Charlton Junior Chess Club wins 2023 BCET award
A fine wooden chess set, board and clock
Kushal vs Oleg in the Charlton ladder final (they drew!)
JUNIOR CHAMPIONS 2022
Kushal Jakhria (age 7) and Oleg Verbytski (age 8) are star graduates of Charlton's junior chess club.
Oleg is the British Under 10 champion having finished clear first in the British Under 10 Championship in Torquay in August.
Kushal, 6, was the youngest player in the adult Blackpool Intermediate tournament, but he finished joint first! His exceptional result was highlighted by Leonard Barden in the Guardian newspaper.
KUSHAL AND OLEG WIN MEDALS IN GREECE
The European Schools and World Cadets championships took place in Rhodes, Greece.
Kushal Jakhria and Oleg Verbytski both won medals, two Gold and two Bronze between them!
Kushal and Oleg with their trophies and medals
JUNIOR CHESS CLASS
The junior chess coaching class restarted at Mycenae House on Monday 6th September 2021, 6:30pm to 7:30pm.
The first part of the class is some instruction and the rest is playing games. It costs £5 per session, there is no need to book in advance or come every week.
It is aimed at children relatively new to chess, most are primary-school age with a few at secondary school. The objective is for them to enjoy playing chess and improve to a proficient level.
Ströbeck, Germany about 1910
JUNIOR 4NCL ONLINE LEAGUE TEAM PROMOTED
Charlton Juniors entered the Junior 4NCL online league in January 2021 and like all new teams we had to start at the bottom.
There were 74 teams in division 5, including many secondary school teams, only 8 get promoted.
Our team finished in 4th place, winning five matches, drawing one and losing one, gaining promotion to division 4. The next season starts in August.
The Charlton players were Kushal Jakhria, Mateusz Bazan, Oleg Verbytski, Alex Gao, Alex Williams and Isaac Thompson.
LONDON UNDER 8 CHAMPION
Kushal Jakhria (centre) of Charlton triumphed in the 2020 London Under 8 championship, held online this year on Saturday 5th December. Also in contention for the top places were Oleg Verbytski and Isaac Thompson.
TEAM BATTLE WINNERS
Charlton Juniors convincingly won an online team battle against five other junior clubs on Sunday 6th December 2020. We also had the two highest individual scores.
CHARLTON JUNIOR CHESS CLUB ONLINE
Junior chess classes at Mycenae House are suspended whilst London is in Tier 3/4.
The "Charlton Juniors" club on Lichess continues on Mondays 6:30pm to 8:00pm and is free to join and play.
1. Set up an account for your child on www.Lichess.org
2. Apply to join the "Charlton Juniors" team (in the Community menu)
3. Enter the Monday tournament from the team room "Charlton Juniors"
An alternative site for online chess for children is www.Chesskid.com
CHESS ON THE INTERNET
Although Charlton junior chess club is closed for now due to the coronavirus pandemic, there is lots of chess available on the internet. The following are recommended:
Only for children. Play games, solve puzzles, watch coaching videos.
Basic membership is free, you normally pay for full access but Gold membership is currently free until 20th July 2020 through “Chess in Schools and Communities”
Click on the ChessKid tab, choose ChessKid for Parents and sign up at the bottom of the page.
All age groups. Play games, solve puzzles, watch chess videos. Membership is free.
Another place to look for chess instruction is on YouTube, there is lots there.
NOAH U-KING-IM WINS KENT UNDER 9 GRAND PRIX TOURNAMENT
Congratulations to Noah on winning all six games to earn first prize in the Under 9 tournament at the KJCA Grand Prix of January 2019.
The event was held at the Cornwallis Academy in Maidstone on 5th January and there were 35 players in the Under 9 tournament.
Kent Grand Prix tournaments are run by the Kent Junior Chess Association (KJCA) who also select the Kent County Junior teams for national competitions.
SOPHIA ROHDE VISIT
Sophia is a professional chess teacher in the USA. She flew all the way from New York especially to visit the club on Monday 19th November 2018.
Well, maybe attending the World Championship match in London also had something to do with it.
In the photo with Sophia are Mateusz Bazan and Shreyas Royal.
HOME SECRETARY RESIGNS!
Shreyas Royal visited Parliament on 17th October 2018 and was challenged to a game of chess by Home Secretary Sajid Javid.
There are no prizes for guessing the winner.
We started junior chess classes at Mycenae House in April 2018 following the suggestion of a parent, as many primary schools do not have a chess club. The sessions are aimed at children relatively new to chess and have been well attended.
Chess classes are on Mondays 6:30pm to 7:30pm in term time. They last one hour, starting with some instruction followed by playing chess.
The cost is £5 per child per session.
During school holidays the children are welcome to come to our normal Monday club nights, which start at 7:00pm. These are free of charge.
Our last session before Christmas 2019 is Monday 16th December 2019. The junior chess class restarts on Monday 6th January 2020.