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Sunday’s National Schools’ Chess semi finals …

Just a few days to go now until the semi-finals. We have extended the entry date until Friday 16th January to accommodate anyone who still wishes to take part.

The list of participating schools as of 12th January is listed below —

South U19
St Catherine’s; Yateley Manor; Millfield; Coloma Convent NEW; Nonsuch; Sutton High NEW; Putney High; Howell’s Cardiff; The Abbey School Reading; Dame Alice Owen; St Paul’s Girls School NEW; Sevenoaks NEW
Eighteen teams

St Catherine’s; Heathside Prep NEW; Yateley Manor; Woodbridge NEW; Putney High; Wimbledon High; St Dunstans NEW; Wimbledon Park; Channing School NEW; Cavendish School NEW; St Mary’s Hampstead NEW; Walthamstow Hall; Woodcote Primary NEW; Notre Dame; Devonshire Prep NEW; Hamilton Primary, Colchester NEW; Highgate NEW; Howell’s Cardiff; Bromley NEW; St Teresa’s Effingham NEW
53 teams

Bolton Girls School; St Edward’s Leek; RGS Newcastle; St Bridgets; Jesse Grey NEW; Fernwood; Sacred Heart; Newcastle Under Lyme NEW
15 teams

With 68 teams of three across the two semi finals, I can say that the ECF and sponsors St Catherine’s Bramley are delighted with the response

- Andrew Martin

National Schools Girls’ Under 19 and Under 11 entries as at 22/12/14

Entries for the Southern semi final are still coming in on a regular basis. To date —

St Catherine’s, Yateley Manor, Millfield, Caloma Convent NEW, Nonsuch, Sutton High NEW, Putney High, Howell’s Cardiff, The Abbey School Reading, Dame Alice Owen, St Paul’s Girls School NEW, Tonbridge NEW
Up to 20/12 – eighteen teams

St Catherine’s, Heathside Prep NEW, Yateley Manor, Woodbridge NEW, Putney High, Wimbledon High, St Dunstans NEW, Wimbledon Park, Channing School NEW, Cavendish School NEW, St Mary’s Hampstead NEW, Walthamstow Hall, Woodcote Primary NEW, Notre Dame, Devonshire Prep NEW, Hamilton Primary, Colchester NEW, Highgate NEW
Up to 20/12 – twenty-nine teams

This makes a total of 47 teams of three – 141 players with two weeks until the closing date to go. Is this a UK record for a girls event? Please enter, either South or North, if you can raise a team of three girls. The Northern semi-final could do with a few more teams. PLEASE NOTE — we must fix the closing date for entries as 9th Jan. The caterers at St Catherine’s need exact numbers,as free Sunday lunch is provided to all participants and accompanying parents or teachers at the Southern event.

- Andrew Martin

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 (courtesy of Ray Morris-Hill)]

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 …