The Bury Knights Junior Chess Club, the only non-school chess club in the county, held their first meeting of the Autumn Term this evening. A total of 36 children turned up to play, exceeding expectations.
The Club has experienced considerable success in recent years, with two of its members qualifying for the UK Chess Challenge Terafinal, held recently in Loughborough (more on this soon). Some members travel considerable distances to attend, including one from Ipswich (whose father works in Felixstowe), two from Stowmarket and one from Thetford.
Next week, the top group of eight members will benefit from coaching by Ed Player. It is hoped that other members of the adult club will also help out on occasions.
Former member 16-year old Alba Saenz de Villaverde (86 ECF), whose two younger brothers Mario and Aaron still attend the club, is working towards her Duke of Edinburgh Gold award, and her voluntary work will include coaching the ‘novices’ at the club – see photo below.
Sadly, 11-year old Anita Somton (142 ECF) has moved away to live in Derbyshire, so the club’s strongest player is now 12-year old Alan John (111 ECF).