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Saturday, December 31, 2016  
ChessKid Membership (35 entries) 
Event Type: Online ChessClub
Saturday, January 7, 2017 - Saturday, January 7, 2017  
KJCA Grand Prix 4 2016/17 (11 entries) 
Venue: The Cornwallis Academy  
Event Type: Individual Tournament
Sunday, January 8, 2017 - Sunday, January 8, 2017  
Single Coaching Day 1 
Venue: Barming Primary  
Event Type: Individual Training

Recent Results

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Sunday, November 20, 2016 - Sunday, November 20, 2016  
KJCA Grand Prix 3 2016/17 (Crosstabs)
Venue: Bullers Wood School  
Event Type: Individual Tournament
Sunday, October 16, 2016 - Sunday, October 16, 2016  
KJCA Grand Prix 2 2016/17 (Crosstabs)
Venue: The Skinners' School  
Event Type: Individual Tournament
Sunday, September 18, 2016 - Sunday, September 18, 2016  
KJCA Grand Prix 1 2016/17 (Crosstabs)
Venue: The Judd  
Event Type: Individual Tournament

News

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GP3 at Bullers Wood tomorrow - Sunday 20th November

The third tournament of the season, GP3, is tomorrow, Sunday 20th November, at Bullers Wood school, St Nicolas Ln, Logs Hill, Chislehurst BR7 5LJ

If your child would like to play, please register online at http://www.kjca.org/event/147 before 7pm today.
Entries on the day are discouraged, as this delays the start of our tournament.

We will be starting the first round promptly at 9.30am. Please ensure you arrive in plenty of time to allow the children to be taking their seats at 9.20am.

Please note that there is limited parking on the Bullers Wood site. There are two entrances to the school, one on St Nicholas Lane and one on Chislehurst Road up a small lane on the left just past and opposite Merrydown Way. They are not connected and have their own separate parking areas.

Satnavs will bring visitors to St Nicholas Lane, which is quite narrow, and you may need to go to the other entrance to find a space. We will have some of our older players and volunteers outside helping with parking, so please do park where advised.

There is also parking on the nearby side roads including Westleigh Drive on the left off Chislehurst Road and Mavelstone Road on the left past the St Nicholas Lane entrance.

If coming by public transport, then the school is approximately 10-15 minutes walk from Chislehurst train station.

Once the tournament has started, please remember that parents and carers have sole responsibility for their children at all times when not in the playing hall. This includes outside play areas and inside rooms and classrooms.

Looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow for another exciting day of chess.

Success for Freddie Hand at the 4NCL Congress

Congratulations to Freddie Hand who achieved his best tournament result to date at the 4NCL Congress at Newport Pagnell over the weekend of 5-6  November 2016.

 

Freddie finished in a four-way tie for first place in the Open section of the 4NCL. 


This is a fantastic result for Freddie who, at 14, has worked hard to developed his chess game and compete at such a high national level.  The Open section included many top-level chess players in the country with several titled players competing.


Freddie was unbeaten and scored four points out of five in this very strong field, finishing with a FIDE performance rating for the event of 2585.  Four of his games were against International Masters’ (IM’s)  rated well over 2400.

 

Except for the last match, when a game of almost two hours felt like a quick draw, each game lasted around four hours with some exciting finishes including one of Freddie’s opponents letting his time run out as he searched for the best move in the endgame.  Overall all the games were interesting and swung both ways at times.

 

Freddie is one of the top junior chess players in the country, and the experience gained from competing so well with adult players of this level will be invaluable for the future of his promising chess career.

  

All at KJCA are proud of his considerable achievements and wish him continued success.


Institute of Chess Coaching Days 2016-17 - Coaching Day Two this Sunday 6th Nov at Sevenoaks Primary

Just a quick reminder that Coaching Day two is this Sunday, 6th November, at Sevenoaks Primary School.

We hope everyone is ready for learning lots of chess techniques and having some fun. 

If you would like to know more about the Institute of chess coaching that we offer, please look at the details below or go directly to our training page and the FAQ's that have been answered by our chief coach, GM Chris Ward:  http://www.kjca.org/site/page?view=training

There is still time if you would like to register for this Sunday or our future training days this season. 

Please go to: http://www.kjca.org/event/143  or contact us on webmaster@kjca.org to confirm that you would like to come along.


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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            

Successful GP2 at Skinners school

The second GP of the season was held on 16th October at Skinners school in Tunbridge Wells.

It was one of our most popular tournaments ever, with over 130 young chess players taking part, enjoying both exciting chess matches and spending time with their friends.

GP2 is also a qualifier for the London Junior Chess tournament in the U8, U10 and U12 sections. Players who achieved 4.5 points or more in the U10 and U12 qualify for the major finals whilst those getting 3.5 or 4 qualify for the minor. In the U8 section those gaining 4 points qualify. The London Junior Chess Championship are held in Harrow, London in December.

The top three in each section were:

U8: 1st Xirui Mao (6/6), 2nd Roxolana Chaban (5/6), 3rd equal Ismail Longia-Zaidi, Yifan Luo, Joshua Moisey, Lavinia Fear and Leo Chatterjee (4/6)

U10: 1st Raghav Vaidya (5.5/6), 2nd equal (5/6) Danny Oprea, Suriya Velayudham and William Lau (5/6)

U12: 1st James Merriman (5.5/6) 2nd Ciaran Brightley-Davies (5/6) 3rd equal Shajahon Saidmurodov, Viktor Jamroz, Shlok Verma and Roshan Gurjar (4.4/6)

U14 (merged with the U18s): 1st Shreyas Royal (4/5) 2nd equal Nikhil Chidipothu, Orla Dorman, Jack Chaudhury and David Dallakyan (3/5)

U18: 1st Mikey Watson (4.5/5), 2nd equal Jacob Watson and Ximan Mao (4/5)

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 Knole Academy.

For more photos of the prize-winners, please see our facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/kentjuniorchess/

Well done to everyone who played, from experienced county players to those at their first chess tournament. We hope you all enjoyed the day and look forward to welcoming you to more of our tournaments throughout the season.

A big thank you to all the organisers and volunteers who ensured that the day ran smoothly.

If any parents or carers are interested in helping at our tournaments or behind the scenes, please do get in touch. You can contact us via webmaster@kjca.org or directly to Jo Wildman, current chair of the committee, on jowildman@hotmail.com or 07583337307.

Finally, a big thank you to the Skinners’ school for the use of their school, it is very much appreciated.

Congratulations to Shreyas - Youngest Fide Candidate Master in the country

Congratulations to Kent Junior, Shreyas Royal, who has been awarded the prestigious title of Fide Candidate Master (CM).

At the tender age of six, Shreyas is the youngest CM in the country.

He achieved the title after his fantastic performance at the European Schools' Chess Championships, held in Greece  in June 2016.  Shreyas came second in the U7 section with 7/9 points, winning a silver medal.

Shreyas started playing in the Kent tournaments and has already been successful at both national and international competitions. He is one of the youngest promising chess players in the country and all at KJCA are proud of his achievements.