Our Classes

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, meeting weekly, from 2 to 5 p.m., until Saturday 23rd July.

Summer Term 2022 will consist of 11 sessions:

  • April 23, 30
  • May 14, 21, 28
  • June 11, 18, 25
  • July 2, 9, 16, 23

Please note that there will be no classes on Saturday, May 7th (hosting the EPSCA U11 Final), nor on Saturday June 4th (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. Full details of our, presently suspended, Covid-19 Regulations can be found at: http://rjcc.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/RJCC-Covid-19-Regulations.pdf.

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.

Types of Classes

We split our classes into the following types:

  • Beginners – we run a class lasting for an hour and ten minutes for young players, aged 6 years and up, learning chess for the first time.
  • Novices – we run a class lasting for an hour and ten minutes for young players who are familiar with the moves of the pieces and the purpose of the game (i.e. checkmate) in order to teach them the basic tactical themes (double attack, pin, skewer, discovered check, double check, discovered attack, removal of the guard, etc.) and the elementary endgame mates (king and queen, two rooks and king and rook against the lone king).
  • Intermediate – we hold classes for young players who are already familiar with the moves of the pieces, the basic tactical themes and the elementary endgame mates and wish to improve their knowledge and skills further to gain the confidence to be able to take part in chess tournaments for the first time.
  • Advanced – we hold classes for young people up to 18 years of age, who are already taking part in chess tournaments, at local, regional, national and international levels. These classes are held by skilled coaches who are themselves experienced, strong players, able to impart high level knowledge about all aspects of the game, from openings, middle-games, endgames, attack and defence, tactics, strategy and positional play, to sports psychology and how to maximum one’s performance.


14:20 – 15:30 Group instruction, and the opportunity to play against other Beginners

15:40 – 16:50 Group instruction, and the opportunity to play against other Novices


14:00 – 14:20 Sign-in/Friendly Game
14:20 – 15:20 Instruction in ability groups
15:30 – 16:30 ECF rated rapidplay game in the Club Championship
16:30 – 17:00 Coach-led game analysis of the games played in the Club Championship

Signing Up to our Classes

To sign your children up:

  1. Please download and complete the Membership Form. (Download and complete in whichever format you find most convenient):
  2. Please download and complete the Termly Fees Form. (Download and complete in whichever format you find most convenient):
  3. Please return the completed forms by email to richmond_junior_chess_club@hotmail.com.
  4. On receipt of the forms, you will receive confirmation of your children’s places in our classes and any specific instructions.
  5. You may like to download a Flyer – Summer Term 2022. The flyer includes all the important dates and activities through to the end of the current school year. Perhaps you might like to post it at your library or school, or simply keep it as reminder of the dates.