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).
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (07976) 634053 or www.facebook.com/john.upham with your details and will be in touch.
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.
Shortly after kick-starting HJCA we were approached by two anonymous benefactors who pledged funds to HJCA. From these funds and with the generous help of CHESS & Bridge HJCA was able to purchase twenty DGT 2010 timers plus twenty folding boards and twenty sets of pieces.
HJCA gratefully acknowledge these two anonymous benefactors.