Cambridge Junior Chess & Go Club

Club News

This is our latest information as of June 2020. Our club meetings are suspended due to the coronavirus outbreak. While our club is closed we are organising various online activites

Our Online Activities

We have three chess teams playing in the Online Junior 4NCL Chess competition. Our A team is currently second in group A in Division 2. Our B and C teams are in Division 5, our B team is 20th out of 78 teams.

Meanwhile we have been organising some online Go playing sessions in our Cambridge Youth Room on OGS. These happen at 5:30pm every Wednesday and 4pm every Sunday. They are open to all children and parents from the club. Recently we invited some other UK youth players to our Sundays sessions and played some games against Dutch youth players too.

For more information about these activites please contact Paul.

Other Online Chess and Go

The UK Chess Challenge has moved online to Lichess. Please see this UK Chess Challenge page for more information. Please note that Lichess has a "kid mode" where parents can prevent children from getting involved in chat on the server Please note also that Lichess have anti-cheating software and players will be banned if they use computer assistance. The UK Chess Challenge organiser Sarah Longson and grandmaster David Howell have made this video Fair Play in Online Chess.

The UK Chess Challenge team also has an Online Chess Club with a lot of regular activities

Popular Chess Servers are Lichess, ChessKid and Popular Go servers are OGS and KGS. A popular server which has many games including Chess, Go, Draughts, Chinese Chess and Japanese Chess is PlayOK. Please note that we can't vouch for the child safeguarding standards of services run by online games servers like these.

In the summer the very popular Mind Sports Olympiad event, usually held in London, will move online for the first time. This has tournaments of many different board and card games including Chess and Go. Their schedule has not been announced yet but it will appear soon on their MSO World website

Club Meetings

When our club is able to meet, our meetings are in St Augustine's Hall, Richmond Road, Cambridge CB4 3PT.

Our meetings are on Wednesdays during term time from 6pm until 7.15pm. The cost is £1.50 per week. There is car parking on the street.

In October our club was 25 years old! We will be organising some things to celebrate this anniversary. The first one was a Go tournament on 13 October, here is a report with a link to full results.

We usually have around 20-30 junior players at the club. There are various Chess and Go players who help at the club. Here is a list of club committee members and Chess and Go teachers.

The Chess Shield and Go Shield competitions are held in the autumn and/or spring. The current club Chess champion is Alexander Linton and the Go champion is Yanyi Xiong. For information about other past winners, see the Roll of Champions

Occasionally we also have club championships of Oware, Shogi, Chinese Chess and Othello.

Each year we hold heats of the UK Chess Challenge and the UK Go Challenge. The winner of our heat of the UK Chess Challenge in 2018 was Adaś Syposz and in 2019 it was Alexander Linton. The winner of our UK Go Challenge heat in 2018 was Shengjie Sang and in 2019 it was Yanyi Xiong.

Club Details

The Junior Chess & Go Club was founded in its current form in 1994 as a partnership between the Cambridge City Chess Club and the Cambridge University Go Society and this continued until 2013. At this point the City Chess Club decided that they could no longer be involved with the junior club. The club is now run by a committee made up of parents, representatives from the Go Society, and chess helpers. The club is also affiliated to the British Go Association.

The club is a place for children of all ages to come and play chess and go (if you don't know what go is, look here for a quick introduction to the game, or download igowin, an excellent free go-playing program - size 786k - which runs under Windows and includes a go tutorial). Go is somtimes known as igo (the Japanese name for the game), weiqi (the Chinese name), wei ch'i (the Cantonese name) or baduk (Korean). You can look at an example game played by one of our club members who took part in the European Youth Team Championships.

We are always very pleased to have new members at our club. Our club members over the past few years have mostly been aged between 6 and 16. These have included beginners and also quite strong players. So if you come along, you should be able to find someone who is about the same standard as you are. It doesn't matter whether you come every week or just now and then. And it doesn't matter if you can't stay until the end.

On ordinary meetings, when we do not have any special events, we often have Chess or Go teaching, or games on the Chess ladder or Go ladder. If you are subscribed to our e-mail list, you will get information about what is happening in future meetings.

Here you can see some key documents relating to the club:


These are some of the things our club does:

This page is maintained by Paul Smith. The last update was on 1 June 2020. If you would like any more information, please e-mail us.

If you would like more information about chess and go clubs, events and services in the UK, then go to the English Chess Federation and British Go Association web sites.

We welcome any ideas about how to improve this page or our club, or any offers of help!