Monday, 24 February 2020

Good Luck!

Good luck to all our players taking part in the Brentwood Open on Sunday. It has a section specifically for younger players without a grade so is an ideal first tournament. Still (just) time to enter at

Good luck also to the CJCC players selected to represent Essex next month. Olga, Maheep, Evan and Charlie have been selected to play for the U11s and Xander and Luoke for the U9s. Olga will also be leading the Essex U11 Girls Team (the current National Champions).

This week it will be the turn of the younger players at the club. I have composed a nice position for us to look at with a fork, discovered check, pin and checkmate.

Best Wishes

Sunday, 9 February 2020

Southend tournament and new half-term dates

Another weekend, another chess tournament. Below are Solan and Joshua playing each other and looking focussed at the Essex Junior Chess Association Southend Grand Prix today.

The next Essex junior tournament is the British Chess Brentwood Junior Open on 1st March. This one unusually has a section just for players without a grade. Details at

This week (11th) is our last meeting before half-term. We'll meet back on 25th February with the younger group. Our dates up to Easter will be...

Younger Group - 25/2, 10/3, 24/03
Older Group - 3/3, 17/3.

We will return after Easter on Tuesday 21st April.

Best Wishes

Sunday, 2 February 2020

Chess Weekend and Twitter

This has been a full chess weekend sandwiched by chess at Elm Green (Friday) and St Cedd's tomorrow (Monday).

Saturday saw the local qualification stage for the National Primary Schools Chess Championship with 26 teams from Essex and London. CJCC players represented St Anne's, St Cedd's and Moulsham.

I was with St Cedd's who did splendidly to qualify for the National semi-finals in the U9 and U11 competition. CJCC's Maheep (Year 6) and Sid (Year 2) led the teams. Moulsham U9's did even better and finished 2nd overall with CJCC's Sachin and George on the top two boards.

Sunday saw the latest Coaching Day organised by the Essex Junior Chess Association. The EJCA are responsible for much of the junior chess in Essex. They can be found at and @essexchess.

I've also started to tweet on CJCC and the junior chess I'm involved with @robinslade65.

In action from Sunday below are two CJCC players. Hugo (Year 1) had a full weekend as he was part of the St Cedd's U9 team on Saturday as well which was his first chess competition.

 Hugo about to move against Ruqayyah. Neili is poised with her pencil behind.

Joshua (on the right) against Neili's brother Viru. Fellow CJCC player Xander is next to Joshua.

Best Wishes