Monday 6 November 2023

Trophy Winners!

It was great to see so many current and former CJCC players at the Chelmsford Grand Prix tournament on Saturday 4th November.

There are some great photos by Mel here -

Below I am with 3 very happy CJCC trophy winners (Digby, Grace and Jacob) and Jacob is concentrating hard against former CJCC player (and U8 tournament winner) Ishaan.

We'll be celebrating everyone's performances on Saturday.

Robin Slade (

Sunday 22 October 2023

GM Alexei Shirov

Joshua showed us all a game by GM Alexei Shirov on Saturday then I saw this position on facebook.

Joshua had memorised the game (not the one below) and did a great job with Jacob explaining it.

Shirov is amazingly only the 50th seed in the Isle of Man next week (

Got a quick photo of some of our older players on Saturday. Dinil and George closest to the camera, Nithilan "assisting" Eddie against Anna.

Don't forget that entries close on Wed 1st Nov for the Chelmsford Grand Prix Tournament on Sat 4th Nov.

Entry Forms and Links | Essex Junior Chess Association EJCA

Good Luck!

Robin (

Sunday 15 October 2023

Photos and Club Dates in 2023 and 2024

Thank you to our teenage coaches Joshua and Anna for the photos below of the younger half of the club.

Leo and Jack in a lollipop-fuelled battle

Thank you to Russell for coming along to share some chess ideas.

Below are the remaining dates for 2023.

Saturday 21st October, 11th November, 25th November (9.15-11 only), 9th December, 16th December.

CJCC meets in Christ Church in London Road (CM2 0AW).

The younger club (School years 1 to 5) from 9.15am to 10.45am.

The older club (School years 6+) from 10.45am to 12.15pm.

In 2024, the club will return on Saturday 20th January and meet (with the odd break for other chess events) every Saturday.

Don't forget to save my live google doc link to stay up to date.

Best Wishes

Saturday 30 September 2023

Club meeting 30th September, junior chess tournaments and CJCC online.

It was great to welcome some new and returning players today. Below are 3 quickly snapped group photos from the younger half. CJCC will next meet on Saturdays14th and 21st of October.

Elliott sharing his chess skills with Ralph and Antony with Joshua (who helps me run the club) locked in combat with Misha next to them.

David on the left is helping out for his Duke of Edinburgh volunteering. Jacob and Ezara are watching the younger Joshua doing something off camera.

Edmund is one of our players back after a summer chess break.

CJCC took part in the September East Anglian Team Battle on Lichess. 

Everyone in the club can have their own student account and play for CJCC if they wish. It is a great site for learning as well as playing.

Tomorrow - Sunday 1st October - sees the first Essex Junior Chess Association Grand Prix tournament of 2023/2024 in Colchester and an U19 school competition at Eton College for KEGS and Brentwood.

The EJCA Chelmsford Grand Prix tournament (and LJCC qualifier) will be on Saturday 4th November. Entry and details via

This live google doc will keep everyone in touch with what is coming up and also shows details of junior clubs in Essex. It was great to hear this wek of a new junior club in Basildon.

Best Wishes

Robin Slade (

Monday 4 September 2023

New Logo

Chelmsford Junior Chess Club has a smart new logo all ready for the new season.

Jamie - one of our young players - has an online design shop and kindly created a special design just for CJCC. 

You can see more of his work here

Best Wishes

Robin Slade (

Sunday 20 August 2023

CJCC Dates

CJCC has been meeting across the summer and it has been great to welcome so many new players.

On Saturday 19th August, 4-player chess turned into 8-player chess.

George and Jeremy took on Sean and Louis with assistance/advice/distraction/interest from Joe, Soyeon, Summer and William.

Below are the remaining dates for the summer holidays and those for next term.

Saturdays 2nd September, 16th September, 30th September, 14th October, 21st October, 11th November, 25th November, 9th December, 16th December.

Christ Church in London Road (CM2 0AW).

The younger club (School years 1 to 5) from 9.15am to 10.45am.

The older club (School years 6+) from 10.45am to 12.15pm.

This document link will keep you up to date with CJCC and Essex Chess details.

Please get in touch with any questions about CJCC or Essex Junior Chess.

Best Wishes

Robin (

Summer Chess

 It has been a busy summer of chess. 

CJCC players have been at ChessFest in Trafalgar Square, the Southern Gigafinal and the British Championships as well as coming along to the club.

Below are a few photos taken along the way.

Grace and Jacob teaming up against me.

ChessFest is a wonderful celebration of chess.

Jamie, Digby and Jacob at the Southern Gigafinal at Sandown Park racecourse.

Ishan - one of CJCC's qualifiers for the Terafinal Challengers.

Next up, two across the board tournament in Essex.

Good luck to our players.

Best Wishes