Central Methodist Church Hall, Norton Way South, Letchworth
Attention all girls: Hertfordshire is fielding an U11 girls side in an inter-county competition on 22 March 2014 If you are in Year 6 or below and are interested in playing for this team please let us know. The team will comprise 16 players (12 team members and 4 reserves). Further places are available for girls wanting to join the coaching sessions.
The next meeting of our club will be on Thursday 13 March 2014. We will be holding round 6 in the UK Schools Chess Challenge (which is also open to junior town clubs). We will be holding 7 rounds in total during the term and players must play in at least 5 of these to be able to qualify for the megafinals in May where they have the chance to play against juniors from other schools and clubs. We have 16 juniors currently registered in this event.
We will meet weekly during the term finishing on 4 April (but with no meetings 20 and 27 February).
Key dates: Keep Saturday 28 June free for the end of year Pixmore Open Junior chess tournament. A friendly local event suitable for those playing their first tournament. Combines tournament games and coaching sessions.
UK Go Challenge finals: Satruday 21 June. Held in Cambridge this friendly event is the best first go tournament for juniors to attend. Played on small boards (13x13) it has an open section for more advanced players and a challengers section for those new to the game. A good opportunity to meet juniors from the Cambridge Junior Chess and Go Club and from other go playing schools. This event has an emphasis on having fun while playing and meeting new friends.
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. 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.
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.
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 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.