Junior Chess News

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 (??) […]

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 […]

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 […]

Latest UK Chess Challenge Puzzle 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 contains a mix of puzzles, from attacked pieces escaping to mating combinations, together with the usual fun bonus puzzles. Don’t forget the prize draw puzzle which this week asks […]

Latest UK Chess Challenge Activity Booklet – Practical 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 weeks booklet focuses on really practical examples like you will find time after time on your games.   I really like these types of puzzle as they help you so much when […]

UK Chess Challenge Activity Booklet – Advanced Pawns!

This week’s Delancey UK Schools Chess Challenge Activity Booklets focuses on advanced pawns and how to make the most of them. The booklet, together with those from previous weeks and answers can be found here. Don’t forget that each week there is a prize draw puzzle.

Dorset Junior Chess – Friday evening online Chess event with Santa and Christmas jumpers.

This Friday (18th November) saw another highly enjoyable online chess coaching and tournament for Dorset junior chess players. An amazing 15 juniors, 3 coaches (Andy Baskett, Martin Simons and Nikki Forster) plus several parents attended and the whole evening proved such great fun and very successful. The evening started at the usual 5pm slot with […]

Delancey Activity Booklet – Your Weekly Puzzle Challenge!

The latest Delancey Activity Booklet is now available here, together with past booklets and answers. These are superb booklets that have: five levels of puzzle, suitable for complete beginners up to strong county level players some special fun puzzles a chance to win a prize each week. Doing these puzzles each week will help develop […]

Larissa plays in Brentwood School Invitational Chess Tournament

Larissa Cuthbert was recently invited to play in the Brentwood School Invitational Chess Tournament. Brentwood School has a very well established chess programme, an annual chess scholarship and some exceptional international players. The tournament consisted of all age groups and both genders mixed together in one section. Two sessions were held on Saturday to establish […]

Dorset Juniors UK Chess Challenge success: bring on the Terafinal!

The weekend of the 5th and 6th of September sees the final and toughest round of the prestigious UK Chess Challenge tournament, the Terafinal. Dorset Chess are very proud to have two of its juniors, Leo Camopy (U8 boys) and Larissa Cuthbert (U12 girls), taking part in this weekend’s final. Congratulations to both and good […]

Free Training and Tournament for Girls with International Master

Many thanks to Adrian Cuthbert (aka Larissa Cuthbert’s dad) for bringing this opportunity for girls to our attention through his contact with Lorin D’Costa. International Master Lorin D’Costa is providing free weekly training to girls via Zoom followed by a girls’ tournament. More information on Lorin can be found at http://www.lorinchess.com    There are also a […]

Delancey UK Chess Challenge 2020 Notice

For all interested junior chess players, please see the following notice from Sarah Longson, Director Delancey UK Chess Challenge (for which a number of Dorset juniors have already qualified) regarding the 2020 UK Chess challenge…….. The UK Chess Challenge will be taking part entirely online in 2020 – on lichess.org. We felt this was the […]

Female players, your chance to represent England on 28th May!

On 28th May there will be an online event in which any and all English women and girls can represent their country.   You don’t have to fight for a place – the more on the team the better! Below is a recent post on Facebook by Jovanka Houska calls for  female chess players to participate.  […]

25 new puzzles

We have updated our puzzle pages with 25 new problems across the different levels.

Castlepoint Junior Chess Group Suspended

17/3/2020 Following yesterday’s government advisory notice, the Castlepoint Library Junior chess club will not be running this Saturday and will, sadly, be closed until further notice. We will review the situation after Easter. In the meantime, we encourage the junior players to take a look at the puzzles available on the junior puzzle page of […]

Larissa Cuthbert’s success continues

Larissa played in the Wilts & West of England Junior Chess Championships in Swindon, becoming the joint u11 Wiltshire Champion.

Try our new puzzle page

For those of you who love a challenge we have a new puzzle page.

Successful opening Junior Chess session at Ringwood Library

This Saturday saw a successful opening session of the junior chess group at Ringwood Library with 13 keen young players attending.

Dorset Junior Chess Championship 2020

A fantastic day of junior chess with over 50 participants from across Dorset and a few from Hampshire.

Talbot Heath School Recognises Chess Achievements

Talbot Heath has posted on its Facebook Page the achievements of Larissa Cuthbert and Florence Spirling at the Dorset Junior championships.   Well done girls.

