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. 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).

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.

Results from Winchester College

Results from all sections of the 2018 Hampshire Junior Congress available from :

http://results.utuswiss.co.uk/

Hampshire Junior Congress 2018
Under 10 14/10/2018
Under 12 14/10/2018
Under 14 14/10/2018
Under 16 14/10/2018
Under 18 14/10/2018
Under 8 14/10/2018

A big thank-you from all of the team of :

David Follows, Maha Chandar, David Culliford, Ollie Blacklock, Ken Coates, Christine Coates, David Graham and John Upham

Hampshire Junior Congress entry system now online !

Hampshire Junior Chess Congress 2017
Hampshire Junior Chess Congress 2017

Hampshire Junior Chess Association is delighted to announce that the online entry system is now open for business.

The 2018 Congress is on Sunday, October 14th 2018 at Winchester College.

You may enter and purchase your “tickets” for each child via our secure payments system using our partners Stripe and Picatic.

Please visit The online Entry System to secure your entries.

If you wish you may pay via BACS (or even a cheque !) with the details in our pdf entry form – > Hampshire Junior Chess Congress 2018 Entry Form

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