Welcome to the Essex Junior Chess Association

Essex TeamPhoto by Mrudang PatelUnder 13 players at the SCCU JamboreeEnglish Chess Championships 2013 Under 13s 2nd Place

Southend Congress


The Annual Southend Chess Congress was played over Easter and proved to be a successful event for several Essex Juniors.

We had four players in the Open event –

Adam Taylor (Manningtree) 4/7 – Prize for best score by a junior player in the Open

Gorak Rajesh (Colchester RGS) - 3½/7 – Rating Prize

Naomi Wei – (Wanstead) – 3/7 – Overall second prize for best score by female player based on grading performance.

Daniel Gallagher (Maldon) – 2/7

New Junior Chess Club in Chelmsford

The Knights of Chelmsford Junior Chess Club held their first meeting on Tuesday 25th March. The Knights are keen to welcome children of all ages and strengths to the club so it was great to have children from ages 6 to 16 and from beginners to experienced tournament players at our first meeting.

u11s Qualify for the EPSCA Final

The Essex Under 11 team played in the EPSCA East Zonal on Saturday 15th March at the Chingford Foundation School in Chingford. 

The team finished in 5th place comfortably qualifying for the final in May.  Everyone scored at least a point for the team, with Robert Dybowski winning all three games.  Two other players were unbeaten - Oscar Dybowski and Temi Aderogba.  Several players had wins against much higher graded opponents.  So a pleasing effort all round.

BARNET             48.5

KENT                  44

RICHMOND         37

HERTS                33

SCCU Jamboree

Although we were missing some of our stars, Essex managed to field three teams to make the long trip to Hassocks in West Sussex for the SCCU Jamboree on 9 March 2014.

Our teams battled valiantly although we were seriously outgraded in many of the games – especially from Board 3 down in the under 14 Open and the top half of the under 14 Minor team.  Our u18s had some long games but most probably suffered through lack of regular chess.


Recent Events

Adam Taylor won the u16 closed event at Yately Manor scoring 4½/5 and is therefore the u16 SCCU Champion.  The picture below shows Adam with the trophy.

Adam followed up this performance by playing at the Casino Open in Graz, Austria over half term in a tournament that included many GMs and IMs.  Adam finished with an excellent score of 5/9 and a 33 point improvement on his FIDE rating.