Chelmsford Junior Chess Club exists to give junior chess players in Chelmsford of all ages and strengths the chance to play and learn chess in a fun and safe environment. Players will have the chance to make new chess-playing friends while getting some coaching to guide them on their chess path.
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Sunday saw the latest H+H Fire Train and Play event. This
one was held at BrentwoodPrep School and featured
over 90 children with coaching from GM Matthew Sadler, GM Nick Pert, IM Richard
Pert and myself. About half the children came from outside Essex.
The children were split into 4 groups based on chess ability
and all enjoyed 3 coaching sessions with 3 different coaches interspersed with
a 3 round tournament within their group.
Those who recorded their games also had a chance to sit down
with one of the coaches and analyse it. This proved extremely popular with
Grandmaster Matthew Sadler in particular often surrounded by eager players.
Matthew flew in from Amsterdam
for the event and struck up an instant rapport with the children.
It was great to see so many current and former CJCC players.
Congratulations in particular to Tommy Wood scoring 2.5/3 in Group D at his
first ever chess event and Alexander Lockett and Max Pert both scoring 3/3 in
Group B. All 3 received chess book prizes.
This week is the 1st H+H Fire Chess Holiday Camp.
They’ll be another one immediately before the British Championships at the end
of July. The event is hosted by IM Richard Pert who was assisted with the
coaching by IM Adam Hunt and me.
Today was the first day and below are some photos of the
coaching and the chess playing. We finished off with a series of team matches
played over a number of boards with each player making one move on a board for
their team before heading to the next.
Leading the top coaching group through a rook and pawn endgame.
Selina and Byon concentrating hard.
Group A in their multi-board match (won by the girls after an Armageddon play-off).
Group B in their multi-board match. CJCC player Adam nearest the camera.
CJCC will return next week (21st) with the older
Below are the latest standings for the CJCC stage of the UK
Chess Challenge. Bertie beat Alice
to take the lead and they both became the first two players to win a furry
chess mascot. We’ll meet back on the 21st February with the older
Busy chess weekend. The National Primary Schools Chess
Championship qualifier at Moulsham on Saturday and the Essex Junior Chess
Association Coaching Day on Sunday.
We ended up with 22 teams at Moulsham (15 in the U11s, 7 in
the U9s) from schools in Essex, Suffolk and London. Congratulations
to Moulsham A and Moulsham C who both qualified for the South of England
semi-finals. Both teams surpassed themselves with Moulsham A finishing 2nd
and Moulsham C surprisingly taking the last qualifying spot.
Brentwood Prep and Elm Green (the other schools with CJCC
players) U11s also qualified. This was particularly impressive for Elm Green in
their first ever appearance in the competition. Below is a photo of Moulsham A
(all 5 players are CJCC members).
It is no coincidence that the top players from all 3 schools
have attended most of the EJCA Coaching Days and Brentwood Train and Play days.
Expert coaching paired with regular competitive practice would help any young
player to develop. More importantly though it was great to see so many players
this weekend having fun playing and learning whatever their level.
It is the turn of the younger players this week at the club
for the next round of the UK Chess Challenge. No CJCC meeting in half-term
week. CJCC players Alexander and Jake will be joining me however at the 1st H+H
Fire Chess Holiday Camp in Writtle on 13th/14th February.