Last updated 22 April 2018

Junior chess in Worcestershire

2017-8 season news

21 Apr. Theo Rogers and Eamon Tan win medals at Worcester tournament. In a small double round rapidplay tournament, Theo (Bredon Academy) ended on 4½ without losing a game. Eamon - Powick Primary Sch and still under seven-years-old - was second on 3½ points
7 Apr Alex Holowczak reports, Worcestershire Junior champion wins Warks Junior tournament. Talented 10-year-old Warwickshire youngster Manvith Sandhu from Hallfield School, Birmingham was first on 4½ points in the A tournament for players graded over 75. At the same event in the D tournament brothers Ethan and Eamon Tan (Worcs Jun Chess Acad/Powick CofE Primary Sch) also gained medals for a shared third place. Over fifty players took part.
26 Nov. Joel Reeves and Anieshka King win at Worcester. Joel (Red Hill CofE Primary, Worcester) had a clean sweep winning all his games. Best placed female player was Anieshka King (Malvern College). The gold team medals were won by the Rest of Worcestershire team (Niseth Fernandez - Harborne CofE, Joel Reeves - Red Hill Primary Worcester, Ted Hales - Beaconside School Rubery, and Pranav Mayilvahanan- King's School Worcester). Silver medalists were Worcestershire Junior Chess Academy (Tamara Marsden - King's School Worcester, Theo Rodgers - Bredon Hill Middle School, Worcs, and brothers Ethan and Eamon Tan - Powick CofE Primary School, Worcester). The Bronze medalist team from Malvern House of King's Hawford School Worcester (Joseph Dowling, Lana Woollaston, Henry Lloyd-Adams and Ayrton Little) had to be separated on tie-break from their schoolmates in Kinver House.
20 Nov. County juniors in the British Rapidplay Championships. Silas Bowcott-Terry, playing in the Minor got 6 points out of 10. He won a share of the grading prize and a half England team norm, which means if he gets another one he gets a chance of an England trial. Finlay Bowcott-Terry has one too, which he got at the British championships. In this event, Finlay Bowcott-Terry got 4/10 in the Major, and Dustin 4.5/10 in the Intermediate.
2016-7 season news
6 Aug 2017. Junior winners at Bewdley. Joseph Friar (Hagley RC Sixth Form College) won the tournament overall and the Mayor's Shield with 5½ points out of six games. The highest junior was twelve-year-old Finlay Bowcott-Terry on 5 points. Prizes were presented by Bewdley's Mayor Councillor Anna Coleman.
7 Jan 2017. First Junior Chess Academy in 2017. The club welcomed back Annabelle and new member Roy. If your school does not enter the Delancey UK Schools Chess Challenge and you want to enter this national competition please contact Dr Ray Collett.
10 Dec. Worcester Winter Junior tournament. Finlay Bowcott-Terry (Leasowes High Sch, Dudley) triumphed again winning all five games. Second was Chinmay Monga (King Edward's School, Edgbaston). There was a tie on points for third place and on tie-break Silas Bowcott-Terry (Woodhous Academy, Quinton) won out over Tamara Marsden (The King's School Worcester) and Gwilliam Jacob (St Alban' School, Worcester).
10 Dec. Juniors save Worcestershire under-120 team. Daniel Arkell (St John's CE Middle School, Bromsgrove) and Monty Woodhouse (King Edwards School, Edgbaston) were called up at short notice to fill vacancies in the team to play Lincolnshire. Both players won their games and the team registered their first win of the season.
13 Nov. Bowcott-Terry brothers clean up at Warwickshire juniors. Finlay was equal 2nd in the under-12s, Silas joint second in the under-10s and joint first in the under-9s, and Darwin 3rd in the under-10s.
2015-6 season news
10 Jul 2016. Joe Rastall wins Gigafinal prize. Joe (Worcester Sixth Form College) was placed 3rd in the Northern Gigafinal of the Delancey UK Chess Challenge held at Manchester.
15 May 2016. Worcestershire Megafinal of Delancey UK Chess Challenge. Supremos were: Rithvi Mutuvelu (under-7 Hallfield Sch, Birmingham), Vignesh Chinnaswamy (under-8, Bournville Primary, Birmingham), Joy Ching Li (Harborne Jun Sch, Harborne, Birmingham), Gokulkrishna Sivakumar (under-9, Birmingham), George Campbell-Ferguson (under-10, Northwick Manor Jun, Worcester), Grace Evans (under-10, Hanley Swan Jun, Worcs), Robert-Georgel Grozea (under-11, Yarnfield Jun, Birmingham), Tamara Marsden (under-11, King's Hawford, Worcester), Viswamedha Nalabotu (under-12, King Edward, Camp Hill Birmingham), Tilly Clitheroe (under-12, Queensbridge Jun, Birmingham), Qiyuan Chen (under-13, Kimg Edward, Camp Hill Birmingham), Dimitri Albul (under-14, Birmingham), Arjun Pyda (under-15, St George's Birmingham), Cameron Westwood (under-16, Dudley), Kieran Bhamra (under-17, King Edward Camp Hill Birmingham), Benjamin Fuller (Worcester Sixth Form College).
28 Nov 2015. Worcester Winter Chess Congress. Ben Fuller (Worcester Sixth Form College) won first place in the premier competition; Imogen Dicen (St Patrick's Primary, Birmingham) was first in the intermediate section; and Zayan Jamil (Chad Vale Primary, Edgbaston) won the cadets tournament for the youngest players. Full results on Worc Jun Chess Academy page.
2014-5 season news
15 Aug. Worcester Festival Summer Chess Touranment. Joe Restall (Nunnery Wood HS) was overall winner gaining 5 points from his 5 games. Tamara Marsden (King's Hawford Sch) was highest scoring girl player on 3 points and Monty Woodhouse best junior school player (West House School) with 4 points.
17 May. Worcestershire Delancey UK Schools Chess Challenge. Thirty five players qualified for the Northern Gigafinal at Manchester. Full results from the Megafinal page.
29 Apr. Worcester City players down Nunnery Wood HS Chess team. In a rare match between the City club and a school team, veterans put the youngsters to the sword.
23 Nov. Worcester Winter Junior Chess Congress. Rohan Aggarwall (King Edward VI Camp Hill, Birmingham) won individual gold in the under-16 tournament. Second was Jacob Evans (Hanley Castle HS) and third Matthew Hall (King's School Worcester). It was a double celebration for the Aggarwal family because Hemal Aggarwal (Wolverhampton Grammar Junior Sch) got gold in the under-11s. Second was Monty Woodhouse (Westhouse Sch) and third Chandrahas Nalabotu ((Birmingham Checkmates). In the team competitions, West Midland Schools were first on 14½ points, Hanley Castle HS second on 11 points and Worcestershire Junior Chess Academy third on 10½ points.
2013-4 season news
13 Jul. James Friar shares second place in the Worcester Major Tournament. taking time out from examination studies, James, a pupil at Hagley RC High Sch took home £65 prize money.
5 Nov. King Edward IV Camp Hil School, Birmingham won the West Midlands Regional Final of the ECF Team Chess Challenge. Their B team came second and King Edward School, Edgbaston, Birmingham picked up bronze. Fourteen teams competed and Alex Holowczak was arbiter.
2012-13 season news
9 Dec. Worcester Junior Chess Congress. Ben Fuller (Nunnery Wood HS, Worcester) made a clean sweep winning all his games. Silver medal winner was Oliver Rosoman (King's School Worcester) and the bronze was won by Luke Smith (Perryfields HS, Oldbury). In the team events, a Rest-of-Worcestershire team was just half a point a head of Worcestershire Junior Chess Academy. The bronze medals were won by Birmingham Checkmates. The congress was sponsored by King's School Worcester and the tournament controller was Andrew Farthing. Ben Fuller
Ben Fuller individual winner (right), with Jon Ricketts who presented prizes
24 Oct. Ryders Green School Sandwell won the inaugural CSC West Midlands Tournament. The same school also won second place and third placed was Barr Beacon School. Six teams played at West Bromwich Town Hall organised by CSC co-ordinator Andrew Moore.

