Tuesday, 20 December 2011


The Knights of Gidea Park Junior Chess Club has moved it's interent footprint,to a new website.
Click here to visit
Please follow the Knights on our new home.

Thursday, 27 October 2011


Although the Knights have only been a chess club since January this year,as a club they have been very active.
The Knights have gainned many 2nd and 3rd places in tournaments.
Also the Knights have won tournaments,and played for the County team.
Next year we should have players again in the County team.
It seems at almost every tournament a Knight wins a cup.
This level of play has not gone un noticed.

The English Chess Federation (ECF),has awarded the Knights of Gidea Park Junior Chess Club,CENTRE of CHESS EXCELLENCE status.
This is National recognition of a new chess club,and all members of this chess club can feel proud.

Tuesday, 11 October 2011


The grading system the English chess Federation (ECF) uses determines a players chess strength.
The higher the grade number the stronger the chess player.
Grading points are gained or lost from results of games played in tournaments.
The more games you win the higher you grade.

The ECF has a range of chess titles that players can qualify for.
They start will Chess Maestro going up to National Master with others in between.
Players qualify for each title by having a certain grade.
The Chess Maestro title requires a minimum grade of 95 on the ECF grading list.

The Knights have several players with grades,but one Knight has a grade above 95,so qualifing for the Chess Maestro title.
That player is Niall Ali,he has a grade of 96,and was granted the title of Chess Maestro in early October,this is a life title.
Well done to him,Niall now has the Team Master title in his sights,this requires a grade of 120.

Thursday, 1 September 2011


The new season of chess at the Knights chess club starts Friday the 9th of September 2011,normal time 15:30 to 17:00.
Also some proposed dates for Essex junior grand prix and local tournaments.

Essex GP1 Chelmsford Saturday 01/10/2011

Enfield Sunday 09/10/2011 London junior championship qualifying event

Essex GP2 Basildon Sunday 20/11/2011
For entry form click here

Essex GP3 Colchester Saturday 14/01/2012.

Essex GP4 South Woodham Ferrers Saturday 25/02/2012 or Sunday 26/02/2012.

Essex GP5 Saffron Walden Sunday 27/05/2012 or Sunday 17/06/2012.

These tournaments will have under 9 and under 11 sections,and would be great for players from the Knights to gain tournament experience.

As soon as entry forms for tournaments become available i will post the links to them.

Wednesday, 24 August 2011


The planned club training day proposed for the 2nd of September has had to be cancelled.

This is partly due to a lack of numbers, as players are away on holiday.

The chess club will start as normal on Friday September 9th.

Also new for this season we are going to have a beginners club,this starts a week later on Thursday the 15th.

Sunday, 14 August 2011


This is a game played in the Bled tournament in 1961.
The winner of this game is Bobby Fischer,perhaps the greatest chess player ever.
Fischer was World Champion in 1972.
He died in 2008 aged 64.
64 is also the number of squares on a chessboard.

In this game you will see TACTICS,the usual ones,PINS,FORKS and some you may not have seen. Queen SACRIFICE,knight OUTPOST on d6.

While you are playing over the game look for TACTICS,perhaps you could use them in your games.
Also enjoy a great game.

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The game would finish 38...... Kg7 or Kh7
39.Rxf7+ Kh6
40.Rh8+ Kg5
41.Rxh3 wins the black queen with a TACTIC
This leaves white with King,Bishop,2 Rooks and 2 pawns against blacks King,Bishop and 4 pawns.

Wednesday, 10 August 2011


The Knights chess club will open on Friday the 9th of September 2011.

But to get you up and running after weeks of no chess,a training day has been arranged to get you back into shape.

The training is proposed for Friday September 2nd.
It will start 10:15-10:30 Welcome.
10:30-11:30 Position training.
11:30-12:00 Endgame training.
12:00-12:30 Lunch.
13:00-16:00 Tournament and finish.

The day will be a good mix of training and tournament play, a great start to the new chess season.

Please call Richard on 07941818617 to book your place.