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Junior Deadlines

A note to all junior players and parents that the events below now have an extended deadline of 30th April 2014:

Commonwealth Junior Championship 30th June – 8 July –
Comprising U16 (born 1998 or later), U14 (born 2000 or later), U12 (born 2002 or later) and U10 (born 2004 or later)

European Team Youth U18 14-22 July Iasi, Romania
Boys event has 4 players per team, girls team 2 players.

Glorney Cup 4-6 August Stirling, Scotland –
Glorney Cup is for those born in 1996 or later, 5 players per team.
Gilbert Cup is for girls born in 1996 or later, 3 players per team.
Robinson Cup is for players born in 2000 or later, 6 players per team.
Stokes Cup is for players born in 2002 or later, 6 players per team.

World Junior U20 5-20 October Mumbai, India
One open and one girls section open to players born in 1994 or later.

U16 Olympiad – deadline to be advised when new venue and dates are announced

- Lawrence Cooper, Director of Junior Chess & Education –

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On Sunday 27th April, from 14.00 – 17.00, an online schools’ chess tournament will take place on Eight cities – including London – will invite one primary school to take part in the event. Each school will provide a team of eight, with optional reserves. If your school is interested in taking part in the tournament, then please contact Teun Koorevaar at for further details.

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Manchester Juniors Chess Easter Tour 2014 to Ireland

A party of children from Manchester Junior Chess travelled to Ballinasloe, County Galway, for the Irish Junior Championships. A huge thank you to John McKenna the controller from all the Manchester children. Full details of the event can be found at

Under 12s
Jonny Shine, Bolton Chess Club 7th | Matthew Cavaliere, Bolton Chess Club 9th | George Harman, Worsley Chess Club 14th | Kevin Ye, Three C’s Chess Club 15th
Under 16s
Tom Green, Chorlton Chess Club 11th

The Manchester team also played matches against teams from Dublin, Ulster and Leinster. A very big thank you to James and Maura Osborne who organised this event. Pictures are from both events.

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U18 County Championship

The ECF is pleased to announce that the 2014 U18 Championship will take place at Wilson’s School in Wallington, Surrey on Sunday 29 June 2014, starting at 11.00 a.m.  There will be a 12 board U18 Open event together with a 6 Board U18 Minor event, both conducted over 2 rounds: unfortunately, due to various constraints it has not been possible to organise an U13 event this year, although this should return next year, for which the ECF already has a host organiser in place. U13s are eligible to play for their County’s U18 Open or Minor Team.

The rules are attached here and the entry form here.  Please note that all games will be graded, and that players must have at least ECF bronze membership.

The ECF is very grateful to Neill Cooper and Wilson’s School for hosting this event.

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SCCU U14/U18 Jamboree

The Southern Counties Chess Union hosted their annual U14/U18 jamboree on Sunday. 146 players took part from the following counties: Berkshire, Essex, Kent, Surrey, Herts, Middlesex and Sussex. Teams played in the U14 Open, U14 Minor, U18 Open and U18 Minor. Three ECF graded standard games was the order of the day with some excellent chess being played at all levels.

Congratulations to Kent for winning the U18 Open; and to Sussex for winning the U18 Minor, U14 Open and U14 Minor. Thanks goes to Sussex Junior Chess (SJC) for hosting the event at the excellent Downlands Community School in Hassocks; to Carol Graham for expertly organising the event and to Susan Howell, the hard working tournament controller. And a special mention to the SJC catering team who worked flat out all day to keep us all fed and watered!

-  Dr. John Higgs

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EMC Junior Chess Academy Training Tournaments

- from Christopher Dunworth Email:

We’ve managed to settle our final four EMC Junior Chess Academy Training Tournaments for the rest of the season.
They are all on Sundays, from 11am until 6pm
25 May 2014 @ Risley | 8 June @ Risley | 29 June @ Bramcote | 13 July @ Risley
Venues: Risley Village Hall, 18 Derby Road, Risley, Derbys DE72 3SU
Bramcote Memorial Hall, Church Street, Bramcote, Nottm NG9 3HD

Read on — EMC Junior Chess Academy Training Tournaments

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