Early Knights

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    Monday  6.15 to 7.15pm  during school term.
    County Club, 29 Ridgmont Road, St Albans, AL1 3AG.
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Early Knights Junior Chess Club welcomes boys and girls who are typically aged between 6 and 12 and who already know at least the basics of how to play chess (as minimum all new joiners are expected to know the rules, how the pieces move and be able to play a friendly game against an opponent before they come to the club).

Our members have the opportunity to play regularly against a wide variety of junior opponents within the club and also receive group coaching sessions. Our more advanced juniors have been selected for Hertfordshire county teams and also progress to the latter stages of the of the Delancey UK Schools Chess Challenge.

Some of the older players like to stay on for the start of the senior club where they compete in the popular Lavers Ladder.

The popularity of the Early Knights Club has obliged us to introduce a waiting list for new members. Please register your interest early via the organisers' email link below (and note that the club does not cater for absolute beginners. Parents whose children need to learn the basics may want to help them with lessons on a website such as ChessKid).

Annual subscription is £25.00 (Sept 2018 to May 2019).

The Early Knights are currently on Summer Break and will meet again from Monday September 10 2018.

Rosemary retires

The close of this season (2017-18) saw Rosemary Phillips retire as Early Knights organiser. Rosemary has contributed greatly to growth and success of the club from the time that her two boys joined. Now that the boys have finished university and are well into their careers Rosemary is taking a well earned break.

We won't be losing Rosemary from the club as she will continue as a player in one of the adult's teams.

Thank you, Rosemary, for your dedication and hard work in giving our enthusiastic juniors the opportunity to enjoy playing chess and develop their skills.

Matt Ball, a chess playing parent, has taken over as organiser starting with the 2018/19 season.

Organisers: Matt Ball & Michael Flatt, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.