Our Classes

Autumn Term 2022

Richmond Junior Chess club continues in Autumn Term 2022 at Orleans Park School for face to face chess chess teaching and play on Saturday, 10th September, meeting weekly, from 2 to 5 p.m., until Saturday 10th December, with a break on Saturday, 29th October for half-term.

Autumn Term 2022 will consist of 13 sessions:

  • September 10, 17, 24
  • October 1, 8, 15, 22
  • November 5, 12, 19, 26
  • December 3, 10

Please note that there will be no classes on Saturday 29th October (Half-Term Break). 

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.

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.

Time-table

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

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

Intermediates/Advanced

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.