From everyone at Hampshire Junior Chess Association we would like to wish you all a Happy Chess Easter !
As of today (April 18th) eleven (11) places remain for the Hampshire Delancey UKCC Megafinal.
Please ensure that you do not miss out and get your entry in AS SOON AS POSSIBLE !
Hampshire Junior Chess Association is running a Last Chance Saloon for the UK Chess Challenge on Saturday, April 6th at Basingstoke Chess Club. The entry fee will be £5.
This event is for children (primary and secondary aged) who have yet to qualify to the Megafinal stage of the Delancey UK Schools Chess Challenge.
Entry Form is here : UKCC Last Chance Saloon : April 6th
The main organiser is Maha Chandar.
A very Happy New Year to all members and friends of Hampshire Junior Chess Association !
John, Nick, Ollie, Maha and all the HJCA team !
From everyone at Hampshire Junior Chess Association, we’d all like to wish you a very Merry Christmas !
John, Maha, Ollie, Nick and the HJCA gang !
Hampshire Junior Chess Association is now closed for Christmas.
We hope you have an enjoyable Christmas and keep playing chess !
John, Maha, Ollie, Nick and everyone at Hampshire Junior Chess Association
A thought provoking article that we recommend.
An excerpt :
When it’s time for “big lunch” in Blarney Street CBS, you might expect the boys to make a mad dash outside to play chase or football. Instead, many make a move in a different way: their lunchtime sport of choice is chess.
The strategic board game has been a feature at this Cork primary school for years, a tradition principal Billy Lynch brought with him from his primary school days.
At a time when screens are blamed for shortening children’s attention spans, Lynch finds chess is luring pupils away from their phone screens and helping to foster crucial skills we once took for granted.
“It’s quite social, during lunch they chat away while they are playing,” says Lynch.
He has also noticed how chess is helping his students develop emotional resilience. “You bare your soul when you are playing chess because it’s all about you – you can’t blame the equipment,” says Lynch, “Chess teaches you how to lose.”
But it is the impact of the strategic game on students’ concentration that really stands out.
“In this day and age, when concentration levels are not what they were previously thought to be, you can see them thinking two or three moves ahead.”
Up and down the country, other schools are embracing chess too and seeing the benefits among schoolchildren.
April Cronin, a retired primary school principal and former Irish chess champion, runs chess workshops for teachers in Dublin.
She has noticed social awkwardness becoming more prevalent in her chess clubs of late. It prompted her to teach basic social interactions during her chess lessons. “The first thing I taught them was how to actually shake somebody’s hand and look them in the eye. It was extraordinary how many children didn’t know how to do that,” she says.
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Results from all sections of the 2018 Hampshire Junior Congress available from :
A big thank-you from all of the team of :
David Follows, Maha Chandar, David Culliford, Ollie Blacklock, Ken Coates, Christine Coates, David Graham and John Upham
The Hampshire Junior Congress has received 97 entries as at Thursday morning. More are expected !
We are going to have a great event.
You may enter via
John, Maha, Ollie, Jocelyn, David, David, Ken and Christine.
Hampshire Junior Chess Association is delighted to announce that the online entry system is now open for business.
The 2018 Congress is on Sunday, October 14th 2018 at Winchester College.
You may enter and purchase your “tickets” for each child via our secure payments system using our partners Stripe and Picatic.
Please visit The online Entry System to secure your entries.
If you wish you may pay via BACS (or even a cheque !) with the details in our pdf entry form – > Hampshire Junior Chess Congress 2018 Entry Form