Junior chess and go tournaments

This page provides details of future Chess and Go events and tournaments which are for junior players and which may be of interest to our club members.

11 February 2018: Hertfordshire junior chess tournament:  For players graded U110 with a separate ‘stars barred’ event for those new to chess to try their first tournament.  To be held in St Albans 13.30 – 16.30 at Aboyne Lodge School, Etna Road, St Albans, AL3 5NL.  This is an ideal first event for our junior section players. Entry is free for girls and £5 for boys.  The tournament is targeted at novice players in junior school age group and will have a maximum limit on numbers so you need to enter in advance (by email to Michael Flatt at hsca@gmx.com).  This is a Hertfordshire Schools Chess Association event (more info on their website).

10 March 2018:  Cambridge go tournament:  main tournament is 3 rounds for those around 20 kyu or stronger.  Separate novice event on 13x13 boards planned for the afternoon.  The novice event will be suitable for most of our players and is aimed at those 28 kyu and above.  Our strongest juniors (around 20 kyu) should find the 19x19 event has suitable opponents.  Mrs Bexfield is attending this event and can advise on its suitability. We are expecting players from a junior school in Harpenden and from the Cambridge junior club to join the novice section.  Central venue.

05 May 2018:  Hertfordshire megafinals of UK Chess Challenge.  Our club runs its qualifying heats during the Spring term. For any junior player at secondary school (no need to qualify) plus those at junior school who qualify from our club heat (top boy and girl from each age group).  We always have a number of players from our club competing in this fun event.

Saturday  June 2018: (Date TBC)   Pixmore Open This is our local junior chess tournament which we run each year at Pixmore School in Letchworth. This is an excellent chess tournament for those new to tournament play and those wanting to improve. It is the only junior chess tournament held in Letchworth (other than club events). The format combines five rounds in a tournament with coaching sessions between rounds (split by ability). The actual tournament is split into different age sections - usually two sections across the junior school age range and one for senior school players. Depending on entries there may be a separate group for the more experienced players. The event usually attracts players from across the county and so provides a chance for club players to meet new opponents.  You can download an entry form with more details at the bottom of this page.

Saturday  14 July 2018 :   UK Go Challenge finals:     Played on 13x13 boards.  A very friendly tournament.  There is a challengers section for novices and near beginners.  It moves around the country in order that players from different clubs have the opportunity to play in it without excessive travelling.  This year it is being held at Stoke City Football Club in Stoke on Trent as part of a Mindsports Academy event which will also showcase chess and scrabble.

Saturday July 2018  (Date TBCKings Place Chess Festival:  A one day event attracting hundreds of players slit between five tournament sections to suit all levels of player from novice up to grandmaster. In a venue behind Kings Cross, this is easy to reach by train from Letchworth. The novice section is for players ungraded or graded up to 85 (ECF). This would be a good tournament for our more experienced players who want to play in a larger event and for chess playing parents who can choose which section is most appropriate to their level. Mrs Bexfield is likely to be attending, travelling by train, and will organise a group attendance nearer the time if their is interest from members.

 29-31 August 2018:   Youth Go Camp (run by British Go Association   Go teaching in the mornings, afternoons will be outdoor activities, Go tournament in the evenings. This is for youth go players of senior school age (or about to start senior school).

The Herts Schools Chess Association usually runs a number of county events with age group titles.   We will add details of these once dates are announced. The main title sections are usually best suited to players with some experience but there is often a stars barred event run alongside for novices.





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