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Gigafinal 2019 Results Round-up

There were 4 Gigafinals held in the 2019 Delancey UK Schools Chess Challenge: Northern, Midlands and two in South-East England. This is the next stage on from the Megafinals, held across the UK earlier this year.

It’s great to see so many Somerset junior players representing the region in the Gigafinals, too many to mention all by name, but congratulations to everyone who reached this stage of the competition.

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Somerset Junior Chess Grand Prix Finals Day 2019 Results


The Somerset Junior Chess Grand Prix 2018/19 season comprised of 4 grand prix events taking place across the county, with more than 130 children taking part this year. It’s great to see so many children in Somerset playing chess and meeting other children from the region.

The Top 4 players in the league table standings for each age section were invited to the SJC Finals Day 2019, held at Millfield School in Street on the 30th June. Across the 7 age categories, 28 in total players battled it out to determine the final placings.

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London & South East v Rest of England Junior Chess Results 2019

The annual London & South East vs Rest of England match took place on 15th June 2019 in Twickenham. This was organised by EPSCA and is two round match for Under 11’s played over 13 boards this year.

Same as the recent Wales vs South West England match, teams were selected by EPSCA based on good performance at selected junior chess tournaments throughout the year. Two players from the SJC Grand Prix 2018/19 season were selected: Matthew Timbrell and Ernie Fields.

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European Schools Chess Championships 2019, Romania

Matthew and Toby European chessThe European Schools Chess Championships 2019 took place in Constanta, Romania and the English Chess Federation (ECF) selected a team to compete in the competition against some of the best junior chess players in Europe. Two members of the England team were Matthew Timbrell (Under 11) and Toby Kan (Under 13), both representing England for the first time in an international tournament.

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SJC 2018/19 Grand Prix #4: St. Michaels CofE Junior School, Bath Report

The 4th and final round of the Somerset Junior Chess Grand Prix 2018/19 season was held in St. Michael’s CofE Junior School in Bath. This is the first time the school has held a chess tournament and we thank them for hosting the event.

We also welcomed new players, taking part in their first SJC Grand Prix event. We hope all players and parents enjoyed the day and hope to see you again when the 2019/20 season begins again in Autumn 2019.

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Wales vs South West England Junior Chess Results 2019

On Sunday 2nd June 2019, Wales and South West England junior chess players competed against each other in a team event held in Chepstow. There were two age sections:

  • Wales Under 14’s vs South West England Under 14’s
  • Wales Under 11’s vs South West England Under 11’s

There were 12 boards in each age section, with players selected by EPSCA based on their performance at other events. Three players in the 2018/19 SJC Grand Prix season each played two rounds and contributed to the S W England score.

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Megafinal 2019 Results Round-up

The local Megafinals took place over recent weekends and final results have now been published on the UK Schools’ Chess Challenge website:

You can find all Megafinal 2019 results here.

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EPSCA England Junior Chess Team U11 Trials 2019: Results

The EPSCA England U11 team trials were held on the 27th and 28th April 2019 in Liverpoool. The trials were for those players qualifying from tournaments held throughout the UK during the 2018/19 season. Ernie Fields and Matthew Timbrell both achieved the required qualification for the trials, and competed in 6 games against some of the best Under 11’s in the UK.

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EPSCA Girls U11 Inter-Association County Team Championship 2019 Final: Results

The Girls Under 11’s county team final was held in March 2019. Somerset were not represented with a full team, however, Kandara Acharya featured on Board 2 for the Wiltshire team and achieved a maximum 3 wins from her 3 games.

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SJC 2018/19 Grand Prix #3: St. Johns Frome Report

The third Grand Prix of the season was held on an unseasonably warm and sunny day on the 24th March at St Johns School in Frome. This was the rearranged date following the postponement due to the snow and ice in early February. We welcomed over 90 children, competing across the 6 different age sections, including many children taking part in their first ever chess tournament.

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