Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Future Tournaments

Congratulations to Nina (5/6 in the U9s) and Findlay (4.5/6 in the U11s) for their prizewinning performances at Colchester on Sunday. Good to see Stewart, Josh, Sebastian, Jerry, Harry and Max from our junior club also playing. Well done to all of you for your efforts.

Three tournaments coming up…

14th/15th May is the Megafinal which quite a few of our club players have qualified for.

22nd May – for those in Year 6 and below  - is the 1st Brentwood Junior Tournament. I’ll email out entry forms next week.

26th June – the final EJCA tournament at Saffron Walden.

We missed out on a potential new member this week when they discovered we met in Chelmsford, Essex, UK rather than Chelmsford, Massachusetts, USA. Good to know the blog reached out across the Atlantic.

Photo below of Josh enjoying his game against Tolu.

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Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Pictures from 19th April

It was the younger players this week. Ollie (our club champion) kindly came along to challenge 6 of the players to a simultaneous match. Due to a combination of some good chess (nice checkmate Max) and incessant chatter the younger players surprisingly managed to win more games than Ollie. Hopefully he’ll recover in time for his birthday tomorrow.

Good luck to our players taking part in the junior tournament in Colchester on Sunday. Below are some photos from today.
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 Olga, Erin and Nina - one half of Ollie's opposition.

 Tom and Alex with Leon. Missing is Max who was suddenly camera shy.

Francesca keen to show off her chess piece modelling with Sophie.
 Vera vs Ilamaaran in the foreground.

Bertie in the front, Cody playing Henney behind.

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Easter chess

A couple of quieter weeks down the club over the Easter holidays but still enough juniors to devour all the chocolates and marshmallow chickens. This week Scott Shelley kindly came along to help out. Scott is one of the strongest Essex juniors but is a little too old and much too tall for our club. He took on 6 of our players in a simultaneous match. Congratulations to Francesca (helped for the finish by Nina) for managing a draw after over an hour's play.

Josh, Leon and Tom resorted to hiding all Leon’s pieces under haribo packets – something frowned upon at the top level of chess – in an effort to confuse Scott.

Cody, Izzy and Matthew also took part in a simultaneous challenge – this time against Stewart. Matthew (right) did very well to win as Stewart (standing) is one of our strongest players.
Below are the dates for April and May.
April 12th – Older Half
April 19th – Younger Half
April 26th – Older Half
May 3rd – Younger Half
May 10th – Older Half
May 17th – Younger Half
May 24th – Older Half
May 31st – Half Term (closed)
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