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Junior Chess Officer Eric Sachs explains that weekly chess re-starts 8 Sept and new website for news with lots of features

8th September 2018

JUNIOR CHESS CLUB AT BOURNEMOUTH LIBRARY

We are resuming weekly chess at the Library from the 8/9 and I hope you will be able to attend this session and as many as possible until Christmas.

For this term we plan to introduce an intermediate section which will progress beginners who understand the basic of moving pieces to develop openings and how to win from the middle game. Chess if fun and enjoyable but can be hard when you are defeated so chess also teaches you how to lose.

Chess in schools is restricted now but we do our best to visit some Primary schools with an intention to have enough school teams to play in an inter team/school competition in 2019 so the target of playing/winning and competitive chess should all be goals for keen junior chess players

Wimborne library are starting a Junior chess section so if this develops satisfactorily we will arrange an inter library match sometime in the New Year.

We will be holding the 2018 Junior Dorset Championship around end of November or in early December upon the same lines as previous with trophies and prizes for every year group. Last year’s venue of the Bournemouth Girls Grammar school was successful so we are hoping to hold the event there again.

This term and from now on we plan to use our own web site www.poolechessclub where we will post general Junior chess news and updates. We do plan to show games/puzzles/tactics in the future but am conscious of access and all security issues so will advise in the future.

 We plan to continue with teaching all aspects of chess to include openings both practical and theory, middle games strategies and fundamentals of end games at our sessions.

Our existing coaches of Graham Morris, Paul Errington, Bryan Lose, Steve Bailey, Ian Clark & yours truly will all be supporting these sessions to have as much variety as possible. There may be an occasional guest speaker/instructor.

We will continue with teaching beginners and hope these players can develop and learn to play chess to a good standard.

Chess is an outstanding game for all juniors to learn and play. The way it helps to develop the mind is well documented but especially for your children at a time they can easily learn and have this interest for life. There are of course other hobbies/interests/sports that supplement this and chess in isolation is not good however the enjoyment I have from seeing the progress and development of all is very rewarding.

I look forward to seeing you in the new term. 

ERIC SACHS

OFFICER FOR JUNIOR CHESS REPRESENTING THE BOURNEMOUTH & DISTRICT LEAGUE AND CHAIRMAN OF POOLE CHESS CLUB

Poole website now features Junior Chess and Chess for Beginners (pl click on link below)

A new post has been published at 3 Sept ’18 by Graham Morris – Junior Chess and Chess for Beginners

You can view it here: http://poolechessclub.org.uk/junior-chess-and-chess-for-beginners/


Please note Saturday morning chess at Bournemouth Library starts at 10am for both beginners and the advanced players (restarts Sat 8 Sept from summer break)

Junior Chess Officer Eric Sachs reports (24 July ’18): “After a hugely successful season at the Bournemouth Library Chess Club where we averaged 35 keen, enthusiastic juniors from all parts of the area on a weekly basis  and also evident now is the number of so many children from all parts of the world, the sessions are now closed until Saturday 8th September 2018. Have a great summer and keep thinking about those 64 squares!”

Highcliffe School’s great achievement in winning the 2018 Inter Schools competition and become Champions of local schools’ chess for the first time. The event took place at the Elstead Hotel, Bournemouth on 1 May ’18.

Bournemouth Grammar School (BGS) put up a brave fight, but were ultimately beaten by a very strong Highcliffe Schools Team who have worked so hard to achieve this award. The key Players from Highcliffe – James Forster (169), Adam Ursell (125) and Thomas Trach (est 120) all won their crucial games to set the foundation to beating BGS. The level of play was as expected extremely high and Highcliffe ended up worthy winners. Highcliffe brought 10 players in all, and mixed and matched the remaining 3 boards in all 3 rounds to maximise their strength and versatility.

Dorset Inter-Schools runners-up Bournemouth Grammar School

Bournemouth Grammar School who finished runners-up

Conversely BGS suffered with a limited team and unfortunately defaulted Board 2 in the 1st round which Highcliffe won 5-1 and this was a blow they could not recover from. However, team spirit returned in the 2nd round when they recovered to draw 3-3. They needed a reverse of the 1-5 score to force a play-off however, this was just a step to far and went on to draw the 3rd round 3-3, a valiant effort given all circumstances.

Congratulations to all players that took part in the Final and Lytchett Minster and Poole Grammar schools both of which will be back next year.

 

Dorset Inter Schools Final 1 May '18

Councillor & Guest Speaker Nigel Hedges commends Eric Sachs and his organising team


Inter Schools Chess Competition Organising Team

Inter Schools Chess Organising Team led by Eric Sachs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Special congratulations to Bryan Lose the teacher from Highcliffe who has put so much effort in promoting chess at the school and finally, sincere thanks to our Guest Speaker Councillor Nigel Hedges who came and helped with the Prizegiving.

With thanks to Eric Sachs who wrote this report

Result detail below:-

FINAL
01/05/2018
VENUE ELSTEAD HOTEL
Round 1 Bournemouth GS Highcliffe Comprehensive
1 Sunny Yang 0 1 James Forster
2 default 0 1 Adam Ursell
3 J.J. Weeks 0 1 Thomas Trach
4 Ryam Clarke 1 0 Annelie Davis
5 Olli Hiocco 0 1 Killian Lucas
6 Scott Lambert 0 1 Theo Fry
result result 1 5
Round 2 Highcliffe Comprehensive Bournemouth GS
1 James Forster 1 0 J.J. Weeks
2 Adam Ursell 1 0 Ciaran Southey
3 Thomas Trach 0 1 Sunny Yang
4 Annelie Davis 0 1 Ryan Clarke
5 Mickey Pritchard 0 1 Ollie Hiocco
6 Barnaby Codd 1 0 Scott Lambert
result result 3 3
Bournemouth GS Highcliffe Comprensive
1 Ciaran Southey 0 1 James Forster
2 Sunny Yang 0 1 Adam Ursell
3 Ryan Clarke 0 1 Thomas Trach
4 J.J. Weeks 1 0 Killian Lucas
5 Scott Lambert 1 0 Annelie Davis
6 Olli Hiocco 1 0 Theo Fry
result result 3 3
Overall Score
Winners HIGHCLIFFE
Runner -Up BOURNEMOUTH GRAMMAR
Highcliffe winners with a board count of 11/7

Eric Sachs reports very successful Junior Chess year to the B&DCL AGM 12 June '18 - big attendances at the Saturday morning Junior Chess Club at Bournemouth Library

JUNIOR CHESS REPORT (presented to the B&DCL AGM, 12 June ’18)

JUNE 2018

WE HAVE HAD A GOOD AND SUCCESSFUL YEAR IN JUNIOR CHESS.

THE WEEKLY LIBRARY SESSIONS CONTINUE WITH A LEVEL OF INTEREST THAT IS ENCOURAGING IN THAT SO MANY CHILDREN WISH TO COME TO LEARN AND PLAY CHESS.THE AVERAGE NUMBERS FOR THIS YEAR ARE 35 EVERY WEEK. THE AGES ARE FROM 6-11.

ALL OF THE KIDS COME ALONG IN PREFERENCE TO OTHER ACTIVITIES ON A SATURDAY MORNING AS THEY ARE EAGER TO LEARN AND PLAY CHESS. ORIGINAL BACKGROUNDS ARE FROM INDIA/CHINA/EASTERN EUROPE/SOUTH AMERICA AND ALSO A GOOD MIX FROM LOCAL ENGLISH BACKGROUNDS.

WE HAVE BEGINNERS AND ADVANCE LEVELS WHERE THEY LEARN TO PLAY FROM THE OUTSET AND PROGRESS THROUGH STAGES OF OPENINGS/MIDDLE GAME/END GAMES AND TACTICS. EACH WEEK THE KIDS PLAY GAMES AGAINST EACH OTHER.

THE SESSIONS ARE LIVELY, ENTHUSIASTIC, BUSY, AND ENJOYABLE AND IT’S A PLEASURE TO BE INVOLVED IN THIS CONTINOUS DEVELOPMENT OF CHESS.

LAST SATURDAY WE HELD AN ALL PLAY ALL SWISS EVENT OVER SIX ROUNDS WHICH 24 COMPETITORS TOOK PART. THIS WENT VERY WELL AND WAS WELL RECEIVED. THE WINNER WAS A VISITOR FROM MOSCOW IN BOURNEMOUTH LEARNING ENGLISH. THE BOY, DEMID ( 9 YEARS OLD) SCORED 6/6 IN HIS FIRST INTERNATIONAL CHESS COMPETITION. HIS STANDARD WAS OUTSTANDING AND DEMONSTRATED BY BEATING ONE OR TWO TEACHERS. ALL OUR REGULARS DID WELL AND ALL SCORED POINTS. DETAILS AND PICTURES WILL GO ON THE JUNIOR SECTION OF THE DORSET WEB SITE.

THE LIBRARY SESSIONS WHICH ARE REGARDED AS CENTRAL TO JUNIOR CHESS WILL CONTINUE UNTIL THE 21 JULY AND THEN THERE IS A BREAK FOR SUMMER HOLIDAYS.

I WELCOME ALL LOCAL CHESS PLAYERS TO COME ALONG AND CONTRIBUTE IN ANY WAY POSSIBLE TO THESE SESSIONS. PREVIOUSLY MARTIN CLANCY/STEVE PIERSON/STUART APPLEBY HAVE ENJOYED VISITING A LIBRARY SESSION. I WOULD APPRECIATE ANY CHESS ANY CHESS MEMBER TO ARRANGE A 15 MINUTE PRESENTATION, THE MORE THE MERRIER.

SCHOOLS CHESS

CURRENTLY WE ARE VISITING POOLE GRAMMAR SCHOOL ON A WEEKLY BASIS AND I BELIEVE THERE COULD BE A POSSIBILITY OF DEVELOPING 2/3 PLAYERS INTO LEAGUE PLAYERS IN THE NEXT COUPLE OF YEARS.

I AM PLEASED THERE IS EXCELLENT SUPPORT FOR CHESS AT LYTCHETT MINSTER COMPRESHENSIVE SCHOOL; CURRENTLY THE LEVEL AT BOURNEMOUTH GRAMMAR IS SMALL. THE HIGH LEVEL OF SUPPORT AT HIGHCLIFFE SCHOOL HAVE RESULTED IN THEIR SCHOOL WINNING THE IINTER SCHOOL TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP FOR THE FIRST TIME.

