Muswell Hill club wins 'Premier League' of junior chess

The proud Muswell Bishops - Joshua Burnton, Stanley and Frankie Badacsonyi, Calvin Qiu and Max Bird

The proud Muswell Bishops - Joshua Burnton, Stanley and Frankie Badacsonyi, Calvin Qiu and Max Bird - Credit: Kamlesh Karia

A Muswell Hill chess club is basking in success after winning a national tournament.

The Muswell Hill Bishops have picked up the Online Division 1 Championship of the Junior 4 Nations Chess League.

The star-studded squad of 11 to 15-year-olds includes Andrei Bevan (Highgate School); Stanley Badacsonyi and Max Bird (Coldfall); Frankie Badacsonyi and Calvin Qiu (Fortismere); and Joshua Burnton (Latymer).  

In the semi-final, the Muswell Bishops defeated Kent Junior Chess Association, before seeing off Hull & York in the final.  

The club’s coach Kamlesh Karia, who runs sessions in Muswell Hill and Crouch End, said: “I am thrilled for the children.  

“They deserve their success. They have effectively won the Premier League of junior chess team tournaments."

On top performers Frankie and Stanley, Kamlesh added: “As one of the parents said: ‘They are the Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min of the team.’” 

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The remaining Muswell Bishop - Andrei Bevan

The remaining Muswell Bishop - Andrei Bevan - Credit: Kamlesh Karia