Monday, 5 April 2021

Online Chess

 It is great to see how many juniors have embraced playing online. It is not better or worse than playing over the board - just different.

Tonight over 50 juniors represented Essex in the latest monthly Inter-County Battle Blitz. Essex swept to victory in Division Two and return to Division One at the first attempt.

16th Inter-County Division 2 Team Battle #IiqhOtPw •

There is also a separate monthly Inter-County Battle Blitz competition just for girls. Essex have won both events so far.

CJCC will be in action in a National Team Battle Blitz on Thursday and an Essex Team Battle Blitz next week. 

Next week we will take on Colchester Juniors, KEGS, Colchester Grammar School, Brentwood School, Wanstead Juniors as well as an Essex Junior and Suffolk Junior Team.

In all these Team Battle Blitz events, teams can be of any size and players can play all or part of an event with no prior commitment. Any player who wants to can join a Zoom session during play to share the ups and downs of the competition.

CJCC also has a programme of individual tournaments at and along with coaching sessions. They all run with Zoom alongside.

All juniors are welcome to join our club. I will also create student accounts within CJCC for anyone who would simply like to explore the online chess world independently in a safe environment. Please get in touch for more details.

Best Wishes

Robin Slade (

Friday, 12 March 2021

March Chess

Great for the children to get back to school this week. I've enjoyed seeing the chess players in person again in the schools I visit.

CJCC will be continuing online for now though. We have tournaments and coaching at and I run Zoom alongside our events for the social and coaching elements.

We also take part in Battle Blitzes on lichess. Last night was the latest fortnightly Battle linked to the Junior 4NCL (the National Junior Chess League). Next week, we take part in a Battle with other Essex teams.

Many of our players represent Essex online. We have monthly inter-county Battles for the Essex Junior and Essex Girls Teams. Everyone is welcome to sign up. Essex have also won through to the National Finals at Under 9 and Under 11 levels.

Overall, more children are involved with online chess than were with physical chess. Whatever happens with the traditional game, online chess will continue.

Please get in touch if you have any questions about junior chess as well as our club.

Robin Slade (

Sunday, 14 February 2021

Half-Term Chess and Camel Success

CJCC will be continuing their online chess through half-term week and up to Easter. 

Last Friday CJCC's Battle Blitz Team (led by SereneCamel George) won promotion to Division Two of the National Battle Blitz League. These Battles take place on every fortnight and everyone is welcome to join the CJCC Team and take part.

This week our Battle Blitz Team will take on Essex, Suffolk, KEGS, Brentwood School and Colchester Juniors in a Six-Way Shootout on Saturday 20th at 7pm. 

Six-Way Shootout 20th February Team 200221 #wxo9csUS •

Also this week we have a Coaching Day on Tuesday involving 32 children split over 4 sessions. These book out quickly and I'll be running more over the Easter holidays.

On Wednesday evening we have our Arena Blitz on

CJCC Wednesday Evening 170221 Arena #N2V12sQf •

On Saturday morning we will have a pair of tournaments split by rating with coaching for the less experienced players on  

We'll continue with a mix of individual tournaments, Battle Blitz Team Tournaments and coaching through the next half-term. 

All our chess sessions have Zoom running alongside to add to the social and coaching elements. and have great learning material and I would encourage all junior players to have fun exploring both sites.

Best Wishes

Robin Slade (

Saturday, 23 January 2021

January Chess

 A lack of posts does not mean a lack of chess. It is more the opposite - too much chess to organise to get around to posting.

We have our With Kindness Saturday tournaments on ChessKid (with coaching). The stronger players have to play with kindness against those with less experience. We are all on Zoom together in case any reminding is needed!

Also on ChessKid we had a special tournament (with chess cake!) for Hugo's birthday.

On lichess, we've had our latest blitz tournament tonight with 40+ entries. Results below.

CJCC Saturday Evening 230121 Arena #jb8hZeK8 •

Our CJCC Battle Blitz Team will be in action this Thursday in a new fortnightly competition against clubs from around the country. All CJCC members on lichess are welcome to join the Team.

CJCC Coaching •

We also have a Girls Battle Blitz Team who will be making their competitive debut in February.

CJCC Girls •

Best Wishes

Robin Slade (chelmsfordjuniorchess@gmail,com) 

Wednesday, 30 December 2020


A successful day for CJCC. 

We won the 4-Way Team Battle Blitz with Brentwood School, KEGS and Colchester Juniors tonight. Over 50 juniors took part.

Christmas Clash Team Battle #qWXASZ5M •

Luoke led the CJCC team having just finished competing in the British Online Chess Championships. 

After 7 games over 4 days, Luoke finished 3rd overall in the Under 8s. Shrishti also played in the Under 8s and finished 12th. Congratulations to both of them on their fine performances.

Former CJCC player Nina Pert (Year 9) played in the British Women's Championship and finished 2nd. This was a fantastic achievement, competing against adult players.

Happy New Year!

Robin Slade ( 

Thursday, 24 December 2020

Art and Extra Christmas Chess

 Thank you to all CJCC players who have sent Christmas cards and in particular who have added their own artwork. 

Below is a fine drawing by Luoke who will be taking part in the British Online Under 8 Championships over Christmas. Shrishti is also playing from CJCC so the best of luck to both of them.

We have extra Christmas chess with so many of us at home. Boxing Day Kindness 9am on ChessKid and Boxing Day Blitz 7pm on lichess. 

CJCC will also be in a 4-team Essex Battle Blitz on 30th January with Brentwood School, KEGS and Colchester Juniors.

2021 will kick off with the Brentwood School Blitz (open to all Essex and Suffolk Juniors) on 3rd January, broadcast by IM Richard Pert on his TwitchTV channel.

Best Wishes for the New Year

Robin Slade (

Sunday, 6 December 2020

December Chess

With Christmas fast approaching, I'd like to wish all CJCC players and their families a Happy Christmas. It has been a busy and fun term of chess.

In lieu of snow this year, enjoy the card I created for 2019.

Those of you who played in the Brentwood School Blitz on Sunday 6th December can find the TwitchTV commentary at IMCheckThis - Twitch

This week we have our Wednesday 7pm CJCC blitz (9th), ChessKid With Kindness Tournament and Coaching 9am Saturday (12th) followed by the CJCC Saturday Blitz.

Below is some of what we have to enjoy over Christmas.

Sunday 20th December 10am – 11am

Essex Arena Battle Blitz – Brentwood School vs KEGS vs CJCC vs Suffolk Juniors vs Essex Juniors vs Colchester Juniors

Six-Way Shootout Team Battle #ydoT4IBl •


 Wednesday 30th December

CJCC Evening Blitz 7pm-8pm

CJCC Wednesday Evening Blitz Arena #o1zG4nde •


Sunday 3rd January 10am - 11am

16th Brentwood School First Sunday Blitz.

Ideal practice ahead of the Brentwood Scholarship Tournament

At some point in 2021, we can look forward to playing each other over the board once again.

Happy New Year!

Best Wishes

Robin Slade (