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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).

August Monthly Lichess Team Battle

Lichess.org
Lichess.org

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

Please register at https://lichess.org/tournament/W8ytEabZ

Please register for this ASAP!

The match starts at 6pm monthly on a 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 !

Hampshire Junior Open Congress 2022

We are delighted to continue our return to Over the Board (OTB) chess with our third tournament of 2022 on Sunday, September 11th at Winchester College in Winchester.

Full details can be found here.

Ted Mayne
Ted Mayne
Sophia Blin
Sophia Blin

Hampshire qualifier for the National Youth Championships (EJOCA)

We invite all junior chess players who are under 20 years of age to compete in the Hampshire qualifier for the National Youth Championships organised by the English Junior Coaches and Organisers Association (EJCOA).

This will be on Sunday, May 15th 2022 at the Badger Farm Community Centre, Winchester.

The cost of entry is £15 and the event has five rounds of rapidplay chess that are ECF rated.

The entry form is here: https://ejcoa.co.uk/online-payments/nyc-regional-final

Please enter ASAP as places are limited!

Hampshire Open Junior FIDE Blitz

Here are the results from the hugely successful event:

The Hampshire Open Junior FIDE Blitz is for all players who are aged 18 or fewer years on August 31st 2022 regardless of location of residence and / or school and will take place on Sunday April 3rd at Badger Farm Community Centre, Winchester.

There will be 15 rounds by Swiss pairings, Blitz time control, a £215 prize fund.

At the moment the entry is limited to sixty players so be sure to enter early to avoid disappointment!

See https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/hampshire-open-junior-blitz-tickets-279582828767 for full details

£215 prize fund.

Hampshire Junior Trial / Selection Tournament

We are delighted to continue our return to Over the Board (OTB) chess with our first tournament of 2022.

This will be the

Hampshire Junior Trial / Selection Tournament on Sunday, February 13th, 2022.

Full details can be found here.

Saturday Afternoon Event : Hampshire vs Dorset vs Devon vs Berkshire

Our fourth Saturday Afternoon Event (SAE) will be a rated friendly match with our friends from Devon, Dorset and Berkshire Junior Chess Association.

It will start at 2pm and run until 4pm (but you can leave earlier if you have to) on 10th July 2021

Please make sure you are a member of the Hampshire team (https://lichess.org/team/hampshire-junior-chess-association) and then

Please register at https://lichess.org/tournament/phJhMX5R if you would like to play.

See you there !

Lichess.org
Lichess.org

The Twenty Third Lichess Team Battle

Lichess.org
Lichess.org

The Twenty Third Team Battle on the Lichess Arena will take place on Monday, November 1st starting at 6pm.

Please register at https://lichess.org/tournament/Dp0psIqd

Please register for this ASAP !

The match starts at 6pm monthly on a 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 !

Hampshire Delancey UKCC Megafinal Date & Venue Confirmed

Delancey UK Schools Chess Challenge
Delancey UK Schools Chess Challenge
Hampshire Junior Chess Congress 2017
Hampshire Junior Chess Congress 2017

HJCA is delighted to confirm the date and venue for the Delancey UKCC Megafinal 2021 as

Saturday and Sunday, June 12th and 13th, 2021

and

The Lichess platform

Click here to register : https://www.delanceyukschoolschesschallenge.com/ukcc-2021/

Please put this date into your diary !