Tuesday, 20 November 2018

Last Sunday, next Sunday and today's club

Last Sunday (18th) I was helping run a tournament on behalf of the Essex Junior Chess Association at Basildon. Quite a few of our players were involved and did very well.

Sid got a special trophy today (see photo below) because he concentrated and played very well to beat the highest-rated player in the U8s despite being the youngest player in the tournament himself. Vivaan also won a trophy today for his play at the club.

Next Sunday (25th) I'm involved with running a secondary school tournament at KEGS. Plenty of CCJC interest in the KEGS and Moulsham teams.

CJCC players Eddie and Theo have organised the Moulsham teams themselves because they wanted to play and their school didn't enter. They've even recruited our snack tsar Leon (Year 10) into a team for his first competitive chess since Year 6.

 Nice to welcome Bertie and Phoebe back to the club.

 Dinil had a great battle with Prady before finally winning.

 Scott plays the Alices watched by Aoife and Roisin. Milana looks excited behind.

Sid with his trophy together with his brother Prady (it was Egyptian Day for Year 3 at St. Cedds!) and his classmate Tokunbo.

Best Wishes

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

CJCC 13th November

Older group today. We are in the middle of an all-play-all tournament. Some of the Year 7 and 8 players practiced a time control (8 minutes plus 2 seconds a move) they'll be using at a secondary school team event on the 25th November.

At the end of the session we all looked together at the end of a game that cost former CJCC parent IM Richard Pert a few thousand pounds last week. One slip at the end of Round 9 undid all the good work of the previous 4 days. Harsh game sometimes. Well done to Adam Baker for finding the plausible but flawed move Richard played and to the others who found a better one.

 Tom engrossed by Lucas's match with Leon. Welcome back to Lucas after a year away.

 Cody and Adam's sculpture.

 Saad (standing) also made a welcome return to the club after a long break.

Toby looks worried by the Alice and Alice team. His king looks in trouble but he went on to win.

Nye from the younger group with his Player of the Week trophy. He is one of our most improved players this term.

Best Wishes