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Cambridge Girls Chess Workshop

40 girls participated in the Girls Chess Workshop on Sunday 10th January. The event was organised by Dr Mette Eilstrup-Sangiovanni and took place in St Faith's School Cambridge. Dagne Ciuksyte IM, Rita Atkins WIM, Nicholas Jackson and Jamie Mitchell provided the coaching. We were incredibly impressed by how focused and engaged the children were! We hope to see them all again for a second workshop sometime in May.
The initiative is funded by a small donation from Trinity, St. Johns and Sidney Sussex colleges. The aim is to create opportunities for girls to play chess as girls are generally outnumbered by boys in all chess clubs and chess tournaments. The workshop is a friendly venue for them to learn more about chess and to get together and play. By no means does this suggest that girls do not enjoy playing chess with boys (and winning!!!); we hope they will use what they learn through the workshops and other events to do just that!

Cambridgeshire Junior Chess 25th Annual Tournament, Milton
The Cambridgeshire Junior Chess 25th Annual Tournament will take place on Sunday 31st January, 2016 from 0945 (Arrival) until 1500 in the Milton Community Centre. Click here for the entrance form.

Bury Junior Open
You may wish to play in the Bury Junior Open on Sunday March 6th 2016. Entry forms are on the Bury Knights Junior Chess Club website and are also available from this link.
Woodbridge Junior Open
The Woodbridge Junior Open is celebrating its 15th year! It is taking place on Sunday November 29th. Visit their website to download the entry form.

Cambridge Junior Chess Challenge for Girls is great success
The Cambridge Junior Chess Challenge for Girls took place on November 8, 2015. in Sidney Sussex College Cambridge with 36 participants. Fireworks, multiple queens, surprising stalemates and elusive checkmates were all on board and everybody had a good time playing the royal game.
Here are the top results:

Place 11+ Under 11 Under 8
First Claudia Basyk Abigail Weersing Florence Pritchard-Gordon
Second Julia Volovich Milly Kotecha Mia DeGrammont
Third Sarah Weersing Oren Pilowsky Sonia Smith-Shikova

The tournament has been covered in the Cambridge News. Read the article here.

Cambridge Junior Chess Challenge for Girls
First time ever!!! The Cambridge Junior Chess Challenge for Girls is taking place on November 8, 2015. in Sidney Sussex College Cambridge. Only girls under 18 may attend. Sections are divided up by age depending on number of participants. Click here for more information.

London Junior Chess Classic qualifiers
You may wish to play in one of the upcoming Essex Grand Prixs. There is one in Chelmsford on October 10th and another in Basildon on November 15th. Both are qualifiers for the prestigious London Junior Chess Classic. Here are the details for Chelmsford and Basildon.

Cambridgeshire Rapidplay
The Cambridgeshire Rapidplay is a five-round tournament on October 11, 2015. in the Whittlesford Memorial Hall. There is an Open, a Major (under 160 grade) as well as a Challengers (under 120 grade) and a Junior (under 12 and under 80 grade) section. Click here for the entrance form.