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Colchester Juniors Super Summer Chess Welcomes Top Area Club Players

Photos: Melinda Wilde

Colchester Junior Chess Club has had a break over the summer, but some of our juniors are back for our special summer classes. On Tuesday, we were thrilled to welcome Nathan Barnes and Felix Schnell, both of the Colchester Chess Club, along with John Lambert of the Clacton Chess Club, who graciously shared their expertise in chess with the juniors. They were paired to play while they gave instruction during their games. This was fantastic practice for the juniors to challenge the experienced players and get constructive 1:1 feedback on their performance.

After playing several games, Nathan Barnes, Team Captain of Colchester Chess Club, divided the group into teams, where they competed to gain points while going through the game - V. Akopian - E. Bareev 2003, from the book, "Test your chess with Daniel King" by GM Daniel King. They all enjoyed the challenge of predicting the best moves of the game and winning points based on whether they were correct. In the end, Mae, Ethan and Grace claimed victory with the highest points!

Check out the photos from the Tuesday session...


Here is a look at the game between Vladimir Akopian and Bareev Evgeny played 13/06/2003

1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. Nd2 dxe4 4. Nxe4 Bf5 5. Ng3 Bg6 6. h4 h6 7. Nf3 Nd7 8. h5 { B19 Caro-Kann Defense: Classical Variation, Spassky Variation } Bh7 9. Bd3 Bxd3 10. Qxd3 e6 11. Bf4 Ngf6 12. O-O-O Be7 13. Ne4 Nxe4 14. Qxe4 Nf6 15. Qd3 Qa5 16. Kb1 O-O 17. Ne5 Rad8 18. Qg3 Kh8 19. c4 Nd7 20. Rd3 Bf6 21. Ra3 Qb6 22. Qe3 c5 23. dxc5 Nxc5 24. Bxh6 Bxe5 25. Qxe5 f6 26. Qe3 Rd7 27. Bf4?? { (-0.24 → -2.60) Blunder. Qc1 was best. } (27. Qc1 gxh6) 27... e5 28. h6 g6 29. Bg3 Rfd8 30. h7? { (-2.83 → -5.53) Mistake. Rc1 was best. } (30. Rc1 Kh7) 30... Rd2 31. Bxe5 Qe6 32. Bxf6+ Qxf6 33. Qc3 Qxc3 34. Rxc3 Rxf2 35. Rc2 Rdd2 { White resigns. } 0-1


We will hold another summer session next Wednesday 31, September. There are still spaces available, so get in touch to reserve your junior's spot!

Email Coach Michael: for the Super Summer Chess session

It's almost time to go back to school, which means we will be back to chess club! Keep an eye out for an email next week to give you more details about the start of our Autumn term. See you all soon!

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