Free Junior Chess Clubs around Dorset

We have identified the following FREE junior chess clubs across Dorset. Should you be aware of any other free junior clubs, please do let us know. Castlepoint Library This junior chess club for beginners and improvers runs every Saturday from 10.15am to 12.00pm in the Castlepoint library. Tuckton Library An after school chess club, with […]

Ringwood Junior Chess Group – Starting 15th Feb

Starting mid-February Andy Baskett and Martin Clancy from Ringwood Chess Club will be running a junior chess group in Ringwood Library between 11:00 am and noon, for 8 weeks. The group will be based upon the Chess in Schools and Community syllabus and essentially each session is “learn something new” and then “play to practice […]

Larissa Cuthbert represents England

At the beginning of December, Larissa Cuthbert represented England at the European Youth Rapidplay and Blitz Chess Championships in Tallinn, Estonia. She took part in three tournaments, the U12 Girls Individual Rapidplay, the U14 Mixed Team Rapidplay and the U14 Girls Blitz and achieved an average performance rating of around 1200 across the three. During […]

Dorset Junior results November 2019

Several Dorset junior players have been in action at tournaments during November 2019. Well done to all! Larissa Cuthbert recently played for Wessex D in the 4NCL on 9 and 10th November winning her first game against an opponent nearly 300 rating points higher than her. She then came up against an opponent rated 1990 […]

Dorset Junior Larissa Cuthbert selected to play for England in Estonia later this year

27 Sept: Many congratulation to Larissa Cuthbert, aged 10 years from Dorset, who has been selected to play for the England team in the European Youth Rapidplay and Blitz Chess Championships in Tallinn, Estonia in Nov/Dec this year.

Nikki Forster is appointed as B&DCL and DCCA Junior Chess Coordinator

On behalf of the Bournemouth & District Chess League and Dorset County Chess Association, we are very pleased to formally announce the appointment of Nikki Forster as the B&DCL and DCCA Junior Chess Coordinator.

Larissa Cuthbert’s exceptional performance in UK Schools Chess Challenge Gigafinal

Larissa Cuthbert from Poole recently achieved an outstanding 2nd place in the UK Schools Chess Challenge Delancey Southern Gigafinal Under 10 girls section. Upon receiving her medal from GM Viktor Bologan she has qualified for the final round - the Terafinal for the second year running.

Highcliffe retain Inter-Schools trophy in close final with a spirited Poole Grammar School

21 May: Yesterday at the Elstead Hotel, Bournemouth, Highcliffe School defeated Poole Grammar 9.5-8.5 in a close and exciting final. Eric Sachs, who organised this Inter-Schools competition reports: “I thought the competition went really well & was matched by the quality of some of the games. It was a sort of David & Goliath match in […]

Junior Chess: Ted Paul 6/6 – Organiser Eric Sachs submits Congress Report

We had a successful and very enjoyable Championship where 53 Juniors competed within 3 groups over 6 rounds and a time control of 15 minutes each.

Dorset Junior Chess Championships, 9 February 2019

Venue – Bournemouth Grammar School for Girls We had a successful and very enjoyable Championship where 53 juniors competed within 3 groups over 6 rounds and a time control of 15 minutes each. Ages of Juniors/Seniors were from Year 3 (8 years) to Sixth form (17). The competitors came from all over the area and […]

2018 Inter-school final

Highcliffe School’s great achievement in winning the 2018 Inter Schools competition and become Champions of local schools’ chess for the first time. Bournemouth Grammar School (BGS) put up a brave fight, but were ultimately beaten by a very strong Highcliffe Schools Team who have worked so hard to achieve this award. The key Players from […]

Chess for Juniors at Wimborne Library

Mike Davidson, Chair of Wimborne Chess Club has reported on a junior chess initiative at Wimborne Library: “We have started a project on junior chess. Our first meet was at the Wimborne Library, when we had only 5 participants, of which 4 were girls from Knighton House near Blandford. Our second event took place again at […]

Junior Chess Report 31st January 2018

Development and progress of junior chess continues in the Bournemouth area. The weekly library sessions continue with a level of interest that is increasing all the time. Currently through January we are teaching over 30 children every week. There is an increase in beginners and we have at least 2 coaches teaching beginners every week. […]

Junior Chess Champs 25 Nov ’17 – Eric Sachs Reports

Eric Sachs, Dorset Junior Chess Officer reports on a highly successful Junior Championships held at Bournemouth School for Girls. 71 took part in 4 sections. Image features 2 shield winners – Oscar Davis (U11) and Hugo Svedberg (U10), with Eric also in the picture. Please see Eric’s report by going to the main menu and […]

Junior Chess Report, 20th June 2017

Development and progress of junior chess continues well in the Bournemouth area The weekly library sessions take a central role and have in the region of 25 juniors who come along and play every week. Each one of these are turning into chess players with the standard rising all the time. This includes complete beginners […]

Junior Chess Success

All the winners at the Dorset Junior Chess Championship, Ferndown, Sat 23 Jan ’16. County Junior Organiser Eric Sachs is also in the picture. A really successful day with 75 enthusiastically taking part. Overall winner of the Junior Chess Championship was James Forster (top row middle), and Adam Ursell (top row right) was the U16 winner. […]