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Worcestershire Junior Chess Academy


WJCA is sponsored by King’s School Worcester: the academy receives use of a classroom without charge.

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The club is closed for Summer holidays and re-opens in September.

POSTPONED. Worcestershire Junior Quickplay tournament. Under-16 and under-11 trophies. Five rounds, 10min+5sec, for players from Worcestershire and Dudley MBC. It is hoped to hold this tournament on a weekend day in school term time before Christmas.


Community chess clubs operate at Alvechurch, Kidderminster and Bewdley in the summer. Contact John Wrench for information.


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.



Fri 19 Aug. Worcester Junior Quickplay tournament afternoon start at 1:30pm The King’s School, Worcester. Under-16 and under-11 trophies. Five rounds, 10min+5sec, for players from Worcestershire and Dudley MBC.



WJCA player top scorer in team battle

4 Jul. Worcestershire Squad’s Eric Gregory (RGS Worcester) scored 38 points out of 94 in the Squad’s total.

25 Jun. At the last meeting of term, new players learned about the en passant rule where pawns can take opposing pawns that rashly march forwards.

12 Jun. Ned Guyett (Nunnery Wood HS, Worcester) scored a creditable 3½ points club coach Simon scored 4½ points in the Minor tournament of the Birmingham Rapidplay.

11 Jun. James was joint first in the under-15 section on 5 points from 6 games in the Bristol Megafinal of the UK Chess Challenge and will progress to the Gigafinal. Previously unrated, James achieved a tournament performance of 1504 against six rated players.

Club player tops list for Worcestershire

2 May. Club member Ned Guyatt (Nunnery Wood HS, Worcester) shared top spot for gaining most points for Worcestershire Squad’s in the Division 2 inter-counties team battle. Worcestershire junior were placed second.

WJCA players in Warriors team at Kenilworth

23 Apr. Three WJCA players were in the Worcester Warriors team at Kenilworth for the Warwickshire Junior team tournament. This is the first time the county have entered an under-11 team in any competition for several years. Yiming Huang (King's St Alban's Sch Worcester), and Sidarth Nair (Lyppard Grange Primary Sch, Worcester) were in the squad.

Worcester Junior in Kenilworth Congress

19 Feb. Ned Guyatt from the Worcestershire Chess Academy and Nunnery Wood High sch School was the only unrated player in the Under-18 B tournament at Kenilworth. He more than held his own and finished in the top half of the table with a performance rating of 1309 and scored 3 points from 5 games.

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.

RGS Worcesterplayer best scorer in County Team Battle

8 Feb. Eric Gregory (RGS Worcester) was highest scorer for Worcestershire Squad and the team improved their position to 4th place.

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.

7 Oct. Academy membership up. 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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