WE HAVE ARRANGED FOR AN OPEN DAY AT POOLE CHESS CLUB ON THE 5/7 TO INTRODUCE SENIOR STUDENTS TO VISIT THE CLUB AND PLAY CHESS IN A CLUB ENVIRONMENT WHICH IS A STEPPING STONE FROM WEEKLY CLUB SESSIONS AT SCHOOL TO BE PLAYING WITH ADULTS. THIS WILL BE A FUN EVENING AND WE ARE EXPECTING AT LEAST 10 STUDENTS ON THE EVENING. IT IS HOPED THIS WILL ENCOURAGE SOME OF THEM TO JOIN A TEAM TO PLAY IN THE NEWLY PROPOSED BACHHUS LEAGUE NEXT SEASON.

PRIMARY SCHOOLS

I HAVE BEEN INVITED TO TEACH AT QUEENS PARK PRIMARY SCHOOL IN SEPTEMBER AND WILL START THEN.

BOTH PAUL ERRINGTON AND MYSELF ATTENDED CASTLE COURT SCHOOL FROM SEPTEMBER TO THE SPRING – THEY ARE SITUATED IN CORFE MULLEN. THE NUMBERS WERE QUITE LIMITED AND IT UNSURE IF WE WILL CONTINUE NEXT YEAR.

COMPETITIONS AND EVENTS

2017 DORSET CHAMPIONSHIPS

WE HELD A VERY SUCCESSFUL AND ENJOYABLE EVENT AT BOURNEMOUTH GRAMMAR GIRLS SCHOOL AT THE END OF NOVEMBER. THERE WERE OVER 70 ENTRANTS ACROSS ALL AGES FROM 6 TO 17 YEARS OLD. DETAILS OF THE WINNERS, PRIZES, SPEECHES AND PICTURES ARE POSTED ON THE JUNIOR SECTION OF THE DORSET WEB SITE.

I WOULD ENCOURAGE ANY LOCAL PLAYERS TO COME ALONG AND VISIT THE EVENT EVEN FOR A SHORT TIME TO SEE THE ENTHUSIASM AND COMPETITION ON THE DAY. IT IS SCHEDULED AGAIN AT THE END OF NOVEMBER OR EARLY DECEMBER.

ECF UNDER 19 CHAMPIONSHIPS.

HIGHCLIFFE SCHOOL REACHED THE REGIONAL FINALS HAVING BEATEN A STRONG WINCHESTER TEAM TO PLAY WELLINGTON COLLEGE. THIS MATCH WAS PLAYED ON 29/1/18 AT HIGHCLIFFE SCHOOL.

WELLINGTON COLLEGE WITH A TOP BOARD PLAYER GRADED 200 AND TWO OTHERS STRONG PLAYERS ON BOARDS 2/3 WON 4-2. HOWEVER JAMES FORSTER DREW HIS BD 1 GAME , ADAM URSELL DREW WITH A PLAYER OF 155 (FEMALE) AND THOMAS TRACH BEAT HIS OPPONENT TO GIVE A SCORE OF 2/1 ON THE TOP 3 BOARDS. DETAILS AND PICTURES WILL BE POSTED ON THE DORSET WEBSITE.

CONGRATULATIONS MUST BE GIVEN TO BRYAN LOSE THE TEACHER RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL THINGS CHESS AT HIGHCLIFFE AND A GREAT SUPPORTER OF CHESS.

2018 INTER SCHOOL/TEAM COMPETITION

WE HELD A VERY ENJOYABLE INTER SCHOOL TOURNAMENT FROM WHICH RAN FROM FEBUARY TO APRIL THIS YEAR. THERE WERE 2 QUALIFYING ROUNDS BOTH PLAYED AT BOURNEMOUTH GRAMMAR SCHOOL AND THE FINAL HELD AT THE ELSTEAD HOTEL.

LYTCHETT MINSTER/POOLE GRAMMAR/BOURNEMOUTH GRAMMAR AND HIGHCLIFFE ALL ENTERED WITH TEAMS OF 6 PLAYERS TO ALLOW AS MANY TO PLAY AS POSSIBLE.

HIGHCLIFFE DESERVEDLY WON THE EVENT BEATING THE CURRENT HOLDERS BOURNEMOUTH GRAMMAR WITH A VERY STRONG LEAD 3 PLAYERS OF JAMES FORSTER/ADAM URSELL AND THOMAS TRACH. MANY CONGRATULATIONS TO HIGHCLIFFE AND ESPECIALLY BRYAN LOSE WHO HAS DONE SO MUCH TO SUPPORT CHESS IN THE SCHOOL.

FINALLY, I CANNOT STRESS ENOUGH HOW IMPORTANT IS TO ALSO MENTION ALL THE PEOPLE WHO COME ALONG TO THE WEEKLY LIBRARY SESSION WHO GIVE THEIR TIME UP TO HELP AND SUPPORT THE CLASSES AND GENERALLY JUNIOR CHESS. STEVE BAILEY/GRAHAM MORRIS/BRYAN LOSE/PAUL ERRINGTON AND IAN CLARK.

ERIC SACHS

JUNE 2018

Highcliffe School win 2018 Inter-Schools for first time with 11-7 success - Eric Sachs Reports

Eric Sachs reports on Senior Inter-schools 1st & 2nd Round matches - uploaded 28 Mar '18

Highcliffe School Chess Team Mar '18

Highcliffe School Chess Team Mar ’18 – they are through to the final as Qualifying winners

Can you pass on my congratulations to all the players that took part. It was great to see the 4 schools competing competitively and all games were played in good spirit and the best etiquette of chess.

I would have liked to see Lytchett Minster score a couple of points however they improved their board wins from last time and am sure they progress. Poole Grammar came very close in the final round and I saw two mates in one from Poole players that were unfortunately missed which made all the difference. However, all the players are Year 7 and can and will only progress as time goes on.  A really good effort from both schools.

Bournemouth Grammar School Chess Team Mar '18

Bournemouth Grammar School Chess Team Mar ’18 who finished Qualifying Runners-Up & meet Highcliffe in the final

Congratulations to Highcliffe in scoring in every round yesterday to win the Qualifying event and progressing to the Final. Also congratulations to Bournemouth Grammar School defending the trophy for the 3rd time and qualifying for the Final. They were missing two senior players yesterday.

It would really good to see the boys playing more regular chess either at the school clubs or at our local chess clubs and with more games they will benefit very quickly. It was clear to me that some of them were really missing this and the more experienced players had a real advantage.

I will be making enquiries for the Final which could be either 24/4 or 1/5 and I will confirm the venue once the arrangements have been made which will be within the next few days. (Eric subsequently announced on 4 April that the final would take place at the Elstead Hotel, Kynveton Road, Bournemouth BH1 3QP on Tues, 1 May 3.30pm to 7pm).

Lychett Minster Chess Team Mar '18

Lychett Minster Chess Team Mar ’18, who scored more wins & are improving

I will organise a certificate for all players from Lytchett Minster and Poole Grammar Schools and arrange for the distribution shortly.

Finally, can I thank you for taking the time and effort to enter your teams and all that is attached which I am aware of. Also, many thanks to Matt Austin at Bournemouth Grammar School for providing the facilities.

 

 

1st Round Pairings and results 2nd Round Pairings and results
13/03/2018 27/03/2018
Venue Bournemouth Grammar School Venue Bournemouth Grammar School
Lytchett Minster Bournemouth GS Round 1 Lytchett Minster Bournemouth GS
Harry 1 0 JJ Weeks 1 Harry 0 1 Ciaran
Ben 0 1 Oli Hioco 2 Joanthon 0 1 Ayub
Zack 0 1 Sunny Yang 3 Ben 0 1 Olli
Jonanthon 1 0 Ian Redfern 4 Zac 1 0 Josh Reid
Ellis 0 1 Scott Lambert 5 Ellis 0 1 Scott
Alfie 0 1 Phelan Wong 6 Chris 0 1 Ian
result 2 4 result 1 5
Highcliffe Poole G S Highcliffe Poole G S
James 1 0 Alexsander 1 James 1 0 Alexsander
Adam 1 0 Felix 2 Adam 1 0 Felix
Killian 0 1 Andrey 3 Killian 0 1 Andrey
Barnaby 0 1 Josh 4 Annelie 1 0 Josh
Andrea 0 1 Lukas 5 Theo 0 1 Lukas
Annelie 1 0 Ramin 6 Harvey 1 0 Ramin
result 3 3 result 4 2
Round 2
Bournemouth GS Highcliffe Bournemouth GS Highcliffe
Phelan 0 1 James 1 Scott 0 1 James
Ian 0 1 Adam 2 Ciaran 0 1 Adam
JJ 1 0 Killian 3 Olli 1 0 Annelie
Oli 1 0 Barnaby 4 Ian 1 0 Andrea
Sunny 0 1 Annelie 5 Ayub 0 1 Mickey
Scott 1 0 Mickey 6 Josh Reid 0 1 Barnaby
3 3 result 2 4
Poole G S Lytchett Minster Poole G S Lytchett Minster
Felix 1 0 Harry 1 Alexsander 0.5 0.5 Harry
Alexsander 1 0 Ben 2 Felix 1 0 Jonathon
Josh 0 1 Jonathon 3 Andrey 0.5 0.5 Ben
Lukas 1 0 Zack 4 Lukas 1 0 Zac
Andrey 1 0 Ellis 5 Josh 1 0 Ellis
Ramin 0.5 0.5 Alfie 6 Ramin 0 1 Chris
4.5 1.5 result 4 2
Round 3
Poole Bournemouth GS Poole Bournemouth GS
Alexsander 0 1 JJ 1 Alexsander 0 1 Ciaran
Felix 0 1 Oli 2 Felix 0.5 0.5 Olli
Lukas 0 1 Sunny 3 Josh 0 1 Scott
Andre 1 0 Phelan 4 Lukas 0 1 Ian
Josh 1 0 Ian 5 Andrey 1 0 Ayub
Ramin 0 1 Scott 6 Ramin 0.5 0.5 Josh Reid
2 4 result 2 4
Lytchett Minster Highcliffe Lytchett Minster Highcliffe
Harry 0 1 James 1 Harry 0 1 James
Jonathon 0 1 Adam 2 Jonathon 0 1 Adam
Ben 1 0 Killian 3 Ben 1 0 Barnaby
Zack 0 1 Annelie 4 Zac 1 0 Harvey
Ellis 0 1 Andrea 5 Chris 0 1 Mickey
Alfie 0 1 Mickey 6 Ellis 0 1 Killian
1 5 result 2 4
table after 1st round of matches
Points
Bournemouth Grammar 5 Bournemouth Grammar
Highcliffe 4 Highcliffe
Poole Grammar 3 Poole Grammar
Lytchett Minster 0 Lytchett Minster
(2 pts = win/ 1 pt = draw/ 0 pt = loss)
table after 2nd round of matches
Points Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Overall
Bournemouth Grammar 5 2 0 2 9
Highcliffe 4 2 2 2 10
Poole Grammar 3 0 2 0 5
Lytchett Minster 0 0 0 0 0
(2 pts = win/ 1 pt = draw/ 0 pt = loss)
1st PLACE AND QUALIFIED HIGHCLIFFE
2ND PLACE AND QUALIFIED BOURNEMOUTH GRAMMAR

Eric Sachs continues his report on the 1st Round of the 2018 Inter Teams/Schools Championships Matches

Highlights of the 1st round of the 2018 Inter teams/schools championships are:

Seniors

The venue was at Bournemouth Grammar School and competitors were Poole Grammar/Highcliffe Comprehensive/Lytchett Minster and Bournemouth Grammar School.

