Letchworth Junior Chess and Go Club

Thursdays, 6.00pm to 7.30pm

Central Methodist Church Hall, Norton Way South, Letchworth, Hertfordshire

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Club News

We are now on a summer break. We resume on 11 Sepember 2014.

Three members played in the southern gigafinal of the UK Chess Challenge on 13 July. Well done to all three on reaching this stage of the competition. Abigail (U11) did particularly well to win 3.5 games out of 6.

Five members took part in the Pixmore Open chess tournament on Saturday 28 June. This event combined a five round tournament with 3 coaching sessions and a simultaneous match against some strong local players.  Our members were all successful in winning either two or three games each.

Three members travelled to Cambridge on 21 June and took part in the UK Go Challenge finals.  Well done to Hilary for taking away the girls U10 prize and to Daniel for winning the challengers section for those new to the game in the last six months.

We have a new page on the website giving details of junior chess and go tournaments and events which may be of interest to our members. We will be running a stall at the community clubs day in Letchworth on 14 June to advertise the club.

Seven members took part in the UK Chess Challenge Hertfordshire megafinals on Saturday 3 May 2014 and three were successful in qualifying for the gigafinals in July.  Congratulations to Abigail (girls U11), Luke (boys U11) and Charlotte (girls U13). Our other finalists played in the boys U8, boys U9, girls U9 and girls U13.

Four members attended a UK Junior Go Squad and non-squad training day on 5 May 2014 in Letchworth. (This was open to all go-playing juniors but attendees were split into ability groups with those reaching the required strength being invited to join the UK national squad.)  Well done to Charlotte for being invited into the national junior squad and to Daniel for winning the novices tournament.

Three of our members took part in a junior chess event in Potters Bar on 7 April 2014. This combined coaching in the morning with a 7 round tournament in the afternoon.  All of them won some games and enjoyed the event.

Older news

One of our members played for the Hertfordshire girls U11 chess team in the annual counties match in 2014.

During the Spring term 2014 we ran a heat of the UK Chess Challenge.   Sixteen members took part, playing seven rounds. It gave members the opporuntity to gain prizes the more games they played and games they won. Seven members went on to play in the county finals stage held on 3 May in Harpenden.

At our last meeting before the Christmas break we awarded prizes to the winner of the continuous tournament (which rewarded a combination of games won and number of games played). Regular members also received chess badges according to which graded section they had reached (either pawns or knights).

Two of our members attended the UK Go Challenge for junior players in Cambridge on Saturday 6 July 2013. The day was structured to allow players of all ability to compete, with different sections for novices and those new to the game. This event was run by the British Go Association. Congratulations to Charlotte who took the girls under 12 prize.

Three of our members attended the Pixmore Open junior chess tournament and teaching event on Saturday 28 June 2013 at Pixmore School in Letchworth. This event was very well run by the Letchworth & Hitchin Chess Club and everyone enjoyed the event.

Club Details

This club is a place for young people in the age range 7 - 15 to come and play chess and go (if you don't know what go is, look at www.britgo.org for a quick introduction to the game, or download igowin, an excellent free go-playing program -size 786k - which runs under Windows and includes a go tutorial).

The cost for the Thursday club sessions is £1.50 per week. There is a car park by the hall.

Go is sometimes known as igo (the Japanese name for the game), weiqi (the Chinese name) or baduk (Korean name).

We are always pleased to welcome new members to our club. We expect our members to range from complete beginners to improving players initially but we will also cater for stronger players. It does not matter if you come every week or just occasionally. And it does not matter if you cannot stay to the end.

Every week we will have at least 2 adult helpers, experienced in both chess and go, to help organise things. They will be happy to provide some hints to improve your games if you want this. If you have not played either game before, there will be someone who can explain the rules and help you to get started.

Club Activities

These are some of the things we expect to provide at club meetings:

  • Chess sets and Go sets for playing friendly games
  • Teaching tips for improving players for chess and for go
  • Club chess ladder
  • Club Go ladder
  • Termly chess and go tournaments.
  • Puzzle sheets

If you would like more information about chess and go clubs, events and services in the UK, then go to the English Chess Federation and British Go Association web sites.

Club Contacts

The club organiser is Alison Bexfield. You can contact Alison on telephone 01462 684648 for more information. You can also email us at Letchworthjunchessgo at bexfield.com

Alison is an experienced player of both chess and go. She will provide teaching to club members appropriate to their level during club meetings. Alison prepares weekly problems in each game for members to take away and try at home.