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Participating Schools

Gainsborough (Ferris Lindsay)

Gallions (Alan Bright)

Godwin (Roman Ismailov)

Grange (James Robinson)

Keir Hardie (Ferris Lindsay)

Lathom (Roman Ismailov)

Ranelagh (Vladimir Agasaryan)

Ravenscroft (Jerzy Dybowski)

Rosetta (Jerzy Dybowski)

Selwyn (Ferris Lindsay)

Southern Road (Jerzy Dybowski)
St Antony's (Vladimir Agasaryan)

St Francis' (Roman Ismailov)

St Joachim's (Jerzy Dybowski)

Tollgate (Ferris Lindsay)

Vicarage (Jerzy Dybowski)

William Davies (Vladimir Agasaryan)


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St Joachim's and Calverton borough champs

15 June 2017



St Joachim's and Calverton shared first place at today's Newham primary schools' team championships.


The scores were:

St Joachim's 76

Calverton 76

St Francis 70

Godwin 67

Ravenscroft 66

St Helen's 62

Gallions 59

Lathom 58

Park 55

William Davies 55

Vicarage 11


Calverrton's Kata Szatmari was the top individual scorer, with 17/18.


75 players took part in a six-round Swiss format. The tournament was held at the University of East London, Stratford Campus.


- Alan Bright (CSC Newham chess coach)

Mega wins for Newham Two

22 May 2017



Shahjahon Saidmurodov and Joshua John won the under 11 and under 10 sections respectively at the Essex Megafinal of this year's Delancey UK Schools' Challenge in Basildon earlier this month.


Shahjahon and Joshua both scored 6/6 and qualify for the Gigafinals in July.


There were 12 Newham players in the final, none of whom scored lower than 50%.


FIDE master and Newham tutor Jerzy Dybowski provided coaching between rounds.


Go to for more on the challenge.

Shahjahon is prince of Potters Bar

18 March 2017


Shahjahon Saidmurodov won all three games on board one for Newham in the under-11s English Primary Schools' Chess Associations' eastern zonal held today at Potters Bar.



Other highlights were wins for Vytis Peckys and six year old Aryan Gohil, both representing Newham for the first time. The picture shows the full team.


- Alan Bright, Tutor - CSC

Joshua wins Grand Prix

25 February 2017


Joshua John from East Ham has won the 2016/17 Newham Grand Prix.




Joshua scored 5/6 in today's final round (GP5), giving him 701 grand prix points in total, over 100 clear of Beckton's Kata Szatmari in second place.


Tristan Bromelow from Ilford was third. Greenwich's Mateusz Bazan was the under-nine Grand Prix champion.


Shajahon Saidmurodov from Forest Gate - last year's Grand Prix winner - won GP5 with 6/6, inflicting Joshua's only loss in 26 Grand Prix games this season; but Shahjahon's absence from GP1 and GP2 meant he finished only seventh overall. Joshua and Shahjahon's Grand Prix head-to-head this season was 1½ - 1½.


The Newham Junior Grand Prix comprises five rapidplay tournaments, from September to February. 48 children took part this year.


Shajahon Saidmurodov from Forest Gate - last year's Grand Prix winner - won GP5 with 6/6, inflicting Joshua's only loss in 26 Grand Prix games this season.


But Shahjahon's absence from GP1 & GP2 meant he finished only seventh overall. Joshua and Shahjahon's Grand Prix head-to-head this season was 1½ - 1½.


Final Top 10 Standings GP Points
01 Joshua John 701
02 Kata Szatmari 592
03 Tristan Bromelow 533
04 Stefania Iosub 509
05 Robert Dybowski 454
06 Tauras Peckys 440
07 Shahjahon Saidmurodov 426
08 Ihsaan Azis 425
09 Isaac Sawyer 408
10 Marcin Wirkowski 401

The Newham Junior Grand Prix comprises five rapidplay tournaments, from September to February. 48 children took part this year.


Alan Bright, Tutor - CSC


Calverton win

20 February 2017


Calverton today won this year’s Ellen Wilkinson primary schools invitational tournament. Calverton’s Kata Szatmari and Stefania Iosub, Newham’s strongest under-11 girls, both scored 4½/5.



