Ipswich Chess Junior Club

Who, Where and When

Ipswich Junior Chess Club restarted in 2016, after a break of 5 years. We provide a friendly environment for young people aged 6-16 to learn and play chess. The emphasis is on informality and enjoyment, but there is also coaching and competition.

The club meets every Saturday morning within term time, 09:45 to 11:45 (except the summer term after half term). We will publish all details of open/closed dates in advance, on this website. We use the Lecture Hall at Ipswich County Library, Northgate St, IP1 3DE. The Lecture Hall is on the 2nd floor, accessible from the main entrance.

Have a look at this short video from one of our sessions - if chess was a boxing match.....

Participants pay £2 per person (siblings are £1 for larger families), each week, although there may be an option to pay subs for half a term or the whole term in one go, with a small discount. Parents should be prepared to stay with their children until they have been settled into the club, or for all 8yr olds and younger, and will of course be welcome to help out and play. For more information please get in touch via our email address ipswichjuniorchess@gmail.com.

The Library is open downstairs before and after the Club, providing a great range of books and other learning media.

News and Forthcoming Events

2018 Club Dates *** recently changed ***

Jan 6th to Feb 10th, then Mar 3rd to Mar 24th (whole term season ticket £18). Summer term will be April 14th to 26th May, then stopping until September 2018.

Note that Feb 24th is a Train and Play day for juniors, being held at Woodbridge School. The club is closing in order to get as many participants in Woodbridge as possible, here is the entry form with full details.

Please also note that the excellent Bury Junior Congress is scheduled for Feb 18th - Entry form and details here.

Suffolk preparing U9 and U11 squads

Early discussions are taking place about teams representing Suffolk next year. 
U9 - 12 players, 10th March 2018 - club member Hamilton Lowdell is already selected for this
U11 - 20 players, 17th March 2018

The qualification for each team is to be under 9 or 11 as at 1st September 2017, so you are "safe" throughout that school year for selection, even after your birthday.

A second "training camp" is planned (see Results below for details of the first).
This is at Woodbridge School on Sat 24th Feb, details to follow, note that the club will close that day to make attendance easier.
Ipswich players should try to make this event if possible, it should be very informative and enjoyable. It will be necessary to attend at least one event to be selected to represent Suffolk in 2018. We hope to arrange lifts on the day for those who need them.

Note that there may also be an u18's team (competing in Grantham Feb 25th), so if you are too old for the U11 team, do not despair, it will be worth entering the training camps as a presursor to selection, if not in 2018 but even beyond. At present there are still some places open in the U18 team - please let Martin know as soon as possible if you are interested in playing. 

Martlesham Chess Tournaments - suitable for Junior and Senior players

IM Dagne Ciuksyte is running many more interesting events in 2018. See the Senior Chess Club page for more details, these events are open to Juniors as well. Dagne of course runs the Junior Club against whom we are currently playing correspondence games. WELL WORTH TAKING PART IN ONE OR MORE OF THESE TOURNAMENTS!! 

For example, April  15  (Sunday) - Parent + Child Chess Coaching Event, read all about it on the entry form here

Suffolk Junior Grand Prix

For the first time there is a 3 event Grand Prix where in addition to prizes at the events, points can be accumulated for a prize related to all 3. Consisting of the Woodbridge (see below) Bury St Edmunds and Suffolk junior congresses, these should be great fun and suitable for all ages and abilities. Have a look at the suffolk Junior site for more details - http://www.suffolkjuniorchess.org/grand-prix.html

Junior coaching programme

The main emphasis at the club is on letting juniors play each other, with tips and advice being given by the organisers and helpers, who are often experienced players. We often use the teaching board to explain topics, and also for the Correspondence moves against Martlesham Junior club.

Please note that our ability to organise and include coaching depends on having sufficient people helping - if you can help during the sessions please let Martin know.

Volunteers needed

The club is run by volunteers, both behind the scenes and each Saturday morning. Any level of help will be appreciated - the club will only be as good as the people helping to run it. If you want to discuss this, without commitment, contact Martin via the email address above or at the club on a Saturday.


Results and Recent Events

Simultaneous event Sat 3rd Feb

Steve Gregory, taking time out from coaching at the club, agreed to do a simul event where he started a full Queen down in all games. Only 3 players beat him - step forward Jonathan Painter, Luke and William Davison.

Video of the Boxing Match demonstration...!!

See the text at the top of the page for the link to the video we shot on Saturday 6th Jan.....

