The UK Chess Challenge is an annual four-stage chess competition for school-age children from the United Kingdom. The director of the tournament is Sarah Longson (née Hegarty) supported by her husband Alex Longson. Longson is former British Ladies Chess Champion and represents England at Olympiads. Over 40,000 children play in the competition at the school stage and the eventual winner wins £2,000 and is crowned as UK Schools' Chess Challenge Champion.
Lothian Junior Chess runs the Megafinal for tournament in Edinburgh. Details about entry to the Megafinals TBC.
The competition is generously sponsored by Delancey.
ST THOMAS OF AQUIN’S HIGH SCHOOL, CHALMERS STREET, Edinburgh, EH3 9ES
An event for experienced juniors to play against other juniors and adults at longer time controls.
More details here: https://www.chessscotland.com/news-post/edinburgh-congress-2019/
LJC Team Day event
An inter-school Chess competition for schools in the Lothian region. Compete in the “P5 and U” section or the P6/7 Section for Primary Schools. Secondary schools have their own section.
Teams are ideally 4 players, but teams of 5 or more are ok too. Less than 3 players? Get in touch and we'll do our best to put you together in a composite team.
Teams in each section are paired using the Swiss system which matches teams in each round based on the points already scored. This has the advantage of allowing teams to float up and down the draw until they find their own level and helps avoids significant mismatches between the stonger and weaker teams.
New teams are most welcome as this is a great way for players to dip their toes into competion chess. Many may feel that they will not be good enough but this is never true as most teams will include new and inxperienced players
Please note that Team Day events are open for Schools in the Lothian region only. Kindly contact one of the support members if you wish to determine if your school qualifies.
Bainfield Bowling and Social Club, 34 Hutchison Crossway, Edinburgh, EH14 1RU
An event for experienced juniors looking to play quick time controls against other juniors and adults.
More details here: https://www.chessscotland.com/news-post/lothians-allegro-2019/
- Have a child who plays chess and want to learn some basics yourself?
- Already involved in running a school / junior chess club but want some tips / ideas?
- Considering getting involved with an existing school / junior chess club and want to learn a bit more?
- Keen to set up a new school / junior chess club and want some advice?
Run by Sean Marsh of Chess in Schools and Communities
Broughton High School EH4 1EG
Sunday 8th October 2017 (at LJC Edinburgh Junior Congress)
Two sessions – choose either 9.45 - 12.15 or 12.45 - 3.15pm
Due to the generosity of CSC this is a FREE event
Dates and venue to be confirmed. Venue is normally Uppingham School in the East Midlands, dates are normally the week after Uppingham School finishes for summer. The timings are such that it is normally after schools in the Lothians have started their summer holidays.
This year, the Primary School that wins Lothians Team Day 2 will act as the Lothians and Borders qualifier for the UK National Schools Under 11 Chess Championship. While the qualifier in Lothians will be played over 4 boards, the final itself will be played over 6 boards (you can take reserves).
The winning school, will need to confirm if they will take their place shortly after Team Day 2 - as if they decline, it'll be offered to the 2nd and 3rd placed teams.
If you were born on or after 1st September 2005, entry is via a qualifying competition run through your school or club or from the Last Chance Saloon run by our friends at Scottish Junior Chess.
If you were born on or before 31st August 2005 then you can enter directly via the UK Chess Challenge website https://megafinal.delanceyukschoolschesschallenge.com/
Please contact Liz Sams firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any queries.
Our friends at Scottish Junior Chess (SJC) are running the only Last Chance Saloon in Scotland.
If you've not qualified via your school, you can try and qualify for your local Megafinal (i.e. ours on the 23rd of April) at this event.
Entries can be made by email to Michael Hanley (email@example.com).