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ECF Secondary School Rapidplay Chess Tournament

Schools are invited to enter the ECF Secondary School Rapidplay Chess Tournament. Please find more information on the flier and entry form.

We have now reached our preliminary allowance of 40 teams [see below] – we may be able to find space for a few more teams, so please do let me know as soon as possible if you are still hoping to play so that I can add you to the waiting list … Neill Cooper Email:

Read on — ECF Secondary School Rapidplay Chess Tournament

IAPS Chess Championships 2016

This year’s tournament at Aldro School proved to be a lively three days of chess and other activities for the 155 players. Seventeen schools from all over the country took part with about 50 players boarding.

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It proved to be a massive success for long time entrants Twickenham Prep but it was chess that was also the winner here with all the children enjoying playing against each other in age group sections and ability groups. The trip to Chessington World of Adventure and the 5 a side football also proved very popular for the boarding schools.

All the accompanying staff joined in to help run the massive tournament and it was a great team effort with the organisation and supervision. Our Matron Tracey Thornton did a sterling job in the evenings and all the boarding staff were treated to a special meal on the last evening.

Read on — IAPS Chess Championships 2016

Become an ECF Chess Leadership School …

Promoting chess in local schools … English Chess Federation Chess Leadership Schools will:

  1. Promote inter-school chess in their area and host at least one inter-school chess event a year.
  2. Promote ECF Junior membership and ensure at least 6 pupils at the school are ECF members.
  3. Promote involvement in the ECF via grading, and ensure at least 6 pupils at the school have ECF grades.
  4. Enter an ECF National Schools Chess Championships.
  5. Provide a name and email address of someone who other local schools can contact for advice about running school chess clubs and playing inter-school chess.
  6. Promote school chess in their area using activities and approaches tailored to their own situation.

Click here to find out more and to make an application …

English Youth Grand Prix 2016 – Final Standings

This year’s English Youth Grand Prix has now finished and the final standings can be found by following the links above [Play > English Youth Grand Prix] or click here.  To see a list of the 2016 champions go to Champions > English Youth or click here.

Congratulations to all the section champions, who worked very hard to achieve their titles and prizes. The standard of play by participants in the championships was high and competition for the titles fierce. I will be watching the progress of all those who took part with interest and wish them well with their chess in the coming year. I am delighted to see the success of the English Youth Grand Prix and heartily thank the controllers, Charles and Christine Golding, for all their time and endeavours this year on behalf of the ECF and those who took part.

– Traci Whitfield, Director of Junior Chess and Education

ECF National Schools Girls’ Championships – full results

Held at St Catherine’s School, Bramley, Surrey 2nd – 3rd April 2016

The two winning Howell’s teams with their trophies

1st Howell’s School, Cardiff 17/21
2nd North London Collegiate A 16.5/21
3rd The Abbey School, Reading 16/21

4th Surrey Select ( a substitute team needed after a withdrawal) 11/21; 5th St Paul’s GS 9/21; 6th NLC B 8.5/21; 7th Fernwood School 6/21; 8th St Catherine’s Bramley 0/21

1st Howell’s School 21/21
2nd NLC A 18/21
3rd Wimbledon High School 12.5/21

4th NLC C 11.5/21; 5th Heathside 8/21; 6th Yateley Manor 5.5/21; 7th Nottingham High School for Girls 4/21; 8th NLC B 3.5/21

An excellent weekend, played in great spirit. Thank you to the sponsors, St Catherine’s School, who offer so much to girls chess. Thanks to arbiters Traci Whitfield and Julian Clissold and the ECF for sterling support. A final thanks to all the players,parents, coaches and teachers who make the event special.

— Andrew Martin