Friday, 27 May 2016

Tournament Results

Via the link below are the results of the inaugural Brentwood junior tournament which was a great success. The tournament finished with a giant simultaneous match featuring GM Jon Speelman, IM Richard Pert and WGM Dagne Ciuksyte.

It was great to see Erin and Tom from our club in their very first tournament alongside our more regular tournament players and Anika build on her play at the Megafinal to win two games.

The next link takes you to the Megafinal crosstables with full details of all the different sections and the scores of the 18 CJCC players.

Finally a link to the EPSCA event in Camber Sands where the Moulsham school teams featured 6 CJCC players. Heycroft Primary from Leigh and R. A. Butler from Saffron Walden also represented Essex and both were in contention until the final rounds for the overall U11 title. The photo shows Heycroft in the purple polo shirts and Moulsham in the maroon sweatshirts before the first round. The playing hall at Pontins was a colourful as this photo suggests.


Congratulations to the Moulsham players. They had a great time, played extremely well and fought hard all weekend. They were a credit to their school and made the weekend great fun for me.

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Tuesday, 24 May 2016

club dates

Just a quick post. Details of the weekend’s chess to follow….
Next week (31st May) the club will be closed for half-term then the dates in the run-up to the summer are…

7th June – Younger
14th June – Older
21st June – Younger
28th June – Older
5th July – Younger
12th July – Older

19th July – last week before the holidays – all are welcome.

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Wednesday, 18 May 2016

This week and next weekend

A full hall this week with the younger players. We split into 2 teams captained by Leon and Josh. They selected sides and everyone sat down to play (this took longer to arrange than to think up!). Josh proved a better picker than Leon and his side triumphed 9.5/3.5. The draw was by Alex and Michael who played a lovely game that was the last to finish. Queens came and went but the kings survived. Checkmate practice next time.

This Sunday many of our players will be competing at Brentwood in a junior tournament organised by Nina and Max’s Dad. It should be a great event with the added bonus of a simultaneous match featuring 3 time British champion GM Jon Speelman.

I’ll be at Camber Sands this weekend with two Moulsham teams for the southern final of the English Primary Schools championships (a massive event featuring about 80 teams and 500 children). Five of the Moulsham players are part of the Tuesday club and the school has done very well to qualify. Everyone on the teams has remembered our number one aim – Have Fun – even if they’ve forgotten some of the chess we’ve learned.

Below is a picture of Nina, Max and Olga with their trophies from Sunday and a couple of the match in action. The very best of luck to all our players this weekend.


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Sunday, 15 May 2016

Essex Megafinal

This weekend was the Essex Megafinal and it was great to see 18 players from our club there (plus Angelo, Elliot and Findlay from the adult club in Chelmsford). For some of these players it was their first ever tournament. Out of these Lucas deserves a special mention for scoring 3.5/6 and winning a rosette.

To qualify for the South of England Gigafinal a score of 4/6 was needed. Many congratulations to Max (5/6), Nina (5/6), Jerry (4.5/6) and Sebastian (4/6). Max and Nina ensured family harmony by being joint winners of the U8 section and each took home a trophy. From the adult club Elliot and Findlay both scored 6/6 in the U14 and U11 sections respectively.

Olga also won a trophy as the highest scoring girl in her section and no less than 9 of our players finished on 3.5/6 (all winning a rosette but missing out on qualification by half a point).

Hopefully we’ll have a photo of Max, Nina and Olga with their trophies to add but for now we’ll settle for some photos from the club this week of the Essex Championship Trophy.

 Alex, Sebastian, Josh and Matthew - all once part of the Springfield Primary team.

 Sam spotting something in the distance.
 Adam, Matthew and Leon from Moulsham's chess team.

 Tom dwarfed by the cup.

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Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Essex Championship trophy

We had two guest appearances at the club this week. Essex Chess Association President Ivor Smith came down with the Essex Chess Championship trophy to present it to (now) 4 time winner Richard Pert. The trophy is nearly 100 years old and made of solid silver so Ivor showed great courage bringing it along.

Below is a picture of Ivor with Richard and Ivor surrounded by children keen to know more about the trophy. Also a selection of our players posing alongside it. Next week Ivor is hoping to bring it along again to show the older players (Richard has decided it is safer with Ivor than in the same house as his son Max).

Good luck to our players off to represent Essex in the National U11 finals in Nottingham on Saturday.


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