Five people attended a meeting at Junior Organiser Tim Kent's house this evening, to discuss his plans for the future of Junior Chess in Suffolk. Pictured above are (left to right): Tim Kent, Bob Jones (Bury Knights JCC), Dagne Ciuksyte (Martlesham JCC), Jane Drummond (Ipswich JCC) and Bill Mackintosh (Creeting St Mary and Bosmere Primary schools). Four others were unable to attend: Adam Hunt (Woodbridge School), Martin Tomes (Ipswich JCC), Boby Sebastian (Bury Knights JCC) and Blake Gifford (Whitehouse Primary and Woodbridge Chess Club).
Discussion included setting up a new website, developing chess in schools, extra junior tournaments, Suffolk teams at various age-groups, publicity and fund-raising.
Tim set out his broad aims:
* to encourage more children to play chess through better marketing of the existing chess clubs and the promotion of chess in Suffolk schools;
* to hold and promote more junior tournaments;
* to organise teams to participate in inter-county matches;
* to create a system where children can develop their skills at a pace which is appropriate to their ability.
Tim is to be congratulated on his enthusiastic and structured approach, which should result in increased numbers of children playing chess in the county. It is hoped that he will receive every support from clubs and individuals over the coming months.
A further meeting of 'interested parties' will be held on Wednesday 5 July. Anyone else wishing to attend should contact Tim on 07743 457251.