Sunday, 25 October 2020

CJCC Team Success

 Congratulations CJCC. We have won our first ever chess competition!

Essex 4-Way Battle Essex Blitz Team Battle 251020 •

CJCC came out on top ahead of KEGS, Brentwood School and Colchester Junior Chess Club. 

Thank you to everyone who took part. CJCC had players in the KEGS and Brentwood teams so were always likely to be able to claim some kind of success.

Congratulations in particular to George (EvenNimbleCamel) for heading our scoring and two of our younger players - Veer (RealUpbeatFireman) and Hugo (FitShakyKangaroo) - for their fine results.

Best Wishes

Robin Slade (

Thursday, 22 October 2020

Next Term

To help all our planning, please see the timetable below. It contains most of the upcoming chess although isn't set in stone.

All the CJCC events have Zoom running alongside (the rolling invites are in the tournament document I email out). The lichess links are also on the document and in News (under Learn - Classes).

All the lichess tournaments are open to any Essex or Suffolk junior with a lichess account and the appropriate rating. 

The CJCC Saturday ChessKid events are only open to those in CJCC. Please note that although everyone is invited to play, more experienced players are expected to show kindness when playing those rated under 1000.

As ever, do ask if you have any questions and take advantage of the excellent chess learning material on both sites. 

Best Wishes
Robin Slade (

Monday, 19 October 2020

Half-Term Chess

It has been great to be physically back in schools coaching chess again. But online chess has a huge amount going for it as well. We will get the best of both worlds in the future with over the board clubs, competitions and coaching running parallel with the same online.

CJCC continues online. We have a fortnightly Saturday morning tournament at followed by coaching over Zoom for the less experienced players. We also have fortnightly blitz tournaments on Saturday mornings and Wednesday evenings at 

Our players take part in Team Battle Blitzes on lichess, playing for CJCC, KEGS, Brentwood School and Essex Juniors. There are a myriad of other competitions and great learning material on both sites.

Last Sunday, George (EvenNimbleCamel) organised his own tournament at because he wanted to play and there wasn't one organised. George had Berserked to victory the day before in the CJCC Blitz but he didn't make the podium in his own event (Rowan from Suffolk taking the honours).

We have an Essex Arena Battle Blitz on Sunday 25th, giving CJCC Battle Blitz players the chance to represent CJCC or their own school. There is also a CJCC Halloween Coaching Day on 31st October.

Keep an eye on the emailed calendar and club news sections on lichess and ChessKid for upcoming events - there are always some just around the corner.

Best Wishes

Robin Slade (