Welcome to the Essex Junior Chess Association

Recent Success for Essex Juniors

Several Essex Juniors took part in prestigious tournaments recently.

The best score by an Essex junior at the South of England Juniors event at Yately Manor was by Niall Ali in the Under 14 Closed Section where his score of 3/5 gave him a tournament performance rating of 166.

At the Wiltshire and West of England Junior Championships we had four juniors on the prize list –

Anum Sheik – Equal 1st in the under 9 Championship (Best girl in this section and overall best girl prize)

Daniel Gallagher Plays Kasparov!

There was a great opportunity for Daniel Gallagher when he played Garry Kasparov in a simultaneous display at Wellington College on 12 February (see photo at the end of this item).  The ex World Champion gave a lecture and then played 20 juniors including Daniel. The final result was 20-0 to Kasparov – perhaps not a great surprise but the juniors put in a great effort and the match lasted for 3 hours 20 minutes. Daniel was one of the last to finish and took Kasparov down to an endgame but eventually he resigned when faced with a forced loss.

Southend-on-Sea Junior Chess Tournament - Results

The 3rd Essex Junior Grand Prix event of 2014/15 was held at the Prince Avenue Academy School in Westcliff-on-Sea on 1 February 2015 and attracted 86 entrants.

Results in the various age groups were as follows –

Under 9

1st Giulio Sahinoz (Saffron Walden) 6/6

2nd (on tie break) Shahjahon Saidmurodov (East Ham) 4½/6

3rd Zahra Jaufarally (Colchester) 4½/6

Under 11

1st Nadia Jaufarally (Colchester) 6/6

2nd (on tie break) Cameron Parish (Westcliff-on-Sea) 5/6

3rd Ben Bishop (Chemlsford) 5/6

New Junior Chess Club in Saffron Walden


Attention! Calling all 8-18 year old students in Saffron Walden who are serious about their Chess and wish to make the most of their playing strength


Saffron Walden County High School – Room B1

 Audley End Road, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11 4UH


Wednesdays 4:15 – 6:15 pm term time. First session is on January 28th

Subsequent sessions in the Spring term are held on Feb 4th, Feb 11th, Feb 25th, March 11th, March 18th and March 25th.

Recent Events

The Christmas and New Year period is also a busy time for chess.  Listed below are results by Essex players –

Hastings Congress

Masters – Adam Taylor 5/9 (Tournament Performance Rating of 2253)

Weekend Major – Aditya Verma 3/5

Weekend Minor – Elliot Cocks 3/5

Weekend u120 – Annum Sheikh – 3/5

London Junior Chess Championships 2014