COULSDON JUNIOR CHESS CLUB
This has been running since the mid 1990's and has seen a few strong players pass through at different times. It runs between 4-30pm and 6-45pm on a Monday afternoon and normally involves a club championships match and training groups. We have trainers on hand so that players' games are gone through with them in the hope that players will learn from their mistakes. We expect players to record moves so that this can be done.
One of our team is primarily there to teach beginners. The club championship matches normally start on or shortly after 5pm and can last up to about 6pm. During that time, the beginners are trained one to one or in small groups (depending on how many beginners we have). Once they are of a standard that they can play in the main competition (in other words, they know how the pieces move and how to write moves down), they are moved up.
We then have the Intermediate group where we teach fundamental principles of the game before players move into the advanced group where more advanced issues of the game are addressed.
We encourage junior players to move up to the senior club when we think they are both ready as a player and emotionally. Whilst there is no training in the senior club, players are moving into a much bigger arena where the sky is the limit in terms of what they can achieve. The senior club is structured in such a way that players can get more than their fill of chess by playing in the internal events, although we always welcome those who also wish to represent the club by playing home and away matches.
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