ryan Yip, Second Jiwhan
Moon, Third Luke Penner; Intermediate U1200 Winner:
David Luo, Second Justin Wong, Third Kyle Zheng; Advanced
U1500 Winner: Jacob Jensen, Second Nicholas Sorko, Third
Matthew Herdin and Open Winner Tanraj Sohal, Second
Alexandra Botez, Third Alex Sabaratnamn. Thanks to Ken
Jensen for the final standings and photos.
BC Seconday School Championship (April 21, 2007)
Winston Churchill School of Vancouver won this year's
championship with a wide margin: 17.5/20. Thanks to
organizer and tournament director Luc Poitras and St.
John's School for hosting the event, forty players
from nine teams competed for this year's championship
title. Last year's champion Port Moody came in second
(13 points). New comer New Wesminster School won the
third place trophy (12). Seaquam Seconday A team only
0.5 point behind (11.5), followed by St. George's Senior
School (11), St. George's Junior School (10), St. John's
A team (8), Seaquam B (5) and St. John's B team (2).
Here are final standings and photos.
BC Chess Challenge (April 7, 2007, Victoria, BC)
Thanks to organizers and TDs Brian Raymer, Greg Herringer,
Greg Churchill and many volunteers, this annual event
was run smoothly at Grand Pacific Hotel of Victoria,
BC. After strong competion and many play off games,
the 2007 BC Chess Challenge Champions are Maggie Rose
Macinnis (Kingdergarten), Jonah Lee (grade 1), Janak
Awatramani (2), Harrison Lee (3), Alex Sabaratnam (4),
Tanraj Sohal (5), Jack Cheng (6), Joshua Renaud (7),
Thomas Chow (8), Henry Ji (9), Evan Raymer (10), Sam
Churchill (11) and George Li (12). These members of
Team BC will join other provincial teams to play National
Challenge in Quebec City, May 19, 2007. Final standing here.
Fraser Valley Regional Chess Challenge (March 18, 2007)
This year players from all over lower mainland are
allowed to play in both Vancouver Regional and Fraser
Valley Regional Chess Challenge and some players won
multiple trophies from both events. The Elementary School
team championship was closely contested. Surrey Traditional
School and Laronde Elementary tied for first place,
while Fraser Wood finished third. The high school competition
was dominated by Seaquam High school in Delta. Chief
Dan George Middle School of Abbotsford finished second
thanks to the efforts of a strong contingent of grade
8 competitors. Results here and Glen has provided photos from this event.
Vancouver Regional Chess Challenge (March 17, 2007)
Thanks to organizer Ken Jensen, TDs Stephen Wright
and Andrei Botez, parent volunteers Wendy Jensen, Vince
Tsang and others, this event attracted 142 players.
The Vancouver Regional Champions 2007 (K-12) are: Maggie
McInnis (K), Jonah Lee (Grade 1), John Doknjas (2),
Jacob Jensen (3), Alex Sabaratnam (4), Bryant Vergara
(5), Alexandra Botez (6), Jakab Tardos (7), Marko Mitrovic
(8), Omar Jessa (9), Tedging Pan (10), Clyde Chen (11)
and George Li (12). Many players are qualified to play
in BC Provincial Challenge on April 7 in Victoria, BC
Please register ASAP. Final standings can be found here thanks to Wendy and Ken Jensen. Glen has provided photos from this event.
