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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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Club Night

Friday night is Club Night!

Come and join us as we host our regular ‘friendly’ Club Night. Starting September 3rd 2021, each Friday we currently hold ‘friendly’ rapid-chess competitions (timed and/or with appropriate handicap measures agreed accordingly between opponents).

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 apply to become a member of the club.