24 players took part playing 6 boards for each team over 3 rounds.

The competition is on a league basis over 6 rounds with the top two teams qualifying for the final to be played in April/May.

BGS are the holders and  are going for a 3 rd consecutive win.

Highlights of the teams/matches are for BGS – James Forster (grade 170) and Adam Ursell (125) the top two players in the competition proved too strong for their opponents however they suffered on the lower boards 3-6 and only Annelie Davis with 3/3 scored for the team and finished with 4 points over the 3 rounds.

Poole Grammar fielding an almost complete team of year 7 and Bournemouth library players played well above their expectations and scored 3 points over he three rounds. These boys nearly all ex Baden – Powell boys had some great results over opponents some 4/5 years older and only a weakness on Bd 6 stopped them winning more points. They have a good chance of qualifying in the 2 nd round of matches.

Lytchett Minister entered a team and gave their best however the standard of play was too high for them although they did achieve more board wins than last year but I am hopeful with continuous coaching at the school they will continue to progress.

Bournemouth Grammar missing Cieran Southey (Grade 109) still were strong over the 6 boards and are the 1st round leaders with 5 points, Highlights were JJ Weeks who scored 3/3 Oli Hioco 3/3 and Sunny Yang 2/3. This was enough to win the crucial games but with just one point between three teams its all to play for.

I was vey impressed by the general standard of play and there were some exciting finishes with some games going to the final seconds on the clocks.

Junior Section

The competition has been reduced to two teams Bournemouth Library and Ferndown Middle School, both teams fielded reserve players so we had a total of 7 boards for each team. The library team were too strong for Ferndown MS and scored maximum scores on all board to lead with 4 points from 2 rounds. The teams were mixed up for the the 3rd round to even up the teams but highlights were Saathvik Konreddy scoring 3/3, Oscar Davis also 3/3.

2nd round of matches to be played next week.

Pictures of teams and events will be sent after the 2nd round and we have safety clearance to publish.

Eric Sachs reports junior chess at Bournemouth Library going from strength to strength - 40 now attending - 26 Feb '18

Junior Chess Bournemouth Library 0218Junior chess at Bournemouth continues to thrive and last Saturday 24/2 we had a record attendance of 40 juniors that came to play chess. We started with a handful of players in 2014 and the lessons have grown and grown to an extent it is fair to say it has now  become the central and main focus of chess for juniors in the area. It is so rewarding to see the progress and success of this project and it gives encouragement to all to come and play chess.

 

 

Junior Chess Bournemouth Library 0218We encourage all juniors of all standards including beginners to come and join in. The group are currently broken into 2 sections, but very soon we will need at least 3 sections to accommodate all. It is essential that all players understand the basics and develop through the games to learn carefully and understand the full depth of the game. At the higher end we have several players that play in local competitions in Hampshire and Wiltshire and sometimes in London.

 

Junior Chess Bournemouth Library 0218Currently we have 4 coaches supporting the session and sometimes have a guest speaker so this is the place to come if you want to learn and develop your chess.

 

 

 

Eric Sachs Junior Chess Report 31 Jan'18

JUNIOR CHESS REPORT

JANUARY 2018

DEVELOPMENT AND PROGRESS OF JUNIOR CHESS CONTINUES IN THE BOURNEMOUTH AREA

THE WEEKLY LIBRARY SESSIONS CONTINUE WITH A LEVEL OF INTEREST THAT IS INCREASING ALL THE TIME. CURRENTLY THROUGH JANUARY WE ARE TEACHING OVER 30 CHILDREN EVERY WEEK. THERE IS AN INCREASE IN BEGINNERS AND WE HAVE AT LEAST 2 COACHES TEACHING BEGINNERS EVERY WEEK. IN THE ANALYSIS WE REVIEW GAMES FROM GRAND MASTERS, OPENINGS, TACTICS AND ENDINGS. ALL PLAYERS PLAY GAMES AGAINST EACH OTHER EVERY WEEK.

THE COACHING TEAM HAVE JUST GAINED GRAHAM MORRIS AND IS SUPPORTED BY PAUL ERRINGTON, STEVE BAILEY, BRYAN LOSE, AND IAN CLARK.

THE SESSIONS ARE LIVELY, ENTHUSIASTIC, BUSY, AND ENJOYABLE AND IT’S A PLEASURE TO BE INVOLVED IN THIS CONTINOUS DEVELOPMENT OF CHESS.

CHESS IN SCHOOLS IN DIFFICULT AT TIMES AS THE SCHOOLS ARE FURTHER STRETCHED TO COPE WITH CURRENT EVERYDAY DEMANDS WITH STAFFING AND BUDGETS AND CHESS IS SQUEEZED INTO A SMALL CORNER, IT IS SOMETIMES IS TREATED AS A NICE TO HAVE.

HOWEVER, THERE IS SCOPE FOR PLACING CHESS TEACHERS INTO SCHOOLS BUT WE DO NOT HAVE ANY VOLUNTEERS THAT HAVE COME FORWARD TO ASSIST. I AM ASKING ALL PRESENT HERE TODAY TO ASSIST IN THIS REQUEST.

CURRENTLY WE ARE TEACHING CHESS AT THE FOLLOWING SCHOOLS

CASTLE COURT – PAUL ERRINGTON AND ERIC SACHS (TUESDAY)

FERNDOWN MIDDLE SCHOOL – ERIC SACHS (PERIODICALLY THURSDAY)

POOLE GRAMMAR SCHOOL – SIMON ERRINGTON AND ERIC SACHS (WEDNESDAY)

QUEENS PARK PRIMARY SCHOOL – ERIC SACHS (JUST ABOUT TO START ON MONDAY)

HIGHCLIFFE COMPREHENSIVE SCHOOL – BRYAN LOSE (TEACHER AND CHESS PLAYER)

I CANNOT VISIT 4 SCHOOLS EACH WEEK AND AT THE SAME TIME AM RELUCTANT TO SAY NO WE CANNNOT HELP TO ANY PROSPECTIVE SCHOOLS. I NEED SOMEONE FROM THE CLUBS/CONTACTS TO GO TO FERNDOWN MIDDLE SCHOOL EVERY OTHER WEEK EACH THURSDAY AND AM LOOKING FOR A VOLUNTEER. IT WOULD BE ON A THURSDAY FOR 3.30 AND FINISHING AT 4.30.

COMPETITIONS AND EVENTS

2017 DORSET CHAMPIONSHIPS

WE HELD A VERY SUCCESSFUL AND ENJOYABLE EVENT AT BOURNEMOUTH GRAMMAR GIRLS SCHOOL AT THE END OF NOVEMBER. THERE WERE OVER 70 ENTRANTS ACROSS ALL AGES FROM 6 TO 17 YEARS OLD. DETAILS OF THE WINNERS, PRIZES, SPEECHES AND PICTURES ARE POSTED ON THE JUNIOR SECTION OF THE DORSET WEB SITE.

THE SCHOOL WERE VERY ACCOMODATING AND I WOULD RECOMMEND THEIR FACILITY TO ANYONE WHO WOULD WISH TO HIRE A HALL/VENUE.

FOR THE FIRST TIME WE USED AN ELECTRONIC PAIRING PROGRAM OPERATED BY GABOR TO ARRANGE PAIRINGS/PUBLISH RESULTS AND EFFECTIVELY BE THE CONTROLLER. IN THE MAIN IT WORKED WELL AND SAVED MAN POWER.

IT WAS GOOD TO SEE CHESS PLAYERS FROM OUR LOCAL CLUBS COME ALONG AND TAKE AN INTEREST ON THE DAY.

AS ALWAYS THANKS TO ALL HELPERS THAT MADE THE DAY POSSIBLE NAMELY, STEVE BAILEY, GABOR HORZATH, IAN CLARK, BRYAN LOSE, DEE NUSTEDT AND DAVID FULLER WHO PROVIDED A SPEECH AT THE PRIZE GIVING.

ECF UNDER 19 CHAMPIONSHIPS.

HIGHCLIFFE SCHOOL HAVE REACHED THE REGIONAL FINAL HAVING BEATEN A STRONG WINCHESTER TEAM TO PLAY WELLNGTON COLLEGE. THIS MATCH WAS PLAYED THIS MONDAY 29/1 AT HIGHCLIFFE.

WELLINGTON COLLEGE WITH A TOP BOARD PLAYER GRADED 200 AND TWO OTHERS STRONG PLAYERS ON BOARDS 2/3 WON 4-2. HOWEVER JAMES FORSTER DREW HIS BD 1 GAME , ADAM URSELL DREW WITH A PLAYER OF 155 (FEMALE) AND THOMAS TRACH BEAT HIS OPPONENT TO GIVE A SCORE OF 2/1 ON THE TOP 3 BOARDS. DETAILS AND PICTURES WILL BE POSTED ON THE DORSET WEBSITE.

CONGRATULATIONS MUST BE GIVEN TO BRYAN LOSE THE TEACHER RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL THINGS CHESS AT HIGHCLIFFE AND A GREAT SUPPORTER OF CHESS.

