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KJCA Friends and Family Tournament
Venue: Sevenoaks Primary School
Event Type: Friends and Family
Institute of Chess Coaching Days 2016-17
Welcome to or welcome back to(!) the chess coaching days at the KJCA that I can tell you are the envy all the other counties around the country and are clearly a contributing factor to our national success. To start, please be sure to carefully read the training FAQs that you will find under the ‘training’ tab at the top of this page.
The date for this season are as follows:
Day 1: Sunday 2nd October 2016 - Sevenoaks Primary School
Bradbourne Park Road, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN13 3LB
Day 2: Sunday 6th November 2016 - Sevenoaks Primary School
Bradbourne Park Road, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN13 3LB
Day 3: Sunday 8th January 2017 - Barming Primary School
Belmont Close, Barming, Maidstone, Kent, ME16 9DY
Day 4: Sunday 19th February 2017 - Sevenoaks Primary School
Bradbourne Park Road, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN13 3LB
IMPORTANT is that when enrolling your child (via the ‘events’ page), you ensure that you are registering for the correct sessions. For the 4 day courses (Levels 3-5) your fee will cover you for all of those days (plus the exam at the end) and we recommend you attend preferably all, but at least 3 of the 4 in order to maximise your understanding and give yourself the best chance to get a good result.
Provided you (i.e. your son or daughter) achieved a merit or distinction at the previous level you sat, we are happy for you to move up and hence 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. Please note 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.
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. When registering you will see that as levels 1 and 2 are only two day courses (with exams sat at the end of CD2 and CD4), you have 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 CDs 3 and 4 makes sense.
Young children will have adult assistance when taking tests and although there will be an alternative exam date or two laid on for those unable to attend CD4, whatever the level there is absolutely no compulsion to take an exam should a child feel unprepared or anxious.
If I could just kindly ask that you don’t leave it too late to enrol as that makes my life easier when obtaining the other coaches. That aside hope to see you all soon!
Grandmaster Chris Ward
Fun at the Friends & Family Tournament
The KJCA Friends & Family tournament was held on Sunday 11th September at Sevenoaks Primary School.
Hosted by GM Chris Ward, the event attracted several parents, first-time and experienced young players and even encouraged the Sevenoaks Town Mayor, Andrew Eyre and the Town Clerk, Linda Larter, to come along and try out their chess skills.
With five rounds of chess and the pairings arranged by GM Chris, there was a mixture of tense battles, fun games and inter-generational clashes.
This event is a team effort – with the best ‘adult’ score (age 14 and over) added to the best junior score (under 14). Teams were competing for the prestigious KJCA Friends & Family trophy which goes back over twenty years. Chris also gave out some individual prizes for a variety of achievements throughout the day.
To add to the excitement, the final round also included a four-board simul with the highest graded players – Ximan Mao, Mikey Watson, Jacob Watson and Patrick Burns pitting their chess knowledge against the outstanding skills of GM John Emms.
The best scoring junior on the day was Mikey Watson with 4.5/5
The best scoring adult was Jenny Dorman with 4/5
There was close competition for the overall trophy but the best team and winners of the Friends & Family trophy for 2016 was the ‘Watson Wizards’ with a score of 8 out of 10 and just beating the ‘Dormanators’ on the final tie-break.
For more photographs of the day, please visit our KJCA facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/kentjuniorchess/?hc_ref=NEWSFEED
Thanks to everyone who came along and made it such a fun opener to the KJCA chess season.
The juniors all enjoyed both the chess and the football and fun in-between rounds and, hopefully, the adults were inspired to get more involved and play chess more often. Thanks also to our Sevenoaks Town council guests Andrew Eyre and Linda Larter for getting involved.
Finally thanks to GM Chris Ward for expertly hosting the tournament and GM John Emms for playing the simul. Also to all our KJCA volunteers who ensure that events and tournaments can go ahead and that the day goes well …. despite the afternoon appearance of Sevenoaks orchestra J The lunch was organised by Jo Wildman, with help from Iulia Oprea, Andrew Bruce and Emma Holmes on the day, and Kath Barton delivered the equipment.
