Worcestershire Chess Association

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Worcestershire Junior Chess


Upcoming junior chess tournaments

Junior and community chess clubs in Worcestershire


Worcestershire Junior Chess Academy, the longest established junior club in the county, has a history stretching back to 2004. It is open during school terms on alternate Saturday mornings at King's School Worcester. Head coach is Simon Berry. Use the tab at the top to see more information.

Alvechurch Library Chess Club is a community club. Contact Nigel Towers for more information.

Bewdley Chess Club is a community club meeting on Wednesday lunchtimes. The coach is John Wrench. Use the tab at the top to see more information.

Worcestershire Squad Team for online chess. Worcestershire junior players have an online squad for online tournaments and playing other counties on lichess.org. Contact Nigel Towers, if you would like to play.


County news

Depleted Squad placed fourth in Div 2

1 Aug. Yorskire juniors were run-away first, followed by Leicestershire Juniors. Worcestershire Squad wereahead of Surrey, Nottingham and Staffordshire juniors. Eric Gregory (RGS Worcester) was again the highest scorer for the county with 16 points.

Pebworth launches new community club

26 Jul. Juniors and older hands play social chess at the Village Hall. The club next meets on 2 August and then fortnightly during August and moving to a weekly schedule in September. View their flyer or contact Debbie Robinson.

Worcestershire Squad 3rd in team battle

4 Jul. Worcestershire Squad on 94 points were 3rd. The top scorer in this battle was Worcestershire’s Eric Gregory with 38 points. The battle was won by Kent Juniors.

Cameron Henry in Kidderminster final

2 Jul. Twelve-year-old Cameron Henry made history by becoming Kidderminster club’s youngest ever finalist in the club championship.

Worcestershire Squad Third in Div 2 again

6 Jun, Simon Berry reports. Worcestershire Squad maintained their place despite having only four players available. Worcestershire’s top player Eric Gregory (RGS, Worcester) with 39 points was the second highest individual score in the event. Other members of the team were Ned Guyatt (Worc Jun Chess Acad and Nunnery Wood HS, Worcester), Cameron Henry (Kidderminster and RGS Worcester) and Michelle Zhu (King’s Hawford School, Worcester). The battle was won by Richmond Juniors.

Worcestershire Squad Third in Division 2

2 May. Playing in Division 2, Worcester were in sole third position above Staffordshire, Surrey, Nottinghamshire and Cambridgeshire Juniors. Winners were Ojays' Oxfordshire team and Suffolk Juniors were runners-up. Two players topped the score sheet for Worcestershire: Eric Gregory (RGS Worcester) and Ned Guyatt (Worc Jun Chess Acad & Nunnery WoodHS, Worcester).

Worcester Junior team 7th at Kenilworth

23 April. Worcestershire fielded an under-11 Warriors team in Division 2 of the the Warwickshire Junior team tournament at Kenilworth. This is the first time the county have entered an under-11 team in any competition for several years. Michelle Zhu (King's Hawford Sch, Worcester), Yiming Huang (King's St Alban's Sch Worcester and WJCA), Sebastian Patel, Ilya Eaton and Sidarth Nair (Lyppard Grange Primary Sch, Worcester and WJCA) formed the squad from which four players made up a team for each of the seven matches. In round 1, Worcester Warriors beat Hallfield B team, but were unable to win a further match. The most successful Warrior was Sebastian Patel. Hallfield A won Division 1 and Hallfield C Division 2.

Worcestershire Squad promoted to Division 1

4 Apr. In their first battle in Division 1, Worcestershire juniors were placed eighth - a creditable achievement against the top ranking juniors in the country. Winners of the event were Sussex Juniors.

Worcestershire Squad move up in Team Battle

10 Mar. Eric Gregory of RGS Worcester led his team to a shared third position with Nottinghamshire Juniors (Robin Hoods). Eric scored 28 of the squad’s 102 points.

Kidderminster juniors score

24 Feb. Twelve years olds Cameron Henry and Luke Pender both won against vastly more experienced opponents this week. Luke defeated John Varilone in the Shuttle Shield Knockout and Cameron defeated Terry Pountney in the Club Championship Group Stage.

Worcester Junior in Kenilworth Congress

19 Feb. Ned Guyatt from the Worcestershire Junior Chess Academy 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.

Worcestershire Squad in Blitz online team battles

7 Feb 2022. Worcestershire moved up to 4th place with more players and a total of 69 points. Eric Gregory from RGS Worcester was the leading scorer for the team.

3 Jan 2022. Worcestershire Squad were back to 6th position in Division 2 and above Manchester Juniors, Bristol Juniors, and the Jonathan Hawkins Junior Club. Highest scoring county player was Ned Guyatt (Nunnery Wood High School, Worcester) with 13 points from 10 games.

6 Dec 2021. Worcestershire Squad moved up to 5th position beating Nottingham Robin Hoods and Sarah Hegarty’s team.

1 Nov 2021. The squad was eighth ahead of Notts Robin Hood and Bucks. Highest Worcestershire scorer was Michelle Zhu.

4 Oct 2021. The squad was sixth ahead of Notts Robin Hoods, Bucks and Bristol. Highest scorer for Worcestershire was Cameron Henry on 14 points.

Cameron Henry reaches national finals

18 Aug 2021. Cameron Henry, who was coached by WJCA chess coach Simon Berry is on his way to the UK Chess Challenge Terafinal in September. Read more at Worcester News.

Worcestershire Juniors in 20th Blitz online team battle

2 Aug 2021. ScarlettsGambit held the flag for Worcestershire, but the team were outgunned. Full results.

Former Worcestershire junior champion wins national competition

29 Jul 2021. Manvith Sandhu was first in the British under-2000 online championships on tie-break with 5 points in the 6-round competition. See full results.

Worcestershire Juniors in 7th Blitz online team battle

5 Jul 2021. For the first time for many years, Worcestershire entered a junior team competition. Worcestershire Squad team were sixth equal with Buckinghamshire. The battle was won by Hampshire Junior Chess Association. Full results.

Worcestershire Juniors battle Manchester

8 May 2021. Worcestershire juniors put up a brave fight agaist the much larger and powerful Mancunians, but going down 147-265. Dillan Duke (WJCA), Josh Clarke (WJCA) and Cameron Henry (Kidderminster) scored for their county.


Schools with chess clubs including schools entering Worcestershire Megafinal of UK Chess Challenge

Blessed Edward Oldcorne High School, Worcester
King's St Alban's, Worcester

King's School, Kings Hawford, Worcester

King's School Worcester

King Edward VI School Camp Hill, Birmingham

King Edward School Birmingham

Nunnery Wood High School, Worcester



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