HJCA Training Day

HJCA has organised (through Ollie Blacklock) a training day on Saturday, June 22nd.

Here are the details :

Hampshire Junior Chess Association welcomes chess players aged 5-16 to attend a Chess Training and Tournament day with Grandmaster Nick Pert
About this Event
Description

The event is designed for players of all abilities, from those who are just starting to learn the rules, to those who already play in tournaments.

To facilitate this, attending players will be split into sections based upon ability. Ability-targeted teaching sessions will be given by Grandmaster Nick Pert, concurrently with section-based tournament rounds.

The day will be structured in a similar way to a normal school day – parents are not required to stay, although there is a separate hall nearby which is available for use as a waiting area, as are several good nearby pubs!

Invitation to Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Jersey and Guernsey Juniors!

The event is for juniors who reside or go to school in Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Jersey or Guernsey. Please spread the word about this event – invite friends who are interested in learning about chess!

Date & Venue

The event will be held at Boldre War Memorial Hall, Pilley, Lymington, Hampshire SO41 5QG.

Boldre War Memorial Hall
Boldre War Memorial Hall

Format of the day

Arrival: 9:45
Lunch: 12:00 – 12:30
Finish: 16:30
When players finish each tournament round, they will head for the training room until the round is complete. There will be a ten-minute break at the end of each round, where the children can play outside and stretch their legs. There is a designated playground and playing field where children will be supervised.

What to bring on the day

Bring lunchbox & drink / water.

No mobile phones to be brought into the playing hall or training room, they must be left in bags in the foyer and only used to make calls to family.

Price

The cost for the entire day is £20 per child. This is to cover the cost of the professional coaching, the hall, insurance and training materials.

Disclaimers

By signing up for this event, you consent for:

your child(ren) to play in the play park and playing field.
photographs and videos that may include your child(ren) to be captured, stored, and used in future promotional material.
your child’s name, training and game results to be captured and stored for future analysis.
Hampshire Junior Chess Association does not accept liability for loss or damage to items brought to the event.

Megafinal 2019 Results : Here are the Winners!

The 2019 Delancey UK Schools Chess Challenge Hampshire Megafinal took place on Sunday, April 28th at Winchester College. The prize winners are as follows :

Under 7 Girls

Suprema : Hannah Auchterlonie
Runner-up : Eliza Blin

Under 7 Boys

Supremo : Gus Weber
Runner-up : Naisha Agrawal
Third Place : Gavin Wang

Under 8 Girls

Suprema : Lucy Magura
Runner-up : Sid Dixit
Third Place : Niamh Grace

Under 8 Boys

Supremo : Brian Tang (6/6)
Runner-up : Gui Xian Yang
Third Place : Nicholas Deacon

Under 9 Girls

Suprema : Amelia Weber
Runner-up : Eva Yazaki
Third Place : Isabel Perez de Alejo

Under 9 Boys

Supremo : Owen Wang

Owen Wang
Owen Wang

Runner-up : Vir Dixit
Third Place : Freddie Philips, Radimir Blacklock and Max Forbes

Under 10 Girls

Suprema : Sophia Blin

Sophia Blin

Runners-up : Thias Unitt & Jessica Shaw

Under 10 Boys

Supremo : Matthew Deacon (6/6)

Matthew Deacon
Matthew Deacon

Runner-up : Albie Atkinson
Third Place : Ted Mayne & Nived Neelakandan

Under 11 Girls

Suprema : Emma Mwanga
Runners-up : Yasmin Forbes & Sadie Taylor

Under 11 Boys

Supremo : Henry Courts

Henry Courts
Henry Courts

Runner-up : Matthew McConnell
Third Place : William Sellers

Under 12 Girls

Suprema : Melissa Hamilton

Melissa Hamilton
Melissa Hamilton

Runner-up : Jenna Fyfe
Third Place : Emily Banks

Under 12 Boys

Supremo : Andrew Kirby (6/6)

Andrew Kirby
Andrew Kirby

Runner-up : Patrick Atkinson
Third Place : Jay Negargar & Matthew Butler

Under 13 Boys

Supremo : James Love

James Love
James Love

Runner-up : Nayan Serpant

Under 14 Girls

Suprema : Mansa Chandar

Under 14 Boys

Supremo : Pawel Murawski
Runner-up : Seb Hogg
Third Place : Merlin Cork

Under 15 Boys

Supremo : Tomek Legg

Under 16 Boys

Supremo : Manoj Chandar

Full results are available from here

Hampshire Delancey UKCC Megafinal

Countdown to the Mega Final
Countdown to the Mega Final

As of today (April 18th) eleven (11) places remain for the Hampshire Delancey UKCC Megafinal.

Please ensure that you do not miss out and get your entry in AS SOON AS POSSIBLE !

Delancey UK Schools Chess Challenge
Delancey UK Schools Chess Challenge

Please enter here -> https://www.delanceyukschoolschesschallenge.com/product/2019-hampshire-megafinal-28th-april/

Winchester College, Hampshire, England, SO23 9NA
Winchester College, Hampshire, England, SO23 9NA

Hampshire UKCC Last Chance Saloon

Last Chance Saloon
Last Chance Saloon
Delancey UK Schools Chess Challenge
Delancey UK Schools Chess Challenge

Hampshire Junior Chess Association is running a Last Chance Saloon for the UK Chess Challenge on Saturday, April 6th at Basingstoke Chess Club. The entry fee will be £5.

This event is for children (primary and secondary aged) who have yet to qualify to the Megafinal stage of the Delancey UK Schools Chess Challenge.

Entry Form is here : UKCC Last Chance Saloon : April 6th

The main organiser is Maha Chandar.

How schools are using chess to lure children away from screens

A thought provoking article that we recommend.

Make the right move
Make the right move

An excerpt :

When it’s time for “big lunch” in Blarney Street CBS, you might expect the boys to make a mad dash outside to play chase or football. Instead, many make a move in a different way: their lunchtime sport of choice is chess.

The strategic board game has been a feature at this Cork primary school for years, a tradition principal Billy Lynch brought with him from his primary school days.

At a time when screens are blamed for shortening children’s attention spans, Lynch finds chess is luring pupils away from their phone screens and helping to foster crucial skills we once took for granted.

“It’s quite social, during lunch they chat away while they are playing,” says Lynch.

He has also noticed how chess is helping his students develop emotional resilience. “You bare your soul when you are playing chess because it’s all about you – you can’t blame the equipment,” says Lynch, “Chess teaches you how to lose.”

But it is the impact of the strategic game on students’ concentration that really stands out.

“In this day and age, when concentration levels are not what they were previously thought to be, you can see them thinking two or three moves ahead.”

Benefits
Up and down the country, other schools are embracing chess too and seeing the benefits among schoolchildren.

April Cronin, a retired primary school principal and former Irish chess champion, runs chess workshops for teachers in Dublin.

She has noticed social awkwardness becoming more prevalent in her chess clubs of late. It prompted her to teach basic social interactions during her chess lessons. “The first thing I taught them was how to actually shake somebody’s hand and look them in the eye. It was extraordinary how many children didn’t know how to do that,” she says.

Click above to read the full article.