Junior Chess News

May
16

Fantastic turnout at enjoyable Dorset Junior Chess Festival

On one of the sunniest days of the year so far, nearly 60 keen young junior chess players made their way to Merley Community Centre, Wimborne for the inaugural Dorset Junior Chess Festival. In the week or two before, the number of juniors registered had been steadily climbing and it was beginning to look like [...]
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May
09

Dorset One Day Closed Congress 2022 – Sunday 19th June – Entries Open

After a two year break caused by COVID, Ian Clark is pleased to announce that... The 3rd Dorset One Day ‘Closed’ Chess Congress, incorporating the Dorset Championship, will be held on Sunday 19th June from 9:15am to 6:45pm. The key details are: Venue: The Elstead Hotel 4 Sections: Championship, Major (Under 1900), Intermediate (Under 1700), [...]
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Apr
21

Dorset Junior Chess Festival – Sunday 8th May

Dorset Junior Chess is excited to announce the inaugural... Dorset Junior Chess Festival! Sunday 8th May, 12.00 to 17.00 Merley Community Centre, Harrier Drive, Merley, Wimborne BH21 1XE Whether you are a complete novice or an experienced player, all juniors in school years 2 to 13 inclusive from across Dorset are invited to take part [...]
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Apr
05

Great Results For Dorset Juniors in the Hampshire Open Junior Blitz

Several Dorset junior chess players were in action this weekend at the Hampshire Open Junior Blitz. Dorset Juniors taking part included Jamie Doyle, Finn Schell, Zander Booth, Florence Spirling, Leo Camopy, Harry Mercer, Matthew Butcher and, new to OTB tournaments, Smyan Sripirasanna. From a field of 40 youngsters, at least 8 were from Dorset which [...]
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Mar
24

2nd Dorset Online Rapidplay Games – Part 3

In this third and final part of games from the Rapidplay tournament we cover victories from: Paul Hampton and Mike Duggan, the joint second place winners Russell Pegg, the veteran's prize winner Christan Westrap who was just outside the medals. A Sneaky Trap A Brutal Miniature Follow The Plan! A Game of Two Wings
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Mar
17

2nd Dorset Online Rapidplay Games – Part 2

We continue with our look at games from the recent Dorset Online Rapidplay Championship.  Today we cover the rating prize winners, featuring 3 full games and 4 interesting finishes. A Nicely Disguised Trap The King's Gambit Strikes Again An Exceptionally Well Played Game A Strong Passed Pawn Pawn Endings Need Accuracy! Logical Play! Active vs [...]
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Mar
11

2nd Dorset Online Rapidplay Games – Part 1

Over the next couple of weeks we will be featuring some games from the 2nd Dorset Online Rapidplay.   Today we have full games by the tournament winner and one of the junior prize winners, followed by critical moments from the games of the other 3 junior prize winners. We aim to cover games from all [...]
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Mar
07

Dorset Juniors perform well in Dorset Online Rapidplay

Five junior chess players took part in the 2nd Online Dorset Rapidplay Chess Championship on Sunday 6th March and together they achieved a combined score of 18 points across the seven rounds, more than a 50% success rate. Not only that but the Bright Bishops, the combined team of Jamie Doyle, Florence Spirling, Finn Schell [...]
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Mar
03

Entries to the Delancey UK Chess Challenge Megafinals are now OPEN!

The Delancey UK Chess Challenge is the UK’s largest Chess competition for young UK chess players under the age of 18 years. Over 1 million children from across the UK have taken part since 1996. The first, and optional stage, is the schools’ round, followed by the Megafinals, the Gigafinals and then the ultimately the [...]
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Feb
18

Dorset Junior Chess tournaments on Friday 11th February

Following the recent success of the Dorset Junior Chess team in the Inter-County team battle, Southbourne Chess Club simultaneously hosted two Dorset junior chess tournaments on Friday 11th February which attracted 22 juniors. The juniors were divided into a Top section, catering for the more experienced juniors, and a Rookies section for the beginners/improvers, so [...]
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Jan
26

Dorset Juniors WIN Inter-County Team Battle – Full Report!

In a very exciting and epic battle, the Dorset Junior Chess team have triumphed over junior chess teams from Hampshire, Devon and Berkshire and WON the third Inter-County team battle! Huge congratulations to the team. Our Dorset Junior team amassed a staggering total of 224 points, beating Hampshire by 9 points in what was a [...]
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Jan
04

Dorset Junior Chess Newsletter No.14

Junior Newsletter 14 provides a review of 2021 covering tournaments, leagues and matches played during the year great results of Dorset juniors jokes puzzles and quizzes to keep you sharp! It is available to read here. * If you would like to receive future newsletters via email, please contact Nikki Forster at [email protected] Previous editions [...]
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Dec
21

