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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).

HJCA Appoints EPSCA Under-9 & Under-11 Team Manager

Team Manager Badge
Team Manager Badge

Hampshire Junior Chess Association is delighted to announce the appointment of FIDE Trainer Lucas Piecha as the EPSCA Under-9 and EPSCA Under-11 Team Manager. Winchester based Lucas adds these Team Manager roles to his Head Coach role and will be a popular appointment.

Lucas Piecha, FIDE Trainer
Lucas Piecha, FIDE Trainer

Lucas will be selecting Hampshire juniors for the March 2020 series of EPSCA matches including the first EPSCA match to be hosted by HJCA in many years !

HJCA would like to thank Ollie Blacklock for his sterling work as the previous Team Manager.

Details of our Team Managers may be found here and details of all HJCA Officers may be found here.

Details of forthcoming matches may be found here.

EPSCA Dates Confirmed

English Primary Schools Chess Association
English Primary Schools Chess Association

EPSCA have sent HJCA dates and venues for the 2019 – 2020 competitions #

Dates and venues as follows :

Under 11 zone Saturday 7th March 2020 in ?

Under 9 zone Saturday 14th March 2020 in Hampshire (!)

Under 11 Girls Final Saturday 21st March 2020 in ?

Under 11 Final Saturday 28th March 2020 in ?

Under 9 Final Saturday 25th April 2018 at ?

Results from Hampshire Junior Open Congress

Hampshire Junior Chess Congress 2017
Hampshire Junior Chess Congress 2017

Results from all sections of the 2019 Hampshire Junior Congress available from :

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

Hampshire Junior Congress 2019
Under 8 06/10/2019
Under 10 06/10/2019
Under 12 06/10/2019
Under 14 06/10/2019
Under 16 & 18 06/10/2019

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

David Follows, Jeremy Douglas, Maha Chandar, David Culliford, Lucas Piecha, Ken Coates, Christine Coates, David Graham, Don S. and John Upham

Hampshire Junior Open Congress entry system now online !

Hampshire Junior Open Chess Congress 2019
Hampshire Junior Open Chess Congress 2019

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

The 2019 Congress is on Sunday, October 6th 2019 at Winchester College.

You may enter and purchase your “tickets” for each child via our secure payments system using our partner Eventbrite.

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 2019 Entry Form

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

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