INTER SCHOOL/TEAM COMPETITION

IT IS PLANNED TO START THE SCHOOL/TEAM EVENT DURING FEBRUARY FOR PRIMARY & SENIOR SCHOOLS. DETAILS WILL BE POSTED ON THE WEB SITE. SIMILAR TO LAST YEAR WE PLAN TO PLAY THE GAMES AT THE BOURNEMOUTH LIBRARY FOR JUNIORS AND BGS FOR THE SENIORS. WE NEED TO FIND A NEW VENUE FOR THE FINAL AS THE WHITEHALL HOTEL WHO KINDLY SUPPORTED THE EVENT OVER THE LAST 2/3 YEARS HAVE CLOSED.

ONCE AGAIN I NEED TO REITERATE WE NEED MORE HELP WITH TEACHING IN SCHOOLS IF WE WANT OUR LOCAL KIDS TO LEARN AND PLAY CHESS AND MANY THANKS FOR MY SERLING TEAM OF HELPERS THAT CONTINUE TO CONTRIBUTE TO JUNIOR CHESS.

 

ERIC SACHS

31/1/18

Highcliffe School do Dorset proud reaching the Regional Final & losing narrowly to Wellington College

Thomas Trach won on board 3 for HighcliffeEric Sachs reports 1 Feb ’18:

ECF UNDER 19 CHAMPIONSHIPS – Highcliffe School reached the Regional Final having beaten a strong Winchester team to play Wellington College. This match was played Mon 29 Jan ’18 at Highcliffe.
Wellington College, with a top board graded 200 and 2 other strong players on boards 2/3 won 4-2. However, James Forster drew his board 1 game. Adam Ursell drew with a player of grade 155 (female) and Thomas Trach (pictured left) beat his opponent to give an excellent score of 2-1 on the top 3 boards.

Mickey Pritchard playing for Highcliffe against Wellington College

Mickey Pritchard playing for Highcliffe against Wellington College


Annelie Davis playing at Wellington College for Highcliffe

Annelie Davis pictured playing against Wellington College for Highcliffe

Special congratulations are due to Bryan Lose, the teacher responsible for all things chess at Highcliffe and a great  supporter of chess.

 

 

 

Dorset Junior Chess Championships - Sat 25 Nov '17 - Bournemouth School for Girls - Eric Sachs Report

2017 DORSET JUNIOR CHESS CHAMPIONSHIPS
VENUE – BOURNEMOUTH GRAMMAR SCHOOL FOR GIRLS – 25/11/17

Dorset Junior Chess Junior Winners 2017

Shield Winners – Oscar Davis (U11) & Hugo Svedberg (U10)

Summary of a Successful Junior Event
There were 71 entrants from across the area with ages from year 3 to 6th Form students, (ages 7 -18).

Players were allocated to into 4 sections
Year 3 & 4, Year 5 & 6, Year 7 and years 8 -13
All sections were hugely competitive and the standard of play was varied but a high and interesting standard especially from the top boards in each section. All games were played in the right spirit, everyone shook hands at the beginning of each game – and over 400 games of chess were played without any disputes over 6 rounds.
Winners of each section and prizes are as following:

OVERALL
Dorset Junior Champion – James Forster ( retained the trophy from last year)
Under 16 – Ciaran Southey
Under 14 – Mickey Pritchard/Annelie Davis
Under 12 (Year 7) Josh Leggatt/Nidhi Ramesh
Under 11 (Year 6) Oscar Davis
Under 10 (Year 5) Hugo Svedberg
Under 9 (Year 4) Oliver Smith
Under 8 (Year 3) Emilio Parandian
SECTION MEDAL WINNER
Years 8-13
Gold/ James Forster – Silver/Sunny Yang – Bronze/ Ciaran Southey
Year 7
Gold/ Josh Leggatt and Nidhi Ramesh –Silver/ Andre Mouer – Bronze/ Felix Wyatt and Fernando Cruz
Year 5-6
Gold/Hugo Svedberg – Silver/ Oscar Davis – Bronze/ Saathvik Kondreddy/Calum Daly/Ramiar Chowdury
Year 3-4
Gold/Oliver Smith – Silver/Ishaan Pradeep – Bronze – Marianna Cilberti

The day was supported by Tim Onions who came from Devon to set up his bookstall which specialized on books for Junior Chess and all aspects of development for kids chess. Joergen Neilson came along to provide a clinic to help and develop juniors games.
David Fuller from Poole chess club came along to make a speech and assist with prize giving, this was well received as parents and all stayed at the end for the prize giving, in excess of 50 plus and all the winners and were all delighted to receive the various awards. (See photos by clicking on this link: https://mikejay.smugmug.com/Dorset-Junior-Chess-Championships-25-Nov-17-Bournemouth/).
The real winners of the day were the 71 juniors that took time to come to the event and play chess.
Thanks as always to all the helpers, namely, Gabor Horvath, Ian Clark, Paul Errington, Bryan Lose, Steve Bailey and Dee Nustedt.

Bournemouth Junior Library Chess Club mark International Games Day with successful Rapidplay event - Saturday, 4 Nov '17

Dorset Junior Rapidplay Winner 2017 Oliver Smith

9 year old Oliver Smith who scored 5/6 to win the Junior Rapidplay Major

BOURNEMOUTH LIBRARY JUNIOR CHESS CLUB MARKED INTERNATIONAL GAMES DAY ON THE 4 NOVEMBER WITH A RAPIDPLAY ATTENDED BY 24 JUNIORS.

THIS WAS A WELL SUPPORTED EVENT AND BROUGHT GREAT INTEREST BY ALL VISITORS AT THE LIBRARY. THE ATMOSPHERE WAS EXPECTANT, LIVELY AND COMPETITIVE.

THERE WERE 12 COMPETITORS IN THE MAJOR WHICH WAS WON BY OLIVER SMITH (AGE 9) WITH A SCORE OF 5/6. SECOND PLACE WAS WON BY SAATHVIK KONREDDY WITH 4/6 ON COUNTBACK AND LARISSA CUTHBERT COMING THIRD SCORING 4/6.

THE STANDARD OF PLAY WAS IMPRESSSIVE AND MOST PLAYERS SHOWED THEIR ABILITY TO PLAY COMPETIVELY AT A HIGH LEVEL. ALL GAMES IN THE MAJOR SECTION WERE PLAYED ON THE CLOCK.

THE MINOR SECTION LUCAS CALAUZ WAS THE CLEAR WINNER WITH AN EXCELLENT SCORE OF 5.5/6. SANJANA CAME SECOND WITH 4/5 AND RAMIN THIRD ON COUNTBACK WITH 3.5/6.

ALL PARTICIPANTS RECEIVED A CERTIFICATE PRESENTED SAT 4 NOV (AS BELOW)

Junior Chess Rapidplay Presentation Bournemouth Library

PRIZE GIVING TOOK PLACE AFTER THE EVENT AND ERIC SACHS THANKED ALL FOR TAKING TIME TO PLAY AND WATCH THE EVENT AND TO PARENTS/GUARDIANS WHO GAVE THEIR TIME TO BRING THEIR CHILDREN.

TO WITNESS 24 JUNIORS BATTLING OUT ON THE CHESS BOARDS WITH INTENT, CONCENTRATION, ENJOYMENT AND APPLICATION IS A CREDIT TO ALL THAT COMPETED AND SHOWED THE GAME OF CHESS IS VERY MUCH ALIVE AND ENJOYED BY ALL THAT WISH TO MAKE THE EFFORT TO PLAY THIS GREAT GAME.

ERIC SACHS

4 NOVEMBER 2017

Junior Chess Officer Report Sept '17 - submitted by Eric Sachs

16th September 2017

JUNIOR CHESS CLUB AT BOURNEMOUTH LIBRARY – update from the Junior Chess Officer

We are resuming weekly chess at the Library from the 16/9 and I hope you will be able to attend this session and as many as possible until Christmas.

For this term we plan to have more competitions and the first one is scheduled on the 4/11 when we have will hold a 6 round rapid play competition for all. This will be in conjunction with a National Library games day which will be played all around the UK.

In addition, there is a plan to have a mixed adult/junior match on 6-8 boards during November. The purpose is for adults to assist the junior players where appropriate and for juniors to gain experience in this type of chess.

We will also be holding the 2017 Junior Dorset Championship around end of November or in early December upon the same lines as previous with trophies and prizes for every year group.

There is also the possibility of attending the London Chess Classic later this year with a junior group and maybe a possibility to plan a Grandmaster in a simultaneous, watch this space.

CSC (Chess in the Community) have kindly sent us new boards and sets to support our class at the Library to start of the new season.

We plan to continue with teaching all aspects of chess to include openings both practical and theory, middle games strategies and fundamentals of end games.

Our existing coaches Paul Errington, Bryan Lose, Steve Bailey, Ian Clark & yours truly will all be supporting these sessions to have as much variety as possible. There may be an occasional guest speaker/instructor.

We will continue with teaching beginners and hope these players can develop and learn to play chess to a reasonable standard.

Chess is an outstanding game for all juniors to learn and play. The way it helps to develop the mind is well documented but especially for your children at a time they can easily learn and have this interest for life. There are of course other hobbies/interests/sports that supplement this and chess in isolation is not good however the enjoyment I have from seeing the progress and development of all is very rewarding.

I look forward to seeing you in the new term.

 

ERIC SACHS

OFFICER FOR JUNIOR CHESS REPRESENTING THE BOURNEMOUTH & DISTRICT LEAGUE AND CHAIRMAN OF POOLE CHESS CLUB

Rapidplay Sat 4 Nov '17 at Bournemouth Library

Eric Sachs, Junior Chess Organiser, has planned this Junior Rapidplay to coincide with “International Games Day” around Europe on this particular day

Chess in Schools - Guardian Newspaper June '17

Junior Chess Report, Eric Sachs - presented at the B&DCL AGM - 20 June '17

JUNIOR CHESS REPORT

JUNE 2017

DEVELOPMENT AND PROGRESS OF JUNIOR CHESS CONTINUES WELL IN THE BOURNEMOUTH AREA

THE WEEKLY LIBRARY SESSIONS TAKE A CENTRAL ROLE AND HAVE IN THE REGION OF 25 JUNIORS WHO COME ALONG AND PLAY EVERY WEEK. EACH ONE OF THESE ARE TURNING INTO CHESS PLAYERS WITH THE STANDARD RISING ALL THE TIME. THIS INCLUDES COMPLETE BEGINNERS AND NOVICES WHO ARE PLAYING GAMES WITHIN A SHORT TIME, THIS IS REALLY ENCOURAGING AND IT IS WHERE THE MAIN FOCUS OF JUNIOR CHESSS COACHING IS CONCENTRATED.

