Sunday, 24 March 2019

Essex Girls U11s - National Champions

Many congratulations to the Essex Girls U11 team on becoming National Champions this weekend.

CJCC were well represented by Olga and Anna with the team captained by former CJCC player (and former U8 and U9 British Girls Champion) Nina.

Anna standing and Olga sitting on the left. Nina holding the trophy.

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Tuesday, 12 March 2019

CJCC news and new members

A lovely if a busy afternoon at the club as we welcomed seven (!) new members. So hello to Logan, Luca, Jamie, Emily, Jaden, Lucia and Kitty.

Last week we welcomed Lucas, Laurel, Gabriel and Shrishti so the club is certainly thriving.

Congratulations to Olga, Dinil, Jixuan and Maheep who all played for the Essex U11 team at the weekend. Between them they scored 9/12. Essex finished 3rd in the competition so have qualified for the national county final later this month. Andrew was also invited but unfortunately unable to play.

Double celebration for Dinil because a final round draw with Ben saw him clinch the UK Chess Challenge tournament with 20 points.

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Monday, 4 March 2019

Train and Play Chess Day 3rd March

Yesterday was the British Chess Train and Play Day hosted by Brentwood Senior School. 115 juniors between 5 and 17 came along to enjoy two coaching session and a 4-round tournament within groups based on playing strength.

20 players from CJCC took part including some at their very first chess event. Well done to all the newcomers. Vivaan and Solan top-scored from these with 3/4. Congratulations also to Anna for winning the Best Girl prize in her section and Rishi (Year 3) for beating a student from Year 12.

Thanks are due to Brentwood School for all their support of the event (including a free packed lunch for every player!) and the EJCA for the loan of the equipment. Thanks also to all the volunteers who gave up their day to help everything run smoothly.

A report and more photos will appear in the blog at

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 GM Matthew Sadler delivering his talk in the smart surroundings of the Wessex Auditorium.

 Rishi in action against his second Year 12 opponent of the day on the top board in his section.

Impressive focus in Group B.