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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
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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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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Apr
11

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
03

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
01

Dorset Junior Chess – recent March online Chess events

The last two Friday’s in the run up to the Easter holidays have seen two further fun flagship Dorset Junior Chess Friday evenings online chess coaching and tournament albeit with slightly fewer juniors following the return to school.  This regular Friday evening event continues to be a highlight of the week for many of the [...]
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Mar
28

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. Level 1 Take the Challenge Level 2 Take the Challenge
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Mar
21

UK Chess Challenge Puzzles

Here are this week's UK Chess Challenge puzzles. Apparently, the new format of the puzzles was very popular. The links to this week's challenges are below: Level 1 - Take the Challenge Level 2 - Take the Challenge All players completing the challenge will be entered into a random prize draw with 1 ticket per correct answer! [...]
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Mar
16

Dorset Junior Chess – 12th March online Chess event

This Friday, 12th March saw another excellent and fun, flagship Dorset Junior Chess Friday evening with online chess coaching and tournament. This regular Friday evening event continues to grow in popularity and is becoming the highlight of the week for many of the juniors, even despite the re-opening of schools this week. Coaching We continue [...]
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Mar
14

UK Chess Challenge weekly chess puzzles – NEW FORMAT!

For the past few weeks we have been posting the UK Chess Challenge puzzle booklets. This week the team at UK Chess Challenge (Sarah and Alex) have introduced a new interactive format, as shown in the screenshot below Sarah says, “This week we are trying out a new format for the weekly chess puzzles. The […]

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Mar
07

Dorset Junior Chess – 5th March Online Chess event

This Friday, 5th March saw another excellent and fun, flagship Dorset Junior Chess Friday evening with online chess coaching and tournament. This regular Friday evening event continues to grow in popularity and is becoming the highlight of the week for many of the juniors. Coaching We continue to run online coaching in two virtual rooms to cater [...]
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Mar
07

UK Chess Challenge Activity Booklet

The latest Activity Booklet is available on our dedicated page for these superb training publications, together with the answers to last week's puzzles. This week's booklet has a whole variety of puzzles for different levels: Deca: attacking enemy pieces safely Mega: forks Giga: mates in 2 Tera: harder mates in 2 Exa: safe or otherwise [...]
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Feb
28

International online tournament for junior chess players – TODAY Sunday 28th February

The next tournament in this International online chess championship is today, Sunday 28th February, at 7pm – 8pm UK time. Harry from the Dorset Libraries Junior chess played in the January tournament and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The tournament is open to players aged U8 to U20. Why not join Harry today in the next […]

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Feb
28

UK Chess Challenge Activity Booklet

The latest Activity Booklet is available on our dedicated page for these superb training publications, together with the answers to last week's puzzles. This week's booklet has a whole variety of puzzles for different levels: Deca: safe squares Mega: mate in 1 Giga: mate in 2 Tera: trapping pieces Exa: safe or otherwise captures This [...]
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Feb
22

Dorset Junior Chess – 17th& 19th February: two online Chess events this week

As it has been half term, Dorset Junior Chess has run two coaching sessions this week. The first one on Wednesday 17th February, with 15 people attending, covered: Three fun and brain tingling chess puzzles. A “hand and brain” match with the juniors taking on the coaches, Andy and Martin. The juniors outplayed the more experienced (??) […]

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Feb
21

UK Chess Challenge Activity Booklet

The latest Activity Booklet is available on our dedicated page for these superb training publications, together with the answers to last week's puzzles. This week's booklet has a whole variety of puzzles for different levels: Deca: unprotected pieces Mega: getting out of check Giga: consequative move mates Tera: removing the defender Exa: best defences This [...]
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Feb
18

Half Term Special Newsletter + Newsletter 10.

