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.
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
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
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
|PLEASE NOTE — all places have been filled [4/4/16] – thanks to everyone who expressed an interest!
Due to the “promotion” of 3 players to the International Programme, there are three places available in the Academy Plus Section of the ECF Chess Academy Study Weekend being held at St Johns Hotel on 9th (09.30-17.00) and 10th (09.00-16.00) April 2016 in Solihull, West Midlands.
Applicants are invited who have an ECF standard play grade of 90-125 and are U14 or younger.
Read on — Places on the ECF Chess Academy Weekend