Chelmsford Junior Chess Club exists to give junior chess players in Chelmsford of all ages and strengths the chance to play and learn chess in a fun and safe environment. Players will have the chance to make new chess-playing friends while getting some coaching to guide them on their chess path.
The blog exists to promote Chelmsford Junior Chess Club in particular and junior chess in Chelmsford and Essex in general.
Wednesday, 16 December 2015
It was our
final meeting before Christmas last night. We had the most unhealthy buffet I’ve
even seen as the players chose what to bring in. A mountain of crisps and
biscuits without anything close to fruit or salad in sight. Most of it got
consumed which was a fine effort.
All that sugar
didn’t do much for the chess and those crisps didn’t do much for the carpet but
it was a fun afternoon with over 30 players coming along. I’ve attached a
couple of photos of some actual chess although the buffet table proved the real
centre of attention.
restart after Christmas on Tuesday 5th January with a bit of
coaching for the players just starting off. Between then and Easter we’ll play
a seven round club tournament as part of the Delancey UK Chess Challenge with
plenty of prizes and a chance to qualify for the Essex Megafinal.
Today I went
to the funeral of John Priestley. He was a very strong player and the first
person I played at the adult Chelmsford Chess Club. I remember him telling me
not to worry because although he was Chairman he wasn’t the best player at the
club. This did not turn out to be the most accurate summary of his strength he
could have given an 11 year old.
I remember him
being tall and old but he was younger than I am now. I guess this means the
children at the club also see me as old. A sobering thought.