WE HAVE 3/4 COACHES SUPPORTING THIS SESSION EVERY SATURDAY AND RECENTLY HAVE SEEN THE ADDED SUPPORT OF BRYAN LOSE A MATHS TEACHER FROM HIGHCLIFFE COMPREHENSIVE SENIOR SCHOOL.

THE 2017 INTER SCHOOL CHALLENGE HAS TAKEN PLACE NOW WITH THE SUCCESSFUL AND ENJOYABLE FINAL PLAYED AT THE END OF APRIL.

IN SUMMARY THERE WERE 6 PRIMARY TEAMS WHO PLAYED A IN A LEAGUE WITH THE TOP TWO REACHING THE FINAL.

THE WINNERS WERE FOR THE SECOND YEAR RUNNING WERE BADEN-POWELL BEATING THE LIBRARY TEAM. THE LEVEL OF PLAY WAS EXCELLENT AND THEY WERE WORTHY WINNERS.

IN THE SENIOR SECTION THERE WERE 4 SCHOOL TEAMS WHO PLAYED IN A LEAGUE TO REACH THE FINAL. BOURNEMOUTH GRAMMAR A TEAM BEATING A STRONG HIGHCLIFFE TEAM. AGAIN THE STANDARD WAS VERY HIGH AND ALL GAMES WERE PLAYED IN A COMPETITIVE AND ENJOYABLE SPIRIT, ALAN DOMMETT CAME ALONG KINDLY TO MAKE THE PRESENTATION. IN TOTAL 210 GAMES OF CHESS IN TOTAL WERE PLAYED IN THIS COMPTETION.

MOST OF THE SCHOOLS HAVE WRITTEN AND THANKED ALL FOR RUNNING THE COMPETITION.

DETAILS OF THE EVENT WITH PICTURES OF THE FINAL TEAMS AND SCORES ARE ON THE DORSET WEB SITE UNDER THE JUNIOR SECTION.

OTHER COACHING

CHESS CLUBS ARE BEING RUN AT SEVERAL SCHOOLS:

LYTCHETT MINSTER/HIGHCLIFFE COMPREHENSIVE/BOURNEMOUTH GRAMMAR/POOLE GRAMMAR/BADEN-POWELL/TALBOT HOUSE/FERNDOWN MIDDLE SCHOOL. WE DO TRY AND SUPPORT THESE CLUBS AND VISIT AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE. WHERE THERE IS TEACHER SUPPORT IT HELPS BUT DOES NOT GUARANTEE PROGRESS AND IT IS IN THIS AREA IF WE HAD MORE DEDICATED COACHING THIS WOULD HELP BRING EXISTING PLAYERS ALONG AND ENCOURAGE NEW ONES TO JOIN.

WE HAVE CONTINUED TO SEE JUNIORS JOINING OUR ADULT LEAGUE CLUBS AND THIS IS ENCOURAGING BUT IF WE HAD MORE DRIVE AT SENIOR SCHOOLS THIS COULD REALLY HELP.

IF ANYONE PRESENT TODAY OR ANY CLUB PLAYERS FROM OUR CLUBS WOULD LIKE TO EITHER COME ALONG TO COACH AND OR SUPPORT THE LIBRARY SESSIONS THIS WOULD BE WELCOME.

I WOULD LIKE TO THANK AS ALWAYS, PAUL ERRINGTON/IAN CLARK/ STEVE BAILEY AND GABOR HORZATH SUPPORTING THE SATURDAY SESSIONS AND JUNIOR CHESS.

 

ERIC SACHS

Junior Chess Report from Eric Sachs - May 2017

DEVELOPMENT AND PROGRESS OF JUNIOR CHESS CONTINUES WELL IN THE BOURNEMOUTH AREA

THE WEEKLY LIBRARY SESSIONS TAKE A CENTRAL ROLE AND HAVE IN THE REGION OF 25 JUNIORS WHO COME ALONG AND PLAY EVERY WEEK. EACH ONE OF THESE ARE TURNING INTO CHESS PLAYERS WITH THE STANDARD RISING ALL THE TIME. THIS INCLUDES COMPLETE BEGINNERS AND NOVICES WHO ARE PLAYING GAMES WITHIN A SHORT TIME, THIS IS REALLY ENCOURAGING AND ITS WHERE THE MAIN FOCUS OF COACHING IS CONCENTRATED.

WE HAVE AND NEED AT LEAST 3/4 COACHES TO SUPPORT THIS SESSION AND I WILL TALK ABOUT THIS AT THE END OF THE REPORT.

THE 2017 INTER SCHOOL CHALLENGE HAS TAKEN PLACE NOW WITH THE SUCCESSFUL AND ENJOYABLE FINAL PLAYED AT THE END OF APRIL.

IN SUMMARY THERE WERE 6 PRIMARY TEAMS WHO PLAYED A IN A LEAGUE WITH THE TOP TWO REACHING THE FINAL.

THE WINNERS WERE FOR THE SECOND YEAR RUNNING WERE BADEN-POWELL BEATING THE LIBRARY TEAM. THE LEVEL OF PLAY WAS EXCELLENT AND THEY WERE WORTHY WINNERS.

IN THE SENIOR SECTION THERE WERE 4 SCHOOL TEAMS WHO PLAYED IN A LEAGUE TO REACH THE FINAL. BOURNEMOUTH GRAMMAR A TEAM BEATING A STRONG HIGHCLIFFE TEAM. AGAIN THE STANDARD WAS VERY HIGH AND ALL GAMES WERE PLAYED IN A COMPETITIVE AND ENJOYABLE SPIRIT, ALAN DOMMETT CAME ALONG KINDLY TO MAKE THE PRESENTATION.

MOST OF THE SCHOOLS HAVE WRITTEN AND THANKED ALL FOR RUNNING THE COMPETITION.

DETAILS OF THE EVENT WITH PICTURES OF THE FINAL TEAMS AND SCORES ARE ON THE DORSET WEB SITE UNDER THE JUNIOR SECTION.

OTHER COACHING

CHESS CLUBS ARE BEING RUN AT SEVERAL SCHOOLS:

LYTCHETT MINSTER/HIGHCLIFFE COMPREHENSIVE/BOURNEMOUTH GRAMMAR/POOLE GRAMMAR/BADEN-POWELL/TALBOT HOUSE/FERNDOWN MIDDLE SCHOOL. WE DO TRY AND SUPPORT THESE CLUBS AND VISIT AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE. WHERE THERE IS TEACHER SUPPORT IT HELPS BUT DOES NOT GUARANTEE PROGRESS AND IT IS IN THIS AREA IF WE HAD MORE DEDICATED COACHING THIS WOULD HELP BRING EXISTING PLAYERS ALONG AND ENCOURAGE NEW ONES TO JOIN.

WE HAVE CONTINUED TO SEE JUNIORS JOINING OUR ADULT LEAGUE CLUBS AND THIS IS ENCOURAGING BUT IF WE HAD MORE DRIVE AT SENIOR SCHOOLS THIS COULD REALLY HELP.

I WOULD LIKE TO THANK AS ALWAYS, PAUL ERRINGTON/IAN CLARK/STEVE BAILEY FOR SUPPORTING THE SATURDAY SESSIONS AND JUNIOR CHESS.

 

ERIC SACHS

Schools Finals on 26 April '17 - Bournemouth

The Winning Schools - Very Well Done!

Bournemouth Grammar Chess Winners 2017
Bournemouth Grammar Senior Champions
Baden-Powell School Junior Chess Champions
Baden-Powell Junior Champions
Highcliffe Runners-up Dorset Senior Schools
Highcliffe Senior Runners-Up
Dorset Schools Chess Final Bournemouth Library
Bournemouth Library Junior Runners-Up

26 APRIL 2017 – VENUE WHITEHALL HOTEL.

AFTER A TOTAL OF 210 GAMES OF CHESS PLAYED IN PRELIMINIARES THE 2017 RESULTS ARE:

SENIOR SECTION

BOURNEMOUTH GRAMMAR BEAT HIGHCLIFFE COMPREHENSIVE 12/6

JUNIOR SECTION

BADEN-POWELL BEAT BOURNEMOUTH LIBRARY 7.5/4.5

CONGRATULATIONS TO BOTH WINNERS WHO RETAINED THEIR TROPHIES FOR THE 2ND YEAR RUNNING.

IN THE SENIOR SECTION HIGHCLIFFE WERE TOO STRONG ON THE TOP 2 BOARDS BUT BOURNEMOUTH HAD A MORE EVEN ALLOCATION OF STRENGTHS ACROSS BOARDS 3-6 AND THIS WAS CONSISTENTLY CRUCIAL OVER ALL THREE ROUNDS. THE STANDARD OF CHESS BEING PLAYED WAS MOST IMPRESSIVE SPECIFICALLY ON THE TOP 2/3 BOARDS AND ALL CREDIT TO HIGHCLIFFE FOR FIGHTING SO HARD WITH MUCH YOUNGER PLAYERS ON THE LOWER BOARDS. AN EXCELLENT MATCH AND WELL PLAYED BOURNEMOUTH WHO RETAINED THEIR TROPHY.

IN THE JUNIOR SECTION THE LIBRARY TEAM PLAYING IN THEIR FIRST FINAL WERE UP AGAINST THE EXPERIENCE OF 4 STRONG YEAR 6 PLAYERS FROM BADEN-POWELL. AFTER A TESTING 1ST ROUND IT WAS LEVEL AT 2-2, HOWEVER IN ROUND 2 BADEN-POWELL STORMED AHEAD TO WIN ALL 4 BOARDS AND HAD AN ALMOST UNASSAILABLE MARGIN OF 6-2. THE LIBRARY TEAM FOUGHT VERY HARD IN THE 3RD ROUND AND MANAGED TO WIN THE ROUND 2.5/1.5 BUT THE OVERALL SCORE FINISHED 7.5/4.5

ALL THE BOYS FROM BADEN-POWELL PLAYED SO WELL, ESPECIALLY AS THIS TEAM IS SELF MANAGED SO CONGRATULATIONS IN RETAINING THE TROPHY AND A GOOD EFFORT FOR THE LIBRARY TEAM WHICH WILL COME BACK STRONGER NEXT SEASON.

