Tuesday, 29 January 2019

CJCC Week 4 Photos

It was great to see Wolfie (on his 8th birthday) after his chess break and to welcome Adi, Luv and Kush to the club for the first time.

We carried on with the UK Chess Challenge and the younger players all got a Chess Battle Manual and an invitation to take part in online chess as part of the Challenge.

Alice S kindly took the photos below. Alice is one of the Year 7 players always willing to help the younger ones which is a vital part of the club. Special thanks to James today for all his patient work with Pranshi and Alex.

Kush watching his brother Luv's game with Vivaan carefully. Birthday boy Wolfie in the background.

Josh playing Khrisha closest to the camera. Khrisha's brother Rishi next to her has his "Best Newcomer" trophy with him from his first ever tournament.

 Adi (age 5) on the right nearest the camera about to move against fellow St. Cedds player Tokumbo.

Solan is happy about something. The board looks like a battle zone. No wonder the pieces get mixed up!

Olga about to move against Dinil. James is standing who did a marvellous job helping Pranshi and Alex play their game today.

Good luck to all our players taking part in the Essex qualifier for the National Primary Schools Chess Championship on Saturday at Moulsham School. It will be a busy weekend with the Essex Junior Chess Association coaching day on the Sunday (also at Moulsham).

Moulsham Junior School have 6 teams taking part who will all be managed by old pupils who are current or former CJCC players. Mildmay's team is also managed by an older CJCC player. Passing on your experience like this is an important part of our club ethos.

Best Wishes

Wednesday, 23 January 2019

CJCC January Chess

We are 3 weeks into the term and the UK Chess Challenge is currently led by James Naylor on 10 points (partly because he has played the most games!).

 It was the (mostly!) older players today. Alongside the tournament we enjoyed a clever queen sacrifice checkmate played by Toby in the London Junior Chess Championships over Christmas.

Khrisha, Cody and Hector are watching Millie's game with Jiyuan.

Jixuan is looking serious against tournament leader James. Evan and Anna would have an exciting draw next to them when they were left with just a king each.

Congratulations to our prize winners and competitors at the recent EJCA tournament in Southend. Rishi won the Best Newcomer trophy in the U9s. Olga (Year 5) and James Zarzecki (Year 7) both played excellently to win money in the U18 Minor.

The new chess grades are out today. Have a look if you dare!

Please get in touch if you have any questions about the club or junior chess in Essex.

Best Wishes

Tuesday, 1 January 2019

New Term - UK Chess Challenge

Happy New Year!

CJCC will start back on Tuesday 8th January with the older players.

I have a boxful of badges, gold stickers, furry creatures, chess advice booklets and trophies which means it is time to start the UK Chess Challenge. Everyone will have a chance to win gold spots and a furry friend or two then move forward to the Essex Megafinal.

Best Wishes