Tuesday, 30 January 2018

CJCC 30th January

Busy week at the club with 30+ players for the older half. I did snatch a few photos to balance the younger half collection from last week. Good job Scott and Russell were along to help.

Congratulations to Ed for being the first player to reach 11 points in the UK Chess Challenge and win a mascot. Also to Alice for being Player of the Week by doing what few players manage and beating Stewart.

This weekend Moulsham host a primary school competition. Many of the Moulsham and St. Anne's players from the club will be taking part so good luck to them. I'm really pleased 6 older CJCC players and former Moulsham Junior students will be returning to their old school to manage the 6 Moulsham teams taking part in the competition.

Ollie (left) returning to chess action ahead of his mangerial role playing Toby. Leon and Theo in the middle - who played their match with no rooks but 3 queens each - will also be managers.

Alice W on her way to beating Stewart. Ewan sitting next to Alice would eventually beat Nikita Z in a close match. Anish (off camera) looks to have surprised Hriday. Felix, Jake and Nikita A behind.

William playing Adam next to a thoughtful Cody and new member Alice S.

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Tuesday, 23 January 2018

CJCC 23rd Jan 2018

The younger half of the club today and the next games in the UK Chess Challenge. Well done to George who was "Player of the Week" for a tidy checkmate with his rooks against Milana.

Thank you to older players Theo and Leon for coming along to help and Russell White for bringing along the St. Anne's players and doing some teaching with Maheep and James on the big board.

 Wolfie, Hriday, Theo and Kai closest to the camera. 

 Freddie and Cody (who eventually drew their tournament game). Rishi behind them.

 Lawrence and Anish closest, Leon keeping an eye on Kaan and Joshua behind.

 Amelie concentrating hard in her match.

George and his younger brother Theo., Hriday peeking behind.

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Wednesday, 10 January 2018

"Player of the Week"

Great first week back with the younger half. Thank you to Theo Flower for coming along to help out. He did a great job coaching and supporting the younger children. Welcome to Joshua, Rishi and Khrisha who came along for the first time.

It was the first week of the UK Chess Challenge so all the children got their badges and those who scored a win got their first gold spot. There were some nice checkmates - Nikita caught Hriday with a sneaky back rank mate and George got a very tidy queen and king mate against Kaan.

Each week I hand out a trophy to "Player of the Week". Runner-up was Cody who showed a great attitude in pushing Adam all the way in their match. The winner however was Wolfie - pictured below with his brother Freddie lurking behind - who won his first ever tournament match with his checkmate against Theo Scola.

Thank you to his mum for the photo - I was too busy with the tournament to take any this week.

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Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Essex Junior Chess Association

The Essex Junior Chess Association (www.ejca.co.uk) organise much of the junior chess that takes place in Essex - Grand Prix tournaments, coaching days and county matches at U9, U11 and U14 level. They also loan their equipment to Richard Pert and me for the events we organise (www.britishchess.co.uk).

On Sunday 14th January is the next EJCA Grand Prix tournament - in Southend this time. On 4th February is the last of 3 invitational coaching days for the stronger Essex juniors.

Below is a photo taken from the last coaching day of a challenge blitz match between myself and fellow coach Tom Villiers. It was fun to play and the juniors enjoyed watching and adding their opinions from the sidelines. Congratulations to Tom on his well-deserved victory.

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At the next coaching day Tom and I will put htis rivalry to one side and team up for a simultaneous challenge match.

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