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EPSCA Under 9 Inter-Association Championships South Zone

Cantell School, Southampton
Cantell School, Southampton

The Under 9 Zone for South East England will be held on Saturday 14th March 2020

A team shall consist of twelve (12) players.

The organiser of the South zone in Hampshire, who will circulate further details about the venue, is: –

Maha Chandar         Telephone     07858-464846               Email    kidschess@hotmail.com

The Arbiter will be appointed by Peter Purland but hopefully will be David Culliford

The 7 teams competing will be Hampshire and ?

The number of teams to qualify for the final will be confirmed shortly before the event.  The date for the final is Saturday 25th April 2020.  The venue for the final has not yet been decided.

EPSCA rules can be found on the website http://www.epsca.org.uk/rules/rules.html

Parents or approved adults are responsible for their children outside the playing hall.

Please note the following rules, which have recently been altered or clarified: –

The rate of play is all moves in 30 minutes plus 10 seconds per move from the start.  If digital clocks are not available, the rate of play is all moves in 40 minutes.

If either player has less than five minutes left on the clock and an illegal move is made, the Arbiter may             award the opponent two minutes for the first offence, and two minutes for a second offence.  Three             illegal moves during the game by the same player will lead to the loss of the game.

The timetable is as follows:

Arrival – by 11.00am

Board Stewards Meeting – 11.15am

First Round – 11.45am

Second Round – 1.25pm

Third Round – 3.05pm

Prize Giving – 4.50pm

If play is running late, there will be at least 10 minutes between rounds.

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 ?

EPSCA Girls Under 11 Inter-Association Championships

The Under 11 Girls Final will be held on Saturday 24th March 2018.

A team shall consist of twelve (12) players.

The organiser in Oxfordshire, who will circulate further details about the venue, is: –

Andrew Varney                      Telephone     01865  460279               Email     AV.chess@outlook.com

The arbiter will be appointed by Peter Purland

The 17 teams entered are Barnet, Berkshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Kent, Manchester, Newham, Nottinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Richmond, Somerset, Sussex, Warwickshire, Wey Valley and Wiltshire.

EPSCA rules can be found on the website http://www.epsca.org.uk/rules/rules.html

Parents or approved adults are responsible for their children outside the playing hall.

Please note the following rules, which have recently been altered or clarified: –

The rate of play is all moves in 40 minutes plus 10 seconds per move from the start.  If digital clocks are not available, the rate of play is all moves in 50 minutes.

If either player has less than five minutes left on the clock and an illegal move is made, the Arbiter may             award the opponent two minutes for the first offence, and two minutes for a second offence.  Three             illegal moves during the game by the same player will lead to the loss of the game.

The timetable is as follows:

Arrival – by 11.00am

Board Stewards Meeting – 11.15am

First Round – 11.45am

Second Round – 1.45pm

Third Round – 3.45pm

Prize Giving – 5.35pm

If play is running late, there will be at least 10 minutes between rounds.

Ollie Blacklock : Under 11 Team Manager

Hampshire Junior Chess Association is delighted to announce the appointment of Ollie Blacklock as our Under 11 Team Manager.

Ollie also manages the Under 9 team and the two teams have a large overlap of players.

We wish Ollie all the best in his new role and look forward to his contributions to the fortunes and success of Hampshire Junior Chess Association.

Ollie Blacklock
Ollie Blacklock

Ollie Blacklock : Under 9 Team Manager

Hampshire Junior Chess Association is delighted to announce the appointment of Ollie Blacklock as our Under 9 Team Manager.

Ollie has kindly penned his chess biography as an introduction :

Discovering there was no junior chess club within 25 miles for my son to attend, I decided to set up a club at his school – the New Forest Small School – in Lyndhurst in 2015.

Following visits to three junior chess schools in Kazakhstan, and a discussion with Elyena Gaichenya of the “Champion” club in Almaty, I decided to start an independent junior club – the New Forest Chess Club – based in Lymington in 2017. This club has been very successful and has over 20 members and a waiting list, and some of the strongest junior players in the county.

I joined the Southampton Chess Club in 2017, and am in the process of registering as an ECF accredited coach. I give private chess tuition, and when I’m not doing chess, I’m being a design engineer, sailing, or playing music.

We wish Ollie all the best in his new role and look forward to his contributions to the fortunes and success of Hampshire Junior Chess Association.

Ollie Blacklock
Ollie Blacklock

Team Managers Wanted !

Team Manager Badge
Team Manager Badge

Hampshire Junior Chess Association is looking for three new Team Managers (and assistants) for the 2018 – 2019 season and beyond.

They are needed for the :

EPSCA Under-9 (Open) Team : first match is March 2019

EPSCA Under-11 (Open) Team : first match is March 2019

SCCU / ECF Under-14 (Open) Team : first match is November 2018.

Previously these teams were managed by HJCA Secretary, John Upham, who will offer the new Managers as much assistance as required plus access to a small budget.

Please contact john.upham@zen.co.uk with any offers or suggestions.

Swindon Magic for Hampshire Under-11 Team

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).

We should have a particularly load shout out for three players who scored 100% (3/3) : Matthew Deacon, James New and Patrick Atkinson.

Andrew Kirby scored a very strong 2.5/3 on board one (top board) to lead the team.

A big thank-you to all the Mums and Dads who transported their children. Thanks to Jocelyn Kirby for her invaluable help.

Detailed results may be seen here.

Here is a photograph of the team :

Hampshire EPSCA Under-11 Team 2018
Hampshire EPSCA Under-11 Team 2018

John