Friday 27 October 2017

2nd Orpington Junior Chess Tournament and Training Day - 27th October

I am pleased to announce that the 2nd Orpington Junior Chess Tournament and Training Day will take place on Friday 27th October, in half-term. You can enter here.


The day will comprise of four rounds of chess, in two sections, and two hours of coaching. The coaching will be targeted at all levels from beginner to grade 140.


St John's United Reform Church, Lynwood Grove, Orpington, Kent, BR6 0BG. This is the same location as last time. There will be room for parents, who must supervise their children when they are not playing or in a training session, and a small number of other cheering supporters. The sharing of childcare is encouraged as space is limited but we cannot take responsibility for supervision outside of the playing hall and training rooms during tournament games and training sessions.


Friday 27th October. Registration is from 9-9.15am and we will begin at 9.30am. The tournament, including prize-giving, will finish by 4pm.

Who is running it?

Conrad Allison (the writer of this blog) will be running the tournament. I currently run seven chess clubs and also tutor privately. I am fully DBS checked.

I will be assisted by several other DBS checked adults. The coaches will be confirmed shortly, and is likely to include highly-talented juniors who have experience of coaching (Under-18s cannot be DBS checked, but must and will be supervised by adults).

How to enter

Please enter by using this form and the payment details will be emailed to you. Entry is £24 but there is a £5 early-bird discount for entries on or before October 6th.

Will there be food?

Of course!
Homemade soups and sandwiches, as well as hot dogs will be provided by a fully-qualified chef. There will also be a range of cold snacks and hot drinks.

Will there be prizes?

There will be trophies, medals and book prizes. To encourage greater entry from secondary school pupils, there will be a £50 prize for the best secondary school pupil (providing there are at least 6 entries from this group).

Who won last time?

A big congratulations to James Merriman, who won the Bishop section with 4/4 and George Buckles-Motts, who travelled from afar and also won all his games in the Knight section. Amherst Primary are the defending school champions. The standings can be found on this blog.

In the meantime

Why not join ACES Chess Club in Shortlands to improve your chess?

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