All posts by John Upham

John is an English Chess Federation accredited coach and has taught in schools and privately since 2009. John started chess relatively late(!) at the age of twelve following the huge interest in the Spassky-Fischer World Championship match in 1972. John Upham is the founder of British Chess News, staff photographer and the IT Manager. John performed similar roles for British Chess Magazine from 2011 until 2015. John is an English Chess Federation accredited coach and has taught in schools and privately since 2009. John started chess relatively late(!) at the age of twelve following the huge interest in the Spassky-Fischer World Championship match in 1972. John is Membership Secretary of Camberley Chess Club and an ordinary member of Crowthorne and Guildford Chess Clubs. John plays for Hampshire and for 4NCL Crowthorne. John is Secretary of the Hampshire Junior Chess Association and the Berkshire Chess Association and manages the Chess for Schools partnership. He has played in the British Championships and represented Yateley School, Berkshire, Hampshire, Surrey, Guildford Chess Club, CentYMCA, Crowthorne Chess Club and Camberley Chess Clubs. He is an active photographer for with his own gallery. John has both junior and adult learners as private students. John has recently re-launched the Hampshire Junior Chess Association. John has recently started playing for the Crowthorne team in the Four Nations Chess League (4NCL).

Ninth Lichess Arena Team Battle

The Ninth Team Battle on the Lichess Arena will take place on Monday, September 7th starting at 6pm.

Please register at https://lichess.org/tournament/SPyy4UQ6

We are back in Division One !

Please register for this ASAP !

The match starts at 6pm every other Monday night and completes by 7.30pm

Please register (for free) on lichess.org and then email me (John Upham) at john.upham@zen.co.uk and will get you into the team !

Seventh Lichess Arena Team Battle

Lichess.org
Lichess.org

The Seventh Team Battle on the Lichess Arena will take place on Monday, August 3rd starting at 6pm.

Please register at https://lichess.org/tournament/kw8qlRbT

We retained our place in Division One for the first time and the team’s results have improved each time.

Please register for this ASAP !

The match starts at 6pm every other Monday night and completes by 7.30pm

Please register (for free) on lichess.org and then email me (John Upham) at john.upham@zen.co.uk and will get you into the team !

Sixth Lichess Arena Team Battle

Lichess.org
Lichess.org

The Sixth Team Battle on the Lichess Arena will take place on Monday, July 20th starting at 6pm.

https://lichess.org/tournament/ImhcurZv

Please register for this ASAP !

The HJCA Lichess Team
Hampshire Junior Chess Association is entering junior teams into the online Lichess Arena competitions.

The matches start at 6pm each Monday night and complete by 7.30pm

Please register (for free) on lichess.org and then email me (John Upham) at john.upham@zen.co.uk and will get you into the team !

Fifth LiChess Arena Team Battle : We are Promoted !

The Hampshire Team played its fifth LiChess Battle on Monday, July 6th and after 90 minutes of hard fought Blitz games emerged in 3rd place out of nine teams.

5th Lichess Arena Team Battle final standings
5th Lichess Arena Team Battle final standings

A late entry was the Warwickshire team so winning was always going to be challenge.

At many points in the match we were lying second.

Here are the best scorers from our team :

Hampshire Team scores
Hampshire Team scores

Fifth Team Battle in the Lichess Arena

Lichess.org
Lichess.org

The Fifth Team Battle on the Lichess Arena will take place on Monday, July 6th starting at 6pm.

The link is https://lichess.org/tournament/D55YJMUV

Please register for this ASAP !

The HJCA Lichess Team
Hampshire Junior Chess Association is entering junior teams into the online Lichess Arena competitions.

The matches start at 6pm each Monday night and complete by 7.30pm

Please register (for free) on lichess.org and then email me (John Upham) at john.upham@zen.co.uk and will get you into the team !

3rd LiChess Battle : We are promoted !

The Hampshire Team played its second LiChess Battle on Monday, June 2nd and after 90 minutes of hard fought Blitz games emerged in 3rd place out of nine teams.

LiChess 3rd Team Battle
LiChess 3rd Team Battle

A late entry was the mighty Sussex team so winning was always going to be challenge.

At many points in the match we were lying second.

Here are the best scorers from our team :

LiChess 3rd Team Battle
LiChess 3rd Team Battle

Second Team Battle on the Lichess Arena

Lichess.org
Lichess.org

The second Team Battle on the Lichess Arena will take place on Monday, June 1st starting at 6pm.

The link is https://lichess.org/tournament/JtgLYYwK

Please register for this ASAP !

The HJCA Lichess Team
Hampshire Junior Chess Association is entering junior teams into the online Lichess Arena competitions.

The matches start at 6pm each Monday night and complete by 7.30pm

Please register (for free) on lichess.org and then email me (John Upham) at john.upham@zen.co.uk and will get you into the team !

Chess charity wants a million children on board

Chess charity wants a million children on board
Chess charity wants a million children on board

From The Times of London

“A charity is offering a million children the chance to learn chess from tomorrow to give them an “intellectual challenge” during the lockdown.

Chess in Schools and Communities (CISC) along with ChessKid, the world’s biggest online chess platform, is offering primary pupils access to lessons, puzzles and videos about one of the world’s oldest board games.

Malcolm Pein, the scheme’s founder, says he wants to create the world’s biggest online chess club. “The same way Joe Wicks kicks in at 7.30am, let the chess kick in at 3.30 after all the home schooling is done,” he said.

A child who registers on the ChessKid website starts with tutorials on chess pieces and the rules of the game. Invitations to quiz tournaments and other such challenges

See https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/chess-charity-wants-a-million-kids-on-board-rrn9j2pwj  for more