Ackworth Chess Camp - 19th March 2017

Unfortunately the date of the Ackworth Chess Camp clashed with two other popular events; The Harrogate Junior Congress and the EPSCA Under 11 Team Event in Cheshire. This had a dramatic affect on the number of juniors attending.

We had 24 entries, supported by the Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Wakefield and other schools in York, Sheffield and Macclesfield.

The juniors' ages ranged from 6 to 11 and they had up to 2 years chess experience, though, there were 2 beginners present who received individual tuition. None of the individuals present had previously competed in strong chess tournaments.

It is believed that most of the juniors learnt chess at home and/or school chess clubs.

The juniors' coaches for the day were International Master Andrew Ledger and Lateefah Messam-Sparks, both English Chess Federation accredited coaches with full DBS clearance.

Every junior received the opportunity to play IM Andrew Ledger in a multi-board simultaneous display.
Then all the juniors competed in a 6 round rapidplay competition.

Lateefah then formed 5 groups of juniors and taught chess tactics.

The day ended with juniors and parents studying a short game with IM Andrew Ledger.

The White Rose Junior Chess Academy was formed to help organise chess training days and improve general standards.

We have received some excellent feedback from children and parents.

The venue was first class and held in the music centre of Ackworth School.

Ackworth is an independent Quaker school who hope to set up a centre of chess excellence.

We have been asked to return soon.

Another event is planned in York on 7th October.

The event organisers, The White Rose Junior Chess Academy and Peter Cloudsdale, thank the following for their contributions;

Dr John Higgs and The John Robinson Youth Chess Trust.
"Chess and Bridge", Baker Street, London.
IM Andrew Ledger and Lateefah Messam-Sparks.
Guy Emmett, Deputy Head Pastoral of Ackworth School and all the volunteer helpers.

A list of future events can be found on the Calendar at the White Rose Junior Chess Academy website here...

Report by Peter Cloudsdale.

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