CHESS CORNWALL
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Juniors and Schools

Junior Chess
Junior organisers are Jeremy Menadue and Robin Kneebone. Jeremy teaches chess in 3 schools, and privately; Robin is a retired headteacher who coaches chess and tutors maths and physics students. Both have enhanced CRB clearance and will be checked by the new DBS system.
Run by Robin Kneebone, assisted by Jeremy Menadue (chess bios below). We cater for all junior players from Under 7 up: as long as you know the moves you are welcome! All our events are suitable for newcomers to competitive chess. Even our championship matches will be supervised by people who are able to help and advise. Our supervisors have been cleared by CRB (and will be by the new DBS).
Future Events
All these events, except the bottom one, are for all players who know the moves. If you know the moves, you are welcome! You do not have to be expert.

Cornwall Junior Chess Hub

Dates for the 2014/15 season to be announced in due course. For details see below.

Saturday 3rd May (Penair School) - Megafinal of UK Chess Challenge

If you have lost your entry form, let me know and I'll email it to you. You have to enter this nationally-run event in advance by post.

I'll be running a free training event for the qualifiers from the Megafinal. Date / venue to be annouced.

Cornwall Chess Hub
Truro Library 1000-noon, some Saturdays. Cost 2 per child per session.
Just turn up! If a large group is coming from a school or town it will help if someone tells me so I have enough equipment. If you are coming after about 1015 ideally let me know in case we start a competition without you. It's like a school chess club but we have clocks available, scoresheets, and informal coaching. Play a mixture of friendly games (well, games with friends, but you'll be trying to win!) ranking games, and blitz. See the calendar for dates.
We have agreed that, only at Hub sessions, the following arrangements can apply for parents:
  • Parents of Y6's and above
    You do not need not stay in the Library as long as we have your contact (mobile) details and you are in Truro.
    For Y9's and above we just want contact numbers. And, of course, as long as your son/daughter stays where they are put!!

  • Parents of Y4 and Y5
    Please either stay in the Library building or make careful specific arrangement with another parent to take responsibility for your son/daughter (maybe half the time each)

  • Parents of Y3 and younger
    Please stay somewhere in the Library building.
The junior library is on the ground floor at the end of the building furthest from the main pedestrian street (Pydar Street). If the venture is successful (and the meeting in June went well) we'll move to a bigger room.
Parental Responsibility
Parents are responsible for their children during chess events. We will have enough volunteers to run the chess but none to look after children. The only exception is the short Hub session.
Schools
All schools have been sent posters and an explanation of how to get their children involved. Cornwall Chess provides opportunities to children whose schools are unable to run a club. We hope to set up local inter-school competitions along the lines of the successful Penwith event. We are grateful to DashSW for sponsoring the printing and delivery of all the material to about 300 schools.
ECF Membership
The ECF is the English Chess Federation. Everyone playing in a proper tournament, where the results count for grading, must be a member. Only a few of our junior events will be graded this season.
Further Information
An advice sheet entitled "Play Chess Better, Enjoy Chess More" can be found here. Printable version here.
Junior Organisers
Robin Kneebone
Retired secondary school headteacher, now tutors physics, maths and chess, organises junior chess, and 2011 county champion. Also studies history part-time. Married with two adult sons. Lives in Truro, plays chess for Falmouth.

Jeremy Menadue
Teaches chess at Truro School and the High School, coaches chess individually. Four times Cornwall chess champion. Plays in one or two Internationals each year. Recently qualified for 2014 British Championship. Lives in Truro. More often than not plays Board 1 for Cornwall.

Robin Kneebone
Last updated 16/4/2014