Suffolk "Train and Play" Jan 7th

The first training camp of the year was held in Bury, with 4 Ipswich club members attending. After 2 coaching sessions and dinner, the 22 players split into 3 groups. In group 2, Jonathan Painter took 1st, Owen Free 2nd place, and in group 3 it was Eniko (3 wins from 3) in 1st and Hamilton narrowly pushed into 3rd, meaning all 4 Ipswich players made the prizes!!
Well done all, we look forward to hearing more next Saturday. See photo here

"Medal Simultaneous" event Dec 16th

Martin played 9 Juniors this time, on the last date before the Xmas break.
There were no medal winners this time, just Luke Davison who once again got a draw from a winning position for a round of applause. 
Honourable mentions also go to Oscar, Eniko and Owen (who went a full queen up but eventually got swindled).

Match at Bury Knights - Fri 8th Dec

Ipswich took a team of 9 players to the Bury Knights - what a fabulous evening.

Bury had set up a separate room to allow the games to be played in match conditions. Each Ipswich player had 3 games against different opponents, a tribute to the numbers who attend the Bury club and the expert organisation of Bob Jones. Bury took the opportunity to field their less experienced players, with a few young assassins mixed in, and the results went in favour of the street-wise Ipswich players who ended up winning 20.5 to 6.5, with every player winning at least one game. The bottom boards were dominant for the away team with the senior Ipswich players running up against more experienced opponents on the top boards.

More info to follow, but here is the match getting under way, and here are the Ipswich team holding up the number of fingers for the games they won.

Simultaneous event a roaring success!

On October 21st Martin lined up against 13 club members, playing them all at the same time (that's what simultaneous means, after all...).
Martin took white, with each game starting from the Kings Gambit accepted position. This was intended to lead to a quick and wholehearted attack, and indeed it did.
Of the 13 games there were many close-fought, with a lot of skill on display. In the end Luke Davison got a draw (for a round of applause) after narrowly missing a couple of mating attacks, but his brother William took the only win for Black for a medal. He was a bit lucky (ok, he played well...).

This will be repeated in December. Bring it on!

Ipswich Juniors featured on Suffolk website

Tim Kent recently visited the club and caught us planning the next correspondence move against Martlesham - article is here : http://www.suffolkjuniorchess.org/news

2017 Club Championship - Results

In the Open category (for mainly year 7 upwards)
Jenni - winner
Freddie - 2nd
Zac - 3rd
Oscar - 4th
Honourable mentions go to Cayden and Luke, both of whom would have contended but for unavailbility at the wrong time. 

In the Inermediate category (year 4 - 6)
Ben - winner (see presentation picture here)
Charlie - 2nd
John Paul - 3rd
Owen - 4th
Unlucky in this category was William, a strong contender who was unavailable for the finals

In the Minor category (year 3 and younger)
Hamilton - winner (see presentation picture here)
Shahrazad - 2nd

New Suffolk Junior Chess website

Things are moving for chess in Suffolk - see the new website for details http://www.suffolkjuniorchess.org/ as things continue to progress over the summer.

Generous Donation

Our thanks to Coes Outfitters of Norwich Rd, who donated £25 to the club. You may know them for their stylish window displays....

Delancy Mega Final results (UK Schools Chess Challenge)

7 club members competed, with Ben, Luke, William, Owen and Zikora mostly racking up 3/6 points each. Congratulations are due to Jenni (4/6) and Alex (5.5/6) who both qualified for the Giga final.

Bury Knights team visit April 22nd

Bury Knights Junior Club brought a 3 person team to Ipswich on 22nd April. Featuring an 8, 9 and 10 year old, two girls one boy, the greater experience of the Knights counted as they racked up an impressive 14 wins from 16 games played, although the Ipswich players put up a decent test in many of the games. Cayden Judge and Jenni Rochford were the Ipswich victors, Cayden's win coming over Amy John, who is an England player for her age group.
Details are in the excellent Suffolk chess blog here www.suffolkchess.org.uk/2017/04/bury-knights-go-to-ipswich.html
Bury Knights also issued an invitation for a return fixture in the autumn - details will follow later this year.

Bury St Edmunds Junior Open Sun 5th Mar 2017

6 members of the Junior Club entered, with full results to follow. However, congratulations to Ben Palmer, who won the "First Tournement" prize at a canter, winning all 6 games, and is pictured here with his trophy.  The other club members who played had mixed success, particularly in the under 18 section, where there were many strong and experienced players:
William Davison (under 9's)  3.5 / 6
Alex Sheerin (u18)  2.5 / 6
Cayden Judge (u18)  2 / 6
Jenni Rochford (u18)  2 / 6
Luke Davison (u18)  1 / 6
Well done to all concerned, early days and good experience.

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