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, 28 October 2015
If you are an aspiring junior player ignore this as it could
lead you into bad habits.
Chess puzzles are a god way to improve when you are invited
to find a checkmate or clever tactic and I have a wide selection to share for
juniors of all ages and levels. This is the opposite – a self-mate puzzle.
These are my favourite type of chess problem. It is white to
move. If he wanted to win he could deliver checkmate immediately in two
different ways. No challenge there. But the problem is for white to move and
force black to checkmate him. Black will play legal moves but pick the worst
possible legal move. As usual white is moving up the board.
Doing this with juniors I cast the black player as King (or
Queen) and the white player as a chess genius who needs to lose to this utterly
useless but regal opponent to carry favour in court.
Warning: allowing the black pawn to promote on a1 won’t work
because black picks a knight! This is generally the first try and gets a laugh
when I stop the black player picking a queen. If you need the solution ask me
but there are limited tries so you should get there pretty quickly.
Chelmsford Junior Chess Club
is all set for the first meeting after half-term on 3rd November
(one week to go!).
We are in Room 1 in ChristChurch
which is at the front of the building on the lower level. Access to the
building is via the car park which is accessed via Lower Anchor Street off London Road. It is
simpler than it sounds. Below is a link to the URC site which gives you a
google and hand-drawn map.
Thanks also to the adult
chess club in Chelmsford
who have provided financial support. You will find me there on Thursday
evenings looking after the junior players. Some of Chelmsford’s older juniors represent the club
in league matches.
Chelmsford Junior Chess Club will meet every Tuesday from
4.30-6.00pm at ChristChurch in London Road. We’ll
welcome young players of all ages and strengths and will provide a social and
safe atmosphere for everyone to have fun playing and improving their chess.
The club is organised by an experienced and DBS-checked
coach who did once have a grade over 200 (note for non-players – this is quite
high) but now uses his talents to find ingenious ways to lose gracefully to 7
There will be coaching at the club but the emphasis is on
children playing and having fun with their chess. Chess is a game that children
of almost any age can enjoy at a variety of different levels and improve logic
and other skills at the same time.
The initial cost is just £2 per week plus a little (or a
lot, depending on appetite) more for drinks and snacks. A junior chess club
like the army marches on its stomach.
Please email me for more details and let any potential
players know about the club.