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London Primary Schools …

There are still vacancies for the ECF National Schools Under 11 Championship. Visit the website for more details and to enter —

Deadline now extended to 14th February 2015!

ECF Afternoon Secondary School Chess Tournament

… at Wilson’s School, Wednesday 18th March 2015. This event is designed for any secondary school, of any chess playing ability. All players should be in year 7 and above.

DATE: Wednesday 18th March 2015
TIME: 4.00pm Registration | Playing times 4.15pm to 6.20pm. Finish at 6.30pm
VENUE:  Wilson’s School, Mollison Drive, Wallington, Surrey, SM6 9JW
EVENT FORMAT: 25 minutes per game. One section with chess clocks only used on the top matches.  All teams play 4 games – no teams are knocked out. Swiss pairings mean that at most 1 team can win all 4 matches, and similarly only 1 team can lose all 4 matches.
TEAMS AND COST: Each team will consist of four players. The cost is £10 per team to cover refreshments. Please make cheques payable to Wilson’s School and bring them with you.

Schools can enter as many 4 player teams as they wish. If you have any queries please feel free to contact me, Neill Cooper (Wilson’s Head of Further Maths and ECF Manager of Secondary School Chess)

Please include – School Name | Name of contact teacher | Email address of contact teacher | Number of teams of 4 players you plan to bring

Please email this information by Wed 11th March 2015 to

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