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About the Junior Club

The Junior club was established in 2001 by Meri Grigoryan and is run on Saturday mornings at the Town Hall in the Committee Room from 11:30 to 13:00. Tuition is given by ECF Accredited Coach Meri, a West London Chess Club member who is a woman FIDE master, England Women's National Team Member and England junior squad coach. Boys and Girls welcome. Please contact Meri at wljcc2001 at gmail dot com for more information.


Forthcoming Junior Dates and Events


10 Jan: tuition and practice

17 Jan: tuition and practice

24 Jan: tuition and practice

31 Jan: tuition and practice

  7 Feb: tuition and practice




6th Sep: Charity Simultaneous Chess Exhibition in Bournemouth Town Square with Meri Grigoryan

I am holding my 3rd Simultaneous Chess Exhibition in Bournemouth town square on 6th September from 12pm-5pm.
Take a look at my past events:
Please donate, as every penny makes a difference!
There will be chess books for best junior, best senior and best lady.
I hope to see you on 6th Sep in Bournemouth. Thank You!

Best wishes,

Meri Grigoryan

The 100th Championships of the British Isle, Torquay, 28 Jul -10 Aug 2013

My new student Alexander Jamieson came 2nd equal at the British U9 championship! Congratulations!

Meri Grigoryan

The 100th Championships of the British Isle, Torquay, 28 Jul -10 Aug 2013

I am very pleased to share with you some exciting news. Two of my students William Golding and Christopher Tombolis came joint 1st at the British U8 championship! Follow the event here.

 Meri Grigoryan

European School Championships, Novi Sad, Serbia, 20-28 June

I had initially agreed to do either the World or European School Championships, however after receiving an email from the ECF Director of Junior Chess Phil Ehr, that IM Richard Pert withdrew due to a sport injury just a day before the flight, I replaced him. 

Meet the team, read the reports and look at the team photo. I coached Jonathan Finn U15, Tom Finn U13 and Tom McLarren U11. Take a look at the final results

I am looking forward to be selected again as an England junior squad coach.

Meri  Grigoryan

World School Championships, Porto Carras, Halkidiki, 6th – 15th May

Meet the team, read the reports and see the team photo. I coached Isabel Hauer U15, Asha Jina U13, Samuel McConnell U11 and William Golding U9. This event was my first international coaching experience which I enjoyed greatly.

Meri Grigoryan

29 Sep 2012: London Grand Prix, Simpson's-in-the-Strand, Round 8

All photos by © Meri Grigoryan

Boris Gelfand psyching out Anish Giri

Rustam Kasimdzanov vs Michael Adams

Rustam Kasimdzanov vs Michael Adams

Peter Leko vs Alexander Grischuk

Peter Leko vs Alexander Grischuk

Vasyl Ivanchuk

Vasyl Ivanchuk

Hao Wang

Round 8 results
GM Leko Peter 2737 ½ - ½ GM Grischuk Alexander 2754
GM Gelfand Boris 2738 ½ - ½ GM Giri Anish 2730
GM Kasimdzhanov Rustam 2684 1 - 0 GM Adams Michael 2722
GM Nakamura Hikaru 2783 0 - 1 GM Ivanchuk Vassily 2769
GM Topalov Veselin 2752 ½ - ½ GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2729
GM Dominguez Perez Leinier 2725 ½ - ½ GM Wang Hao 2742

17th May Megafinal South

Calvin Leung, Christopher Tombolis and Danilo Delic qualified for the Gigafinal in July! 

Themed Rapidplay Tournament

On the 16th and 23rd of May, West London Chess Club will be holding a 6 round Rapidplay tournament -with a difference. In each round all games will be played using the designated openings, so in round one all games will start with the Kings Gambit opening and so on. Each round is 25 minutes per side. The designated openings are:

  1. The Kings Gambit
  2. The Wilkes Barre variation
  3. The Sicilian Dragon
  4. The Dragon – dorf
  5. The Benko Gambit accepted
  6. The Panov – Botvinnk Attack

Entry fee is £7.50 for non members; club members are invited to make a small voluntary contribution the prize fund. If you would like to play, please contact Colum at

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