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Saturday, September 29, 2018 - Saturday, September 29, 2018  
KJCA GP1 2018-19 (62 entries) 
Venue: Tonbridge Grammar  
Event Type: Individual Tournament
Sunday, October 7, 2018 - Sunday, February 24, 2019  
Coaching Days 2018-19 
Venue: Sevenoaks Primary School  
Event Type: Coaching Days
Sunday, October 7, 2018 - Sunday, February 24, 2019  
Level 5 All Days 
Venue: Sevenoaks Primary School  
Event Type: Coaching SubEvent Level 3-5

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Sunday, June 3, 2018 - Sunday, June 3, 2018  
KJCA GP8 Season Final 2017-18 (Crosstabs)
Venue: Bromley High School  
Event Type: Individual Tournament
Sunday, April 15, 2018 - Sunday, April 15, 2018  
GP7 2017-18 (Crosstabs)
Venue: Sevenoaks School  
Event Type: Individual Tournament
Sunday, March 4, 2018 - Sunday, March 4, 2018  
GP6 2017-18 (Crosstabs)
Venue: Harris Academy Beckenham  
Event Type: Individual Tournament

News

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KJCA AGM - Sunday 7th October at Sevenoaks Primary school

Kent Junior Chess Association, Annual General Meeting

Sunday, 7th October 2018 at 1.30pm  (during CD1)
At: Sevenoaks Primary School, Bradbourne Park Road, Sevenoaks, Kent TN13 3LB


We are pleased to announce that the KJCA AGM will be held at 1.30pm on Sunday 7th October 2018. This will be  during our coaching day 1 which is being held at Sevenoaks Primary School. 

KJCA provides first class regular tournaments and coaching days in Kent and South East London. We also have a long and proud history of success at county team events, winning many national titles across all junior age groups. Many Kent juniors also go on to achieve great individual success at national events such as the British Chess Championships and are also selected to represent England juniors at International tournaments. 

The KJCA is run by a voluntary committee and relies on the dedication of parents and volunteers. 

If you are able to give some of your time, even if it is just for a few hours at the various KJCA events, it is very much appreciated and will help us to provide chess opportunities for children and young people.  

Please do let us know on secretary@kjca.org or come along to the AGM to find out more. 

Dates for your diary: GM led Coaching Days / Institute of Chess Exams for 2018-19 Season

Our popular GM led Coaching Days are back for the 2018-19 season. 
These sessions follow the Institute of Chess levels and syllabus and there is the opportunity to do exams at CD2  (levels 1 and 2)  and CD4 (levels 3, 4, 5) if your child would like to take them.  The dates and venue are:  

CD1 - Sunday 7th October  -  Sevenoaks Primary School, Bradbourne Park Road, Sevenoaks, TN13 3LB
registration 9.30am -  finishes approximately 4.30pm.

CD2 - Sunday 11th November - Sevenoaks Primary School, Bradbourne Park Road, Sevenoaks, TN13 3LB
registration 9.30am -  finishes approximately 4.30pm.

CD3 - Sunday 20th January -  Sevenoaks Primary School, Bradbourne Park Road, Sevenoaks, TN13 3LB
registration 9.30am -  finishes approximately 4.30pm.

CD4 - Sunday 24th February  -  Sevenoaks Primary School, Bradbourne Park Road, Sevenoaks, TN13 3LB
registration 9.30am -  finishes approximately 4.30pm.
Please note  CD4 - unfortunately this date clashes with the popular West of England junior championships in Swindon.  However, it is very difficult to find another suitable date.  If  this clash affects any of our young players, then we will offer an additional session / date for those that want to take their institute of chess exam.  More details nearer to the time and when we know the numbers affected. 

For more detailed information and FAQ's about our Coaching Days, please go to: http://www.kjca.org/site/page?view=training

The updated Registration pages will be live later this week.  Watch this space  .......

