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Saturday, January 6, 2018 - Saturday, January 6, 2018  
KJCA GP4 2017-18 (4 entries) 
Venue: The Cornwallis Academy  
Event Type: Individual Tournament
Sunday, January 28, 2018 - Sunday, January 28, 2018  
Coaching Days: Levels 3, 4 & 5 (4 days) (47 entries) 
Venue: Barming Primary  
Event Type: Individual Training
Sunday, January 28, 2018 - Sunday, January 28, 2018  
Coaching Days: Levels 1&2 (2 day course) 
Venue: Barming Primary  
Event Type: Individual Training

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Sunday, November 19, 2017 - Sunday, November 19, 2017  
KJCA GP3 2017-18 (Crosstabs)
Venue: Bullers Wood School  
Event Type: Individual Tournament
Sunday, October 22, 2017 - Sunday, October 22, 2017  
KJCA GP2 2017-18 (Crosstabs)
Venue: Bishop Justus C of E   
Event Type: Individual Tournament
Sunday, October 15, 2017 - Sunday, October 15, 2017  
ECF SE Girls' Rapidplay Championships (Crosstabs)
Venue: Bromley High School  
Event Type: Individual Tournament

News

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Quality chess and fun times at GP4 - Cornwallis Academy on 7th January 2017

The fourth GP of the season was held on Saturday 7th January 207 at Cornwallis Academy in Maidstone.  

The top three in each section were:  

U9: 1st equal Herb Ballam, Xurui Mao and Yifan Luo (5/6):  with Herb winning the first prize trophy on tie-break.

U11: 1st Arthur Chikovsky (6/6), 2nd Tyler Roberts (5/6), 3rd equal Vincent Rocero, Iris Davies, Ben Forrester and Edward Ellan (4/6)

U18 Minor: 1st equal Orla Dorman and Alex Levin (4.5/5) both winning £30, 3rd equal Thomas Crawley-Boevey and Shlok Verma (4/5) both winning £5.    

U18 Major: 1st Mikey Watson (4.5/5) winning £60, 2nd equal (3.5/5) Jacob Watson and Ximan Mao both winning £30.   

The best scoring primary school on the day (top three raw scores from pupils at that school) was Tubbenden Junior and the best scoring secondary school was Knole Academy.  

For further photos of the prizewinners, please see our facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/kentjuniorchess/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel

Well done to everyone who played, from experienced county players to those at their first chess tournament. We hope you all enjoyed both some great chess games and spending time with your friends. We look forward to welcome you to more of our tournaments and training days throughout the season.

At this tournament, we trialled the introduction of different sections for the older children –  an U18 Minor and an U18 Major with a grade qualifier.  From the initial feedback, this seems to have been a positive move and worked well to allow all those in these sections to enjoy some good games of chess. Please do get in touch if you have any further feedback on this change. The plan is to continue with these new sections going forward, however we need to be certain that our young chess players are happy and that the changes work smoothly with the KJCA website and the GP tables.

Extra thanks to Anand Verma and Tarun Nayak who have worked hard to make these changes  compatible with the KJCA website, prepare tournament director and re-load the new crosstabs onto the website.  

To see the full crosstabs from the tournament go to: http://www.kjca.org/result/149

There are lots of jobs involved with running a junior chess tournament. Thanks also go to everyone involved including:  Kath Baron for bringing along the equipment and setting up on the day, John Merriman, Kryz Jamroz  for arbiting, Emma Holmes for organising the catering, Gary Dorman for registration and prizegiving, and ALL other parents and carers who helped with the catering stall on the day. 

If anyone else is interested in helping at our tournaments or behind the scenes, please do get in touch. We are currently keen for some additional help with catering supplies and bringing to the venue. Please contact us via webmaster@kjca.org or directly to Jo Wildman, current chair of the committee, on jowildman@hotmail.com or 07583337307.  

Finally, thanks to Cornwallis Academy. It is a great venue as the rooms and space are ideal for a chess tournaments and special mention to the caretaker for his help on the day.   

GP3 at Bullers Wood

The third GP of the season was held on 20th November 2016 at Bullers Wood school in Chislehurst.

Thanks to everyone who came along – all our young chess players, and also to all their parents and carers for taking the time to come along to the tournament and support junior chess. It was a busy day with approximately 120 players over four sections.  

The top three in each section were:  

U9: 1st Aneesh Sagar (6/6), 2nd equal (5/6) Amani Campbell-Okolo, Amit Aryan-Sankar, Herb Balaam, George Allen

U11: 1st Lakshya Lokwani (6/6), 2nd equal (5/6) Tyler Roberts, Jai Singh-Chaturvedi, Raghav Vaidya, Theodore Panchev

U14: 1st Logan Fear (5/5)  2nd equal (4/5) James Merriman and Stakhey

U18: 1st Mikey Watson (4/5), 2nd equal (3.5/5) Jacob Watson, Viktor Jamroz and Nikhil Chidipothu  

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.  

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 Bullers Wood school for use of their school, this was a new venue for KJCA and we were made to feel very welcome and enjoyed great facilities for our chess tournament.  

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.