Xmas Special Dorset Junior Chess Newsletter

The Christmas Special Dorset Junior Chess Newsletter is great fun with unusual puzzles jokes Christmas messages. It is available to read here. * If you would like to receive future newsletters via email, please contact Nikki Forster at [email protected] Previous editions are still available on our newsletters page. * If the newsletter does not appear [...]
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Dec
06

Junior Newsletter 13

The 13th Edition of the Dorset Junior Chess Newsletter covers the recent excellent results of Dorset juniors upcoming tournaments for juniors the world championship match between Magnus Carlsen and Ian Nepomniachtchi. It is available to read here. * If you would like to receive future newsletters via email, please contact Nikki Forster at [email protected] Previous [...]
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Nov
30

Dorset Juniors Success at 2021 British Junior Rapid & Blitz Championship

The 2021 British Junior Rapid & Blitz Championship took place on 13th and 14th November at Kents Hill Park, Milton Keynes. Four Dorset juniors - Jamie Doyle, Larissa Cuthbert, Florence Spirling and Zander Booth - took part and all performed very well. The weekend was intense with the juniors playing, on average, between 18 and [...]
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Nov
29

Hampshire Junior Open Chess Tournament – great wins for Dorset Juniors

Hot off the press! Three young Dorset junior chess players took part in the Hampshire Junior Open Chess Tournament on Sunday 28th November: Leo Camopy in the U10 section, with Harry Mercer and Zander Booth in the U12 section. All played very well and special gold congratulations to Leo and Zander who won their respective [...]
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Oct
30

Halloween Puzzles

The wicked Black Witches have been up to mischief again... they have been CHEATING at chess... can you undo their fiendish tricks? Hints and Answers at the end. Good luck! 1. The Black Witch did not like losing at chess so she magically turned all the pieces green! Can you colour the pieces black and [...]
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Sep
21

Local juniors put up great fight in Delancey UK Chess Challenge Challengers

This weekend (18th & 19th September) saw the penultimate round in the Delancey UK Chess Challenge, The Challengers round in which young chess players competed for a second chance to make it into the Grand Terafinal at Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire. The Challengers was the first round that had been held face to face over the [...]
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Sep
18

UK Chess Challenge – tough Terafinals and best of luck for Challengers

The weekend of 4th and 5th September saw the 3rd round of the Delancey UK Chess Challenge, known as the Preliminary Terafinal (online). Our 4 Dorset Chess juniors (Merlin, Jamie, Larissa and Zander) had done exceptionally well to make it into the Preliminary Terafinals against strong competition. Whilst all of them performed well, the opposition proved to be very tough and, unfortunately, none of [...]
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Sep
09

Wessex Online Tournaments

Are you a junior chess player looking for great chess playing experience? If so, here is a great opportunity! The weekly Wessex online chess tournaments are currently the only local chess tournaments being played on Lichess that are open to all local players. These tournaments are a great chance to play games against strong players […]

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Sep
03

Junior Newsletter 12

Junior Newsletter 12 is now available. This newsletter covers: Dorset Junior Team's fine performance versus other counties Local juniors' progress in the Delancey UK Chess Challenge Upcoming junior events And much more! Past newsletters are available here on our dedicated Newsletter page.
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Jul
19

Dorset Juniors Shine, Coming Third in Inter-County Junior Chess Tournament

Dorset Junior Chess shine against Hampshire, Devon and Berkshire, coming third in second Inter-county junior chess tournament. The second Inter-county junior chess team battle took place on Saturday 17th July during a weekend of much chess activity across the whole country and the Dorset junior Chess team certainly did itself proud. With a somewhat depleted [...]
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Jul
19

Did you know that 20th July is International Chess day?

International Chess Day is celebrated annually on 20th July, the day the International Chess Federation (FIDE) was founded, in 1924. International Chess Day came from an idea that the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) had. Chess lovers around the world celebrate their favourite game on this day each year, in a tradition [...]
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Jul
06

Gigafinal success for two local junior chess players: Jamie and Merlin

Many congratulations to two local junior chess players who competed in the first round of Delancey UK Chess Challenge Gigafinals this weekend (3rd and 4th July) and qualified for the next stage of the tournament, the Terafinal Preliminaries. Well done to Jamie Doyle and Merlin Cork. In the U14 Mixed section, Dorset junior chess player [...]
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Jun
21

UK Chess Challenge Megafinal 2: Dorset Chess Juniors in action again

Dorset Junior Chess players were again in action this weekend, this time in the second of the three Megafinals of the Delancey UK Chess Challenge on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th June.  Amongst those taking part this weekend were Jamie, Zander, Lohit, and Harry. Congratulations to  Jamie playing in the U14 Mixed who  achieved the [...]
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Jun
16

ChessFest: 16-18 July in London – Public event in Trafalgar Square

Dorset Junior Chess players may be interested in the following event in London Chess in Schools and Communities (CSC) have announced ChessFest, a three-day programme of outdoor events to encourage everyone to get ‘on board’ with the game of chess. ChessFest will take place from 16th - 18th July at locations in central London, drawing [...]
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Jun
14

