Welcome to Richmond Junior Chess Club

Founded in 1975, Richmond Junior Chess Club is open for budding chess masters from 5 to 18 years of age.  All standards are welcome, all that is required is that children have an interest in learning about chess, wish to improve and want to play.

Summer Term 2022

Richmond Junior Chess club continues in Summer Term 2022 at Orleans Park School for face to face chess chess teaching and play on Saturday, 23rd April. Every week, from 2 to 5 p.m., until Saturday 23rd July, with the exceptions of 7th May, when we will be closed to host the EPSCA Under Final, and 4th June, when we will close for a Half-Term break.

We have relaxed all our Covid-19 measures, with the exception that we ask parents not to send any child that is ill or who has a family member diagnosed with Covid-19 to the club. We reserve the right to implement our Covid-19 policy in full or in part, should circumstances or government direction demand.

Please go to http://rjcc.org.uk/our-classes for further details.

Easter Camp 2022

One of our most popular events, our annual Easter Camp, held at Orleans Park School. The dates are as follows:

  • Monday 4 April to Friday 8 April

Our Easter Camp will run each day from 10:00 a.m. through to 4 p.m. Drop-off can be arranged from 9:00 a.m. and pick-up can be held until 5 p.m. if necessary. During the mornings we hold our usual high quality classes giving extensive instruction in chess to children grouped by chess playing standard (Advanced, Intermediate, Beginners & Novices). Then from 12:30 to 13:30, we have a break. Lunches are fetched for the children from quality local suppliers. There is an opportunity to kick a ball or chat with friends during the break, too. In the afternoons, rated competitive games are played, with full analysis by Richmond Junior’s expert staff.

Please go to http://rjcc.org.uk/holiday-camps for further details.

Spring Term 2022

Richmond Junior Chess club continues at Orleans Park School for face to face chess chess teaching and play on Saturday, 8th January. Every week, from 2 to 5 p.m., until Saturday 26th March, with the exception of 19th February, when we will close for a Half-Term break.

Please note that due to Covid-19 concerns, we will be asking for all to have a clear lateral flow test either on the evening or on the morning before each session and we require masks to be worn by all except the medically exempted and primary school children.

Please go to http://rjcc.org.uk/our-classes for further details.

Rik Thomas Memorial Christmas Blitz

Our annual Christmas Blitz will take place on the 18th of December, 2021. It will be run as a memorial tournament for Rik Thomas, a Richmond Juniors coach, who passed away during the pandemic. He was also a long-standing organiser of King’s Head Chess Club. We will also be marking the death of two parents, Suman Chatterjee and Jatinder Sian. This event will have a guaranteed prize fund of £3000. Details at http://rjcc.org.uk/richmond-blitz.

Rik Thomas

London Junior Chess Championships 2021

Richmond Juniors is holding two qualification tournaments each year, “Hampton” on the October 16th at Twickenham Prep School and “Twickenham” on the December 4th at Orleans Park School.

Results of the Hampton Congress can be found at http://rjcc.org.uk/ljcc-london-junior-chess-championship#Hampton2021

Details of how to sign up for the Twickenham Congress can be found at: http://rjcc.org.uk/ljcc-london-junior-chess-championship#Twickenham2021

Autumn Term 2021

Richmond Junior Chess club returns to Orleans Park School for face to face chess teaching on Saturday, 11th September. Every week, from 2 to 5 p.m., until Saturday 4th December, with the exception of 23rd October, when we will close for a Half-Term break.

Please go to http://rjcc.org.uk/our-classes for further details.

Summer Camp 2021 – Return to Live Chess

Richmond Junior Chess Club had a very successful return in August to its normal venue at Orleans Park School for its famous, fun, fantastic Summer Camp, held over two weeks:

  • Week 1 – Tuesday 3 August to Friday 6 August
  • Week 2 – Monday 9 August to Friday 13 August

Please go to http://rjcc.org.uk/holiday-camps for further details.

Online Chess Teaching

As a response to the Covid-19 pandemic and tough government regulations, including forced lockdowns, RJCC ran for four terms, from Summer 2020 until Summer 2021, almost solely online. We will continue providing online services, even though we have now been able to move back to face to face service provision. Details of our online services can be found here.

New technological medium – same quality instruction.