GM Simultaneous Exhibition with Chris Ward GM at Petts Wood Chess Club 


A big thank you to Petts Wood Chess Club for hosting this wonderful annual event and also to the very amiable Chris Ward GM who gives his time every year to encourage juniors and adults to play chess!


Lots of children and adults came along to play and watch the chess games against Chris. Amongst the challengers were many Amazikidz students past and present, including Kiran Shiatis, Viktor Jamroz, Huseyin Gueriane and Lev Mann.

Everyone played well and a few even managed to draw against Chris! Both Kiran Shiatis and Viktor Jamroz were included in this number and were even seated next to each other!


Kiran’s result was particularly notable as it is his third draw against a GM. When asked for the secret of his success, he replied ‘a bit of luck, a bit of skill, but mostly being optimistic and having the opportunity’.

Amazikidz holds its first ever Secondary Schools Chess Competition 

Amazikidz held its first secondary schools chess competition on Thursday 11th February 2016, featuring teams from Judd, Tonbridge and Skinners schools with over 50 players across two sections.

The Judd Cup Team 

The Tonbridge Cup Team 

The Skinners Cup Team 

The Judd Plate Team 


Read more here

Simul with GM John Emms: 

Once again a huge thank you to Grandmaster (GM) John Emms, for taking on the enthusiastic ACES Sevenoaks students in two simultaneous exhibitions on 15 and 22 October 2015.

Many of the children put up some stiff opposition, but none more so than Alex Thompson (aged 13, from The Judd) and Kiran Shiatis KCM (aged 11, from The Judd) who both managed to emerge with hard fought draws. The GM, however, retained his overall unbeaten record!

Well done once again to all who participated and for putting many of their chess skills into practice. Thank you also to Rohan Shiatis KCM for all his help. Read more here.


    Amazikidz do well at the Delancy Kent Megafinals

    Congratulations to the following Amazikidz Juniors who played exceptionally well at the recent Delancy Megafinals (read more here).

    Amazikidz Viktor Jamroz and Kiran Shiatis do well in Adult Tournament!

    Congratulations to Amazikidz juniors Viktor Jamroz and Kiran Shiatis who both performed fantastically well at Adult Chess Congresses over the Easter break.

    Viktor took part in the St Albans Chess Congress on 28th and 29th March. This was Viktor's first ever adult chess congress and he finished a superb third in the U120 section, scoring 4 points from 5 games against opponents who were all graded much higher.

    Viktor receiving his prize for 3rd place


    Kiran took part in the Southend Chess Congress on 4th and 5th April and finished a hard fought first in the U120 section, scoring an unbeaten 4.5 points from 5.

    Kiran receiving his prize for first place


    Kiran relaxing after the tournament with some friends playing three board exchange chess.


    These adult chess congresses are long play tournaments. This means that not only are you playing against vastly more experienced players who are often three times your own size, but that each game could go one for over three hours. As such every single game demands a huge amount of concentration and continual focus - not easy when you are still a junior. For two of our Amazikidz juniors to come third and first in such tournaments, is a huge achievement. Congratulations to both Viktor and Kiran!!.


    GM John Emms Plays ACES Sevenoaks children in Simul!

    GM John Emms kindly took on the children of ACES Sevenoaks playing them in simultaneous exhibition on Thursday 29th January and Thursday 5th February 2015. The children fought bravely, but the fast moving GM emerged victorious winning 27 games and drawing just the one - against Kiran Shiatis (aged 11). Special mention must also go to the following: Charlie Metcalfe, Isaac Handley and Oliver Dobson (for playing strong games), Iris Davies (winning a rook), William Gough (clever tactic), Marius Kobler (defending well against a tactic).

    A big well done to everyone and many apologies for not having the camera with us for week one.

    A very big thank you to GM John Emms who was particularly impressed with how well all the children played and how well they put their chess skills into practice.


    ACES Sevenoaks


    Kiran Shiatis fights hard to earn a draw against GM John Emms


    Iris Davies wins a rook and a spot prize


    Marius Kobler defends hard against a tactic.


    William Gough delivers the first check and goes on to win a spot prize for an excellent tactic.



    Charlie Edwards watches closely as John makes his move.


    Edward Cross studying the board very carefully. Nice photo bomb - Charlie Edwards! 


    William Jarrett, Alana Patel, Patrick Handley and Iris Davies ready for battle!


    Jamie Owen, Alfie Metcalfe, Timothy McLain and Marius Kobler thinking hard.


    Carl Chaboissier and Eddie Bennett try some unorthodox openings!



    Amazikidz performed very well at KJCA GP1

    Of particular note:

      • Winner of the U18s - Rohan Shiatis KCM (Chess Coach at ACES Sevenoaks)
      • Winner of the U14s - Kiran Shiatis KCM (Amazikidz Coach at Edgebury, Crofton and the Highway, and student at ACES Sevenoaks)
      • Winner of the U12s - Ximan Mao (Amazikidz Tutoring Student) 



    Amazikid Mikey Watson: selected to represent England for Chess at the Commonwealth Games.



    Tournament reports from two Amazikidz - Charlie Metcalfe and Huseyin Gueriane

    Amazikidz Chess Match: Edgebury Primary School and The Highway School - Tuesday 6th May 2014!

    Read more here.


    ACES Sevenoaks Chess Coaching is pleased to announce that John Emms GM will be joining the coaching team from September 2014! Read more here.

    My First Chess Tournament - by Roving Reporter Jamie Owen

    Attached is an article written by Jamie Owen (year 4 - St Thomas's, Sevenoaks) describing his first ever KJCA tournament. Read more here.

    Amazikidz Team Wins at KJCA Friends & Family Event!

    The fantastic, fun-filled Friends & Family function was held on Sunday 26 January2014 at Rosemead PrepSchool, near Dulwich. It was thoroughly enjoyed by all, as the KJCA welcomed not just the regular KJCA junior players, but also many parents, grandparents, younger siblings, relatives and friends alike. Read more here.

    England v Slovenia - A Day out at the London Chess Classic

    It all began as a non-eventful Friday and a call out of the blue from ECF Director Lawrence Cooper for available U11s to play for England. A few emails later and our Saturday was booked as Kiran Shiatis was selected for the England team in a two round tie against Slovenia. This would be Kiran's first England cap. Read more here.