Tuesday, 31 January 2017

CJCC and other chess

Next Saturday (4th February) Moulsham host a qualifying tournament for the National Primary School Chess Championship. This is for teams of 6 at U11 and U9 level with places at the National Semi-Final at Pontins in Camber Sands at stake. Next Sunday (5th) is the latest Essex Junior Chess Association Coaching Day so a busy chess weekend ahead.

Moulsham have entered 6 teams who will be managed on the day by past and current CJCC players who were former Moulsham students. Among the other schools playing are Elm Green, St. Anne’s and Brentwood Prep who all have current CJCC players in their teams.

Welcome to Nikita, Elijah and Ewan this week who came along for the first time to a busy week at the club. Congratulations to Alice White and James Zarzecki who lead the UK Chess Challenge tournament with 10 points. Congratulations also to Ayub and Stewart who have been selected to represent Essex U11s.

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Chess Grades

The new chess grades are now out. Follow the link below. You can either search by player name or “Essex Juniors” as a club search.

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Tuesday, 17 January 2017

1st H+H Brentwood Train and Play

Last Sunday (15th) was the 1st H+H Train and Play at Brentwood. 50 children came along to enjoy some coaching from International Masters Richard Pert and Adam Hunt and myself. The sponsorship from H+H will allow Richard and me to bring in a series of top guest coaches for the events.

Team Magnus Carlsen (managed by KEGS teacher Tim Worrall) won the team competition. One of the nice parts of the day is that everyone is in a team and plays three matches for their team against opponents of their own level in between the coaching sessions. CJCC were represented by 10 current or former players.

 CJCC Player Anna in action.

 Team Bobby Fischer focussed against Team Judit Polgar.

 Head scratching moment for Charlie.

 Tom concentrating hard for Team Magnus Carlsen mid-photo.

 CJCC Parent IM Richard Pert with Group B.

 Me with Group C.

 IM Adam Hunt with Group A.

In February H+H are supporting two further events – a holiday chess camp in half-term on 13th and 14th February and the next Train and Play event on 26th February. The next Train and Play will include Grandmasters Matthew Sadler and Nick Pert as part of the coaching team.

For further details of past and future events see www.britishchess.co.uk and feel free to email me with any questions.

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Monday, 16 January 2017

UK Chess Challenge and January Chess

A tableful of furry mascots means the Delancey UK Chess Challenge is underway. Everyone will receive a chess badge and a gold spot for each win. As the children progress they will battle for a furry chess mascot, scorebook, certificate and a Golden Ticket to the Essex Megafinal.


We played Round One for the older players last Tuesday (10th) and will start off the younger players this week (17th). Don’t forget the club is closed the folowing Tuesday (24th) because I’m at chess competition with the KEGS Year 7 and 8 teams.

January is full of chess. KEGS are playing in two competitions. The Essex Junior Chess Association had a training day on 8th and have the next Grand Prix tournament on the 22nd. I’m also visiting Elm Green and Moulsham schools ahead of a primary school competition on the 4th February.

Yesterday (15th) saw the 1st H+H Train and Play day at Brentwood. Among the 50 children enjoying the team competition and coaching from International Masters Richard Pert and Adam Hunt (and me) were 10 CJCC players. Alexander and Stewart both scored 2/3 and were part of the winning team alongside Anna.

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