The other team members included their younger sisters Mira and Teodora.


The top scorer for the hosts, Ellen Wilkinson Primary School, was Benjaminas Turauskas (pictured), with 4/5. Gallion’s star performer was Mark Hodovanets, who scored 3/5.


The tournament comprised 24 players competing over five rounds.


Final scores: Calverton - 19½

Ellen Wilkinson - 18

Gallions - 13


Alan Bright Tutor - CSC

Benjaminas Turauskas (Ellen Wilkinson Primary Sch.) scored 4/5


Joshua almost there

7 January 2017


Joshua John from East Ham all but secured first place in the 2016-17 Newham Junior Grand Prix, scoring 5/5 in GP4 - the penultimate round - at Stratford Library today. In second place, with 4/5, was Shahjahon Saidmurodov, the 15/16 Grand Prix winner. Third was Ihsaan Azis, unbeaten and also on 4/5. Mira Szatmari and Mateusz Bazan were the highest scoring Newham under-ten and under-nine respectively; Aryan Gohil was the highest scoring under-eight.


Top GP standings after 4 rounds:


GP Points
01 Joshua John 541
02 Kata Szatmari 448
03 Tristan Bromelow 389
04 Stefania Iosub 381
05 Robert Dybowski 358
06 Tauras Peckys 344
07 Marcin Wirkowski 305
08 Ihsaan Azis 297
09 Isaac Sawyer 280
10 Teodora Iosub U9 268
11 Lordperseus Asare 267
12 Mateusz Bazan U9 263

- Alan Bright (CSC Newham organiser)



Photos by Gulbahor Hamdamova



Calverton win

19 December 2016


Calverton today won the Gallions Christmas 2016 invitational primary school tournament. Calverton's Kata Szatmari and Stefania Iosub, Newham’s strongest under-11 girls, both scored 4½/5.



The other team members included their younger sisters Mira and Teodora.


The top scorer for the hosts was Mark Hodovanets, with 4/5. Vicarage’s star performer was eight-year old William Monforte, who scored 2½/5.


The tournament comprised 18 players competing over five rounds


Final scores:

Calverton – 16

Gallions – 12½

Vicarage - 7


- Alan Bright (CSC Newham organiser)

Calverton players on the top boards in round three


December 21 2016  

School Sport: Ravenscroft prove chess masters



Pupils from Newham's Ravenscroft enjoyed success at the London Classic Chess for

Schools event at Olympia


Pupils from Ravenscroft Primary enjoyed a successful day at London Olympia last week.


The group were attending a day of chess activities at the eighth London Chess Classic, hosted by Chess in Schools and Communities.


And, despite playing against more than 300 children from all over London and beyond, the Newham youngsters combined to win three gold and two silver medals on the day to secure first place overall with 73 points from a possible 75.


More here ...

Joshua extends lead 

19 November 2016



Joshua John from East Ham has extended his lead in the 2016/17 Newham Junior Grand Prix.


He scored 4½ out of 5 in today’s third round to take his total grand prix points to 406.


Shahjahon Saidmurodov, last year’s Grand Prix winner, also scored 4 ½ today, drawing with Joshua in the final round. Kata Szatmari came third, losing only to Shahjahon.


The shock of the day was Thomas Stagg’s fourth-round win against Stefania Iosub. Although two years younger, Stefania outgraded Thomas by 55 grading points.


Grand Prix standings after three rounds:


1 Joshua John 406

2 Kata Szatmari 354

3 Tristan Bromelow 294

4 Isaac Sawyer 280

5 Robert Dybowski 277

6 Stefania Iosub 273

7 Tauras Peckys 263

8 Shreyaas Sarkar 252

9 Marcin Wirkowski 224

10 Teodora Iosub 214


GP4 takes place on Saturday 21 January 2017. Go here for more details and to enter.


- Alan Bright (CSC Newham GP organiser)

Record numbers at GP2

22 October 2016


Today's second round of the 2016-17 Newham Junior Grand Prix attracted a record 35 competitors to Stratford Library.



