The Linton chess club and
players have achieved a clean sweep in the East Anglian Championships (covering
Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire) by winning
all three main events. I’m sure this has
not been achieved by any club before.
Over the weekend of 7/8
March Chris Davison won the individual title and Aarnavh Trivedi won the junior
championship. And on 15 March the Linton
Tigers team of Ashley Stewart, Chris Davison, Kevin Clark and Paul Kemp
convincingly won the team championship.
We also had success in the
supporting events. Yoav
Pilowsky-Bankirer won the other junior award on 7/8 March, the prize for the
best junior graded under 170. And at the
team championships the Linton Bears and the Linton Wolves both shared first
place in their respective grade-limited events.
Sarah Weersing and Gavith Dharmasena are presented with the Bob Jones trophy which they won at the 2019 Bury St Edmunds Congress. They both scored 3.5/5 in the Major Tournament and were the highest-placed juniors from the Bury and Suffolk Leagues to score more than 50%. Making the presentation is Congress Secretary Steve Lovell (left) and Bob Jones, who was the Congress Director for 16 years.
Fourteen Linton players competed in the Cambridgeshire Rapidplay at Whittlesford on 29 September, of whom seven were prizewinners.
In a strong Open
Tournament two juniors, Giulio Sahinoz and Aarnavh Trivedi, shared both the
junior prize and the grading prize, scoring 3/5. This was remarkable in that in a field of 21
players everyone else was graded at least 15 points higher than them.
In the Major Tournament
Mark Lim shared third place. In the Challengers
Tournament Patrick Ribbands shared third place, whilst Michael Osborn and
Vikram Banerjee shared the grading prize.
In the Minor Tournament
Rob Davies shared second place. Also
competing creditably in the Minor were five Linton juniors, with newcomers
Annchen and Cailynn Jones narrowly missing out on the prizes.
With the season having only just started Linton have already won two trophies.
On 5 September three Linton teams played in the Bury League Jamboree, a teams-of-four rapidplay competition. Linton Tigers (Chris Davison, Paul McMahon, Gavith & Kian Dharmasena) scored a magnificent 11.5/12.
In joint second place with Bury A and Cambridge were Linton Crocodiles (Paul Kemp, Oded & Yoav Pilowsky-Bankirer, Benjamin Varea) with 8.5/12. Linton Lions were next with 6.5/12 (Kevin Clark, Alan Richardson, Laurie Mercer, Patrick Ribbands). Thanks to all who played and particular congratulations to those who won all three of their games: Chris Davison, Gavith Dharmasena, Kian Dharmasena, Oded Pilowsky-Bankirer and Patrick Ribbands.
This success came just a week after Linton tied with Royston in the Cambridgeshire Jamboree, a similar event amongst all the Cambridgeshire clubs. The same Tigers team (as above) scored 10.5/12. Interestingly the Royston team (Kevin Clark, Paul Kemp, Simon Jackson and Patrick Ribbands) also consisted of Linton members who have dual club membership.
In a nail-biting final round of fixtures the Linton juniors stormed to a 5-0 victory to overtake long-term leaders Linton Loris and earn promotion to the first division. This was the Llamas second successive promotion, having won division 3 the previous season. The team is pictured alongside captain Nate Weersing: from left to right it is Abbey, Aarnavh, Gavith and Kian, together with Sarah (not pictured).
Linton also finished second in division 1 and division 2 and third in division 3. The Lapwings team won the Roger Goldsmith competition’s second division. All-in-all another successful season!