Friday, 30 December 2016

2017 CJCC And Other Chess Dates

Chelmsford Junior Chess Club will meet back on 10th January with the older group.

Please note we will be closed on 24th January (when I am on a chess trip with KEGS) and 14th February (half-term). Our dates up to Easter are.

Older Group – 10th Jan, 31st Jan, 21st Feb, 7th Mar, 21st Mar.

Younger Group  -17th Jan, 7th Feb, 28th Feb, 14th Mar, 28th Mar.

Some other 2017 junior chess dates this term.
8th Jan – Coaching Day at Writtle (details via
13th Jan – KEGS hosting a secondary school tournament.
15th Jan – Train and Play at Brentwood (details via
22nd Jan – Southend Junior tournament (details via
4th Feb – Moulsham hosting a primary school team tournament (details via
5th Feb - Coaching Day at Writtle.
20th Feb – “Queen of Katwe” - Disney chess film - showing at the Cramphorn.
26th Feb – Grandmaster Train and Play at Brentwood.

Happy New Year!

Best Wishes

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

London Chess Classic

This weekend the London Chess Classic ( finished at Olympia. The LCC is a festival of chess that lasts 9 days and includes an all-play-all between 10 of the world’s leading players (the strongest tournament ever to take place in the UK). It is tied to the Chess In Schools charity and the festival does much to encourage junior chess. It is also the only chess tournament I ever go to that feels like a professional sporting event.

During the week 500 children each day take part in coaching and a tournament which is all co-ordinated by former Chelmsford player Jon Bryant. On Monday I went up with some students from KEGS who (led by fearless CJCC player Ollie Horvath) managed to collect the autographs of all 10 Classic players.

On Sunday I accompanied CJCC players Nina and Max Pert. They were joining CJCC parent (and British Rapidplay Champion) Richard Pert in the Super Rapidplay. This 10 round competition over two days featured 475 players including over 40 Grandmasters. Nina and Max both won two games and Richard was the highest non-GM finisher on 7.5/10.

There were quite a few juniors playing in the Rapidplay (partly because they enjoyed free entry). KEGS pupil and British U16 Champion Elliot Cocks – who also designed the CJCC poster – scored an excellent 6/10 including a first win over an International Master.

Nina and Max are pictured next to a picture of their new favourite chess player. Wesley So (an American Grandmaster in the world’s top ten) won the all-play-all and was kind enough to sign their programmes and have a chat with them after the tournament. It was great to see the top players take the time to sign things for the juniors and added greatly to their enjoyment of the event.

There is a lot of junior chess coming up in Essex in the first part of 2017 which I’ll outline in a later post. CJCC will meet back on the 10th January.

Happy Christmas!

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

CJCC Christmas Buffet (Week One)

This week was the Christmas buffet for the older players. Thank you to everyone for bringing something in. There was a ridiculous amount of food but with a focus and determination rarely seen by the juniors in their chess most of it got eaten. Thank you very much to the parents who helped clear up.

In between courses we looked at the chess position from the first Harry Potter film and Stewart received a medal for the player from the older group who I felt had worked hardest on his chess over the year. Judging by the reaction of the other players this was a good decision.

 Francesca helped by Stewart against Jake
 Tom with his attention elsewhere
 Felix in action against Nikolas

Stewart with his medal for his chess work in 2016

 Alice on top of the younger ladder
Best Wishes

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Brentwood Events Update

The results from the first three Brentwood Train and Play events are now on the grading database. You can find these by searching under your name. The grades themselves only change every 6 months so these results will be included in the next update in January.

Also in January (15th) is the 1st H+H sponsored Brentwood event with International Master Adam Hunt. You can enter online at

Future H+H Brentwood Train and Play dates include 26th February (with Grandmaster Matthew Sadler and Grandmaster Nick Pert) and 2nd April. Brentwood School are then hosting an U12 tournament on 13th May with a simultaneous display by Grandmaster Jon Speelman. Further events will follow later in the year with all these events hosted by International Master Richard Pert.
Essex Juniors have never had an opportunity to work with such a range of top players before and 2017 promises to be a very special year for Essex Junior Chess.

Best Wishes