Tuesday, 26 May 2020

Chess Craft

George is making the most of CJCC online, playing tournaments and learning on ChessKid and Lichess. George and I are having some good Slow Chess battles on ChessKid.

But George - redhairedgenius on ChessKid and EvenNimbleCamel on Lichess - is on the blog for crafting not chess skill. He has made the giant chess set in the photo below to help him practice.

George's pieces are attached by blu-tac so can be moved about.

Well done to George. Great to see what other talents CJCC players have.

Best Wishes

Friday, 22 May 2020

International Honours

There is plenty of online chess around at the moment.

This week CJCC player Shrishti was brave enough to accept an invitation to represent an English women's team in an international match at www.lichess.org

Although this was an adult team, Shrishti (who is in Year 3) managed to win 4 games out of 7 and help England to win their match.

So if you lose to EthicalMoose in a CJCC tournament on lichess, you know you've lost to an international player.

This weekend quite a few current and former CJCC players are playing in a 25 board match I've organised between KEGS and Brentwood School on lichess.

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Monday, 11 May 2020

CJCC Chess Graduate

One of the nice things about running a junior club for so long is watching the players grow on and off the board.

Max first came to my club when he was 4. He has moved on since (and got a bit bigger) but never lost his love of playing and particularly attacking.

Currently, Max is playing a series of blitz tournaments with chess GMs and IMs. This week he got to play GM Peter Svidler.

Peter Svidler is a chess legend. A multi-time Russian Champion and these days just outside the world's top 20.

What would happen when one of CJCC's strongest graduates met one of the world's best players? Alas, Goliath beat David although Max has beaten a few titled players in the last few weeks.

CJCC is running its own tournaments online for our members (although without any chess legends taking part). To find out more, please get in touch.

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Tuesday, 28 April 2020

CJCC Tournament Update

CJCC members have now enjoyed two online tournaments – one at www.chesskid.com and one at www.lichess.org

Last week George won our inaugural event at www.chesskid.com . He won two very close games with Xander and Luoke to finish on 100%. 20 children took part.

This week 30 children entered our tournament at www.lichessorg . Seb (VaultingShark) was our runaway winner but it was close for second. Bertie (JauntyCrocodile) just pipped Samuel (PureFranticPawn). Seb lives in Paris so becomes our first international winner.

We will alternate tournaments each week between the two sites (www.chesskid.com being more suitable for the younger players, www.lichess.org better for the older ones).

On our return to lichess on 12th May, we will (by popular request) have a Crazyhouse Tournament – where captured pieces join your army. This is the online solo version of Exchange Chess. More sensible chess before that on www.chesskid.com next week.

This Saturday (2nd May), CJCC host a tournament at www.lichess.org open to all Essex Juniors graded below 60 – those relatively inexperienced in tournament play.

Best Wishes



Saturday, 18 April 2020

CJCC online tourmaents

Our online club continues to grow. We now have about 50 members split between www.chesskid.com and www.lichess.org .

On Tuesday 21st at 4pm we have the 1st CJCC Fast Chess tournament on www.chesskid.com .

On Tuesday 28th at 4.30pm we have our first CJCC member-only lichess tournament.

I will run CJCC member-only events on Tuesday afternoons to replicate our normal club times (our future events at www.chesskid.com will also start at 4.30pm).

CJCC also hosted an invitational blitz event on Saturday 18th April. Our next invitational blitz (open to all our members) will be 10am-11am on Saturday 2nd May. Entry with password via https://lichess.org/tournament/bQDkM4Ga

If your friends would like to join CJCC online please ask their parents to email me at the address below.

Best Wishes

Robin (chelmsfordjuniorchess@gmail.com)

Thursday, 2 April 2020

CJCC moves online

CJCC has moved online so our players can continue to have fun playing and improving their skills while the club cannot open as normal.

I have set up two online clubs. The younger players are at www.chesskid.com while the older players are at www.lichess.org

www.chesskid.com is the world’s leading chess playing and learning site for younger children.

www.lichess.org is a free chess site with a straightforward layout and where I play myself.

www.chesskid.com allows children to play other children from around the world as well as challenge their club friends. The lessons and videos are expertly packaged and presented while the children can also solve puzzles (alone or in a duel) and challenge robots. All the while the children collect ChessKid prizes and rating points.

www.lichess.org also carries some fine learning material and gives older children a chance to try a whole range of chess variants alongside the standard game. You can play at a variety of time limits and earn a lichess rating for playing and puzzle solving.

Both sites will allow us to have internal club tournaments while on ChessKid we can also have matches with other schools and clubs.

The clubs can only be joined by invitation. I can follow the progress of all the players, send them messages and challenge them to a game. Do get in touch if you would like to be part of this.

I will host the regular club on the platforms by logging in at the normal term-times the club would have been open. This will let the children find their friends online to play as well as challenge me.

I hope you and your families all stay healthy. A perfect time for online chess.

Best Wishes

Robin (chelmsfordjuniorchess@gmail.com)

Tuesday, 17 March 2020

Club Champion, Coronavirus ,Club Closure and Computer Chess

Next week was due to be the last week for CJCC before the Easter break but coronavirus has intervened.

With the government closing the schools I must follow suit and close the club. There will be no meeting therefore on Tuesday 24th March.

I hope to reopen the club on 21st April but this is dependent on how the coronavirus situation develops.

This week was the turn of the older players although it was understandably quieter than usual.

Many congratulations to John who beat Hriday in a play-off to decide our Club Champion. Shrishti won the trophy for the highest scorer among the younger players and will receive her trophy when I next see her. A CJCC record 77 players took part in total which represents most of our membership.

Xander is facing the camera behind John fresh from representing the Essex U9 team at the weekend.

I can recommend the sites below as a great way to improve chess skills and have fun playing while the club is closed and tournaments are postponed.

www.chesskid.com - great for younger children whether learning and playing

www.lichess.org - some well presented material in the "learn" section and an online playing platform for older children

www.thechesswebsite.com - lots of bite-size chess videos for slightly stronger players

Best Wishes