This lively & enthusiastic club meet at the Bournemouth Central Library every Saturday in 2024

except for the summer holidays in August.

There are two sessions each Saturday:10.00am to 11am and 11.30am to 12.30pm.

As we are currently near to our capacity with juniors, we will require you to pre book/register in advance, including payment, which is to be made online. The payment fee is £7.50, please see the form below for registration and payment details.

You will need to book by session – first or second – and would ask you to commit to the session you choose, as it’s difficult to change during these unusual times.

We have several chess experienced chess teachers all with DBS certification, who are allocated as follows;

 Total beginners (1st level)

Intermediate improvers (2nd level)

 Advanced level (3rd level)

BOTH SESSIONS INCLUDE THREE SECTIONS AND WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO MOVE PLAYERS WITHIN THE SECTIONS TO IMPROVE ABILITY AND TECHNIQUES.

For each session there is a charge of £7.50 per session

WE ENCOURAGE ALL PLAYERS TO LOOK AT OUR WEBSITE :-

www.bournemouthjuniorchess.com

WHICH IS UPDATED WEEKLY WITH RESULTS FROM GAMES/PUZZLES, VARIOUS CHESS EXERCISES AND ALL NEWS. THIS IS YOUR SITE AND WE HOPE YOU FIND IT USEFUL.

The club has been running for 10 years now at both the central library and previously at the Elstead hotel. We estimate we have enjoyed teaching literally hundreds of children and have shown all how to play and enjoy chess at all levels.

We aim to have a minimum of 4/5 trainers for each session with supplementary support from the local chess community, but mostly from Poole chess club. We have excellent welfare support from my wife Dee who comes along and tends to all juniors needs, as and when.

I am sincerely proud of the club and our mission is to provide chess for all. That is from beginner standard to intermediate and to those dedicated children that wish to advance to a high level and compete in competitions.

Our method of teaching is 25-30 minutes teaching and 30 minutes playing against children of a comparable standard so the lessons learnt are practiced. Just playing games without learning is repetitive and cannot improve play, so it’s important to learn, practice and play in equal measures.

We have developed several of our juniors into local adult chess leagues and even national leagues and two of juniors have been Hampshire under 10 and under 12 champions. Chess at all levels.

Who we are:- 

Eric Sachs

has been the Dorset Junior Chess Officer for a number of years and is now independently concentrating on the Bournemouth Junior Chess Club.  He has given chess lessons in several local primary and senior schools. Eric has now retired as the Chairman of Poole Chess Club.

Paul Errington

 has supported the club from the beginning and has also taught in several local primary and senior schools. Paul is Chairman of the Bournemouth Chess club.

Steve Bailey 

has also supported for a number of years. Steve is extremely personable and has helped develop many beginners to an intermediate standard. Steve is a member of the Poole chess club.

Graham Morris 

has supported the club for six years and has become integral to the success of the club. He takes great pride in helping with all aspects of the club including developing this web site and making it possible.

Tony Sanderson

 is a fairly new club chess player who enjoys a theory side of chess and is an active member of Poole chess club. Tony is a welcome addition to our support team.

We encourage you to use our website for all that is junior chess and enjoy and practice your chess skills.

Chess is a ‘battle of ideas’ a great tool for developing the young thinking minds.

Remember, Chess is a life skill.

Eric Sachs