In the five weeks since holding an Open Evening in mid-September, the weekly attendance at the Bury Knights Junior Chess Club has averaged 40. A new Division 4 has been formed from the more promising youngsters who joined the Club recently, and after half-term, a new Division 5 will be created.
A lot of effort has been put in to helping the ‘novices’ to learn the basics, so that they are able to play a proper game of chess. In addition to regular adult helpers Ed Player and Adam Leigh, former club members Daniel Garcia-Leon, Alba Saenz de Villaverde and her brother Mario, have all assisted.
With four classrooms in use, it’s a busy (and at times noisy) environment. But the children, who age from 4 to 13, all seem to be enjoying themselves.
All of the top group (Division 1) are playing regularly in the adult leagues, and scoring well. 10-year old Adam John managed a draw against Adam Harvey on Thursday, whilst 11-year old Jaden Jermy recently drew with Kevin Greenacre.
Any Suffolk chess player is welcome to come along on a Friday evening to join in with the fun, and perhaps share their expertise with the more promising juniors.