A Special Half Term Newsletter is now out! This newsletter contains  video clips featuring Magnus Carlsen and fooballer Ben Chilwell and some fun puzzles. Junior Newsletter 10 came out a few days ago and is a great read. In this newsletter Nikki covers: The Christmas Quiz results Our online junior chess events Weekday junior tournaments [...]
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Feb
17

Dorset Junior Chess – 12th February Online Chess event

Coaching Another excellent and fun, Dorset Junior Chess Friday evening online chess coaching and tournament evening took place this week. This regular Friday evening event continues to grow in popularity and the junior chess players taking part are becoming increasingly confident, both in their chess and with chatting. All the juniors are talking to each [...]
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Feb
14

UK Chess Challenge Activity Booklet – This Week: Mixed Tactics

The latest Activity Booklet is available on our dedicated page for these superb training publications, together with the answers to last week's puzzles. This week's booklet is full of puzzles where you have to decide which tactical idea to use: forks, pins, deflections, discovered attacks  and more are needed. This week's prize draw puzzle is [...]
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Feb
08

Dorset Junior Christmas Quiz – Answers

We hope you had fun with the Christmas Quiz.  Here are the answers to all the puzzles! Question 1. A warm up question In the Christmas nativity scene which chess piece came to visit the baby Jesus bearing gifts (in fact more than one came)?   Answer: King - the three kings Question 2. White [...]
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Feb
07

Dorset Junior Chess Christmas Quiz Winners

Many congratulations to Florence Spirling and Larissa Cuthbert who came in joint first place in the Dorset Junior Christmas quiz with a fantastic score of 13 out of 15. Well done to both of you! Not far behind in joint third were Harry and Poppy Mercer with a very worthy 11 points. A great performance. [...]
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Feb
06

Dorset Junior Chess – 5th February online chess event

Coaching The Dorset Junior Chess Friday evening online chess coaching and tournament continues to grow in popularity and this week, including the coaches and parents, there were more than 20 people online. This is great to see. We have continue to run online coaching in two virtual rooms to cater for all levels and abilities. [...]
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Jan
31

UK Chess Challenge Activity Booket – This Week Forks and Mates

The latest Activity Booklet is available on our dedicated page for these superb training publications, together with the answers to last week's puzzles. This week's booklet focuses on forks. Forks are one of the most important tactical weapons and there are a range of puzzles from one move forks to combinations in which a fork [...]
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Jan
31

Dorset Junior Chess – 29th January online Chess event

Coaching The Dorset Junior Chess Friday evening online chess coaching and tournament continues to grow in popularity and this week, including the coaches and parents, there were once again more than 25 people online. This is great to see. We have continue to run online coaching in two virtual rooms with the extremely keen Rookies [...]
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Jan
31

Intercontinental Chesskid.com FIDE Challenge: well done to Max!

Congratulations to Max Teverson who played in the international tournament on Chesskid.com last weekend and came 52nd out of 524 under 8s - in the top 10%! The Intercontinental ChessKid/FIDE Challenge took place on Saturday, January 23rd, 2021 and included more than 1,900 players from 86 countries and six continents. The tournament included the most [...]
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Jan
24

Dorset Junior Chess – 22nd January online Chess event

Record Turnout for Friday Evening Our flagship event for the Dorset junior chess is the very popular free Friday evening coaching and tournament sessions which is rapidly becoming the highlight of the week. This Friday saw 18 juniors attending which, with parents and coaches, meant that up to 25 people were online, including a very [...]
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Jan
24

UK Chess Challenge Activity Booket – This Week Checkmate Puzzles

The latest Activity Booklet is available on our dedicated page for these superb training publications, together with the answers to last week’s puzzles. This week’s booklet focuses on checkmate! The puzzles range from mate in one move up to mate in four moves. There are also the usual fun puzzles: a Triple Loyd, a move […]

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Jan
18

23rd of January: Intercontinental Chesskid.com FIDE Challenge

Following the success of our Dorset Junior chess sessions on a Friday evening which include tournaments on the Chesskid.com platform, we thought that many of the junior chess players aged 12 years or under would be interested in the following Chesskid.com Intercontinental tournament on 23 January 2021. Chesskid are partnering with FIDE to bring us […]

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Jan
18

Delancey UK Chess Challenge 2021 – register now for Megafinal waiting list!

The Delancey UK Chess Challenge is the world’s largest chess competition and is a four stage event across five age groups, starting with the Megafinals, then the Gigafinals and finally on to the Terafinal, getting tougher with each round. Delancey, a specialist real estate investment company, has repeatedly sponsored the event. The chess challenge is [...]
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