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 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.
HJCA has organised (through Ollie Blacklock) a training day on Saturday, June 22nd.
Here are the details :
Hampshire Junior Chess Association welcomes chess players aged 5-16 to attend a Chess Training and Tournament day with Grandmaster Nick Pert
About this Event
The event is designed for players of all abilities, from those who are just starting to learn the rules, to those who already play in tournaments.
To facilitate this, attending players will be split into sections based upon ability. Ability-targeted teaching sessions will be given by Grandmaster Nick Pert, concurrently with section-based tournament rounds.
The day will be structured in a similar way to a normal school day – parents are not required to stay, although there is a separate hall nearby which is available for use as a waiting area, as are several good nearby pubs!
Invitation to Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Jersey and Guernsey Juniors!
The event is for juniors who reside or go to school in Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Jersey or Guernsey. Please spread the word about this event – invite friends who are interested in learning about chess!
Date & Venue
The event will be held at Boldre War Memorial Hall, Pilley, Lymington, Hampshire SO41 5QG.
Format of the day
Lunch: 12:00 – 12:30
When players finish each tournament round, they will head for the training room until the round is complete. There will be a ten-minute break at the end of each round, where the children can play outside and stretch their legs. There is a designated playground and playing field where children will be supervised.
What to bring on the day
Bring lunchbox & drink / water.
No mobile phones to be brought into the playing hall or training room, they must be left in bags in the foyer and only used to make calls to family.
The cost for the entire day is £20 per child. This is to cover the cost of the professional coaching, the hall, insurance and training materials.
By signing up for this event, you consent for:
your child(ren) to play in the play park and playing field.
photographs and videos that may include your child(ren) to be captured, stored, and used in future promotional material.
your child’s name, training and game results to be captured and stored for future analysis.
Hampshire Junior Chess Association does not accept liability for loss or damage to items brought to the event.
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.
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).
Hampshire Junior Chess Association is the principal coordinator and organiser of chess for children and young people who are eighteen years old or under and live or attend school in Hampshire.
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