Malta Chess Federation

Jack Mizzi wins Junior Chess Championship

Mar 19, 2023

16-year old Jack Mizzi won the National Chess Junior Championship for the second time in a row.
Mizzi won his last two games against Andrei Dobbin and Leonardo Nils Kang Di Benedetto to secure
the title. Mizzi will now be eligible to represent Malta in European and World Junior Championships

The fight for second place was between Matthias Gatt and Noah Cauchi. The game between them in
the last round was the final game of the tournament. In a very interesting endgame, Gatt had a
knight for 2 pawns. The game ended in a draw so both players ended with 5.5pts, one point behind
Mizzi. Gatt had a better tie-break score and takes runner-up position while Cauchi won the Best U18

Leonardo Zangrilli lost against Gatt in the 6th round but beat Andrei Dobbin in the last round to
collect 5 points. He had the highest tie-breaks and thus won the 3rd placed Overall. This confirms
Zangrilli’s improvement of late and has become one of Malta’s leading junior players.

Milena Stagno is the girl’s junior champion. It was a close call as 12-year old Hayley Thornton ended
with the same number of points (4) and only 1 point in the 3rd tie-break separated the players.
Thornton takes the Best U12 award.

The girls runner-up was Yunlong Wang while third place went to Nicole Ellul.

The rewards taken by the players were:

Malta Junior Champion: Jack Mizzi

Runner-up: Matthias Gatt

3rd Overall: Leonardo Zangrilli

Malta Girls Junior Champion: Milena Stagno

Girls runner-up: Yunlong Wang

Girls 3rd overall: Nicole Ellul

Best U18: Noah Cauchi


Best U16: Isaac Grima Bongailas

Best U14: Gabriel Grech

Runner-up U14: Leonardo Nils Kang Di Benedetto
3rd U14: Isaac Sacco

Best U12: Hayley Thornton


Runner-up U12: Nick Calleja Urry

Girls Best U12: Chloe Azzopardi Frantz

Girls Runner-up U12: Elena Borg Mercieca

Girls 3rd U12: Julia Buttigieg


Best U10: Keshav Reyansh

Best U8: Alexander Falzon

Full information on the tournament can be found at