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Hastings & St Leonards Junior Chess Club

Junior Club

The Junior Chess Club meets (term time only) every Wednesday at the club (2 Cornwallis Terrace, Hastings) from 6 pm (please arrive 10 mins early) until 7.00 pm,  during term time.

This year Junior Club starts on Wednesday 11th September 2019

The junior club is open to both boys and girls aged between 7 and 18 years and of all abilities.

We run two classes, one for beginners/social players and one for more advanced players who are serious about their chess
and play competitively. Both classes are tutor led and aspire to rapidly improve your child’s chess playing ability in a fun,
friendly and exciting environment. We use a combination of resources, styles and curriculums in our classes, Silman,
Coakley, The Step Method and ChessKid.com are combined to create our own blended curriculum that suits all learning
and playing styles. All tutors have up to date DBS checks, teacher training qualifications and a number of years coaching juniors.
Notable graduates from the junior club include GM Stuart Conquest, and Ollie Wilson former U16 British Champion. Thomas Rendall IM Cost is £3.00 per week. (subsidised by the Hastings & St Leonards Educational Chess fund)

Juniors automatically take part in the Delancy chess challenge, This is the biggest chess tournament in the world where clubs and schools host the first seven rounds before submitting their best to a county six round final and then a six round regional final the national Terra-final, with thousands of pounds in prize money. The tournament is a great introduction to competitive chess.

Our most promising Juniors also take part in the adult Kent County Chess League and last season 18/19 finished third in their division narrowly missing out on the playoffs and the chance of silverware!

New for the upcoming season 19/20 will be the establishment of a Junior Academy. This will be a more rigorous and regular training programme that will replace our previous ad-hoc pre-match training days. The Academy will be by invitation only and restricted to juniors who are members of the main club.

Junior Chess Club organiser is Mason Woodhams

For further details please contact Mason Woodhams

Email: HastingsJuniorChess@outlook.com 

Fun is at the heart of how we teach and play chess, with lots tournaments, prizes and gifts to encourage good play and healthy competition.

Last terms’ top prizes for regular chess and the variant losers chess tournaments:

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Friday night tournaments

Friday night is competition night!

Come and join us as we host our regular Friday night tournaments. Starting October 4th 2019, each Friday will have a different theme, see website for details.

Open to members & non-members* from 6:30pm ’til 9:00pm every Friday night. Register before 6:45pm for 7:00pm start.

*non-members may attend free of charge for three sessions before being invited to become a member of the club.

First Friday of the month – 10-minute swiss tournament

Limited to 20 players. It is hoped to run this throughout the year and a cup will be awarded to the player with the highest progressive score. There will also be minor prizes for attendance, most improved and a random score selection.

Second Friday of the month – Pairs night

If you have never played this before its a fun event where players are paired off and play on one board. There is no talking between partners during the game. Each pair will have 12 minutes on their clock. Depending on numbers this could be a Swiss event or all
play all.

Third Friday of the month – TBA

Last Friday of the month – Themed

The last Friday of the month will be a themed affair. On Friday October 26th 2019 we will see a tournament involving  the Frankenstein-Dracula Gambit. So brush up on this opening and get ready for some scary chess.