The winner was Joshua John from East Ham, who repeated his 5/5 score from last month's GP1.



Second was Kata Szatmari from Beckton. Kata was unbeaten, dropping only half a point and finishing half a point ahead of Ilford's Shreyaas Sarkar (pictured).


Shreyaas was competing in his first Grand Prix - his only loss was against Joshua on board one in the final round. Joshua extends his his Grand Prix lead with 280 points.


Kata is second on 242 and Ilford's Tristan Bromelow and Isaac Sawyer from Stratford are joint third on 196.


GP3 takes place on 19 November. Go here for more details and to enter.


- Alan Bright (CSC Newham GP organiser)

Newham Lord Mayor’s Show

July 2016



On Sunday 10th July, Chess in Schools and Communities Newham supported the Newham Lord Mayor’s Show with a chess tent, where all comers could play throughout the day.


One of the stars of the Newham junior squad, Shahjahon Saidmurodov, made a big impression on everyone by giving a simultaneous display against members of the police force, fire and ambulance services, as well as council leader Ken Clark and Lord Mayor Sir Robin Wales who, we discovered at the inaugural event in Newham (see video), and then again in an online match with the Mayor of Sunrise in California, is an accomplished player himself.

In an impressive display, 10-year old Shahjahon defeated all his opponents, with the Mayor putting up the longest resistance in a close game.


Photos by Gulbahor Hamdamova

Perfect five for Joshua

17 Sept 2016


Joshua John (pictured) today won the first round of the 2016/17 Newham Junior Grand Prix, scoring 5/5. Second placed was Kata Szatmari with four points - the same as Stefania Iosub. who finished third. The girls' only losses were to Joshua.



Joshua's 100% gave him a tournament performance grading of 132 - and 105 grand prix points.


Joshua is in year five at Hartley Primary School.


The Grand Prix comprises five tournaments from September to February. The second round, GP2, is on Saturday 22 October.


Go here to enter.


- Alan Bright (CSC Newham chess coach)

Week-long chess coaching

12 Aug 2016


Five days of chess coaching, part of the London Borough of Newham's Summer School, finished today.



Kata Szatmari (l) vs Joshua [larger image]


16 young chess players from across the borough came to Beckton Globe to be coached by Alan Bright, a tutor with Chess in Schools & Communities.


The five days included 'simultaneouses' with students working in pairs to beat stronger players, studying the French Winawer, 'How Good is your Chess?' looking at a recent grandmaster game, end game theory from two-rook checkmates to King and Pawn endgames, Exchange and Suicide variants, end-of-day team matches - and lunchtimes in the sun at Beckton District Park.


"We had a great time", said Alan, "Seeing the children focused for more than five hours a day in mental effort shows that chess is a great way to build concentration in a social environment".


The course built up to a five-round tournament on the final day. This was won by nine-year old Joshua John from East Ham, who played in the British Championships at Bournemouth last month.


- Alan Bright (CSC Newham chess coach)

Shahjahon double triumph

20 Feb 2016



Shahjahon Saidmurodov (pictured), Newham's strongest under 12, today won the final round of the 2015-16 Newham Junior Grand Prix - and, with it, first place in the Grand Prix overall.


Shahjahon won all his games today - a repeat of his performance last month - finishing 1½ points clear of second-placed Kata Szatmari. Stefania Iosub came third on tie-break, ahead of five other players on four points.


24 players competed today and 47 took part in at least one round of the Grand Prix, the final leaderboard of which is below:



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Ellen Wilkinson win

10 Feb 2016


Ellen Wilkinson Primary School today hosted and won its 2016 Newham invitational tournament. Ellen Wilkinson scored 15/20, a point ahead of Calverton and three ahead of third-placed Ravenscroft.



Top scorer for Ellen Wilkinson was Ainis Bucevicius (pictured), who won all his games – the only player to do so.



Alan Bright, the tournament director and a CSC tutor said, “Ellen Wilkinson’s previous win was four years ago and this one was fully deserved in the face of strong competition”.


