This week the juniors were treated to a Chess960 tournament. This was designed to get them thinking about chess from move one, and not to worry about opening play.
Chess960 certainly does need you to look at the chess position in more detail. Whilst I had to berserk all my games, I managed to get some quick wins due to quickly assessing winning positions.
Congratulations to Marton and Dan, they played really well. Dan was just pipped by Marton, Dan was playing his 8th game when the buzzer went.
The tournament did throw up some very quick games and checkmate. Even yours truly got “blindsided” and missed a sneaky attack – this mate delivered by Dan! Dan has previously played c6 and I overlooked the threat and played a4 instantly! Woe is me, happens to us all!
Apologies for not providing the weekly updates. The winners from the more recent tournaments in January were as follows:
Saturday 16th January – Congratulations to Marton, with an excellent 100% record. Seems the Juniors have worked out how to stop me! Alas, I have to play all the games in berserk mode, which essentially means I have only a couple of minutes to checkmate them! Well played to Dan Siggers, with a great 75% record.
Saturday 23rd January – Congratulations to Marton again. It was a very close tournament, with Dan Sunderland getting very close but not getting the win he needed before the buzzer went.
Saturday 30th January – this week a slightly longer time control, meant that the extra minute I had in berserk mode was just enough time to get over the line before the flag dropped! However, it is getting harder, these juniors are making me work more!
Congratulations to Marton and Eyad for their placings!
Congratulations to Daniel Sunderland (User_name_9998) winning the first Lancashire Junior Online tournament for 2021. A fun bullet tournament this week, where the poor old coach had to “berserk” in all games. Coach started off well, but maybe should not have given away the secret on how to beat the coach in bullet when he has berserked”
Honourable mentions to Eyad and Daniel M in 2nd and 3rd place.
Happy New Year to all the Lancashire Junior Chess players and their parents / guardians. It is fair to day that 2020 was not a great year for anyone due to the Covid pandemic. It was hoped that by now we would have been well under way to getting back to normal. Alas, this is not the case.
As a result, it is likely that there will be no Junior over the board chess for the ESPSCA tournaments for the season 2020/21. This is a shame for those juniors who are in the last year for the U11’s, as they have missed out on the opportunity to play for Lancashire and get a chance to wear the red-rose shirt!
Don’t worry if you are one of those players, there will still be plenty of opportunities to play and represent Lancashire at U14, U16 and U18 level, Don’t be too dishearten, and keep up with playing chess as best you can.
Since the summer, Lancashire have been holding weekly coaching and tournaments on Lichess. We will be continuing to do so for the remaining of this school year, and will move to actively promote the coaching and tournaments on these web pages.
Watch out for these details, if you have not joined in with the coaching so far we will be shortly publishing details on how to join in the fun. Whilst online chess is not the same as playing over the board, it will still keep your mind fresh for chess tactics, strategy and it can also be fun as well!
Credit to Roger Thetford for the match scores and individual scores, original source at the EPSCA Results Page.
A big thank you for Alina Waite (Team Manager) and Bill O’Rourke for all the organisation in getting a team out under challenging circumstances with the COVID-19 scare. Congratulations to all the players for playing their part in observing the new rules to safeguard players, parents and organisers from infection. It does look like that future chess events will be suspended for the foreseeable future.
An excellent series of photographs from the recent Junior Congress at Kirkham Grammar School available on Flickr. There are quite a few interesting photos of the event. My favourite is the one below, I am sure we have all prayed for inspiration at the chessboard! Special thank you to Mrs Michelle Tickle for the inspiring photographs, and for sharing!
There were five sections for the junior chess congress held at Kirkham Grammar School on Sunday 17th November 2019. A damp and grey November day, but it did not dampen the enthusiasm of the 44 children who had turned up to play.
As with all the Lancashire Junior Congress events, the sections are not aged limited, all sections are based on ability. As a result, we had Lancashire U11 players in the Kings section playing some of the senior players. Three of the section winners won with a 100% record
A grey and damp November morning greeted us as we rolled up on the car park for the Kirkham Junior Chess Congress held at the Kirkham Grammar School. Whilst the weather was typical autumnal fare, the venue was excellent and well attended taking into account the loss of the usual contingent from Aughton St Michael’s.
A special thank you to Kirkham Grammar School for being wonderful hosts and providing a warm and hospitable environment not only for the chess players but also for the parents and guardians. A great cafe service was available, which seemed to be well received looking around all the cups of tea and coffee consumed.
The playing arena was in the spacious Recital Hall, well lit and excellent playing conditions for the chess players. 44 juniors across 5 sections, all eager and raring to go. As with all of the Lancashire Junior Congress events, training sessions were set aside for all the sections. The children were all well behaved and there was some excellent chess played during the day. Full results can be found on the results page.
After a long day of playing chess, it was nice to see so many parents and guardians staying behind for the prize giving, ensuring the young chess masters of the future were given a resounding reception for their herculean efforts over the chessboard. A very successful first time at Kirkham, and we hope to return to the school in the Spring / Summer of 2020.
From the M6, take junction 32 on to the M55. At junction 3 of the M55, take first turning towards A585 Kirkham. Pass through three roundabouts, keeping straight on the A585 Fleetwood Road towards Kirkham. At 4th roundabout, take first exit on to A583 / Blackpool Road towards Preston. After 400 metres turn left on to B5259 / Ribby Road. You will then find Kirkham Grammar school on your left hand side.
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