Sunday, 26 June 2016

Saffron Walden tournament

Today was the final Essex Junior Chess Association tournament of the season. It was great to see so many players from Chelmsford there and I managed to round most of them up for a photo before battle commenced.


Nina (third from the left and bolting for freedom) and Harry (who was hiding) both won two trophies – one for scoring 5/6 in the U9s to finish joint second and one for coming 2nd and 3rd respectively in the overall U9 Grand Prix – to be CJCC’s most successful players of the day. Congratulations to all our players who took part and among those from CJCC Sebastian and Josh also won a trophy.

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Friday, 24 June 2016

Coaching Workshops

Chelmsford Junior Chess Club are holding monthly chess coaching sessions on a Saturday morning (next one 9th July).

These are aimed at children graded between about 40 and 90 who play in the EJCA tournaments and the Essex U9 and U11 teams to help them move their game up a level.

The sessions last 2 hours and are a mix of coaching, problem solving and guided playing.

Number are limited to about 12 a session so if you’d like your child to take part please get in touch.

Robin Slade

Friday, 17 June 2016

Photo Boards

Congratulations to Anika who came along to the club Tuesday proudly wearing a chess medal she had won in Kent the previous weekend. Anika stayed with her friend Shlok and (at 5 years of age) scored 3/6 in an U9 tournament. Shlok flew off to Greece yesterday to represent England at the European School Championships so perhaps some of his chess magic rubbed off on Anika. Essex Juniors Elliot and Giulio are also in Greece and you can follow their progress via the link below.

Next weekend a number of CJCC players will be competing at the EJCA tournament in Saffron Walden. Good luck to all of them. I’ve put a couple of boards together for the event to advertise our club in Chelmsford so the CJCC players in the photos might reach minor celebrity status at the tournament.

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Saturday, 11 June 2016

CJCC Chess Workshop

CJCC ran a chess workshop today (Saturday) for juniors who play in the Essex tournaments or for the Essex junior teams and are looking for a little extra help with their chess. This is something I plan to organise once a month. We looked at a great game together (Fuderer vs O’Kelly 1950) and had a go playing it on in pairs from the position after move 14 (Kf8).

The moves are below or you can play it through at

 1. e4 e5

2. Nf3 Nc6

3. Bb5 a6

4. Ba4 f5   Attacks e4 but weakens king.

5. d4 ed4 White plays to get his pieces out while blocking black’s development (restrict pieces, stop black castling).

6. e5 Bc5   6e5 stops Nf6.

7. O-O Nge7

8. Bb3 Na5  -  8Bb3 stops O-O. Think about opponent’s idea when deciding your move. Important idea (well done Toby!).

9. c3 Nb3

10. Qb3 d5   10..d5 because of 11Ng5 threat.

11. ed6 Qd6   Don’t forget en passant.

12. cd4 Bb6

13. Re1 h6   13Re1 stops Bd6, pins the N and threatens Bg5.

14. Nc3 Kf8   After 14..Kf8 is where some of you played on from.

15. Bf4 Qf6   If 15..Qxf4, 16Rxe7 and checkmate or N fork to follow.

16. Qa3 Be6   16Qa3 another pin on the e7N.

17. d5 Bg8

18. Be5 Qf7

19. d6 cd6   If 19..Ng6 20dc+ Qe7 21Bd6.

20. Bd6 Re8

21. Ne5   eg 21..Qe6 22Bxe7+ Rxe7 23Ng6+ Qxg6 24Qxe7#

Black Resigns

This week (14th) it is the turn of the older players so we might look at the finish of this game again. 15Bf4 is a lovely move and the juniors enjoy working out how to finish off a wounded king.

On Sunday 26th June it is the final ECJA tournament of the season in Saffron Walden. Entry forms and details from

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