Wednesday, 31 May 2017
CJCC meets back on 6th June with the older players. Dates up to the end of term are as follows.
Older Group – 6th June, 20th June, 4th July, 18th JulyYounger Group – 13th June, 27th June, 11th July.
18th July will be the final meeting before we close for the holidays.
We have 3 junior chess events taking place in
during June and July.
Sunday 25th June – the final Essex Junior Grand Prix tournament at Saffron Walden. Entry form available via www.ejca.co.uk
Sunday 2nd July –H+H Fire Train and Play event at
Guest coach International Master Harriet Hunt (Britain's highest rated female player). Details and registration at www.britishchess.co.uk Chelmsford
24th/25th July – H+H Fire Chess Holiday Camp near
Aimed at junior tournament players with a grade above 30. Guest coach
Grandmaster and former British Champion Chris Ward. If you have not received details and an
entry form or would like to check if it is suitable for your child please email
Tuesday, 23 May 2017
Last weekend was the English Primary Schools Chess Association tournament at Pontins in Camber Sands in
. A number of Essex schools had
qualified and I went down with Kent for the two day
six-round tournament for teams of five at U11 and U9 level. Moulsham
It was a great event for
with 3 schools in the top 5 (out of 36 teams) in the U11s. Heycroft, West Leigh
and Brentwood Prep did brilliantly. It helped that many of their players had
attended the Train and Play and Essex Junior Chess Association coaching days
over the last year as well as playing in the EJCA tournaments.
Moulsham A raced to 9/10 and the tournament lead before facing the strongest schools and dropping down. Stewart Day’s battling victory in the last round proved enough to earn Moulsham their first ever silver award at U11 level. Moulsham B managed a very credible two wins and every player scored points for the school.
More importantly all the
players showed they knew how to win and lose with good grace and were a credit
to their schools.
Fraser (left) and Stewart did a brilliant job leading their teams. Fraser would win this game and Heycroft would finish 2nd overall. Both boys will start at KEGS in September which is great news for their chess team.
Sunday, 14 May 2017
Today (Sunday) was the Essex Megafinal. This was a major event with about 200 entries from
Essex and elsewhere. Players were competing to become the
best boy (Supremo) and girl Suprema) in age groups from U7 to U18. In addition
anyone scoring 4/6 or better qualified for the South of England Gigafinal in
17 players from CJCC took part (not the same group as yesterday – two events in one weekend was too much for most!). Without any responsibility for the tournament I spent the day in the sunshine chatting with the children and parents from across
9 of our players scored 4/6 or better to qualify for the Gigafinal and congratulations to them. It was also the first tournament for some of the club so a good learning experience.
Above is a photo of a few of the
Harry has also won the English Chess Federation U7 Grand Prix (a compilation of tournament results over a whole year) so a double celebration for him this weekend.
Saturday, 13 May 2017
Today was the Brentwood Open U12 Tournament which included a simultaneous match for everyone against GM Jon Speelman. We ended up with 68 players despite Sunday’s Megafinal and an U14 match. It was a fun and trouble-free day of chess. Details of our next event (in Chelmsford) at www.britishchess.co.uk
CJCC was represented by 15 players, some of whom were playing in their first tournament. All 15 won at least one match and can be pleased with the effort they put in. Pride of place went to Jake who became Brentwood Prep Champion and Olga who shared the girl’s prize. Special congratulations to
as well who in his first tournament was one of only two players to hold GM Jon
Speelman to a draw. Lawrence
GM Jon Speelman with (from the left) Shlok, Jake, Max and Jerry. Jake won a play-off to become Brentwood Prep Champion. Max beat Shlok and Jerry on tiebreak after all 3 scored 5/5.
Wednesday, 10 May 2017
Below is a photo of Olga with the trophy she won for scoring 6/6 in the U9’s at
Congratulations to Jake, Josh, Stewart and Sebastian for their efforts for the Essex U11’s last weekend. The coach left
at 6am (!) for Oldham and the team finished a
credible 8th overall. Jake was CJCC’s best player with 2.5/3 and
Josh the best sleeper on the coach. Ben, James and Alexander were also invited
but couldn’t make it.
Good luck to everyone this weekend playing at
Brentwood on the 13th or the Megafinal on the
14th. For some players this will be their first tournament
experience so fingers crossed in particular for them.
Tuesday, 2 May 2017
Ben Pickwick was our UK Chess Challenge Champion and he is pictured below with the trophy and chess book he won. Congratulations to Ben who will be taking part in the Essex Megafinal on May 14th.
Congratulations also to Stewart, Josh, Jake and Ben Chang who have been selected to play for Essex U11s in the National Final next weekend. The coach leaves
Chelmsford for Manchester at 6am so it
promises to be a test of stamina as much as chess strength.
All 4 boys took part in the EJCA Grand Prix tournament in
Colchester last weekend alongside quite a few other CJCC
players. Stewart won his first EJCA trophy by finishing 3rd in the
U11s (half a point ahead of Josh). Olga won the U9s with 6/6. Dinil won the
trophy for Best Newcomer.
Olga and Dinil were part of the Essex U9 team that finished an excellent 5th in their National Final last month. Both of them managed to score 3/3 in their individual games.