Friday, 28 October 2016

As part of continued development of the Brentwood Train and Play events we now have a dedicated website. We also have generous sponsorship for 2017 from H+H Fire which will allow us to host leading Grandmaster and International Master chess coaches at these events.

The website is still in development but visit to see details of future events. Below is a photo montage from the first two events. At the next event I’ll get some photos of the coaching sessions to try and convey more of the flavour of these excellent days.

For other Essex junior chess events visit It is great for Essex Junior Chess to have so much going on.
This blog has also reached exactly 4000 hits today.

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Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Chelmsford Junior Chess Club - Josh's Birthday Tournament

This week (18th October) we had a special team tournament to celebrate Josh’s birthday. Cake and competition were both consumed with enthusiasm. Ayub’s team with Tom, Ben, Nikolas, Alex and Andrew ran out the winners.

Stewart and Ben concentrating hard.

Josh's Team - Josh, Theo, Tom and Leon (Jake was to Josh's right).
Ayub, Tom, Ben and Andrew - part of the winning team.

Andrew popped in for some chess on his way to a Halloween Party. Perhaps we'll have a chess fancy dress tournament next year!

CJCC will be closed next Tuesday (25th October) for half-term and will reopen on 1st November with the younger group.

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Upcoming Chess Dates

Below are the dates for some upcoming chess events. Details and entry forms for the EJCA events at
30th October – Brentwood Rapidplay (adults and juniors). Free entry for Essex Juniors! Details via
6th November – 2nd EJCA Coaching Day at Writtle (near Chelmsford).
13th November – 3rd Brentwood Train and Play Christmas Special (includes a Simultaneous Challenge Match). Hosted by IM and British Rapidplay Champion Richard Pert. Details and entry form via or
20th November – Basildon Rapidplay (2nd EJCA Grand Prix event and LJCC Qualifier)
27th November – Woodbridge Junior Chess Open (LJCC Qualifier). Details via
4th December – 3rd EJCA Coaching Day.

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Sunday, 16 October 2016

2nd Brentwood Train and Play

Today was the 2nd Brentwood Train and Play. This unique event combines group coaching with a team tournament. It was a great event with the juniors producing some battling chess and fully engaging with the coaching to make it fun for everyone involved.

The competition was won by the all-girls Team Judit Polgar. It was great to see so many girls playing to such a high standard and bodes well for the Essex Girls Team this season. Sarah Weersing was Player-Manager with her sister Abbey as Captain. Special thanks to Jenny, Findlay and Tristan for their fine captaincy of the other teams.

 Tristan and Jenny battling it out on Board One
 Adam and Lucy mid-battle. It would eventually be a draw.
 Purba, Zoe, Nina, Findlay and Adhvaith who all scored 3/3 for their teams.


The victorious Team Judit Polger
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Tuesday, 11 October 2016

CJCC 11th October 2016

With the younger half of the club this week we had a team competition. Alice, Tom, Jake and Olga captained 4 evenly matched teams which eventually finished with Jake’s team beating Olga’s 13-11 in the final.

Congratulations to the winning team of Jake, Anna, Angelina, David, Bertie and Harresh. Congratulations also to Jixuan Li (pictured below) who followed up his tournament debut at the weekend with two victories for Olga’s team to move with Alex to the top of the ladder.

Thank you to Leon (also pictured below) for doing a great job recording all the results and looking after the ladder.
                                 Sophie playing Harresh in the foreground watched by Adam.

                                      Tommy looking at the camera while playing Keyan Ye.

Olga in play against Alice on the top board in the first match.

                         Victorious captain Jake in play against (unpictured) Tom in the first match.

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Saturday, 8 October 2016

Chelmsford EJCA Tournament 8th October

Saturday 8th October saw the Essex Junior Chess Association Grand Prix tournament in Chelmsford. It was great to see so many past and present CJCC players taking part.

Pride of place for CJCC went to our 3 trophy winners – Harry, Olga and Nina. Harry scored 6/6 in the U8s to beat Olga (5/6) into 2nd place. Nina also scored 5/6 to finish 2nd in the U10s. KEGS player Ryan Smith who attends the adult club in Chelmsford won the U18 Minor with 5.5/6. This was particularly impressive because Ryan was lower graded than all 6 of his opponents!

Altogether there were 28 current CJCC or Chelmsford Chess Club players taking part. Most of these players can be very proud of the chess they produced. I’d like to give a special mention to Josh who did the two things I most like to see – had great fun on and off the board and played at the very limit of his ability.

Full results will appear at

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