The tournament comprised 39 players competing over five rounds


Final scores:


15 - Ellen Wilkinson

14 - Calverton

12 - Ravenscroft

11 - Hartley

11 - St Joachim’s

10 - Grangewood

06 - Gallions

Third time lucky for Shahjahon

23 Jan 2016


Shahjahon Saidmurodov (pictured), Newham's highest graded under 11, today won the fourth round of the Newham Junior Grand Prix, having failed narrowly in the first two.


Shahjahon scored a maximum 5/5, a point clear of four players on four points, including Kata Szatmari, who started the day on 194 Grand Prix points. (GPPs)



With a record 30 entrants, each point was worth 30 GPPs, so Kata stayed at the top of the Grand Prix table going into next month's final round.


Best-placed newcomer was Saanvi Singlar, who won two of her five games.


Grand Prix top ten after four rounds


1 Kata Szatmari 314

2 Joshua John 310

3 Shahjahon Saidmurodov 302

4 Isaac Sawyer 268

5 Ihsaan Azis 257

6 Anchal Mohanty 236

7 Bhavika Raghupatruni 230

8 Stefania Iosub 222

9 Rehan Shikalgar 219 10 David John 204




The final round of the 2015-16 Grand Prix will be on Saturday 20 February.

Newham kids take on the World champion

17.12.15 - Fresh from winning the London Chess Classic in Olympia, the World Champion Magnus Carlsen took on six children from the London Borough of Newham in a simultaneous display at Hamleys Toy Shop.



The lucky six were Shahjahon Saidmurdov, Stefania Iosub, David John, Kata Szatmatri, Joshua John and Robert Dybowski, are all taught chess in curriculum time as part of the 'Every Child a Chess player' partnership between Newham Council and Chess in Schools and Communities.


After the exhibition all the children received a signed 'Play Magnus' chess set.


During the exhibition the children were interviewed by Norwegian TV. Go to 23 minutes and 28 seconds for the news segment on the simul. After the games Magnus signed each player’s score sheet and the children took him a Play Magnus Chess Set and signed board.


More Photos here

Kata goes top

21 November 2015




Nine-year old Kata Szatmari (pictured) went top in the Newham Grand Prix, winning all her five game in today's third round and finishing a point ahead of the rest of the 16-strong field.


Second was Isaac Sawyer with 4/5; Bhavika Ragupatruni was third on 3½.


Kata now has 194 Grand Prix points - four ahead of Joshua John, who missed today's round through illness.


The Grand Prix resumes in January with round four - click the link below to register.


The next Newham GP s on Saturday 23 January 2016.


Joshua wins again

25 October 2015




Nine-year old Joshua John from Hartley Primary School today won the second round of the 2015/16 Newham Junior Grand Prix at Stratford Library, repeating his success last month.


Joshua finished on 5/5, second was Shahjahon Saidmurodou, the top seed and whom Joshua beat in the final round. Stefania Iosub from Calverton Primary School came third.


Competitors received coaching between rounds from Jerzy Dybowski, a FIDE master, and others.


Alan Bright, a tutor with Chess in School & Communities and who directed the event said, "This was another good result for a Joshua and a great event for Newham junior chess players. The coaching from Jerzy and others makes it more than just a tournament and it is certainly raising the standard of junior chess in Newham. Also, a big thank you to Stratford Library for allowing the event to take place there."


Photos from the day

Sunrise making name for itself in wide world of chess

October 8 2015 | SUNRISE


10.9.15 - On 10 October 2015, the Mayor of Newham, Sir Robin Wales, will play a friendly chess match against Mike Ryan, the Mayor of Sunrise City in Florida, in the Transatlantic Mayors' Chess Challenge. Children from Newham and Sunrise will also play against each other by internet link.


Newham Borough Council are working with CSC and East Village in a Charity-Public-Private Initiative to teach chess in all 64 Newham primary schools.


Sunrise has recently been named the US Chess City of the Year, and teaches 30,000 children the "First Move" programme that is now being piloted by CSC.





