Over 60 competitors from across the country played on Sunday in the 17th edition of the Woodbridge Junior Chess Open. The Under 8 section was won by Aayush Dewangan from Maidenhead, but the Woodbridge champion, playing in his first tournament was Lade Laguda. Charlie Williams also performed with great credit in this tournament. The Under 10 section saw Theo Pommier win the Woodbridge title, losing in the final round to overall winner Roxolana Chaban from Bromley. The Under 12 section saw a fantastic performance from Marina Pommier who was Woodbridge champion but second overall to England international Adam John from Bury. The Under 14 to Under 18 section saw some very high quality chess, with Jaden Jermy and William Bradley sharing first place. Woodbridge winners were William Smith (Under 18) and Samuel Prior (Under 14) in his first tournament.
Abhi Durbakula, Rowan Kent and Marina Pommier all qualified for the London Junior Under 12s to be held at Christmas.