The annual Basildon Rapidplay will take place on Sunday 18th November alongside the Basildon Junior Tournament, at Kingswood Primary School, SS16 5DE. For full details see the entry form by clicking on ‘View Tournaments’ on this page.
The under 14 team played their long awaited second match in their SCCU u130 Final at home to Oxfordshire at the Margaretting Village Hall on 30 September 2018, almost a year after the tournament had started. We had already lost a close match at Richmond JCC (14-10) but with Oxford then beating Richmond (15½-8½) we could still win the title on games points by reaching the magic number of 15 points against Oxford. Two new grading lists had been issued since the eligible date for the tournament and several players were now graded over 130 in the July 2018 list. Under the current grades the
Well done to all the Essex Juniors who travelled to Hull for the British Championships this year. In particular, congratulations to Harry Zheng who is the under 8 Champion and came second in the under 9. Two other Essex juniors won prizes - Max Pert, second in the under 8 and Christopher Willoughby, second in the u120 event. Full details of the results of Essex players may be found at the "Essex at the British 2018" pages on the ECA website. Here is a link http://www.essexchess.org.uk/index.php/activitie
The under 14 team played the first match in their SCCU u130 Final away at Richmond JCC at their usual venue, Orleans Park School. It was fortunate for Richmond that after the January grades were published they had four players 130 and above who could still play due to lower August grades whilst we had just the one. We were outgraded on most boards but many of our team had done well in various events lately and they were sure to give a good account of themselves.
It is not too late to enter the Saffron Junior Chess Tournament, the fifth and final event in the Essex Junior Grand Prix. It will be held on Saturday, 24 June 2018 and the entry form is available at this website via the red ‘view tournaments’ button. This is the last chance for players to improve the Grand Prix standings for 2017/18.
There are other forthcoming events that have recently been added to the tournaments page -