Wednesday, 17 October 2018

CJCC Dates to Christmas and Tournament Report

No club next week (23rd) because it is half-term. Back on 30th October with the dates up to Christmas expected to run as follows.

Older Group  - 30th Oct, 13th Nov, 27th Nov
Younger Group  - 6th Nov, 20th Nov, 4th Dec

Everyone - 11th December. Special Christmas Buffet.

The older players will be involved in an all-play-all tournament. The younger ones in a ladder tournament with upward progress down to learning, enthusiasm and a willingness to help others as well as wins. 

We have quite a few new players just starting on their chess journey and it is important that everyone helps them on their way. This week we welcomed Aoife who joins a growing group of young girls at the club.

Over 20 current CJCC players took part in the EJCA Tournament at Moulsham Junior School at the weekend. All of them won at least 1 game and conducted themselves excellently but I'd like to mention 4 players who caught my eye.

Olga narrowly missed a trophy in the U12s. Maheep scored an impressive 4/6 in the U10s including beating 2 players graded over 70. Ben P chose to enter the top section and did very well to score 2.5/6. Nye showed great determination in his first tournament to score 2 wins in the U10s.

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Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Secondary School Chess, CJCC and March 2019

KEGS in Chelmsford are hosting two secondary school chess tournaments for teams of 4 on Sunday 25th November on behalf of the English Chess Federation. Details of the event are on the ECF calendar (see link below) or ask me for details.

KEGS have over 20 graded players and are one of the strongest chess-playing schools in the country. At Eton College last month KEGS entered 2 teams in a competition with representatives from each school year (7 to 13) among the 14 players. Quite a few KEGS players come to CJCC and a couple of A-level students help me to run the club. It was the older half of the club this week.

At the same competition Brentwood School finished in the top half despite fielding the youngest team out of the 40 schools and 50 teams competing. Brentwood School have every chance of challenging KEGS position as the top Essex chess-playing school in the next couple of years.

On 3rd March 2019 Brentwood School will be hosting a Train and Play chess day on behalf of British Chess ( GM Matthew Sadler (grade 283) and WIM Natasha Regan will be joining IM Richard Pert and myself to deliver the coaching. Put the date in your diary. It promises to be a great day's chess.

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Tuesday, 2 October 2018

CJCC 2nd October

It was the younger half of the club today (or at least the younger players plus the older ones who come each week). Welcome to Charlotte, Vivaan and Pranshi who all came along for the first time.

Thank you to James Bishop for teaching Pranshi and Charlotte (Charlotte had never played before) and to Ed and Jixuan who jointly won my Player of the Day trophy for their exhibition match and tutorial on the demonstration board.

Cody and Adam engrossed by Cody's new Sainsbury's character cards. Over Cody's left shoulder Denil and Maheep played a best-of-five game match (Maheep won 3-2).

Pranshi and Charlotte - on their first visit - paired up with Khrisha to take on Jiyuan and Abigail. Nice to have so many younger girls along.

Jixuan and Ed playing an exhibition match on the demo board.

Good luck to all our players playing in the EJCA Grand Prix tournament in Chelmsford on 13th October (especially those entering their first tournament). Entry details at

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Tuesday, 25 September 2018

Birthday, Dates and Tournaments

Thank you for all the cards and good wishes today. To celebrate my birthday we had a special simultaneous challenge match at the club in between cakes (well baked Ben P!).

Ben C, Ben P and Stewart all represented KEGS Sunday in a competition at Eton College. Less glamourous surroundings for all of us this afternoon. Congratulations to James who won Player of the Week for his fine play in the simultaneous and for recording the entire game.

Next week (2nd) is the younger players. They'll be along on the 16th October as well with the older players sandwiching them on the 9th ahead of the half-term break. After half-term we'll have 2 separate tournaments for the 2 groups running up to Christmas.

EJCA Chelmsford Grand Prix tournament on 13th October. Details at

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Tuesday, 11 September 2018

CJCC - Week One

This was the first week back after the summer. It was great to see everyone again and welcome Hector, Adhvaith and Karan. Thank you to Ben and Stewart who met and took the KEGS Year 7's along as a group. They will do the same on the 25th September.

Scott (Year 13) and Leon (Year 10) were back to help out and were joined by James Bishop (Year 12) who will be with us this year as part of KEGS Community Service. James came along as a player in Year 7 so a nostalgic afternoon for him.

Russell was also back. He kindly brings the St. Anne's players along after running their school club and showed one of Olga's games on the demo board. Olga, Felix and James Z all qualified for and played in the Terafinal Challengers event last weekend which was a great achievement by them.

 Theo concentrating against Tom closest to the camera (watched by Millie and Josh).

 Hughie with a message for all.

 Ben enjoying his game with Scott.

Russell is showing one of Olga's games on the demo board. Adam and Felix have transferred their Moulsham chess rivalry to KEGS.

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Sunday, 2 September 2018

EJCA Coaching Day 2nd September

The Essex Junior Chess Association ( do a fine job organising tournaments, coaching days and the County Junior teams. Today was the first of 3 invitation-only coaching days arranged for the stronger juniors over the season.

 A purple Toby from CJCC concentrating against Byon. Rezin also looking focussed next to him.

 Joe proves far from camera-shy against CJCC's Bertie.

Abbey a picture of concentration against Urbi on the top board. Next to Abbey are Lakshan, Fraser, Nigel and Ben (all part of the KEGS chess team).

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Friday, 31 August 2018

CJCC - new term dates

Chelmsford Junior Chess Club will meet back on Tuesday 11th September with the older half of the club. The younger half will meet back the following week (18th September).

Our dates up to half-term are...

Older Group - 11th September, 25th September and 9th October.
Younger Group - 18th September, 2nd October and 16th October.

On 25th September it is my birthday so we'll have cake in addition to Leon's snack shop.

The club officially opens at 4.30pm although it is no problem if players arrive a bit early - all help gratefully received for putting out (and putting away) tables, chairs and sets. We finish at 6pm. Players can attend for all or any part of the session and pay £2 per week they attend.

For more information please email me at the address below.

Best Wishes
Robin Slade