Please note: 

Provided your son or daughter achieved a merit or distinction at the previous level you sat, we are happy for you to move up and register for the next level. If you obtained a ‘pass’ at any level, then clearly there are good things that have been taken on board but we recommend that you re-take that course to help you get to grips with all of the topics involved. Moving up ‘too soon’ only leads to further problems down the line and it really isn’t fun when too much material is going over a child’s head. 

It is not a race to see who can get through all the exams as quickly as possible and rather all about discovering and understanding different aspects of the game that can be applied when they sit down and play their matches, and also about a relaxed and fun environment where children can learn and enjoy their chess. 

We really want our coaching days to be fun but by the same token we don’t want anyone spending a day listening to things that they already totally understand. Specifically, with regards to levels 1 and 2 and new arrivals to the coaching days, boys and girls will be assessed on the first morning of attendance to check they are in an appropriate group. 

Levels 1 and 2 are  two day courses (with exams sat at the end of CD2 and CD4), there will be a choice of permutations to attend. If your child is a beginner but you feel may be a quick learner and were hoping to join level 3 next season, then for example level 1 in CDs 1 and 2 with the intention of doing level 2 in CD 3 and 4.

We will ensure that the test are accessible to all that want to take them and appropriate adult assistance will be available,  however there is absolutely no compulsion to take an exam should a child feel unprepared or anxious. 

Our coaching team are all looking forward to more successful Coaching Days and welcome lots of young chess players.

See you all soon 

Grandmaster Chris Ward            




Dates for your diary: GP Tournament dates for 2018-19 Season

Hope that all our young chess players and their families are having a fun and relaxing summer. 

The new academic year and chess season is just around the corner and we have been busy getting all organised.  Please see below the dates and venues for all the GP Tournaments.  

Looking forward to welcome everyone to all our events thoughout the new season and if any parents or carers are keen to get more involved, please do contact us. 

GP 1: Saturday 29th September, 2018
Tonbridge Girls Grammar
Deakin Leas, Tonbridge TN9 2JR


GP2:  Sunday 21st October 2018
Bishop Justus 
Magpie Hall Ln, Bromley BR2 8HZ


GP3: Sunday 18th November 2018
Bullers Wood
St Nicolas Ln, Logs Hill, 
Chislehurst BR7 5LJ


GP4: Saturday 5th January 2019
Cornwallis Academy
Hubbards La, Maidstone ME17 4HX


GP5: Sunday 17th February 2019
Sevenoaks School
High St, Sevenoaks TN13 1HU


GP6: Sunday 3rd March 2019
Hayesbrook School
Brook St, Tonbridge TN9 2PH


GP7:  Sunday 14th April 2019
Chislehurst Girls School
Beaverwood Rd, Chislehurst BR7 6HE


GP8: Sunday 2nd June 2019
Bromley High School
Blackbrook Lane, Bromley BR1 2TW

If you feel your school, college or other venue might be able to host future KJCA events please contact our secretary, Kathryn Woodward, to discuss this further on:  secretary@kjca.org  or speak to her at one of the tournaments. 

Kent U9 become 2018 National Champions and secure overall Grand Prix

Congratulations to all players and supporters of the Kent U9 chess team on winning the 2018 EPSCA U9 Finals and becoming the National Champions! 

It has been an absolute privilege to manage a team of very talented Kent players throughout this year. I can truly say that thanks to our wonderful group of parents and children we played as one team, supporting each other through some very tough games and celebrating our wins together! 

This year the finals were held in Birmingham on Saturday 28th of April. Most of the team travelled up on the train in the morning, practising some openings and tactics on the way. 

There were 16 teams from across the country who had qualified for the finals and the competition was tough. The U9 team had finished second in the semi final to Richmond and we expected it to be a very close event throughout the day. 

The day started from some training and last minute tips from GM Chris Ward. 

After the first round of play, Kent were second with 10 points, trailing Richmond in the first place by 0.5 points. Warwickshire were not far behind in the third place with 9.5 points. 

The second round brought some adjustments to the positions of the top 3 teams. Kent and Warwickshire moved into the first place with 19.5 points and Richmond dropped to the third with 18 points. 

