Wednesday, 27 June 2018

CJCC Dates

CJCC will be closed on Tuesday 3rd July because I'll be with KEGS at the U19 National Finals. CJCC volunteer helper Scott is part of the team.

On 10th July it will be the final week for the older players and 17th July the final week for the younger players ahead of the summer. We will probably meet back on 11th September.

I'm at a two-day chess Summer Camp on 23rd and 24th July (one week ahead of the British Championships). Details at

Good luck to the CJCC players at the Gigafinals the next two weekends and congratulations to our EJCA Grand Prix prizewinners (Jake, Olga and Jixuan). Full details of the Saffron Walden event and the final Grand Prix standings will soon appear at

Jake and Olga along with Maheep will be playing in the British Championships over the summer. The very best of luck to them.

Best Wishes

Monday, 11 June 2018

Train and Play 10th June

Yesterday saw the latest British Chess Train and Play event in Chelmsford. IM Richard Pert organises the events with me and we had IM Harriet Hunt (Britain's highest rated female player) as our guest coach. The children played 3 matches in teams with coaching in between.

Russell White (chess coach at St. Anne's and CJCC) managed Team Garry Kasparov to success in the team competition. Tim Worrall - TiC of chess at KEGS - was our other guest manager. Thanks also to CJCC helper Scott Shelley and CJCC parent Emma Wilson for their work keeping all the scores, taking photos and generally making things run smoothly in the hall.

17 CJCC players took part and special mention to Felix for winning a prize as one of 8 players to win all 3 matches. Sam from Moulsham won my "Player of the Day" trophy.

The next junior event is the EJCA Grand Prix tournament at Saffron Walden on 24th June (details at The next British Chess event is our two day Holiday Camp on 23rd/24th July (details at or via me).

The children split into groups for coaching between rounds. We are not playing invisible chess. There is a demonstration chess board at the front.

CJCC's Prady and Prasid (closest to the camera) in blue on the right playing for Team Bobby Fischer. Prady is playing fellow CJCC member Wolfie.

Nina on board one for the all-girls Team Judit Polgar playing eventual winning captain of Team Garry Kasparov Charlie Goldsmith. CJCC players Olga and Jake next to Charlie.

 Today's winning team Garry Kasparov with Richard, Harriet and manager Russell White.

Our British Chess Grand Prix winners (for events over the last 12 months). Great trophies and medals made and designed by Olga. Bertie and Maheep from CJCC also won medals while Jake was one of the three trophy winners.

Best Wishes