Worcestershire Junior Chess Academy

WJCA is sponsored by King's School Worcester

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Click for parents' information and joining form
(both pdf documents)

The club is closed for Easter and the next meeting is on Sat 21 April and will be a longer session than usual so please plan for a 2pm finish.

During school term-time the club meets on most Saturday mornings 10:00 am to 11:45 am at King's School Worcester, next to the Worcester Cathedral. Enter from Castle Place WR1 2NB. Most sessions are supervised by Ray Collett.

If you would like to join us, please contact Ray Collett by e-mail or by telephone Worcester 454 754 before your child's first attendance.


Sat 7 Apr. Warwick Junior Under-11 at Warwick Preparatory School. There will be four sections: Open, u75, u50 and u25 grades. This 5-round event is suitable for all junior players and the organisers will work with ungraded players' parents to place players in an appropriate section. Time control 15 minutes plus 10 second increments.

Sun 20 May. Worcestershire Megafinal UK Chess Challenge at The King's School Worcester 10am to 4pm. Winners of school and junior club UK Chess Challenge competitions enter on-line using the national website.

26 Nov. WJCA team wins silver medals. Joel Reeves (Red Hill Primary School) was the outstanding player at the Winter tournament held at the King's School Worcester in 26 November. Other club players who did well were Tamara Marsden (King's School Worcester) who was 5th and led the Worcestershire Junior Chess Academy team to the silver medal position. Young brothers Ethan and Eamon Tan (both Powick CofE Rimary School) and Theo Rodgers (Bredon Hill Academy) were the other players that gained the club's success.
29 Apr. Tamara wins Easter tournament. Tamara (The King's School, Worcester) is the first outright female winner of the club's tournaments scoring 17 points. Theo Rodgers (Bredon Hill Academy) was second on 16 points and third place was shared by Max Wheeler (Abberley Hall School), Jacob Gwilliam and Pranav Mayilvahanan (both King's St Alban's). See report at Worcester News.
10 Dec. Worcester Winter Junior Chess Tournament. Finaly Bowcott-Terry (Leasowes HS and Stourbridge) scored won all his games in to be undisputed first. Chinmay Monga (King Edward's School, Edgbaston) was second with 4 wins. Three players, two from Worcestershire Junior Chess Academy, shared third place: Jacob Gwilliam (St Alban's Sch, Worcester/WJCA), Tamara Marsden (The King's School, Worcester/WJCA) and Silas Bowcott-Terry (Woodhouse Primary Acad, Quinton/Stourbridge). See report and pic in Worcester News.
1 Oct. Club Members commended by IM Chris Beaumont. Two members played International Master Chris Beaumont in an English Chess Federation sponsored simultaneous display at Stroud. Although both lost, they were highly commended for the quality of their play.

Picture on right: One of the club's youngest members congratulated on his play at Stroud.
WJCA youngest player at Stroud
18 Aug. Club captain off to Warwick University. Ben Fuller (Worcester Sixth Form College) scored well in his A-levels as well as over the board to land himself a place at Warwick. Former members James Friar at Liverpool University and Will Greenow at Birmingham University did well in their end of year examinations.
10 Jul. Club Gigafinalists. Joe Rastall (Nunnery Wood HS) was the club's star at the Manchester Gigafinal coming 3rd in the under-16 tournament and winning a place in the Terafinal. Ben Fuller (Worcester Sixth Form College) scored 3 points in the under-18 tournament led by two International Masters and Tamara Marsden (King's Hawford School) scored 2½ points.