Central Methodist Church Hall, Norton Way South, Letchworth
The last meeting bfore Christmas will be Thursday 5 December. We will ahve some festive snacks and will be awarding prizes for achievements in the term. This term we have been working on tactics to improve our chess playing and have also looked at opening principles.
The first meeting in January will be on Thursday 9 January 2014.
At our last meeting before the summer break we awarded prizes to the best improver at Go and the top of the Chess ladder. All members also received chess badges according to which graded section they had reached. Members were split between the 'pawns' section and the 'knights' section.
Two of our members attended the UK Go Challenge for junior players in Cambridge on Saturday 6 July. 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 at Pixmore School in Letchworth. This event was very well run by the Letchworth & Hitchin Chess Club and everyone enjoyed the event.
The cost for the Thursday club sessions is £1.50 per week. There is a car park by the hall.
This club is a place for young people in the age range 8 - 14 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).
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.
These are some of the things we expect to provide at club meetings:
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 be providing teaching to club members.