Mayor of Newham Shows off his Chess Moves


The Mayor of Newham, Sir Robin Wales, showed off his chess moves in a special online game against an American mayor as part of an initiative showcasing the benefits the game has on childrens’ education.


Sir Robin pitted his wits against Mike Ryan, the Mayor of Sunrise in Florida, in a match over Skype at the Gate Community Neighbourhood Centre.



Mayor of Newham, Sir Robin Wales


The event, supported by Chess in Schools and Communities, was part of the Mayors’ Chess Challenge being run across Florida’s Broward County, including the city of Sunrise. The city has recently been named as Chess City of the Year by the United States Chess Federation.


As part of the initiative mayors from across the county invite their counterparts from other parts of the world to take part in a chess game. Schoolchildren from the respective areas also take on each other.


Read more here




Photo | Ray Morris-Hill

Joshua wins first Grand Prix

26 September 2015



Joshua John, aged nine and from Hartley Primary School, won all his games in the inaugural Newham Grand Prix tournament today at Stratford Library.


Joshua's opponents included Shahjahon Saidmurov, Kata Szatmari and Ihsaan Azis, who finished second, third and fourth respectively.


Players received coaching between rounds from Jerzy Dybowski, a FIDE master, and other tutors from Chess in Schools and Communities (CSC).


Alan Bright, the tournament director and a CSC tutor, said, "This was a great start to the new Newham Junior Grand Prix series. For some of the entrants it was their first experience of competitive chess with clocks, while the stronger players had good tests against each other."


The time control was 15 minutes with a ten-second increment per move and all the results will be sent to the English Chess Federation for grading.


The next Newham Grand Prix tournament took place on Saturday 24 October.

Newham Junior Grand Prix

15 July 2015



Chess in Schools and Communities is delighted to announce the 2015/16 Newham Junior Grand Prix - five Rapidplay tournaments with the aim of giving juniors tournament experience and receiving English Chess Federation gradings.


Each tournament will be a five-round Swiss with a time control of 15/10 and will take place in the Hopkins Room in Stratford Library, running from 10am until 3.30pm. CSC tutors will be on hand to give coaching to participants between games.


The first tournament will be on 26 September and subsequent ones on 24 October, 21 November, 23 January and 20 February - and are open to players under 18 on 1 September.


The entry fee is £5 for members of English Chess Federation (see  - £7 otherwise and payable on the day.


Each tournament will generate grand prix points - score multiplied by number of participants. Total points over the five events will determine borough champions by age group.

First Place at King's Place

11 July 2015


Sandringham pupil Shahjahon Saidmurov won the 'My First Tournament' (under 85 grading) section at today's King's Place Chess Festival, winning all six of his games.



Six-year old Shreyas Royal from Gallions Primary School finished equal second - losing only to Shahjahon, in round two. Bhavika Raghupatruni, from Hartley, came joint fifth, just half a point behind. Equal eighth was David John, also from Hartley.


Other Newham players in the section were Joshua John, Anchal Mohanty and Bhavesh Raghupatruni.


Full results here.


Alan Bright, a coach with Chess in Schools and Communities and secretary of the Newham Primary Schools' Chess Association said, "Four of the top twelve players, including the overall winner, in an open tournament including adults, is another great Newham performance.


Also, King's Place is a terrific venue with lots of space for spectators and relaxing between rounds - I hope this becomes a regular fixture for Newham players."


The time control for the games was 25 minutes for each player, with 5 seconds added for each move.


Click here for more on the festival.

Hartley wins borough championship

7 July 2015


Hartley Primary School won today's borough primary schools' championship at the Old Town Hall in Stratford. Hartley's David John won all his six games - scoring 18 points - as did Shahjahon Saidmurodou from Sandringham.


Newham Council's cabinet member for building communities and public affairs, regeneration and planning, Ken Clark - welcomed the 200 children to the event.