Thanks also go to Sevenoaks Primary for use of their venue.
ACES Grand Master Junior Training Day
We aim for small groups of about 10 so that we can dedicate enough attention to everyone, from experienced county players to beginners. Children will be divided in four skill groups according to ECF rating and chess experience.
It is important to place the children in the right skill group to make sure they receive coaching at the appropriate level.
The groups are formed according to the following guidelines:
The top group would be appropriate for children who regularly play at county and national level, in junior and adult events, with a rating generally above ECF 120
The second group is for children who play tournament chess regularly at county level with the occasional foray into national and adult events, with a rating between ECF 80 and ECF 120.
The third group is reserved for children who have started playing tournament chess or are about to; they would already know all the moves and have a sound understanding of basic tactics and endgames. Their rating is usually in the range between 40 and 80 ECF.
Finally, our fourth group is for children who are learning to play chess and need help to refresh and understand basic tactics, endgame play and opening principles.
Please make sure you inform us of your child chess rating or experience when booking.
2015-16 GP tables and season winners
The 2015-16 season has been fun and exciting, with a record number of children participating in the KJCA tournaments throughout the season.
Congratulations to the leaders of the GP tables for this season. They all played consistently good chess and gained success throughout the season, the winners of each sections were:
U9: James Merriman, U11: Charlie Metcalfe, U14: Anantha Anilkumar and U18: Andrew Ng Chen Lok. The winning primary school was Claremont Primary and winning secondary school, St Olave’s Grammar
Full GP tables can be found on: http://www.kjca.org/site/page?view=GPTables
As GP8 was the season final, there were also trophies for those with the highest overall GP score in each age group and loyalty awards for those players attending all the tournaments throughout the year.
Other young players got well-deserved chess medals and we hope that everyone enjoyed the day and was inspired to continue playing in the Kent junior chess tournaments.
If you would like to see more photos please go to our facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/kentjuniorchess/
Please remember that KJCA is run by volunteers to ensure all our children enjoy local chess tournaments, coaching days and opportunities to represent Kent and play in national competition.
We are always looking for more help, particularly with catering, equipment and setting up tournaments. If you would like to get involved, please do contact email@example.com, or speak to one of the helpers at the next event, and we can chat about how you can be part of our team.
The 2016-17 season beings in September 2016 with both a fun ‘friends & family’ event and GP1. As soon as the details are confirmed the events will be uploaded onto the website for registration.
Wishing all our young chess players and their families a great summer and lots of luck to any of the Kent juniors who are participating in national chess events over the summer, we look forward to reporting on future successes.
GP8 at Newstead Woods
GP8, the 2015-16 season final, was held at Newstead Woods school on Sunday 12th June 2016.
More than 120 players attending the event and a big thank you to everyone who came along and made it a great day. GP8 is both a stand-alone event and the last tournament of the season, with results going towards the overall GP tables for the 2015-16 season.
On the day the winners for GP8 were as follows:
U9: 1st Nour Ajili (6/6), 2nd equal Ishaan Arya, Lucas Downing, Danny Oprea and Harry Chadhury (5/6)
U11: 1st equal Kimball Catling and Arthur Chikovsky (5/6) 3rd Kyle Karaman (4.5/6)
U14: 1st Alexander Levin (5/5), 2nd equal Theo Lawson and Logan Fear (4/5)
U18: 1st equal Anantha Anilkumar, Viktor Jamroz, Andrew Ng Chen Lok and Rajeiv Ratnesan (3.5/5)
The best scoring primary school on the day (top three raw scores from pupils at that school) was The Pointers School and the best scoring secondary school was St Olave’s grammar. To see all the results and crosstabs from the day go to: http://www.kjca.org/result/121
Well done to everyone who played, it was great to see everyone enjoying their chess and having a fun day with their friends.
A big thank you to all the organisers and volunteers who ensured that the day ran smoothly and to Newstead Woods school for the venue.