Day ONE : Let the BJO begin

The 2020 Dunlop British Junior Open kicked off with 22 9am matches across four venues, with over 400 Round One and Two matches played …

Team USA spring the upsets on Day One

It was a typically busy opening day to the British Junior Open, starting with 22 9am matches spread across four venues, finishing after 9pm with over 400 matches played as the 800+ competitors from 56 nations set out on their quest for a coveted BJO title.

As they did last year, it was Team USA, once again bringing over 50 competitors, who produced the bulk of the Day One upsets.

By far the biggest was Myles Mcintyre‘s comeback from two games down to beat England’s Lewis Anderson, the World Junior semi-finalist who was seeded 3/4 in the B19 event. In the same category Nicholas Spirrizzi also took down a seed, beating Egypt’s former B13 champion Mohamed ElShamy, seeded 9/16, in five games.

There were more English casualties at American hands as G13 5/8 seed Charlie McCrone lost out to Eliza Schuster and G11 5/8 seed Harriet Broadbridge was beaten by Layla Gupta.  The home nation’s top hope in the G19, 5/8 seed Alice Green squeezed through 13-11 in the fifth against Egyptian Nour Heikal.

The other 5/8 seed to fall, in the B13 event, was USA’s Christian Capella, who lost four close games to Pakistan’s Abdullah Nawaz.