Final team scores:

Hartley - 82

St Joachim's - 76

Ravenscroft - 73

Avenue - 72

Vicarage - 71

Park - 69

Dersingham - 68

Godwin - 68

William Davies - 67

Ranelagh - 66

Lathom - 62

Sandringham - 59







Newham Player achievements 2015


Basildon Essex Mega Final 10/5/15

At the Essex UK Delancey mega final held in Basildon in May, Newham players had great success, with 3, yes 3 1st places and one 2nd place in age group tournaments.


Shreyas Royal 1st in under 7 boys event, Joshua John 1st under 8 boys, Kata Isoub 1st girls under 8,

Stefania 2nd place in girls under 9 section.


These 4 plus Tommy qualified for the Gigafinal.


Essex junior chess association grand prix number 4 17/05/15


Newham was represented by 4 players in the Essex junior chess association grand prix tournament, held in Colchester in May.


They all played in the under 9 tournament, and Shajahon Saidmurodov finished in joint 1st place with 5½ points from 6 games, plus a grading performance of 75.


Shreyas Royal and Joshua John both finished 3rd= on 4 points, Joshua also won the tournaments highest place newcomers award.


Rishi Prajeesh scored well with 3 points from his 6 games.


Kent junior chess association grand prix number 7 27/05/15

Today 2 Newham under 9’s played in a Kent u9 grand prix tournament, and Shajahon Saidmurodov finished 3rd with 5/6, (in many tournaments this would be a winning 1st place score), Shreyas Royal scored 4/6 and finished 4th.


Middlesex UK Delancey Mega Final 31/05/15

Shahajohn Saidmurodov 3rd under 9 boys tournament.

Qualified to GIGA FINAL


Newham EPSCA teams March/April 15

The u9 team finished in the East zone.

The u11 team came 8th out of 10 Counties, an excellent results for an inexperienced team.

The u11 girls team finished 13th out of 16 Counties, for many of the girls this was a first

“non school” tournament, we even loaned our 2 reserve girls to another County,( who were short of players), and our girls both scored points.


West Surry Championship 7/06/15

Shreyas Royal 1st under 7 tournament with 5 points from 5 games.

Shahajohn Saidmurodov under 9 tournament 2nd 4.5 points from 5 games.


Liverpool Knights v Bishops 13/06/15

Stefania Iosub 2 points from 2 games, on the winning team.


Wey Valley Championship 14/06/15

Shreyas Royal under 7 tournament 1st 5 points from 5 games.

Shahajohn Saidmurodov played in the under 10 tournament 3rd place 3.5 points from 5 games.


Perfect five for young Shreyas

15 April 2015 - Shreyas Royal won the Hartley Centre's Easter tournament with 5/5. Just six, Shreyas was one of the youngest of the competitors, the oldest of whom was 13.



Picture: board one final round - Shreyas (r) | larger image


Shreyas' victims included Joshua John, who won the previous Hartley tournament with a similar perfect score.


"Shreyas showed good endgame technique in his round four game with Joshua, making the most of his passed pawns, while his final round win saw a classic pawn storm against an opposite-castled king", said Alan Bright, a CSC coach and who organised the tournament. "Shreyas really is a great talent and could go far."


Second place went to Shahjahon Saidmurodou, third was Karshan Mahendran and fourth was Mahraz Abdullah - who all scored 4/5.


The Hartley Centre Chess Club meets 5-6pm every Wednesday during term time.


Near miss for Newham

21 March 2015


Newham just missed qualifying for English Primary Schools' Chess Association (EPSCA)'s under-11 finals, at today's eastern zonal in Northampton, finishing seventh.




The top scorers, each with two wins from three, were Robert Dybowski from St Joachim's Primary School on board seven, Calverton's Tommy Hugaas on board ten, Shahjahon Saidmurodou from Sandringham on board 12, Ainis Bucevicius from Ellen Wilkinson on board 14 and Hartley's David John on board 18.


"Last year, in our first EPSCA appearance, we managed only seven points and finished last", said Alan Bright, the team manager. "We scored 18 this year, which shows our progress in the past 12 months, bringing together a team of experienced players who have become stronger and new talent".


Other schools represented in the Newham team included Ravenscroft, Gallions and Kensington.


For full results please click here


- Alan Bright


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