Welcome to the Bury Knights!

This is the homepage of the Bury Knights Junior Chess Club (BKJCC) website.

BKJCC is a chess club for children aged from 5-14 years, who live in and around Bury St Edmunds, in Suffolk.

Please feel free to browse and explore the whole site and to find out about chess, both here at the Club and also in general.

The Spring Term 2015 at BKJCC begins with the first Club Night on Friday 9 January and we extend a warm welcome both to current and new members.

The BKJCC website is updated periodically and information on Club news, results and features change accordingly. If you think you would like to learn chess or to play friendly and/or competitive chess, the Club is the place to be. Come along and meet new friends and have fun playing chess.

In 2008 BKJCC was accepted as a centre of junior chess excellence by the ECF (English Chess Federation). More details can be found here.

Latest news: BKJCC now has a Facebook page:

BKJCC Facebook page

Forthcoming events:

Bury Junior Congress – Sunday 8 March 2015
Suffolk Junior Open – Sunday 15 March 2015

CLUB INFORMATION :

Club Aims – To help children learn and enjoy playing chess. The BKJCC Mission statement reads: “The purpose of the club is to promote the game of chess through coaching and competition in a safe and caring environment to children and the youth in the community”.

Club Location – Horringer Court Middle School, Glastonbury Road, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk IP33 2EX. Click here for a map.

Club Times – During school terms, every Friday evening, from 6.00 to 8.00 pm.

Club Play – All levels, from beginners to expert, are provided for and coaching is given as appropriate. Competitive play is encouraged through play in league divisions, knockout events and tournaments. Occasionally matches are played against other clubs and groups. Children gain club ratings and if they enter recognised events outside of club activities, they can gain English Chess Federation chess grades. Also, free coaching for parents is available if required.

Club Structure and Organisation – The Club was founded in September 1992 with the help of chess player, chess coach and chess event organiser, Bob Jones. Bob continues to participate fully. The Club operates with a committee consisting of parents, coaches and helpers in order to coordinate its activities. The Club continues to be well run, with rules for chess play and conduct. Through its own policies, the Club observes legislative requirements. These rules and policies are freely available and all members are encouraged to be aware of them and to abide by them. It aims to be a safe and happy place for children to play chess in. The Club normally has between 40-50 members, and newcomers are always welcome; there is no waiting list.

After BKJCC – When the older children leave the Club they are encouraged to move up to (graduate?) to the local adult chess club, the Bury St Edmunds Chess Club, with which BKJCC maintains a close association.

For further information please check out the whole site, especially the “BKJCC details” page for full club information, contacts and policies.