Worcestershire Junior Chess Academy, Worcester

In the centre of the county, Worcestershire Junior Chess Academy is Worcestershire Chess Association's Junior Club that meets in Worcester on Saturday mornings during School term. The club meets on most Saturday mornings in school term-time 10 am to 12 noon at The King's School Worcester next to the Cathedral. Visit the web page of Worcestershire Junior Chess Academy to find more.

Checkmates, Halesowen

Young players in the north of the county will find a welcome with the checkmates. They meet in Halesowen. For further details please contact John Fahy.

Mount Carmel Parish Junior Chess Club, Redditch

If you live in Redditch, contact Mr Atkinson (07713 912 820) for a good chess club. Meets Monday evening.

Schools with chess clubs

Schools with a range of extra-curricular activities have better academic results and the following schools have chess clubs. Click on their names to see more about these schools. Abberley Hall; Aston Fields Middle, Bromsgrove; Bishop Milner, Dudley; Cherry Orchard Primary, Worcester; Clent Primary; Heathfield, Kidderminster; King's Hawford, Worcester; King Edward VI Sch, Fiveways, Birmingham; King Edward VI Sch, Camp Hill, Birmingham; King's School, Worcester; Mount Carmel First School, Redditch; Northleigh Primary, Malvern; Old Swinford Hospital, Stourbridge; Powick Primary; RGS Springfield, Worcester; Russells Hall, Dudley; St Alban's, Worcester; St Joseph's Primary, Dudley; Welland Primary, Malvern; Windsor High School & Sixth Form College, Halesowen.

Worcester Primary School Championships 2001-2003

Results of these one-day congresses are available: 2001, 2002, 2003.

Worcestershire Junior Champions

First awarded in 1949, The GC Brown trophy has not been played for in the last few years. To see previous winners, see the honours roll of Worcestershire Junior Champions. One became a Grandmaster, and at least three were later Worcestershire individual champions.