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.
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
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.
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.
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.