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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 head teacher 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) and James Hooker. 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 the competitions, except "My First Chess Tournament" which is for newcomers only, are for all players who know the moves. If you know the moves, you are welcome! You do not have to be expert for any of our events.

Further dates:

  • May 2 (Sat): UK Chess Challenge Megafinal (Penair School). Details and entry form here

Cornwall Chess Hub

Ainslie Sports Centre, Truro School, TR1 1TH 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. 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.

To find our new Hub venue: at the Trafalgar roundabout in Truro (where the A39 meets the A390) take the ext by the now-disused police station, St. Clement's Hill. After 100m take the first right into Trennick Lane. Continue up Trennick Lane to the main car park and the Ben Ainslie Sports Centre. You can't miss it.

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 stayon the premises 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 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 building.

Dates for remainder of the 2014/15 season to be announced in due course.

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.
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.
2013/14 Season
Results and reports of events held in the 2014/15 season are here.
Results and reports of events held in the 2013/14 season are here.
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 7/4/2015