Tuesday, 29 June 2021

CJCC returns to Christ Church this Summer

 Summer Chess Club

Chelmsford Junior Chess Club will meet on the following Wednesday afternoons from 2.30pm to 4pm in Christ Church in London Road (CM2 0AW).

28th July, 11th August, 25th August - up to Year 5.

4th August, 18th August, 1st September - Year 6 and above.

Numbers are strictly limited and sessions will need to be pre-booked at chelmsfordjuniorchess@gmail.com

The cost will be £5 per session, which will be a mix of playing and coaching .

Payment can be made online in advance.

It will be great to see old and new players alike in person. I'll send out more details to those who enquire.

Best Wishes

Robin (chelmsfordjuniorchess@gmail.com)

Sunday, 20 June 2021

London Chess Festival

There is a great (and free) family chess event taking place in Trafalgar Square on July 18th organised by Chess In Schools. All the details are at www.chess-fest.com 

It should be a fun day out (and a nice reason to visit London again). Do let me know if you are going and I'll keep an eye out for you.

Best Wishes

Thursday, 10 June 2021

Over The Board Chess?

Currently, chess in Primary Schools is across the board in year bubbles while chess in senior schools is still virtual. I am currently involved with chess at Brentwood School, KEGS, St Cedd's and Widford Lodge.

Pupils at St Cedd's and Widford Lodge have physical chess within year bubbles. This week at St Cedd's we've enjoyed outdoor chess under the trees with a giant chess set.

Pupils at Brentwood Senior School have a physical weekly club within year bubbles but play each other on iPads. Pupils at KEGS do all their chess remotely.

There is a great variety of online chess available and using Zoom alongside www.chesskid.com and www.lichess.org allows for interactive coaching. 

This will carry on regardless of the latest easing (or not) of covid restrictions. This weekend Essex Juniors take on Bayern Munich and Werder Bremen football clubs in their first International Battle.

Essex-Suffolk-Werder-HSK-FCB Team Battle #aYJvCgPQ • lichess.org

Hopefully CJCC along with the rest of the chess world will be able to move to a mix of over the board and online chess over the summer. I am looking to run some physical chess in Christ Church in Chelmsford along with weekly online coaching and tournaments. 

Chelmsford adult club is looking to return physically at the end of June.

Like everyone else, I will be looking at what is allowed and what feels sensible before making a decision. Fingers crossed though....

Best Wishes

Robin Slade (chelmsfordjuniorchess@gmail.com)