Welcome to the Essex Junior Chess Association

A Possee of Controllers at Saffron Walden GP5Players deep in thought at Saffron Walden GP5Top Board in the under 11s at Saffron WaldenSaffron Walden GP 5 - Playing HallTop Board in the under 9s at Saffron WaldenUnder 18 (Open) at Saffron Walden GP5Under 11s at Saffron Walden GP5Lavanan Ainkaran plays Lakdinu Peries in the Under 18 (Minor) at Saffron WaldenAditya considers a reply to Sarah's French DefenceLeonardo Stefanoni v Aditya Verma in the u18 at Saffron Walden

Top Board in the under 9s at Saffron Walden

Southend Chess Congress - 25 to 28 March 2016


All Essex Juniors are encouraged to enter the Southend Chess Congress which is held as usual over Easter.  Apart from the Open section that will no doubt attract several Grandmasters there are four graded sections of five rounds held over the Saturday and Sunday.  The under 120 and under 95 sections will be especially suitable to many of our aspiring junior players.  Please see full details via this link to the Essex Chess Association Southend Congress pages http://www.essexchess.org.uk/index.php/mm-se/mm-se60

Under 14s Results - Victory Over Surrey!

The Essex u14 team has played two matches on consecutive weekends most recently against Surrey at home on 6 February.  This proved to be an excellent fixture with many very competitive games and Essex just edged the first round by 7 to 5.  In the first round our top boards made little impression on the strong Surrey players but the second round was a different story and the whole team steadily accumulated enough points to win the match by the healthy margin of 15½ to 8½.  Wins against Surrey can be quite rare but it was a well deserved performance with every member of the team contributing

January 2016 Grades

Visit the ECF Grading Database for the latest grades - http://www.ecfgrading.org.uk/new/menu.php

Southend Junior Chess Tournament - 17 January 2016


The 3rd Essex Junior Grand Prix event of 2015/16 was held at the Prince Avenue Academy School in Westcliff-on-Sea on 17 January 2016 and attracted 93 entrants (seven more than last year).

Results in the various age groups were as follows –

Under 9

1st Tristan Bromelow (Hainault) 6/6

2nd (on tie break) Aarnavh Trivedi (Cambridgeshire) 5/6

3rd Rehan Shikalgar (Newham) 5/6

Under 11 (40 players!)

1st Shahjahon Saidmurodov (East Ham) 5½/6

2nd (on tie break) Lakshan Siddharth (Basildon) 5/6

Hastings International Chess Congress

Results of Essex Juniors –

Open (including 13 Grandmasters) over 9 rounds – FM Adam Taylor 4.5 and Daniel Gallagher 3.5

Weekend Major (5 rounds) – Elliot Cocks and Aditya Verma 2/5

Weekend u120 (5 rounds) – Shlok Verma 2.5 and Zoe Johnson 0/3

Clockwise from top left - Aditya and Shlok Verma, Adam Taylor, Elliot Cocks and Daniel Gallagher (Photo from Anna Gallagher)