We expected the Finals to be close but they were even closer than we expected! The first place was decided in the very last game of the tournament. Warwickshire and Richmond finished their games first and were both on 27.5 points. Kent had 27 points but with one game still in play, the very last game in an empty sports hall of the Grace Academy in Solihull. Our fate depended on the newest member of the team Raffi French, who was playing Adhritt Seth from Barnet. It was a very close competitive game but Raffi played very calmly and came out victorious with Adhritt losing on time. Kent retained their National crown! 

The full team list was: 

Shreyas Royal, Shlok Verma, Roxolana Chaban, Xirui Mao, Ismail Longia-Zaidi, Yifan Luo, Max Bell, 
Makariy Shkuratovskyi, Raffi French, Teo Saunders, Roshan Rao, Rohan Pasari, Arman Tengayev, 
Oli Garrett, Ryan Nguyen, Zeno Burns, Joshua Moisey 

Overall Grand Prix Success 
It has been a very successful season for all Kent teams with the wins for U18 mixed, U11 mixed and silver trophies for U11 girls team, securing overall Grand Prix for Kent. The Grand Prix trophy and shield were received by our U11 and U9 board #1 player Shreyas Royal and GM Chris Ward.  

The team celebrated the win by emptying the shelves of sweets at Birmingham International and binging on the train back. 

This success could not have been possible without continuous and tireless support from all the parents and carers. Many thanks to you all for bringing the children along to both the Zonal and the Final competitions.  

We are very grateful to our GM Chris Ward who coached the U9 team and travelled with us to the Zonal event in Richmond and to the finals in Birmingham as well.  

The full U9 results are available at Oxford Fusion website 
 

Taras Chaban  - Kent U9 Team Manager 

Kent U11 team crowned EPSCA National Champions 2018

Congratulations to all the Kent U11 team for winning the 2018 EPSCA U11 Finals and becoming the National Champions.

The finals were held in Birmingham on Saturday 21st April. Most of the team travelled up on the train in the morning. 

There were 15 teams from across the country who had qualified for the finals and the competition was tough. The U11 team had finished second in the semi final to Richmond and we expected it to be a very close event throughout the day.

The day started well with Kent scoring 15.5 points from 20 in the first round ending a point behind Richmond on 16.5 with Cambridge third on 14.5 points.

The second round followed a similar pattern with both Kent and Richmond scoring 15 points Going into the last round Richmond were leading Kent in second place by one point.

The last round was a tense affair with Kent players winning their first twelve games before dropping two and half points in the next seven games. The Richmond players had finished scoring 16.5 which meant Kent needed to win the last game to win the event on a tie break.  
The last game was a very complicated but a determined effort from Radha Ratnesan who managed to turn it into a win for Kent in the last minute of allocated time. Radha showed great courage and resilience having been behind earlier in the game.

Final Scores:
1) Kent 48/60 2) Richmond 48/60 3) Cambridgeshire 41/60
Kent won the event on tie break as they had more decisive results (less draws more wins)

The reserve team also played alongside the main event. Our four Kent players demonstrated some great chess to also win the reserve tournament with a score of 11/12.  A fantastic performance.

The full team were Shreyas Royal, James Merriman, Shlok Verma, Eoin Moore, Stakhey Sedykh Rahda Ratnesan, Martin Camacho Tupper, Artemiy Shkuratovskyi, Lev Mann, Roxolana Chaban, Yong Gui Wang ,Nour Ajili ,Shaurya Mehta ,Xirui Mao, Mateus Bazan, Aneesh Sagar, Ismail Longia- Zaidi Danny Oprea, Dmitry  Belousov, Stefania Iosub, Evan Veitch ,Harry Chauhan Edward Ellam and Tom Heard

Many thanks to our team manager, John Merriman and to GM Chris Ward and GM John Emms for their coaching, guidance and support throughout this season.

We also appreciate the efforts from all the parents and carers, who brought the children along to both the zonal and the final competitions and continuously support their chess.

With another great result from our U11 team, the future for these promising young players looks bright. 
Well done to everyone.