Worcestershire Chess Association

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Worcestershire Junior Chess Academy

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WJCA is sponsored by King’s School Worcester

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Next meeting: Saturday 29 January


During school term-time the club meets on alternate Saturday mornings 10:00 am to 11:45 am at King's School Worcester, next to the Worcester Cathedral. Enter from Castle Place WR1 2NB. Take care not to go through the Edgar Tower because you will need an access code to drive out of College Green.

If you would like to join us, please contact Simon Berry by e-mail before your child's first attendance. Please do not attend if you have runny nose, cough or symptoms of Covid.



Sat 29 Jan, 10am. Club meeting with Simon

Sat 19 Feb. Kenilworth Junior Open at Kenilworth School, Leyes Lane, Kenilworth CV8 2DA. 1-6pm, 5 rounds, 15 min + 10 sec control. Under-11 u1250, u1050, u0850 tournaments and Under-18 Open and u1450 tournaments.

Sat 12 and 26 Feb, 12 and 26 Mar club meetings with Simon.




Club coach in Endgame Challenge

4 Jan. Simon reports that it was an intensive 2-day course with Lorin D’Costa and Keith Arkell leading the online sessions.

Nunnery Wood High School player best scorer in County Team Battle

3 Jan. Ned Guyatt (Nunnery Wood High School, Worcester) was the highest scorer in the latest Inter-County Team battle. Ned helped his team to sixth place in Division 2 above both Bristol and Manchester Junior teams.

Academy membership up

7 Oct. Players learned about en passant captures and a cunning trap in the Russian Defence.

25 Sep. Players looked at the three ways to get out of check: A (Avoid), B (Block) and C (Capture). The session also included a look at the Stafford Gambit and a visit from the President of the Worcestershire Chess Federation, Ray Collett, who previously ran the WJCA.

Chess club start of term

18 Sep 2021. At the first meeting, enthusiastic youngsters aged between 7 and 13 were coached by Simon Berry. After some friendly games, children learned learned about "smothered mate" and "Philidor’s Legacy". It is a happy and welcoming group and Simon looks forward to more young players joining over the coming weeks.

Worcestershire Junior Squad 7th in Division 2 Blitz online team battle

5 Jul 2021. For the first time for many years, Worcestershire entered a junior team competition. Josh Clarke played from WJCA. Worcestershire Squad team were seventh and the event was won by Hampshire Junior Chess Association. Full results.

26 Oct 2020. Dillan Duke continues his winning ways in play in the Marches Area Arena tournaments on the lichess.org platform coming second in the silver medal position. This is his sixth appearnce on the podium: one gold and five silver.

24 Aug. Dillan Duke won the Marches Area Arena online rapidplay tournament beating established players while on holiday. See full results and game scores at lichess.org
18 Aug. Cameron Henry goes to Terafinal. In previous years, Cameron, a pupil at King’s Hawford School Worcester, has qualified for the UK Chess Challenge Gigafinal and this year he went one better to gain entry to the National Terafinal. Cameron also plays for Kidderminster’s adult team even though he is only ten years old.

27 Jul 2020. Dillan Duke second in Marches Online Arena tournament. See Dillan’s results with links to his games.

14 May. Dillan Duke plays for Worcester City. Worcester City adult club called up Dillan for its first matches on the West Midlands Online Chess League. Dillan won three of the four games played including a victory over a former Worcestershire Junior champion.
17 Nov. Joshua Clarke new Worcestershire Junior Champion. Joshua, a member of WJCA and a pupil at The King’s School Worcester scored 14 points at the Worcestershire Junior Winter Tournament. Fellow club mate Dillon Duke was placed second on 13 points on tie break from third placed Sasha Eaton of Alvechurch Library Chess Club. Worcestershire Girl's Champion is Michele Zhu (King's Hawford Sch, Worcester). Under-13 champion was Edison Scaria (WJCA and Blessed Edward Oldcorne College, Worcester) and Cameron Henry (King's Hawford Sch, Worcester) was under-11 champion.

20 Oct. Club member Joshua Clarke scored 4½ points in the Birmingham Rapidplay Minor tournament.

19 Oct. Two Worcestershire juniors, Silas Bowcott-Terry (Halesowen) and Mongomery Woodhouse, a former WJCA member, played for Worcestershire first team in the match against Warwickshire.
3 Sep. Former member Manvith Sandhu and 2018 Worcestershire Junior Champion represented England in the under-12 World Cadet Championships in Weifang International Leisure Sports Town, Shandong Province, China. He scored 5½ points from his 11 games. His opponents included players from Latvia, China, USA, Slovakia and Indonesia. The tournament was won by ten-year-old Zhou Liren (USA) with 9½ points who alread a Candidate Master.


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