ALAN DOMMETT AND ERIC SACHS PRESENTED THE TROPHIES AND MEDALS AND CERTIFICATES WERE AWARDED TO ALL PLAYERS

SPECIAL THANKS TO ALL THOSE ATTENDED INCLUDING IAN CLARK/PAUL ERRINGTON/STEVE BAILEY AND DEE NUSTEDT.

Senior Section Results

26-Apr-17 FINAL
ROUND 1 BOURNEMOUTH GRAMMAR HIGHCLIFFE
Sunny Yang 0-1 Freidlan Maier
Jon Corales 0-1 Thomas Trach
Cieran Southey 1-0 Annelie Davis
Oli Hioco 1-0 Joshua Clift
Harry McCabe 1-0 Mickey Pritchard
Michael Baugh 1-0 Benjamin Douglas
Result 4-2
ROUND 2 HIGHCLIFFE BOURNEMOUTH GRAMMAR
Freidlan Maier 1-0 Cieran Southey
Thomas Trach 1-0 Jon Corales
Annelie Davis 0-1 Sunny Yang
Joshua Clift 0-1 Harry McCabe
Mickey Pritchard 0-1 Michael Baugh
Benjamin Douglas 0-1 Oli Hioco
Result 2-4
ROUND 3 BOURNEMOUTH GRAMMAR HIGHCLIFFE
Jon Corales 0-1 Freidlan Maier
Cieran Southey 1-0 Thomas Trach
Michael Baugh 0-1 Annelie Davis
Sunny Yang 1-0 Joshua Clift
Oli Hioco 1-0 Mickey Pritchard
Harry McCabe 1-0 Benjamin Douglas
Result 4-2
WINNERS
BOURNEMOUTH GRAMMAR 12-6

Junior Section Results

26-Apr-17
FINAL
ROUND 1
BADEN-POWELL BOUNEMOUTH LIBRARY
Josh Leggatt 0-1 Lucas Svedberg
Felix Wyatt 1-0 Corey Fox
Andre Moeur 0-1 Hugo Svedberg
Jacob Collett 1-0 Arthur De Lisle
RESULT 2-2
ROUND 2
BOURNEMOUTH LIBRARY BADEN-POWELL
Saathvik Konreddy 0-1 Felix Wyatt
Hugo Svedberg 0-1 Josh Leggatt
Lucas Svedberg 0-1 Andre Moeur
Corey Fox 0-1 Jacob Collett
RESULT 0-4
ROUND 3
BADEN-POWELL BOURNEMOUTH LIBRARY
Felix Wyatt 0-1 Saathvik Konreddy
Andre Moeur 0-1 Liucas Svedberg
Josh Leggatt 1-0 Hugo Svedberg
Jacob Collectt 0.5-0.5 Arthur De Lisle
RESULT 1.5-2.5
OVERALL RESULT 7.5- 4.5
WINNERS BADEN POWELL

ERIC SACHS

27 APRIL 2017

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All set for Schools Finals on 26 April '17

Eric Sachs, Dorset Junior Chess Officer reports 30 March ’17

– Congratulations to Baden-Powell and Bournemouth Library teams in reaching the Junior Final. It will be very close and both teams play each other over 3 rounds in a head to head winner take all Final. It will be played on the 26/4 at the Whitehall Hotel, Bournemouth and all visitors are welcome.

Thanks to all other schools in taking part which were Ferndown Middle School, Bethany and Talbot House. All competed very well and it was so rewarding seeing all these juniors playing chess in a serious and competitive manner.

Please click on table below for it to open.

Junior Chess Final Table 300317

The Senior Final will be between Bournemouth Grammar School and Highcliffe whom have reached the final for the first team. Again, it will be very tight and match played with 6 in each team will be closely contested.

Eric Sachs Dorset Junior Chess Officer Report 16 March 2017

Hello All,

Please find attached the results of the 2nd and Final round of the Senior competition played yesterday.

Congratulations to Bournemouth Grammar the current holders  and Highcliffe for the first time in reaching the final. It will be closely matched as both teams finished on 10/12 and have a score of 1-1 against each other.

The rising standard of the chess was clear to see and all matches were played in an excellent, competitive and sporting atmosphere. Both Bournemouth Grammar B team and Lytchett Minster  did very well against strong opposition and I would encourage you to continue playing chess at school and any time possible.

I will arrange to issue certificates of attendance and participation for both losing teams shortly.

Thank you for bringing your teams to the matches and any encouragement I can give to the continuation of your school chess please contact me.

I look forward to seeing the winning teams at the Final at the Whitehall Hotel on the 26/4/17 for a 4 pm start.

 

15/03/2017
Venue Bournemouth Grammar School
Round 4 Lytchett Minster Bournemouth GS ( A )
1 Dave Churchill 0-1 Ciaran Southey
2 Hannah Thomas 0-1 Oli Hioco
3 Sammy Simpson 0-1 Jon Careles
4 Jack Little 0-1 Harry MaCabe
5 Ellis Mann 0-1 Patrick Saraby
6 Kobe Jackson 0-1 Sunny Yang
result 0-6
Highcliffe Bournemouth GS ( B )
1 Fridolin Maier 1-0 Michael Baugh
2 Adam Ursell 0.5-0.5 Teo Borsa
3 Thomas Trach 1-0 JJ Weeks
4 Annelie Davis 0-1 Charles
5 Joshua Clift 1-0 Leon
6 Owen Collie 1-0 Ian
result 4.5-1.5
Round 5
Bournemouth GS ( B ) Bournemouth GS ( A )
1 Michael Baugh 1-0 Michael Baugh
2 Charles 0-1 Jon Corales
3 Leon 0-1 Oli
4 JJ Weeks 0-1 Cieran Southey
5 Teo Borsa 1-0 Harry McCabe
6 Ian 0-1 Sunny Yang
result 2-4
Lytchett Minster Highcliffe
1 Dave Churchill 0-1 Fridolin Maier
2 Hannah Thomas 0-1 Adam Ursell
3 Sammy Simpson 0-1 Thomas Trach
4 Jack Little 0-1 Annelie Davis
5 Ellis Mann 0-1 Joshua Clift
6 Kobe Jackson 1-0 Harvey Roberts
result 1-5
Round 6
Bournemouth GS ( A ) Highcliffe
1 Cieran Southey 0-1 Fridolin Maier
2 Oli 0-1 Adam Ursell
3 Jon Corales 0-1 Thomas Trach
4 Harry McCabe 0.5-0.5 Annelie Davis
5 Patrick 0-1 Joshua Clift
6 Sunny Yang 1-0 Mickey Pritchard
result 1.5-4.5
Bournemouth GS ( B ) Lytchett Matravers
1 Teo Borsa 1-0 Dave Churchill
2 Michael Baugh 1-0 Hannah Thomas
3 Leon 1-0 Sammy Simpson
4 Charles 1-0 Jack Little
5 JJ Weeks 1-0 Ellis Mann
6 Ian 0-1 Kobe Jackson
result 5-1
Final Table
Points
Bournemouth GS A 10 = 1
Highcliff 10 = 1
Bournemouth GS B 4 = 3
Lytchett Minster 0 = 4

Dorset Junior Chess Officer update Sat 4 March ‘17

2017 Senior results Round 1

Hello All,

Please find attached results of the 1st round games on Wednesday.

Thank you all for supporting chess and bringing along the teams. I enjoyed the event and thought some of the chess was really good, especially on the top boards. Well done to Lytchett Matratvers for doing their best against strong opposition and also Highcliffe for doing well on the top boards. BGS look very strong and it was really encouraging to see a 2nd Bournemouth team doing so well.

Special thanks to Richard Cook for providing the room and facilities and making all arrangments.

The next round is on the 15th March and I look forward to seeing you then.

1st Round Pairings and results
01/03/2017
Venue Bournemouth Grammar
Round 1
Lytchett Matravers     Bournemouth GS ( A )
1 Dave Churchill 0 1 Sunny Yang
2 Sammy Simpson 0 1 Jon Careles
3 Harry Rowbotham 0 1 Oli Hioco
4 Ellis Mann 0 1 Ciaran Southey
5 Zack Little 0 1 Harry MaCabe
6 Kobe Jackson 0 1 Michael Baugh
result 0 6
Highcliffe     Bournemouth GS ( B )
1 Fridolin Maier 1 0 George Wright
2 Adam Ursell 1 0 Teo Borsa
3 Thomas Trach 1 0 JJ Weeks
4 Annelie Davis 1 0 Charles
5 Micky Pritchard 0 1 Patrick Saraby
6 Joshua Clift 0.5 0.5 Harris
result 4.5 1.5
Round 2
Bournemouth GS ( B )   Bournemouth GS ( A )
1 George Wright 0 1 Sunny Yang
2 Teo Borsa 0 1 Jon Careles
3 JJ Weeks 0 1 Oli Hioco
4 Charles 0 1 Ciaran Southey
5 Patrick Saraby 0 1 Harry MaCabe
6 Harris 0 1 Michael Baugh
result 0 6
Lytchett Matravers     Highcliffe
1 Dave Churchill 0 1 Fridolin Maier
2 Sammy Simpson 0 1 Adam Ursell
3 Harry Rowbotham 0 1 Thomas Trach
4 Ellis Mann 0 1 Annelie Davis
5 Zack Little 0 1 Joshua Clift
6 Kobe Jackson 1 0 Harvey
result 1 5
Round 3
Bournemouth GS ( A )   Highcliffe
1 Sunny Yang 0 1 Fridolin Maier
2 Jon Careles 1 0 Adam Ursell
3 Oli Hioco 0 1 Thomas Trach
4 Ciaran Southey 1 0 Annelie Davis
5 Harry MaCabe 1 0 Joshua Clift
6 Michael Baugh 1 0 Micky Pritchard
result 4 2
Bournemouth GS ( B )   Lytchett Matravers
1 George Wright 1 0 Dave Churchill
2 Teo Borsa 1 0 Sammy Simpson
3 JJ Weeks 1 0 Harry Rowbotham
4 Charles 1 0 Zack Little
5 Patrick Saraby 1 0 Ellis Mann
6 Harris 1 0 Kobe Jackson
result 6 0
table after 1st round of matches
Points
Bournemouth Grammar A 6
Highcliffe 4
Bournemouth Grammar B 2
Lytchett Matravers 0

Dorset Junior Chess Challenge_070216Bournemouth & District Chess League

Current Status on Junior Chess – February 2017

Progress in junior chess continues well.

Events

The Dorset Junior Championships were held at Harewood College on 23/11/16 and I am happy to report there were 72 entrants which covered all ages groups.

