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Under 14s Draw 12-12 with Kent

On 8 December fourteen players represented Essex at Amherst School, Sevenoaks for the fixture against Kent.  After the first round we led 7-5 although many of the games had been had fought.  Unfortunately, the second round started badly, especially on the lower boards, and although we recovered as the round progressed, the extra half point needed to win the match was just beyond us.  Still a draw is always a good result against Kent and the teams were evenly matched.  Well done to all the players, including the two reserves who won all their games and not forgetting parents for all their su

Essex Girls at English Championships

Several Essex players made the trip to Nottingham for this event on 30 November. Congratulations to Naomi Wei who came equal first in the under 14 section with 4/5.

There were also encouraging performances from our other players - Jenny Kilcline and Sarah Weersing 3/5 in the under 12 section and Emmy Kilcline 2/5 in the under 10 section.

Further details about the event on the ECF Juniors website.


Essex u14s Start with a Win

Our first match in the SCCU u14 tournament was played at the URC Church in Chelmsford on Sunday, 24 November against Sussex.

As usual, the Sussex team was very competitive and after the first round the visitors were leading by half a point.  Despite this minor setback, the Essex players demonstrated their fighting spirit by coming though the second round by a four point margin and therefore finishing as winners by 13½ to 10½.

The full result may be viewed on the SCCU website –

Basildon Grand Prix + National and County Teams

The Second Grand Prix of 2013/14 was held at Basildon on 17 November and attracted 140 junior players, including several from outside of Essex.  There were sections for players aged under 6, 8, 10, 12 and 14 together with an Open section for adults and juniors of any age or grade that included several juniors over 14.  The main prize winners were as follows –

Under 6

1st Shlok Verma 6/6 (Ilford)

Under 8

1st Anum Sheikh  (Ilford) 5½/6

2nd Tristan Bromelow (Fairlop) 5/6

3rd Ayub Mourad (Basildon) 4½/6

Welcome to the new site

This is the brand new Essex Junior Chess Website.  Welcome!

Junior Chess in Essex has been going from strength to strength during the last few years. 

Our Grand Prix tournaments regularly attract 90 players. 

We have teams competing regularly at under-9, under-11 and under-14 levels.