Some of the Suffolk Junior Chess players took part in ChessFest. ChessFest was themed around the book ‘Alice Through the Looking Glass’, which author Lewis Carroll designed around chess 150 years ago.
On Saturday 17th July, the Decode Rapidplay Event, located at Manchester Square Garden in Marylebone, featured Suffolk Juniors: Rowan Kent, Lade Laguda, and Kalp Vyas.
The outdoor tournament was a great opportunity for juniors to focus on longer games and get opportunities to play against some of the country’s top players, including England junior Shreyas Royal, and the current and former British Champions, Grandmasters Michael Adams and Gawain Jones. The eventual winners who shared first place were FM Marcus Harvey and IM Peter Roberson, who Rowan Kent played against in round 1.
The final standings can be found on the Chess Results website.
On Sunday 18th July, chess opened up to the public at Trafalgar Square, which included simultaneous and coaching displays.