Dorset Juniors in action in Delancey Megafinal No. 1

A number of Dorset Junior Chess players competed in the first of three Megafinals of the Delancey UK Chess Challenge on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th June. Amongst those taking part were Florence, Jack, Max, Larissa, Lohit, Harry and Leo. Well done to everyone, the opposition was challenging and there were some tough matches. The [...]
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May
30

UK Chess Challenge Puzzles

Take the Challenge This week's puzzles from the UK Chess Challenge team... They are on lichess chess boards and you can move your pieces to try your solution against an interactive opponent! Remember to try to work everything out before moving. There are 8 puzzles that get progressively more difficult. Have fun and good luck! [...]
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May
25

Junior Newsletter 11

Junior Newsletter 11 is now available. This newsletter: summarises some of the recent junior successes (whoop, whoop, applause!) looks forward to upcoming tournaments recommends chess movies to watch and contains fun articles. Past newsletters are available here on our dedicated Newsletter page.
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May
22

UK Chess Challenge Puzzles

Take the Challenge This week's puzzles from the UK Chess Challenge team... They are on lichess chess boards and you can move your pieces to try your solution against an interactive opponent! Remember to try to work everything out before moving. There are 8 puzzles that get progressively more difficult. Have fun and good luck! [...]
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May
16

Delancey UK Chess Challenge 2021 – Reminder

The Delancey UK Chess Challenge Online Megafinals begin in June. You can earn qualification for the over-the-board final at Blenheim Palace in October! Please see the timetable for more details of age-groups, stages and dates. Register
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May
16

UK Chess Challenge Puzzles

Take the Challenge This week's puzzles from the UK Chess Challenge team... They are on lichess chess boards and you can move your pieces to try your solution against an interactive opponent! Remember to try to work everything out before moving. There are 8 puzzles that get progressively more difficult. Have fun and good luck! [...]
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May
08

UK Chess Challenge – More Interactive Puzzles

Take the Challenge This week's puzzles from the UK Chess Challenge team... They are on lichess chess boards and you can move your pieces to try your solution against an interactive opponent!  Remember to try to work everything out before moving. There are 8 puzzles that get progressively more difficult.  Have fun and good luck! [...]
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May
03

Dorset Junior Chess battle against the might of Hampshire, Devon and Berkshire Juniors

On Saturday 1st May, in an inaugural four way junior chess team battle, Dorset Juniors took on the might of fellow junior chess players from Hampshire, Devon and Berkshire. With an average team rating of 1475 and with only one player above the age of 12, the 13 Dorset players were the significant underdogs against [...]
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May
02

UK Chess Challenge Puzzles – Now Interactive!

Take the Challenge This week's puzzles from the UK Chess Challenge team... The puzzles are in a new format.   They are on lichess chess boards and you can move your pieces to try your solution against an interactive opponent! But remember to work everything out before moving! Take the Challenge Interactive Puzzles The Take The [...]
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Apr
26

Dorset Junior Chess Friday evening sessions continue – all juniors welcome

After a short break over the Easter holidays, the Dorset Junior Chess sessions on a Friday evening have continued. A few new players have joined recently and we always welcome more, whether a beginner or more experienced player. Coaching We continue to run online coaching at 5pm in two virtual rooms to cater for all [...]
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Apr
25

UK Chess Challenge Puzzles

Take the Challenge This week's puzzles from the UK Chess Challenge team... Remember - all players completing the challenge will be entered into a random prize draw with 1 ticket per correct answer! In each level there are 4 questions. Follow the buttons below to try. Level 1 Take the Challenge Level 2 Take the [...]
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Apr
19

Delancey UK Chess Challenge announces timing for 2021 events, starting in June

The Delancey UK Chess Challenge team have announced the format and timing for this year’s tournament. The 2021 the UK Chess Challenge takes part over three stages: 1) Megafinals (online)- June (see below) 2) Gigafinals (online) – July (see below) 3a) Terafinal preliminaries - online in September 3b) Terafinal ‘Elite’ (Over the Board) Players must [...]
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Apr
18

5th June: ChessKid UK Championship!

On Saturday 5th June the inaugural ChessKid UK Championship will crown several national championship teams and individuals. The UK has the second-most number of ChessKids. Any student in Year 1-13 whose school is anywhere in the UK, is eligible! That includes England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Isle of Man, the Channel Islands, and any British Overseas [...]
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Apr
14

Intercontinental ChessKid/FIDE Challenge Returns on 19th June! Advanced notice!

Chesskid.com has announced that, following the tremendous success of the first edition, the Intercontinental Chesskid FIDE Challenge will return! This second edition will be on Saturday 19th June 2021 and is once again open to any child aged 12 and below. Local junior player Max Teverson played in the first challenge back in January and […]

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