Cambridge Junior Chess & Go Club


Club News

Newsflash - Sorry that our regular meeting on Wednesday 22 October has had to be cancelled at short notice. Unfortunately we don't have enough club helpers to run the meeting this week. But the club will be running normally again after the half term holiday.

This is our latest information as of October 2014.

Our club is still meeting St Augustine's Hall, Richmond Road, Cambridge CB4 3PT.

Our meetings are on Wednesdays during term time from 5:45pm until 7.15pm. The cost is 1.50 per week. There is car parking on the street.

This year our club will be 20 years old! In recent years we have had very good attendances, often with more than 30 juniors playing. We have also had some excellent chess teaching from Robert Starley, Patrick Ribbands, Aya Malikgulgyev, Nick Jackson, James Briginshaw, Chris Davison and others.

The Chess Shield and Go Shield competitions will continue to be held in the autumn and/or spring. The winner of each will keep the trophy for the next six months. The current champions are Melchior Chui (Chess) and Aidan Wong (Go). The champions in the junior age bands were Michael Lin (Chess) and Edmund Smith (Go). For information about past winners, see the Roll of Champions

Occasionally we also have club championships of Oware, Shogi, Chinese Chess and Othello. The latest winners were David Robson (Chinese Chess) Simeon Bott (Shogi) Greg Briscoe (Oware) and Claudia Bazyk (Othello).

Each year we hold heats of the UK Chess Challenge and the UK Go Challenge.

Club Details

The Junior Chess & Go Club was founded in 1994 as a partnership between the Cambridge City Chess Club and the Cambridge Go Club and this continued until 2013. Recently the City Chess Club decided they did not want to be associated with the junior club, but the Go club has continued to be involved.

The club is a place for children of all ages to come and play chess and go (if you don't know what go is, look here 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). Go is somtimes known as igo (the Japanese name for the game), weiqi (the Chinese name), wei ch'i (the Cantonese name) or baduk (Korean).

We are always very pleased to have new members at our club. Our club members over the past few years have mostly been aged between 6 and 16. These have included beginners and also quite strong players. So if you come along, you should be able to find someone who is about the same standard as you are. It doesn't matter whether you come every week or just now and then. And it doesn't matter if you can't stay until the end.

On ordinary meetings, when we do not have any special events, we usually have either some Chess teaching and then a game on our Go ladder, or else some Go teaching and then a game on the Chess ladder.

Activities

These are some of the things our club does:


This page is maintained by Paul & Andrea Smith and was last updated on 20 Oct 2014. If you would like any more information, please e-mail us.

If you would like more information about chess and go clubs, events and services in the UK, then go to the English Chess Federation and British Go Association web sites.

We welcome any ideas about how to improve this page or our club, or any offers of help!