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Sunday, January 20, 2019 - Sunday, January 20, 2019  
Single Day CD 3 
Venue: Sevenoaks Primary School  
Event Type: Coaching SubEvent Single Day
Sunday, February 17, 2019 - Sunday, February 17, 2019  
KJCA GP5 2018-19 (4 entries) 
Venue: Sevenoaks School  
Event Type: Individual Tournament
Sunday, February 24, 2019 - Sunday, February 24, 2019  
Single Day CD 4 
Venue: Sevenoaks Primary School  
Event Type: Coaching SubEvent Single Day

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2nd ECF SE Girls' Rapidplay (Crosstabs)
Venue: Chislehurst Girls School  
Event Type: Individual Tournament
Sunday, November 18, 2018 - Sunday, November 18, 2018  
KJCA GP3 2018-19 (Crosstabs)
Venue: Bullers Wood School  
Event Type: Individual Tournament
Sunday, October 21, 2018 - Sunday, October 21, 2018  
KJCA GP2 2018-19 (Crosstabs)
Venue: Bishop Justus C of E   
Event Type: Individual Tournament

News

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Fun and pizzas at the Friends & Family Tournament 2018

The KJCA Friends & Family tournament was held on Sunday 14th October 2018 at Sevenoaks Primary School. 


Hosted by GM Chris Ward, the event was a great combination of quality chess, friendships and tasty pizzas.


With five rounds of chess and the pairings arranged by GM Chris, there were lots of tense battles, fun games and inter-generational clashes.


This tournament is a team effort – with the best ‘adult’ score (age 14 and over) added to the best junior score (under 14). Teams compete for the KJCA Friends & Family trophy which goes back over twenty years.  


To add to the excitement, three of the higher graded players - Mikey Watson, Jacob Watson and Patrick Burns played two rounds against the outstanding skills of GM John Emms.


The best scoring junior on the day was Declan Dorman

The best scoring adult (14+) was Mikey Watson


There was a close competition for the overall trophy and it went down to a tense last game. 

However, the winners of the Friends & Family trophy for 2018 was the Dorman Family.  

Congratulations to Gary, Jenny, Orla and Declan for their great chess on the day. 


Thanks to everyone who came along and made it such a fun event and a great introduction to new players and parents. 


The success of the day was down to GM Chris Ward for expertly hosting the tournament and GM John Emms for playing, adding up the final scores and his overall support for the event.   


Thanks also go to all our KJCA volunteers who work in the background to ensure that events and tournaments can go ahead and that the day runs smoothly.


Finally, thanks also go to Sevenoaks Primary school for use of their fantastic new school venue.

 


Off to a great start with GP1 at Tonbridge Grammar

Our first GP of the new season was held at Tonbridge Grammar School on Saturday 29th September 2018.   

 

As a London Junior Chess Championships (LJCC) qualifier we had lots of strong competitors across the younger sections of U8, U10 and U12. 

 

It was also great to see lots of our older players entering the popular U18 Minor and U18 Major sections which included some high level, quality chess games.

 

The prizewinners in each section were:  
 

U8: 1st Bhavik More (5.5/6 and tie break 21.5) 2nd David Cazac (5.5/6 and tie break 20.5), 3rd Joshua Moisey (4/6 and tie break 23.5)

Qualifying for the LJCC U8: Max French, Johani Hackman and Lucas Oprea   


U10: 1st Makariy Shkuratovskyi (5/6 and tie break 23.5), 2nd Teo Saunders (5/6 and tie break 22.5), 3rd Lavinia Fear (4/6 and tie break 22.5)

Also qualifying for the LJCC U10 Major: Oli Garrett, Amelia Rees, Leo Chatterjee, Florian Brasch and Ruairi Isaacs.  

Qualifying for the LJCC U10 Minor: Raffi French, Max Bell, Andy Lin, Devansh Strivastava, Amar Adatia and Roshan Rao  

 
U12: 1st Tashika Aurora, (5.5/6) 2nd Lev Mann (5.5/6), 3rd Lucas Downing (4.5/6 and tie break 23.5).  Also qualifying for the LJCC U12 Major: Anwen Song and Shauyra Metha

Qualifying for the LJCC U12 Minor: Sen Patel, Mateusz Bazan, Ethan Bingzuan Li, Artemy Shkuratovskyi, Danny Oprea, Lucian Cox, Tom Heard, Yifan Luo and Nicas Lialiovici

 

U18 Minor: 1st Eoin Moore (5/5), 2nd Roxolana Chaban (4/5), 3rd equal Atticus Fear, Yong Gui Wang, Lorcan Pritchard and George Anderton (3/5)

 

U18 Major: 1st Shreyas Royal (4.5/5), 2nd Logan Fear (4/5) 3rd : Jacob Watson (3.5/5),
 

The full crosstabs can be seen at:  http://www.kjca.org/result/188  

 

Well done to everyone who played, from experienced England and county players to those at their very first chess tournament. We hope everyone enjoyed both some great chess games and spending time with your friends.  
 

It always takes a lot of time and willing volunteers to put on a large chess tournament. Extra thanks to everyone who ensured that our GP1 tournament took place successfully and ran smoothly including:

 

Control & Arbiting team: Jo Wildman (ECF NA), Rejean Dupuis (ECF NA), John Merriman, Mikhail Sedykh, Andrew Bruce and Gary Dorman.


Results team: Ben Luo, Deepak More and Gary Titmuss.


GM Chris Ward and GM John Emms for coming to the tournament, help in the playing hall, prizegiving and all their continued support, advice and encouragement to our Kent junior players and their families.

 

KJCA Secretary: Kathryn Woodward for booking and liaising with the venue, ordering the trophies and medals all other administration work behind the scenes and support throughout the day.

 

KJCA Treasurer: Emma Holmes for overseeing all the finances and payments and support in the playing hall on the day.

 

Equipment Manager: Guy Barton – for bringing along all the chess equipment, setting up and then taking away and storing at the end of the day.


Tournament Registration: Gary Dorman and Orla Dorman - for smooth check-in of all the players and dealing with quieries and communications from parents and carers. 

 

KJCA is run by volunteers to develop chess opportunities for children and young people in Kent and South East London. We are always looking for helpers and it is great to see some new faces supporting our work, please do get in touch if you would like to help out.

 

Finally, thanks go to Tonbridge Grammar School for use of the fantastic school venue and also to all the school catering team for providing good quality refreshments and the caretaker for his support on the day.      

 

 

All set for the new season - GP1 at Tonbridge Grammar on Saturday 29th September

The first GP tournament of the new season will be held this Saturday, 29th September, at Tonbridge girls' grammar school.

This event is also a LJCC qualifier for U8, U10 and U12.  

For our older players we have the popular U18 minor and U18 major section. 

Please go to: http://www.kjca.org/event/188  to register. 

If you plan to come along, please register before 7pm the day before the tournament (Friday 28th). 

We are delighted to again have Tonbridge girls' grammar as the venue for this tournament. Please ensure that you and all young players are respectful of the school venue, grounds and equipment at all times.  

Catering will be provided by the school catering staff in the IBarn, this is located just opposite the playground.  Please consume food in the IBarn and do not take food into the playing hall.  There will be a selection of hot and cold drinks, snacks, sandwiches and sweet treats for sale.  Please try and support the catering facilities as all profits go directly to the school.   The school has asked that no takeaways should be ordered onto the school grounds and your rubbish must be taken away.

Please also note that there is limited parking available at the school and that we need to be respectful of local residents if finding alternative spaces.  

Looking forward to welcoming all our young chess players to the new season.

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