Welcome to the Essex Junior Chess Association

Action from the Southend GP in the under 9sEssex under 14 for the match with Richmond JCCRyan Smith v Jonathan Cheung in the under 18(Minor) at the Southend GPPlay in progress in the Under 18(Open) section at SouthendThe last games to finish in the Under 18(Open) at the Southend GPOlga considers her move in the under 9s at the Southend GPPlenty of thought in the under 18(Minor) at the Southend GPNina Pert plays Abigail Weersing on top board in the under 11s at Southend

Action from the Southend GP in the under 9s

Essex under 14 for the match with Richmond JCC

Ryan Smith v Jonathan Cheung in the under 18(Minor) at the Southend GP

Charukgan plays a move in his game with Ben

Play in progress in the Under 18(Open) section at Southend

The last games to finish in the Under 18(Open) at the Southend GP

Olga considers her move in the under 9s at the Southend GP

Plenty of thought in the under 18(Minor) at the Southend GP

Under 14 Friendly witrh Richmond JCC

We had a very keen squad of players at the West Maldon Community Centre on Saturday 11 February ready to play our first under 14 fixture for over a year!!  Sadly, the proposed match with Middlesex did not come to fruition but we were very pleased and grateful to welcome a team of eleven players from the Richmond Junior Chess Club for a friendly match.

Essex Junior Chess completes its 2016-17 school year training program

February 7th saw 40 rapidly improving Essex Junior Chess players complete their 5th and final train and play day. Players were separated into small groups by grade with the expert group led by International Master Richard Pert (232 grade), Group 2 led by professional coach Tom Villiers (FIDE grade 2145), Group 3 led by Chess Coach Robin Slade with Essex's Junior Chess Chairman, Declan Kilcline, providing some personal coaching to Group 4.

Southend Junior Chess Tournament

The 3rd Essex Junior Grand Prix event of 2016/17 was held at the Prince Avenue Academy School in Westcliff-on-Sea on 22 January 2017 and attracted 80 entrants but sadly ten players had to withdraw either on the day or the night before due to illness.

All of the various age groups were closely contested and the results were as follows –

Under 9

1st Harry Zheng (Boreham) 5½/6

2nd Roxolana Chaban (Kent) 5/6

3rd (on tie break) Max Pert (Billericay) 4/6

Under 11

London Junior Chess Championships

The London Junior Chess Championships have recently concluded and several Essex players took part in the various events against some of the best juniors in the southern counties.

Sarah Weersing was the top scoring girl in the under 14 Major Section and became the SCCU Girls u14 Champion.  In the under 14 Minor Section Urbi Modhura was the Leading Girl (finishing just above her twin sister Purba Audhora).  Probably the best result by a boy from Essex was achieved by Findlay Lister who finished =4th in the Under 12 Major Section.

Training Report

Essex Juniors are rapidly improving their chess

Sunday, December 4th saw 36 Essex Juniors ranging in age from 6 to 13 travel to Writtle, Chelmsford for six hours of training, graded games and fun. With an excellent player:coach ratio of 9:1, these lucky juniors received expert coaching from 4 coaches with average grades exceeding 200, led by International Master, Richard Pert, with excellent support from Tom Villiers, Robin Slade and Russell White