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).

Chess (almost) by the Sea Side !

Seventeen young Under 9 chess players ventured (mostly South or East) to a lovely school in Hassocks near Brighton and had a great time playing chess. More details to follow.

A big thank-you to all the Mums and Dads who transported their children. Thanks to Alex Warren and Ollie Blacklock for their invaluable help today.

Many tremendous performances and a special shout out to six year old Nicholas Deacon who scored 3/3 on board 3 and Harrison Cwajna on board 12 : perfect !

The detailed results may been seen here.

Here is a photograph of our Under-9 Team :

Hampshire EPSCA Under-9 Team
Hampshire EPSCA Under-9 Team

John

Recent Equipment Purchase !

Hampshire Junior Chess Association has taken advantage of an excellent offer from the makers of the best digital chess timer, the DGT 2010. DGT via FIDE and then the ECF made available DGT 2010 timers at a knockdown price provided we purchased a bulk quantity. Following the successful Junior Congress in October we were able to purchase twenty DGT 2010s bringing our stock to thirty four (34).

DGT 2010 Chess Timer
DGT 2010 Chess Timer

Hampshire Under – 11 Team Enjoys Jamboree

The brand new Hampshire Under -11 team led by Andrew Kirby on board one enjoyed their first outing at Langley Grammar School on Sunday, November 4th.

We played three matches against our friends from Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire.

Many high quality games of chess were played and Hampshire ended the day congratulating Berkshire Juniors on winning this friendly event.

EPSCA Dates Confirmed

EPSCA have sent HJCA dates and venues for the 2017 – 2018 competitions and Entries South Zone at 3 Nov 2017.

Dates and venues as follows :

Under 9 zone Saturday 10th March 2018 in Sussex
Under 11 zone Saturday 17th March 2018 in Wiltshire
Under 11 Girls Final Saturday 24th March 2018 in Oxfordshire
Under 11 Final Saturday 21st April 2018 in Warwickshire
Under 9 Final Saturday 28th April 2018 at Nottingham High School, Nottingham NG7 4ED

Hampshire Junior Congress 2017

HJCA is pleased to announce the confirmed date and venue for the 2017 Hampshire Junior Congress to be :

on Sunday, October 15th 2017

at New Hall, Winchester College, Wharf Hill, Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 9NA

The princpal organiser is Hampshire Junior Chess Association.

Here is the entry form — > HJCACongress2017

Entry fee will be £15 for each section.

Calling all Hampshire Juniors !

Hampshire Junior Chess Wants You !
Hampshire Junior Chess Wants You !

If you are eighteen years old or younger, reside in Hampshire or go to a Hampshire LEA school then we want to hear from you !

Of course, we also hope you are a keen chess player !

Hampshire Junior Chess Association (HJCA) is building junior teams from the “ground up” for the 2017 – 2018 season and are focusing on the following county teams :

  • EPSCA Under – 9
  • EPSCA Under – 11
  • EPSCA Under – 11 Girls
  • SCCU Under – 14

for the time being.

If you are keen on chess and wish to have the chance to play for your own home county then please get in contact. For the past few years junior chess in Hampshire has lacked its own teams and so myself (John Upham) and GM Nick Pert and others decided to do something about it.

You may well be currently playing for another county such as Surrey, Sussex, Dorset or Berkshire. This is not a problem and you may switch to your home county if you wish.

Please ask your parents to contact myself (John Upham) on john.upham@zen.co.uk or (07976) 634053 or www.facebook.com/john.upham with your details and will be in touch.

HJCA Recognised by Southern Counties Chess Union (SCCU)

HJCA attended the 2017 Annual General Meeting of the Southern Counties Chess Union (SCCU) on Sunday, July 10th in Colindale, North West London. After a short presentation by John Upham the meeting vote unanimously to welcome HJCA as a non-county member of the SCCU.

This membership allows HJCA to enter junior teams in various competitions against county and non-county teams.

John Upham