A chess club for youngsters from the Bloxwich area which celebrated its second birthday in June is going from strength to strength, with membership now up to 18 from the 6 at the club’s founding in 2010.
And budding Grandmasters from Bloxwich Junior Chess Club, which meets at St. James Church in Old Lane on Saturday mornings from 10am – 11.30am, have been flexing their muscles in competition play in the Staffordshire Junior Championships!
A few of the club’s members are even County Junior players. Karthik Selvan, for example, has played in the Senior under 12 grade County Team. Dominic Holmes, now aged 7 has been the Under 7 County Champion for the last 2 years. The club has also played in the Midland Junior Chess League, led by club Captains Luke Berenbaum and Patricia Stych.
In the UK Chess Challenge, a nationwide tournament involving over 700 schools and some 56000 children, an impressive 11 out 12 Bloxwich Junior Chess Club players qualified for the tournament’s Megafinals.
Three club members subsequently became UK Regional Champions, with Victoria Dinoo becoming Under 13 champion, and Dominic Holmes the Under 7 Champion, each receiving a trophy. Player Matthew Dinoo, aged 10 received a rosette. All three Bloxwich players qualified for the Gigafinals, doing very well. All received a certificate, with Dominic Holmes also receiving a rosette and a chess book.
The club, which welcomes new members, is organised overall by the members’ parents and grandparents, with Mr Dave Watton, JP as Secretary and Eunice and Ray Dolan being the club’s hard-working and highly regarded Chess Coaches.
In April the Bloxwich club’s chess-mad youngsters also took part in the ‘Generation Game’, a contest which saw them all competing against experienced adult players. The club Captain on this occasion was Dominic Holmes, aged 7. One of the young Bloxwich players was unable to play on the day, so Revd. Roger Williams from St. James Church took part in their place, playing Jay Sanga.
Readers can view all these games and follow through the moves online at the Staffordshire Chess Association web site junior section.
Ray Dolan, Chief Coach for Bloxwich Junior Chess Club, commenting on the club’s birthday celebrations, said:
“We’d like to say a special thank you to our Presentation Party, Revd. Roger Williams and Rev Alison Morris for presenting all the awards.
“Thanks also to all the parents and prandparents who supplied all the refreshments and Bouncy Castle etc.
“Thanks to St. James Church for letting us use their Church.
“Lastly, special thanks to those who work so hard for our Club.”
Parents or guardians of prospective members who want to find out more about the club are invited to contact Ray Dolan by telephone on 07980101744 or by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org