Sunday, 5 February 2017

Junior Chess Weekend 4th/5th February

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.

Best Wishes

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