Welcome to the Essex Junior Chess Association

UK Chess Challenge Last Chance Saloon

If you have not qualified for the next stage of the UK Chess Challenge you can enter the Last Chance Saloon at Buckhurst Hill on 2 April!

This is an ideal opportunity if you have failed to qualify in the UK Chess Challenge at your school or your School has not run a Chess Challenge.

The entry form may be downloaded through this website via the red "View Tournaments" button.

Success for u14s at SCCU Jamboree

We had three teams plus one reserve at this event -

The under 18 Minor team made up of older players and aspiring younger ones all graded under 130 put in a spirited performance and scored 6 points from their matches.

The under 14 Open team faced strong opposition and sadly their Board 6 Player could only complete one game due to illness.  Their final score was 8.5 points.

The under 14 Minor team was for players graded under 110.  They scored 11 points and edged out Surrey on tie break to take the winners trophies – a splendid achievement!

Under 14s Finish with a Win

We welcomed Kent to the West Maldon Community Centre on 1 March 2015 for our final fixture and our first ever match at this venue.

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.