Monday, 8 February 2016

February Chess

Springfield Primary School did a wonderful job hosting a National Primary School Chess Association tournament last weekend. There was plenty of room for the different schools to spread out between rounds and a great spread of homemade cakes. The greatest challenge in these events is getting players to slow down enough to do themselves credit but the offer of a cake periodically to the Moulsham player who had the longest game did help.

Congratulations to Moulsham U11s and U9s for qualifying for the national semi-final at Camber Sands in Kent in May. This will be a weekend away at Pontins for the players and their families.

Our club was well represented among the Moulsham, Springfield and St. Anne’s teams (12 players in all I think) and all 3 schools can be pleased with how their players conducted themselves on the day on and off the board.

This week (9th) is the younger half of the club. Next week (16th) the club will be open to everyone as it is half term. The following week (23rd) we’ll be closed because I’ll be at KEGS controlling a competition for secondary schools then from 30th February we’ll be back to normal with the club split by age and each half meeting fortnightly.

It will be particularly nice to welcome Moulsham High School, Boswells and New Hall to KEGS on 23rd February as these are Chelmsford schools not generally involved in secondary school chess competition. As the Moulsham team will be made up entirely of Year 7 and 8 CJCC players I’ll be cheering them on in a not very neutral manner.

Best Wishes

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