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.
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This was our first week with the club split into two. This
week was the turn of the younger half (we need a better name – I’ll ask the
players). In addition Tolu, Josh, Sebastian,
Leon and Adam
came along from the older group to give some coaching and general help. The
boys did a great job so many thanks to them.
As you can see from he photos the club was still healthily
busy. We did a bit of learning in small groups then everyone played a round of
the UK Chess Challenge tournament. Congratulations to Naman who made his first
ever checkmate against Cody (who earlier made his first checkmate at the club
against Andrew). We have a few players just learning the moves and one of the
great things about the club is that the older or more experienced players are
willing to help them.
Next week be the older half will meet and be joined by a few
of the stronger young players.
Dylan concentrating against Alice in the foreground.
Adam and Sebastian on a coaching break watched by Tolu who was in charge of recording the tournament results.
Leon helping out Naman and Cody in their match.
James moving against Lucas. Welcome back to Tommy (in the middle) after his broken leg.
Next month there are two school chess events in Chelmsford I’m involved
with. On 6th February Springfield
Primary School are hosting the area qualifier in the English Primary Schools
Championship and on 23rd February KEGS are hosting a tournament for
I’ve visited Springfield
this term to give a chess workshop and am doing the same at Moulsham this week
to help with their preparation. Mrs Faulds at Springfield and Mr Pugh at Moulsham both do
an excellent job running their school clubs. Although I’ll be officially at Springfield with Moulsham I’ll be sending good wishes in Springfield’s direction.
The KEGS tournament is for teams of four from any secondary school. Moulsham High and
New Hall have already entered from Chelmsford
and Sevenoaks are among the other competitors. Although it is part of a
national competition the primary aim is to encourage local schools who don’t
play much chess to take part. If you would like your school to enter a team
please get in touch and I’ll send you an entry form. It will be a relaxed and
fun afternoon so come and join us.
On 11th February KEGS also travel to Southend for the
next round of the National Schools Championship after a fine victory over Woodbridge this month. There
are many schools who don’t play chess but where there is a teacher to take
charge it is thriving in Essex. KEGS are
fortunate enough to have three teachers to run their school club and Mr Worrall
willing to organise their team.
We’ve made some changes at the club due to the pleasant
problem of how to accommodate so many players. In the last couple of weeks
we’ve had over 40 children along each week which is really too many for me to
be able to give them the quality of chess experience and coaching I want to.
So from next week (26th) we’ve split the club
into two and each group will meet fortnightly. One group will be for the
younger and newer players (Years 2-4) and the other for the older and more
experienced players (Years 5-8). This way we’ll have about 20 players each week
and can offer more effective coaching.
The boundaries are not set in stone. There are a few older
players who are quite new to chess and might prefer the guidance in the younger
group and a couple of younger ones who are very accomplished and might prefer
the chess challenge of the older one. In addition where families have more than
one child attending they are welcome to bring younger children to the older
group or vice versa.
I’ll also be inviting a few of the older players to come
along to the younger group to offer some help to the younger players. This is a
good life skill to practice and something that everyone benefits from. It all should
work out nicely but if not we’ll think again.
Congratulations to all our players who competed at Southend
last Sunday. The EJCA tournaments are lovely events and it was nice to see so
many new players there. Keep an eye at www.ejca.co.uk
for the next one.
January Younger Group 4.45-6.15pm
February Older Group 4.30-6pm Tuesday 9th
February Younger Group 4.45-6.15pm Tuesday 16th
February – Half Term – Club open and everyone welcome. Tuesday 23rd
February – Club Closed Tuesday 1st
March Older Group 4.30-6pm Tuesday 8th
March Younger Group 4.30-6pm etc.
The club met back on the 5th January and will
carry on each Tuesday at 4.30pm. Congratulations to Harry and Jerry who
qualified for and played in the London Junior Chess Championships over
Christmas and did very well to score 3/7 and 5/7 respectively in the U8s.
Congratulations also to former Chelmsford
junior Gorak who won the U21 section and as a result qualifies for the main
British Championship in the summer.
Two tournaments coming up. Next Sunday (17th) is
the latest Essex Junior Grand Prix event at Southend. Entry forms and (after
next week) results at www.ejca.co.uk. Good
luck to all our players at the tournament.
I have a boxful of badges, chess mascots and shaggy pencils
which means it is time for the UK Chess Challenge. We’ll kick off at the club
on 19th January and play one round each week. It is a 7 round event
and we’ll run up to Easter to give as many juniors as possible a chance to get
7 games in. The best boy and girl in each school year will qualify for the
For those of you new to this event you score 3 points for a
win, 2 for a draw and 1 for a loss. You also as far as possible play someone
with a similar score to you each round. This means even the players new to
chess will score points and everyone will get a prize and a certificate.