Monday, 30 July 2018

British Chess Championships - Essex and CJCC success

The British Chess Championships are currently underway in Hull. CJCC players Olga, Jake and Maheep played in the U11s. No prizes for them but some battling chess and no shortage of effort. They can be very proud of themselves.

Essex and CJCC success came in the U8s where former CJCC players Harry and Max finished 1st and 2nd. Harry and Max also scored well in the U9s with Harry leading until losing to Rohan in the last round.

It was nice to see so many juniors (including Rohan) from outside Essex who have been to British Chess events doing so well.

The very best of luck to the other Essex junior players in the different events this week.

Double Essex success in the U8s with Harry (on the right) and Max pictured with me. Thanks to Harry's mum Aiqing for the photo.

Best Wishes

Tuesday, 24 July 2018

British Chess Holiday Camp

On 23rd and 24th July British Chess (former CJCC parent Richard Pert and I) organised a two-day chess Holiday Camp.

Assisted by popular female coach Lateefah Messam-Sparks and CJCC helper Scott Shelley among many others we played a series of team matches, analysed the games afterwards and did chess workshops on openings, endings, tricks, attack and defence. A full report will appear on the blog at

10 of the students are off to the British Championships this month so were looking to educate and lubricate their chess brains but others were along simply to enjoy two days of chess at the start of the summer holidays.

It was a social as well as educational two days of chess with the footballers undaunted by the summer sunshine. It was particularly nice to have as many girls as boys along with Ornela getting a special prize for coming all the way from Cornwell just for the event. Particular congratulations to Elias and Mae for winning my Player of the Day trophy.

 Elias playing Emily closest to the camera.

 CJCC player Olga facing Katie and with fellow CJCC player Jake next to her.

 Jaden's turn to take on Emily.

Jaideep concentrating against Charlie.

Best Wishes

Tuesday, 17 July 2018

End of Term

Today was the last meeting for CJCC ahead of the summer break. We'll meet back on 11th September.

 Cody is pleased with his position.

Leon's chess school in full swing.

Best Wishes