Eighteen Under-11 Hampshire chess players braved to the snowy and icy cold winds (mostly North or West) to the superb New College school in Swindon near Brighton and had a great time playing chess against seven other counties which were : Berkshire, Glamorgan, Oxfordshire, Somerset, Surrey (Wey Valley), Sussex and Wiltshire.
Starting out with two players short meant we always lost at least two points per round translating to -6 from three rounds. Despite this handicap the team acheived plus scores in two out of three rounds and finished a very creditable 5th out of eight counties in the first competition for the team in many years.
Winners were Surrey over Sussex on the slimmest of tie-breaks (most wins)
A big thank-you to all the Mums and Dads who transported their children. Thanks to Jocelyn Kirby for her invaluable help.
Watch this space for photographs and detailed results.
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).
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 email@example.com 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.