The day went very well and was well received by all, the prize giving was well attended with over 50 people remaining to see the trophies, medals and other prizes handed out by Ex – Mayor and Alderman Stephen Chappell.

Pictures were taken and a report went into the Echo.

Detailed report and pictures of all on the Dorset web site.

2017 Junior Team Chess Challenge (previously the Mayors trophy event)

The first round of matches took place yesterday (7 Feb ’17)  at the Library with 5 teams participating including a Library team for the first time. There were 20 juniors that competed from Baden- Powell, Bethany, Library/Ferndown Middle School and Talbot House.

There were 3 rounds of 9 with two following dates set for the 8/3 and 27/3.

The games were of a high standard especially on the top boards, all enjoyed the matches and move on to the second round.

The senior event takes place on the 1st March at Bournemouth Grammar School with Highcliffe/Poole and Lytchett Matratvers all competing.

The final has been arranged for the 26th April and all are welcome.

BOURNEMOUTH LIBRARY JUNIOR CHESS CLUB

This club has developed into the main centre for junior chess in the area. Recent numbers are up to 30 juniors attending every Saturday morning.

Children come from Ferndown, Brockenhurst and Poole to learn and play chess every week. We have a private room for coaching with a demo board and an open area for playing. We have support from Steve Bailey, Paul Errington, Gabor Horzath and Ian Clark occasionally.

I would welcome all to come along and enjoy the kids learning and playing chess there. Details are on the web site.

Other Coaching

Periodic coaching is ongoing at schools but not on a regular basis now. I receive many comments from parents that juniors are playing in school chess clubs but without contribution from teachers whom are too busy and/or cannot play chess.

We try to support the schools as much as possible and so periodic visits are made to Ferndown Middle School/Talbot House Prep school/Bethany/Bournemouth Grammar and Poole Grammar are all supported by Ian Clark/Simon Errington/Toby Miller and myself.

I do believe the Library chess club has overtaken the school clubs in that the individuals are being trained in the basics, tactics covering as many aspects as possible by more dedicated coaches and in an excellent environment. It also allows them the ability to play opponents from a much wider network and provides them with a competitive spirit and edge.

As a continuation of this, private coaching has developed and there are at least 3/4/5 dedicated juniors receiving private lessons from Gabor, Alan Dommitt and myself.

I am pleased to report the continuation of younger players in our league. Highcliffe are leading the way with Adam Ursell and Thomas Trach both sixth formers and at Poole there is Andre Reid playing in the 3rd Division now and a new comer Ciaran Southey who is year 7 at Bournemouth Grammar. I notice James Forster is playing at a very high level for Southbourne too.

We must try to do as much as possible to make our league and club chess as attractive as possible to keep this trend going.

As advised previously development of kids playing chess is dependent on availability of coaching from local chess players.

I am sorry to report there has been no known progress in developing kids from Dorset. I really hope this can improve because I have had requests from some parents in the county for coaching and have no ability to provide this. These enquiries have been passed on to Malcom Stevens.

I need to conclude by thanking our band of coaches who give their time and effort to this cause and without them some of the above activities would not be possible.

Paul/Simon Errington/Steve Bailey/Gabor Horzath and Ian Clark.

Eric Sachs

8th February 2017

Chess in Schools and Communities

Junior Chess Update at 13 Dec '16 - Eric Sachs, Dorset Junior Chess Organiser

Dorset Junior ChessFOR JUNIORS 

@ BOURNEMOUTH LIBRARY

ON THE 1ST FLOOR NEXT TO THE CHILDREN’S AREA. 

7th JANUARY 2017 – 8TH APRIL 2017 

 

 

OUR JUNIOR CHESS SESSIONS COMMENCE ON SATURDAY 7TH JANUARY 2017, STARTING AT 10AM.

WE INTEND TO CONTINUE WITH THE SAME FORMAT AS PREVIOUS WHERE THERE WILL BE WEEKLY COACHING AND LOOKING AT ALL ASPECTS OF CHESS. THIS WILL BE FOLLOWED BY PLAYING GAMES WITH JUNIORS OF A SIMILAR AGE WHICH HAS PROVED TO BE A SUCCESSFUL FORMAT.

WE HAVE HAD ADDITIONAL GUEST COACHES WHO HAVE SUPPORTED THE SESSIONS AND I INTEND TO CARRY THIS ON AS IT ADDS VARIETY OF DEPTH AND STYLES OF PLAY WHICH I AM SURE HELPS YOUR JUNIORS TO ENJOY, LEARN AND PLAY.

WE HAD A VERY SUCCESSFUL DORSET JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP EVENT IN NOVEMBER AND NEARLY ALL THE WINNERS CAME FROM THIS CLUB AT THE LIBRARY. IT GAVE ME GREAT PLEASURE TO SEE SEVERAL BEGINNERS AND INTERMEDIATE PLAYERS TAKING PART SOME OF WHICH HAD ONLY STARTED LEARNING AND PLAYING CHESS RECENTLY. TOTAL ENTRIES WERE 72.

I HAVE JUST ATTENDED THE LONDON CHESS CLASSIC AT OLYMPIA WHERE 8 OUT OF 10 OF THE STRONGEST GRANDMASTERS ARE PLAYING. THE GAMES ARE BEING SHOWN AROUND THE WORLD. THE HIGHLIGHT FOR ME WAS WATCHING AN 11 YEAR OLD BOY TRYING TO ACHIEVE THE TITLE OF GRANDMASTER. HE JUST NEEDS 5.5/11 TO DO THIS. HE WILL BE THE YOUNGEST PLAYER GRANDMASTER IN THE HISTORY OF CHESS ECLIPSING ALL THE GREATS INCLUDING FISHER, SPASSKY/KASPAROV/ AND ALL. HE IS FROM INDIA.

COULD YOU BE THE NEXT?

IN THE NEW YEAR WE WILL BE HOLDING THE BOURNEMOUTH & DISTRICT TEAM CHALLENGE AND I WOULD LIKE TO ENTER AT LEAST ONE TEAM FROM THE LIBRARY. EACH TEAM WILL HAVE 4 PLAYERS THIS COMPETITION WILL REPLACE THE MAYORS TROPHY. THERE WILL BE A JUNIOR AND SENIOR TROPHY FOR THE WINNERS.

I HOPE YOU CAN COME ALONG AND PLAY AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE AND REMEMBER IF YOU WANT TO PLAY CHESS THIS IS THE PLACE TO COME.

Posted by Eric Sachs, Dorset Junior Chess Organiser

13 Dec ’16 

Come and join us @ The Library

Dorset Junior Chess Championships - Sat 26 Nov '16 - all day at Harewood College

DorsetChessJunCongWinners_2611162016 DORSET JUNIOR CHESS CHAMPIONSHIPS HELD AT HAREWOOD 26/11/2016 – report by Eric Sachs, Dorset Junior Chess Organiser

72 ENTRANTS

430 GAMES OF CHESS IN 5 SEPARATE SECTIONS

OVER 140 SPECTATORS AND NEARLY ALL REMAINED FOR THE PRIZE GIVING

PRESENTATION BY ALDERMAN STEPHEN CHAPPELL

GREAT GAMES OF CHESS

ALL GAMES PLAYED IN THE BEST ETIQUETTE OF CHESS AND THERE WERE NO ISSUES

GOOD FACILITIES AT HAREWOOD SCHOOL

PROGRESSIVE AND VERY OPTIMISTIC FOR THE FUTURE OF CHESS IN GENERAL AND DORSET.

SEVERAL LOCAL PLAYERS WHO ATTEND COACHING AND CLUBS SUCCESSFUL AND WINNING TROPHIES AND PRIZES

NEARLY ALL JUNIOR PLAYERS SCORED POINTS AND LOVE TO PLAY CHESS.

DorsetJunChessTrophies_261116PRIZEWINNERS

DORSET JUNIOR CHAMPION (S)

JAMES FORSTER 5.5/6 TIED WITH ANDRE REID 5.5/6

UNDER 16 – SUNNY YANG 4/6

UNDER 14 CIARAN SOUTHEY 5/6

UNDER 12 – FRANCIS GILLESPIE 4/6

UNDER 11 – LUKAS SVEDBERG 4/6

UNDER 10 – SAATHVIK KONREDDY 5.5/6

UNDER 9 – JASMINE DRODGE 4.5/6

UNDER 8 – HUGO SVEDBERG 5.5/6

UNDER 6/7 – OLIVER SMITH 6/6

BEST PERFORMANCE PRIZES GIVEN TO

ALEXANDER MOURE (YR 8) 4/6

HANNANH THOMAS (YR 12) 3/6

AND BEST FEMALE

LARISSA CUTHBERT 5/6 

A SPECIAL THANKS TO ALL HELPERS ON THE DAY BECAUSE WITHOUT THEM THIS EVENT WOULD NOT BE POSSIBLE.

IAN CLARK/SIMON FOX/TARIK REGHIF/STEVE BAILEY/GABOR HORZATH/PAUL ERRINGTON/LIZA REID/ AND FINALLY BUT NOT LEAST DEE NUSTEDT

 

ERIC SACHS

29 NOVEMBER 2016

New Weekly Chess Club for Juniors

Saturday Junior Chess Sessions continue at Bournemouth Library

Current Status on Junior Chess - July 2016

Progress in local junior chess continues well writes Eric Sachs, Dorset Junior Chess Officer

Events

The 1st Bournemouth Junior congress took place on the 11th June at Harewood College, there were 36 entrants. This was a very enjoyable day and the play was robust and enthusiastic. The respective winners of each age section have been entered in the BCC plus two enthusiastic and deserving entrants, a total of 8 junior players.

Sarah De Lisle from the Ark restaurant who is a FIDE ladies champion sponsored the competition and presented the prizes. All details and pictures on the web site.

2016 Mayors Junior Trophy/Inter school competition final played on the 17th May 2016 at the Whitehall Hotel.

The Mayor of Bournemouth came along to the view the final and present the trophies to the winners Bournemouth Grammar School (Senior) and Baden-Powell (Primary). This annual competition which has grown saw 10 schools taking part, 4 senior and 6 primary schools. Highcliffe took part and has encouraged other students to play chess. Please see attached an extract from an e mail sent from Highcliffe. The children love to play this type of competition, many for the first time. There were a total of 5 qualifying rounds to reach the final and the competition is very well received, supported and some great chess took place.

Presentations at the school took place on the 11th and 18th July by the Mayor with Ian and Eric present.

