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MCCU county juniors in Div 1 Team battle

4 Apr 2022. Leicestershire Juniors were the highest placed MCCU area team coming 5th out of 10 teams in the 28th Intercounties Division 1 team battle played on lichess. Warwickshire Juniors were 6th and newly promoted Worcestershire were 8th.

Kenilworth Junior congress

19 Feb 2022. The one-day event organised by Alex Holwczak attracted a hundred players. Avyukt Dasgupta (Herts) won all his games to take the Open prize. Highest placed Midlander in the higher rated Group A tournament was Alex Royle (Lincs) on 4½/5. Amrissa Kaur Johal (Staffs) was first the lower rated Under-18 Group B on 4½/5. There were four tournaments for Under-11 players. Winners were Adithya Vaidyanathan (Notts), Dhairya Pandya (Sacred Heart), Dylan Kotecha (Hallfield Sch) and Tatiana Gurevich (Devonshire House Sch).

ECF Inter-counties Division 2 online Blitz team battle

7 Feb 2022. Worcestershire Squad were placed fourth

Staffs juniors 5th in Division 2 Blitz online team battle

5 Jul 2021. Three MCCU area junior teams competed and the highest placed were Staffordshire Juniors in fifth place led by Ezra2164. Worcestershire Squad team were seventh. The event was won by Hampshire Junior Chess Association. Full results.

Over forty Midlands clubs compete in UK Chess Challenge School teams competition

21 Jun 2021. Manchester Grammar School were first in the North West competition, Laxton Junior School first in the East Midlands, and The Blue Coat School, Birmingham first in the West Midlands.

Warwickshire win ECF Under-18 Online County Championship

21 Nov 2020. Warwickshire won with 12 points followed by Kent on 10. Leicestershire were 8th on 4 points, Staffordshire 9th with 4, Worcestershire 10th on 3, and Greater Manchester on 3 points. The competition used a time control of 10 min + 5 sec and Midland Arbiters were Alex Holowczak (Worcs) and Matthew Carr (Staffs). See full results.

Three Cs players scoop prizes at Chester

23 Feb 2020. Players from the Oldham club won seven prizes at the two-day Northern Junior Championships held at Chester: Aisha Benhamid (1st Under-18 Girls); Mohammed Benhamid (1st= Under-14 Boys); Ethan Gardiner (1st Under-12 Boys); Rebecca Correa (3rd Under-12 Girls); Edward Correa (2nd= Under 10 Boys); Alannah Ashton (1st Under-9 Girls); Savannah Ashton (1st Under-7 Girls). Other Midlands winners were: Ben Whitehead (2nd Under-16 Boys, Gtr Manchester Juniors); Dylan Whitney (3rd Under-12 Boys, Newcastle-u-Lyme); Dylan Cooper (3rd Under-12 Boys, Staffordshire); Anirudh Nedungadi (2nd Under-8 Boys, Manchester). Over ninety boys and girls entered.

Bloxwich Junior club 10 years old!

4 Feb 2020. Bloxwich juniors joined Walsall’s mayor and mayoress Paul and Chris Bott in the Mayor’s Parlour to celebrate the tenth birthday of Boxwich Junior Chess Academy. The club was founded by Ray and Eunice Dolan. Starting with only 6 players, the club now has 30 members. The club has provided 5 players for English squads in recent years. The club has taught new players and older members have used their skills as part of their Duke of Edinburgh award skill-set. Special guest was former English team captain David Anderton OBE.

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Imogen Dicen wins England Girls' Championship

21 Oct 2019. Imogen from Coventry Chess Academy was placed first on 4½ points. Imogen drew the final round game with second placed Arora Tashika to secure the title. See full results at chess-results.com. The event was held at in the orangery of Blenheim Palace. Sister Elis Dicen won the English Girls' under-9 Minor tournament.

UK Schools Daventry Terafinal Midland successes

22 Sep 2019. Nearly 200 players took part. Jonah Willow (W Nottingham) was 2nd and Jacob Boswell (Cheddleton, Staffs was third in the under-18 tournament. Samia Z Skeik (Kettering, Northants) was top girl in the under-14s and Edison Xu (Newport Shrops) was 3rd in the under 12s. Players form southern and home counties dominated the prize lists for the younger age groups.

Warwickshire Junior Championships

25 Nov 2018. Finlay Bowcott-Terry (Halesowen) won the under-18 to under-14 tournament with 6½ points from 7 games. Manvith Sandhu (Hallfield Sch) was first with 6 points in the under-12 tournament, Jude Shearsby (Coventry Chess Acad) in the under-10 and Elis Dicen (St Patrick's Sch, Birmingham) in the under-8 made clean sweeps scoring 7 points in their tournaments. Over 80 players took part in the event organised by IO Alex Holowczak. Full results at Chess-Results.com.

Worcester Junior Winners

17 Nov 2018. Josh Clarke (The King’s School, Worcester) was overall winner with 15 points and the highest scoring player at junior school was Ethan Tan (King’s St Alban’s School, Worcester) with 13 points.

 

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Do you want to play chess for England?

The English Primary Schools Chess Association Chess organises the England Under 11 Team and the England Girls' Under 11 Team. The England Girls' Under 11 Team is selected by its manager, based on performances at major tournaments run by ESPCA throughout the year. One of these events is being held in Nottingham (use "Junior Events" on the left menu) and others are in the calendar of ESPCA events. Use the next link to view The team selection procedure. If you would like to play chess for England and you are under eleven years old, ask your parents to contact Tim Walker, MCCU Junior Director.

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