It has been great to be physically back in schools coaching chess again. But online chess has a huge amount going for it as well. We will get the best of both worlds in the future with over the board clubs, competitions and coaching running parallel with the same online.
CJCC continues online. We have a fortnightly Saturday morning tournament at www.chesskid.com followed by coaching over Zoom for the less experienced players. We also have fortnightly blitz tournaments on Saturday mornings and Wednesday evenings at www.lichess.org
Our players take part in Team Battle Blitzes on lichess, playing for CJCC, KEGS, Brentwood School and Essex Juniors. There are a myriad of other competitions and great learning material on both sites.
Last Sunday, George (EvenNimbleCamel) organised his own tournament at www.lichess.org because he wanted to play and there wasn't one organised. George had Berserked to victory the day before in the CJCC Blitz but he didn't make the podium in his own event (Rowan from Suffolk taking the honours).
We have an Essex Arena Battle Blitz on Sunday 25th, giving CJCC Battle Blitz players the chance to represent CJCC or their own school. There is also a CJCC Halloween Coaching Day on 31st October.
Keep an eye on the emailed calendar and club news sections on lichess and ChessKid for upcoming events - there are always some just around the corner.
Robin Slade (firstname.lastname@example.org)