Dorset Junior Championships were held at Ferndown on 26/1/16. Record number of entrants – 76 over all ages. Reports in the Bournemouth Echo with photos.

Detailed report and pictures on the web site.

Weekly Coaching/Bournemouth Library

Weekly coaching is ongoing and on average there are 20/25 children every week that enjoy lessons on a demo board looking at all aspects of chess. These sessions have been going for over a year and a half now and are hugely successful. A comment from parents are we have been looking for ages to try and find somewhere for my child/children to learn and play chess. I would welcome any local chess players to come along and see the enthusiasm for learning and playing chess.

Weekly coaching continues at Harewood College/Poole GS/BGS (periodic) and primary schools, Moordown St Johns/Ferndown Middle and Bethany schools. Other schools such as Highcliffe and Talbot Heath Primary school are requesting coaching at their schools.

New developments this season have been the introduction of Juniors playing in the B & D Chess leagues. (James Forster/Andre Reid/Adam Ursell and Corey Fox).

As the summer term has ended we are reviewing our plan for the schools for 16/17 season and new additions will be Baden –Powell and Talbot Heath schools with intermittent visits to both Moordown and Harewood.

As always we need assistance from the chess playing fraternity in terms of coaching. It could be for an hour a week every week at a nominated school, and I would kindly request any possible players that could help to contact me. If you can play any level of league chess you can provide valuable assistance to any of juniors and it is great and rewarding to give something back and see the level of enjoyment and progress.

Many thanks to Ian, Paul/Simon Errington/Simon Fox/Steve Bailey and Toby Miller for supporting junior chess.

Attachment to Junior chess report

Highcliffe

We have taken part in the Mayor of Bournemouth’s junior competition for the first time this year and came close to making the final. We defeated Harewood College in the last round and they are the winners of the competition for the last three years before 2016. There has been a surge of interest in chess particularly in year 7. We have two girls playing for the first time and one, Annelie Davis, achieved 3.5 / 6 playing board 6 in the Mayor of Bournemouth’s competition. We had all 8 sets in action outside on the benches at the Jubilee building last Friday and a full chess day is planned for Activities Week.

Chess has real educational potential. It is perhaps the best board game ever invented, played by some 500 million players worldwide and one of the most powerful tools available to strengthen our minds.

So thanks again for greatly improving our ability to play chess at Highcliffe School.

St Katherine’s Primary School

I have passed on your invitation to view the final to our team, who were more than happy to give you their viewpoint of the competition:

“Amazing….”

“I really enjoyed being able to play a more serious game of chess….you know, where I really had to concentrate and play really seriously to try to win”

“I loved being part of a team playing for our school and meeting other people from other schools”

“It was nice to play lots of games one after the other, because if you lost one, you had another game and another chance to win”

“I thought everybody was very nice, and I learnt a lot.”

“A great opportunity to focus and promote our Chess club. What started as a poorly attended club at St Katharine’s has turned into one of the more exclusive and popular. We now even have a waiting list for those wishing to join!”

Bournemouth Grammar School

Thanks for enabling this to take place and the support that has been given in running chess club. Students get a huge amount out of this game.

Engages on a more thought based level and develops tactical and thinking skills that are not allows covered by the academic curriculum.

One of the few events that allows complete cross year engagement and in which age is not a factor. Limited opportunity to represent school in a competitive way unless sport based.

End of document 21 July 2016

The 1st Bournemouth Junior Chess Congress, Saturday 11 June 2016 was an important landmark for junior chess in the area

1st Bournemouth Junior Chess CongressAs reported above, 36 took part in this first Bournemouth Junior Congress. It was open to juniors born after 1.1.98 and supported by The Ark, Poole Park. Pictured is one of the winners, Larrissa Cuthbert, 6 years old. Larrissa scored an excellent 5/6 and is seen with sponsor Sarah de Lisle (The Ark, Poole Park) at the awards ceremony.  It is very much hoped this will become a regularly event for junior chess players in the county.

 

 

2016 Mayor of Bournemouth Inter School Competition Final

The final will be played on the 17th May 2016 at the Whitehall Hotel. The event will be a 3 round final between Baden-Powell and Bethany in the Primary school section and Bournemouth Grammar School and Harewood College for the seniors. The prize giving will be chaired by the Mayor of Bournemouth and all are welcome to view the matches and watch the chess.

A detailed report of the whole event over 5 rounds for both sections with all competing schools will be reported after the final.

Apr 29th, 2016 by Eric Sachs

Junior Chess Officer Report 25 April 2016

Bournemouth & District Chess League –   Current Status on Junior Chess – April/May 2016

Progress in local junior chess continues well.

Bournemouth Library

Weekly coaching is ongoing and on average there are 20 children every week that enjoy lessons on a demo board looking at all aspects of chess. These sessions have been going for over a year and a half now and are hugely successful. Comment from many parents are we have been looking for ages to try and find somewhere for xxx to learn and play chess.

Dorset Junior Championships were held at Ferndown on 26/1/16. Record number of entrants – 76 over all ages. Reports in the Bournemouth Echo with photos.

Detailed report and pictures on the web site.

2016 Mayor of Bournemouth Inter school competition is in progress. 3 rounds for Primary schools where a record of 6 school are competing and 2 rounds for 4 senior schools. The final will be played on the 17th May where the Mayor will attend and carry out the prize giving. It is hoped the Echo will report and take pictures for this event.

The 1st Bournemouth Junior congress is taking place on the 11th June at Harewood College. This has been arranged with a view to provide free entry into the BCC at the Pavillion in July/August. It is hoped to have a similar entry to that of the Dorset championships. A local sponsor has offered to fund finance for this event.

Weekly coaching continues at Harewood College/Poole GS/BGS (periodic) and primary schools, Moordown St Johns/Ferndown Middle and Bethany schools.

New developments this season have been the introduction of Juniors playing in the B & D Chess leagues. (James Forster/Andre Reid/Adam Ursell and Corey Fox).

As advised previously development of kids playing chess is dependent on availability of coaching from local chess players and or teachers. There are children mainly in Primary schools that wish to play chess and have little or no facility to provide this. There are at least 3 local schools in Bournemouth that require chess coaching where we do not have availability and in West Dorset that are no known coaching provided. We could improve on this if we had some more support.

Many thanks to Ian Clark, Paul Errington/Simon Errington and Toby Miller for supporting junior chess.

Eric Sachs

Dorset Junior Chess Officer

25th April 2016

Junior Championship Winners Ferndown 2016

2015 Junior Chess News and Update – Eric Sachs Dorset Junior Chess Officer (November 2015)

Here we are in November 2015 and the year has flown with junior chess developing in our area.

Harewood College are playing their 3rd year in the B & D Chess League Division 4 and have qualified for the ECF Under 19′s regional finals to be played early next year. Other qualifiers from the event on 6 October were Bishop Wordsworth from Salisbury and the competition winners Bournemouth Grammar School.

Development of junior chess at Ferndown Upper School started this term and is going well initially with six formers but things are promising and hope to develop to a wider part of the school in the forthcoming months.

The Dorset Junior 2015 Championships takes place at Ferndown Upper School on the 23/1/16. This event is open to all in Dorset and entries are being received for all ages – 7-16.

The Bournemouth Library weekly junior club continues at good pace. This is for ages 7-11 and on average 12-15 juniors attend weekly. Some of the players entered into the Hampshire under 11 competition held at Winchester College in October and did very well. Corey Fox and Sohan both qualified for the London Chess Classic held in December at Olympia.

The Bournemouth Library club is open to all juniors who wish to develop and improve their existing chess. It is fun and well attended.

Development of weekly coaching is ongoing for year 3 at Moordown St Johns school. A weekly coaching club is attended by Toby Miller at Bethany Primary school and schools are playing weekly chess at Baden-Powell school.

The 2016 Mayor’s inter school trophy will commence from February 2016 and it is hoped we will have at least 8/9 school teams entering in both sections.

If there is any interest in assisting with teaching chess at schools or at any time please contact the undersigned as there is a need for more assistance in this area which is the future of chess in our area.

If any young chess players are reading this column please do not hesitate to contact me to if you need any assistance.
to support junior chess.

By Eric Sachs Dorset County Junior Chess Officer  11 Nov 2015

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If you wish to contact us concerning junior chess in the area please email our Junior Chess Officer: Eric Sachs
We welcome input from parents, teachers, juniors and anyone wishing to volunteer with organisation or coaching.

Dorset Junior 2014 Championships – Results

The 2014 Championship was held at Moordown St Johns Primary school on the 6th December. The entry was the largest recorded with 64 entries from all over the County. The event was well received and the presentation of trophies were made by Counciller Stephen Chappell, Ian Clark and Eric Sachs. The level of chess was excellent and shows progress, development and enjoyment by all concerned. it was great to see the really young kids under 7′s and under 8′s battling it out. The results are:

Under 8′s – 1st Corey Fox – Moordown St Johns 5/6

Under 9′s – 1st Freddie Tucker – Castle Court 5/6 and Felix Wyatt – Baden-Powell 5/6

Under 10′s – 1st Andrew Foster – Moordown St Johns – 5/6

Under 11′s Ciaran Southey – Moordown St Johns – 6/6

Under 12/13 – William Pollyn – Poole Grammar School 3/6 and Liamis Lisawkay – Harewood Academy 3/6

Under 14 – J.J. Weeks – Bournemouth Grammar 5/6

Under 16 – Nathanial Cleland – Gillingham 6/6

Congratulations to all competitors

Jan 27th, 2015 by Eric Sachs

We support the CSC programme in introducing the Chess Game to the curriculum.

National Schools Championship – Eton College September 2014

Harewood College played in National Secondary Schools Championship at Eton College in September 2014.

39 Schools participated and Harewood finished a respectable 33rd having played some very strong teams including Winchester College and Eton.

This is the first national event that Harewood have played in and it was a great experience for the boys. They were a great credit to the school and the players were Cameron Battle, Grant Dimond, Connor Duburguet, Aiden Cutler-Crawford, Jiahao Zhang and Chang Liu.

Thanks to Eric Sachs, Paul Errington, Ian Clark and Rod Clayton.

Nov 14th, 2014 by Ian Clark

This page provides details of junior chess in both the Bournemouth & District region and throughout Dorset.

If you wish to contact us concerning junior chess in the area please email our Junior Chess Officer: Eric Sachs.

We welcome input from parents, teachers, juniors and anyone wishing to volunteer with organisation or coaching.