The Twenty Eighth West of England Championships is one of the major events on the junior circuit with sections for all age groups and standards. Over 250 players competed over the weekend playing in in: one-day intermediate (U120), U8, U9, U10, U12 challengers, U12 (part of the EPSCA U11 England trial qualifying circuit), Minor, U14 and the Major which offers a place in the 2014 British. It is expertly run by Wiltshire Junior Chess and attended by players from all over the UK.
Good to see IM Lawrence Cooper, the ECF Junior Director, spending time on Sunday with players and parents and handing out the prizes at the end of the weekend. Thanks goes to the John Robinson Trust for supporting the ECF English Youth Grand Prix, which this congress is part of.
- John Higgs
… Wilson’s School, 29th January 2014
The fifth ECF Afternoon School Chess Tournament at Wilson’s School comprised a total of 18 teams with 4 players in each team. The tournament was run as a single Swiss Tournament, with clocks being used on the top few matches. Each round was allocated 25 minutes so the whole event of 4 rounds lasted 2 hours. Of the schools taking part only Wilson’s and Wallington regularly play inter-school chess. The other schools have only recently started playing inter-school chess. For Quest Academy, Selsdon this was their first ever inter-school chess tournament.
The event was enjoyed by all players, particularly as there were lots of close matches. “Many thanks once again for having us at your tournament. The boys really enjoyed themselves. Please do keep me posted about future chess opportunities. We are going to try and make chess grow exponentially at our school now!” “Thanks for running such a great event: the kids love it! Much more than the one-on–one school matches – this way they get to play 4 games and get to win at least one. My lot were buzzing on the way back! Definitely will be coming to any more events you run!” Wilson’s will host a similar event in the summer term.
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