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Upcoming Events

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Saturday, March 30, 2019 - Saturday, March 30, 2019  
U11 Team - EPSCA Finals 
Venue: Grace Academy Solihull  
Event Type: Team Tournament
Sunday, April 14, 2019 - Sunday, April 14, 2019  
KJCA GP7 2018-19 (13 entries) 
Venue: Chislehurst Girls School  
Event Type: Individual Tournament
Sunday, June 2, 2019 - Sunday, June 2, 2019  
KJCA GP8 2018-19 (8 entries) 
Venue: Bromley High School  
Event Type: Individual Tournament

Recent Results

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Sunday, March 3, 2019 - Sunday, March 3, 2019  
KJCA GP6 2018-19 (Crosstabs)
Venue: Hayesbrook School  
Event Type: Individual Tournament
Sunday, February 17, 2019 - Sunday, February 17, 2019  
KJCA GP5 2018-19 (Crosstabs)
Venue: Sevenoaks School  
Event Type: Individual Tournament
Saturday, January 5, 2019 - Saturday, January 5, 2019  
KJCA GP4 2018-19 (Crosstabs)
Venue: The Cornwallis Academy  
Event Type: Individual Tournament


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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:

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

17 August 2016 at Langley Park School for Boys, Beckenham

GM Chris Ward will head a group of four coaches which will work with small groups of children to improve their chess awareness and skill in a fun environment.
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.

Numbers are limited, to book a place for your child, follow this link:

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:

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:

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, 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:

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.

Breaking News - Success for Kent Juniors at the European Schools' Chess Championships 2016

Congratulations to Kent juniors, Shreyas Royal, Shlok Verma and Charlie Metcalfe for their fantastic results at the European Schools Chess Championships 2016 held in Halkidiki, Greece over the last ten days.

The championships finished today (Saturday 25th June) and the three Kent players did very well.

In the U7 boys section, Shreyas achieved overall second place and a silver trophy with a very impressive score of 7/9

Shlok played in the same section and came 5th overall with 5.5/9.

Charlie played in the U11 boys section and finished with a strong 4.5/9.

These are fantastic results for all three players at their first international tournament representing England Juniors.

Also, well done to all the young chess players representing England from different parts of the country, to the coaches who travelled with the team and also to Simon Metcalfe for all his hard work as Head of Delegation.

More details to follow when Simon and the boys return from Greece.