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World Schools 2014 – pictures

- all courtesy of Lawrence Cooper

Junior Selection Policy

Parents – the Junior Selection Policy is now available by clicking here or by looking under the ‘Play for England’ tab at the top of the page. This year there is an online form for expressions of interest for events, you can click here or, again, look under the ‘Play for England’ tab.

Please read the policy for selection criteria before expressing interest. If the closing date for expressing interest is before publication of grading/rating lists and you think your child’s grade will/may reach the target for his or her age group for an event, please do feel free to tick that event. If you want to add another event later, so long as you meet the closing date you can complete the form more than once.

Good luck to all our players aspiring to play at international level!

- Traci Whitfield, Director of Junior Chess and Education

English Girls Chess Championships

Congratulations to the winners of the English Girls Chess Championships which took place at the London Chess Classic (Kensington Olympia) on Sunday 7th December 2014. There were over 60 entries with girls travelling from all over the country.

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[above – Zoe Varney with Jennifer Shahade, and some of the competitors with Jennifer and arbiter Jack Rudd – click to enlarge]

The event took place in the same hall as the Super Rapidplay with many onlookers interested in both events.

WFM Jennifer Shahade gave the girls a motivational speech with questions and answers at lunch time then kindly gave out the prizes and even donated signed copies of her fabulous book “Play like a Girl!”

The competition was hard fought with some prizes having to be decided by tie break. Many Thanks to Jack Rudd for acting as our very competent arbiter and controller.

The English Girls Chess Champions 2014 are:

U16 Zoe Varney
U14 Carmel Barwick
U12 Mahima Raghavendra
U10 Anisha Sawhney
U8 Jaime Ashworth

A PGN may be downloaded here. Below are two games, one each from Zoe and Carmel on their way to victory …

World Schools Round 9 from Brazil

The World Schools tournament has come to an end and all the players have now either returned home or are on their way back. Although the team totals in round 8 and 9 dipped below the scores of rounds one to seven it is hard to be too disappointed when every player scored at least 5.5/9 and nine of the twelve players finished in the top ten and received a medal. We were close to top three placings though and a number of our players occupied the top boards in the closing rounds so there is a tinge of regret on my part.

I would like to thank the other coaches Glenn Flear and Jovanka Houska who did a great job to ensure the players were well prepared and motivated for each round and then analysed the games in depth after each round. The players were all impeccably behaved and were great ambassadors for our country. All the parents (along with the two granddads and Savin’s younger brother Ruwan) all played a big part in ensuring that the Head of Delegation had few worries and they provided me with great support whenever a problem arose. I would also like to thank the support of everyone back home including Andrew Walker, John Philpott, Jim Wadsworth, John Higgs and Traci Whitfield and all the well wishers.

Whilst it is the end of a brief involvement in ECF junior chess for myself I am very pleased that Traci Whitfield is the new Junior Director and I am confident that the future is bright for junior chess. I would like to take this opportunity to pass on my best wishes to her and the junior team for their future plans.

Final scores:
U15: Callum Brewer (8th) and Billy Twigge-Molecey (10th) 5.5/9
U15 Girls: Lauren Weaver (4th) 6
U13: Nikolai Hinterreither (13th) 6 and Jakob Holton (15th) 5.5
U11: Aditya Munshi (7th) 6.5, Max Miller (19th) 5.5
U11 Girls: Elizabeth Johnson (9th) 5.5
U9: Aditya Pramod Paleri (6th) & Dhruva Bhagwat (8th) 6, Bobby Akeya Price (10th) 5.5
U7: Savin Dias (6th) 6

Website link:

– Lawrence Cooper,Head of Delegation

WSCC 2014 – congratulations to players & coaches

England juniors are well known for travelling long distances to play high quality chess and for the privilege of wearing the England shirt. WSCC 2014 in Brazil meant a journey of at least 5,880 miles before the playing hall came into sight!

12 intrepid players and 3 top coaches, plus of course loyal parents & siblings, set off to Brazil for looking forward to 9 rounds of FIDE rated international chess.

These tournaments are hard work and not a holiday with some chess thrown in! Having shaken off the journey each and every player worked hard throughout the event and achieved some very impressive results.

A big thanks to IM Lawrence Cooper, GM Glenn Flear & IM Jovanka Houska – our three gallant coaches who gave 110%.

- ECF Junior Team