BC Juniors in the News (March 9, 2007)
Local media is paying attention to many recent junior
chess events, and some of BC young stars have been interviewed:
Evan McFee (Langley
Advance), Jonah Lee (Richmond
News) and Jacob Jensen (Pearch
Sprott-Shaw Grand Prix Finale (March 4, 2007)
More than 60 junior players joined this final Sprott-Shaw
Grand Prix event. Stefan Trandafir (photo)
won the open section and received a pair of Canucks
hockey tickets. There was a 3-way tie in U1500 section
between Jacob Jensen, Peter Lai and Dylan Parker. Peter
won the tie break round and also received a pair of
hockey tickets. Other lucky draw hockey ticket winners
were: Jonah Lee, Tanraj Sohal, Trevor Passey, Edward
Qi and Algerd Kravai. This successful final Grand Prix
event should be credited to Sprott-Shaw Community College
for the site and fine prizes, Terra Nova Starbucks (Richmond)
for providing coffee and light snacks, and more importantly,
thanks to organizer Ken Jensen and a group of junior
chess supporers and volunteers: Eugen Demian, TD for
the upper groups of all the Grand Prix events, Peggy
Lee for coffee and snacks, Glen Lee, Jay Zhao and Greg
Canning, TDs for the U800 and U1200 section, Vince Tsang
for photography, Susan McFee for registration and food
services, Wendy Jensen for registration and paring,
and many other parents for cleaning up the site. The
U800 and U1200 section results here and U1500/Opem section here.
Next junior event (March 17) pre-registration has started.
Elementary School Team Tournament (Feb. 17, 2007)
Thanks to Luc Poitras (the organizer and tournament
director), 32 elementary school teams from lower mainland
and Victoria joined this exciting event. Teams from
St George's School claimed first place in both Divisions.
In Division A, St. George's scored 20.5 out of 24, followed
by Pacific Christian of Victoria (15.5) and Osler (15.0).
In Division B, St. George's Team B had 18.0 out of 20,
followed by Laronde (15) and OLPH (11.5), which won
play off against Chartwell. Team and individual standings here.
This photo shows the organizer and the winning team.
Thanks to our sponsor Sprott-Shaw Community College,
the first pair of Canucks hockey tickets were awarded
to Ben Arneson, a Grade 3 player from Bayridge School
by SSCC President Mr. Dean Duperron. Also 10 teddy bears
from the college were welcomed by K-3 kids. The success
of this event should also be credited to Ken Jensen, TDs
Stephen Wright, Andrei Botez and Glen Lee (Glen also helped
food ordering), and photographer Vince Tsang. Here are
the cross-tables and photos.
Sprott-Shaw Grand Prix February (Feb. 4, 2007)
February's Sprott-Shaw Grand Prix event attraced 45 young
players, including a large group from Nightingale school
chess club, led by their captain Greg. Many parent volunteers'
efforts contributed to the event's success, including
organizer Ken Jensen, TDs Eugen Demian, Valery Miner, Glen
Lee and Jay Zhao. Registration was helped by Wendy and
Denise, food service by Susan McFee, photography by Vince
Tsang and many others to clean up the site. Kingergartener
Alexander Tsang achieved 3.5/5.0 in U800 section, then
winning two tie-breaking games to receive thrid place
trophy. Here are the results and photos.
Vancouver January Open (January 26-28, 2007)
The first open tournament of the year was held in
Vancouver Bridge Centre, organized and directed by Stephen
Wright and Katherine Davies. Bindi Cheng won the open
section of this 5-round swiss tournament with 4.5/5.0.
Many juniors had outstanding performance as well. In
U1600 section, Alex Sabaratnam and Foster Tom tied for
first with 4.5/5.0. Studens from Seaquam Secondary School
chess club were welcome additions to this tournament.
Jimmy He, Jenny Hsueh and Johnny Zhang all tied for
3rd place with 3.0/5.0. Results can be found here.
Sprott-Shaw Grand Prix January (January 21, 2007)
It was a very successful event with more than 40 kids
coming from all over Greater Vancouver area. In addition
to the tournament games, kids played bughouse, blitz
and Nintendo DS during the break. Evan McFee, a very
young first time tournament player, won the first place
trophy in U800 section with 4.5/5.0. In U1200 section,
it was a 4-way tie. Alejandro Torres-lopez, Jonah Lee,
Joanne Foote and John Doknjas all had 4.0/5.0. Only
after many blitz games the trophy winners were decided:
John won the first place trophy, Jonah second and Joanne
third (the only girl in this group of 15 players). Congratulations
to all players. Many thanks to organizer and BC Junior
Coordinator Ken Jensen, with support from Sprott
Shaw Community College (the site and
Canucks hockey tickets); TDs Andrei Botez and Eugen
Demian; Registration helpers Wendy and Denise; Glen and
Peggy for getting the trophies and the Starbucks coffee
ready; and many parent volunteers. The results are posted here and some photos here.
