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Under 14 Team Qualify for SCCU Final

The under 14 team played their fourth fixture of 2017/18 at home against Kent at the King’s Road Primary School, Chelmsford on 10 March 2018.  We had to win this match or score more than nine game points to make the tournament final for the second year running. 

New Date for Colchester GP4

Following the recent bad weather the 4th event in the Essex Junior Grand Prix scheduled for 3rd March in Colchester had to be postponed.  The new date will now be Saturday, 26th May 2018 at a venue to be confirmed. 

Under 14s Continue Good Form in Surrey

The under 14 team played their third fixture of 2017/18 away against Surrey at Wilson’s School, Wallington on 24 February 2018.  The Team Manager was pleased to be able to bring a strong team, including reserves, and we soon built up a healthy lead in the first round although there were several hard fought games.  The top three boards were the last to finish but were all eventually won by Essex despite this looking unlikely until the closing stages of the games.  This left us with a 10½ to 1½ lead at the interval between the games.

Colchester Junior Chess Tournament / Southend Congress

A reminder that the 4th Essex Junior Grand Prix event is to take place at St. Benedict’s Catholic College, Norman Way, Colchester, CO3 3US on Saturday 3rd March.  The entry form is available on this website via the red “view tournaments” button.  Please enter as early as you can to avoid disappointment. 

Recent News

Congratulations to Harry Zheng who is the new u9 South of England champ with 5.5 out of 6.

In the u11 section Bhramav Rajesh was joint 4th with 4 out of 5 and Jerry Zheng had 3.5 (both of these players registered 130+ grading performances).  In the u12 Closed Section Abbey Weersing scored 3.5 out of 5.  Harry Zheng is pictured below with his trophy and his brother, Jerry.

New Grades

The January 2018 Grades have been published by the ECF - check yours here http://www.ecfgrading.org.uk/new/menu.php

Southend Junior Chess Tournament

The 3rd Essex Junior Grand Prix event of 2017/18 was held at the Prince Avenue Academy School in Westcliff-on-Sea on 14 January 2018 and attracted 62 entrants.

First IM norm for Adam C Taylor

Former Essex Junior Champion, Adam Taylor continues to makes progress towards the IM title with an excellent performance at the Hastings Congress.  Current Essex juniors should aspire to achieve similar success - further details on the ECF and ECA websites and, of course, the Hastings Congress website.

http://www.englishchess.org.uk/first-im-norm-for-adam-c-taylor

http://www.essexchess.org.uk/

Forthcoming Events

All players and parents are reminded that the next event in the Essex Junior Chess Grand Prix is on Sunday, 14 January 2018 at the Prince Avenue Academy, Hornby Avenue, Westcliff-on-Sea, SS0 0LG.

The closing date for entries is Wednesday, 10 January so please submit entries by then to avoid possible disappointment as late entries will only be submitted if space permits.

After this event the fourth Grand Prix is likely to be held in Colchester and the fifth and final event will be in Saffron Walden on 24 June 2018.

London Junior Chess Championships 2017

The annual London Junior Chess Championships were held on 16/17 and 28-30 December 2017.

The most successful Essex player was Purba Audhora who was joint first in under 14 Minor event with an excellent score of 5/6 (see photos below).

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