Devon Junior Chess Association Championships 2014

Congratulations to all prize-winners and participants at one of the largest and strongest events I have attended. The Under-15s in particular was a real shark-tank, with last year's prize-winners struggling to make an impression on the field of 30.

Our special parochial congratulations to Exeter's own Reece Whittington, U15 champion after many years of plugging away, and it couldn't happen to a nicer chap. Exeter's Leif Hafstad just pipped Nicky Bacon to the Year 8 spot, Nicky winning their individual encounter in a very exciting game.

And a special congratulations too to Exeter's Ethan Hwang, who followed his warm-up in the Cornwall championships with another very strong performance to take the U11 trophy while still in Year 5.

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Results for Devon Junior Chess Championships 2014
U9 section

Joint U9 champions: Charlie Hill & Nathan Ng
3rd & Best Girl: Niranjana Narayanan
4th=: Albert Cooper Wedge & Marcus Lee
Best Year 3: Ash Williams
Team champions: Exeter Junior School

U11 section

U11 Champion & Best Year 5: Ethan Hwang
2nd: Henry Howells
3rd=: Joshua Quinn Rice & Ben Vassall
Best Girl: Catriona Mason
Team champions: Kingsbridge School

U15 section

U15 Champion: Reece Whittington
2nd & Best Year 9: Vigneshwar Ramesh
3rd = & Best Year 8: Leif Hafstad 
3rd = : James Milne
Best Year 7: Alfie East
Joint Best Girl: Bracken Lockett & Nandaja Narayanan