BC and US Northwest players at North American Open (December
About 40 players (many of them are juniors) from BC,
Washington, Oregon and Idaho joined this annual event
in Las Vegas. Their names are coloured in orange in
the final standings.
BC Players at Washington Class Championship (Nov. 24-26,
updated Dec. 25)
There were ten players from BC, and eight of them
were junior players. Lucas Davies and Noam Davies won
prizes in Master/Expert Section and Arik Milner in Class
A Section. See cross-tables and games (thanks to Drayton Harrison for compiling these 149
BC-Washington Junior Match (Intermat) (Dec. 2, 2006)
Washington team took back this Intermat
Trophy by winning the match 28-20. (see
the updated team lineup with ratings). Supported
by 3,386 grade K-4 active junior players, the lower
grades of Washington team did really well and that made
all the difference: Grade 1-4, BC 4, WA 12; Grade 5-8,
BC 7.5, WA 8.5 and for Grade 9-12, BC 8.5, WA 7.5. Team
captain and host for Washington is Karen Dixon and Katherine
Davies for BC. The match took place at Chess4Life
Centre, thanks to Elliott Neff. Final results here thanks to Jon Licht, Tournament Director for the match.
Some photos of both teams can be found here.
This one minute video
clip (a 50 MB mpeg file) shows grade 1-4 players
before the match. This match has been quickly rated under NWSRS by Kirk Winges. It is BC's
turn to host the match in December 2007.
BC Juniors at Washington Thanksgiving Scholastic (Nov.
Three BC junior players played in this year's Washington
Thanksgiving Scholastic in Seattle. This is a dual-rated
event (NWSRS and USCF) organized and directed by David Hendricks. Jonah Lee
(grade 1), Jacob Jensen (grade 3) and Donovan Zhao (grade
4) all won trophies in their grade group (see photos by Ken Jensen and Jay Zhao). Jonah also won an upset
prize. Full standings here.
BC Junior Championship 2006 (November
Bindi Cheng and Louie Jiang tied for first (4.0/5.0)
in the championship section. Arik Milner and Changhe
Li tied for third with 3.5/5.0. Jessa Omar won the reserve
section with 4.5/5.0, followed by Jakob Tardos (4.0/5.0).
Thanks to TD Katherine Davies and Stephen Wright and
many parents who helped out during the tournament. The
prize winners are as follows:
1st/2nd - Bindi Cheng and Louie Jiang
1st U1700 - Changhe Li
2nd U1700 - Jorge Prieto
1st - Omar Jessa
2nd - Jakab Tardos
1st U1100 - Jonah Lee
2nd U1100 - Janak Awatramani and Jazz Groden-Gilchrist
See standings and photos by Ken Jensen and Andrei Botez.
BC Closed (2006 BC Championship, October 7-9)
BC junior Lucas Davies and Louie Jiang played in this
8-player round-robin tournament: Results and Games.
Washington Junior Players Top
10 list published
(Sept. 19, 2006)
If you ever played in Washington State scholastic (or
open) events, you might have met or played these young
but very strong players.
Labour Day Langley Open (Langley,
BC Sept 2-4, 2006)
In this 41-player tournament (photo:
the play hall), Brian McLaren won the top spot
with 5.5/6.0. Fifteen juniors who joined the tournament
did well. Bindi Cheng (photo:
Bindi vs Brian) tied for second with 5.0/6.0.
Vlad Gaciu, Sean Kelman and ten years old twin brothers
Yifei and Yiming Han all tied for 5th place with 4.0/6.0.
The final standings, a photo album and some of the games
are linked on this page.