Worcestershire Chess Association

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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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Click for parents' information and joining form (both pdf documents)


Next club meeting Saturday 25 November


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. The club is very popular so please complete the parents' information and joining form. We'll let you know as soon as we have a place available and when we will be able to welcome you." Please do not attend if you have runny nose, or a cough.




Members score at Birmingham

8 Oct 2023. Abel Sebastian played in his first chess congress when he travelled to play in the Birmingham Junior Open. He scored two points from his games in the strong Under-18 tournament. Harry Barraclough also played, but in the Under-11 section and scored 4 points from five games and coming second in his section of 24 players.

More WJCA players qualify for UK Chess Challenge Gigafinal

10 Jun 2023. In the Shropshre Megafinal Jonah (under-10) and Jack (under14) qualified to join James who had already qualified from an earlier Megafinal. Click for full results.

Players at Birmingham Megafinal

7 May 2023. James Allsopp finished 6th with 3½ points and qualified for a Gigafinal. Two other WJCA players took part and scored well, but not quite good enought to get to a Gigafinal. The tournament was held at UK Chess Challenge Megafinal held at Archbishop Ilsley Catholic School, Acocks Green.

WJCA players at Shropshire Junior Congress

18 Mar 2023. James Allsopp win second prize at the Shropshire Under-14 tournament. Three Worcester players competed scoring 4½ for second place and 3 points in the under-14 tournament and 3 points in the Under-10 tournament. Click tounament for full results.

WJCA player James Allsopp wins Worcestershire Junior Quickplay

19 Dec 2022. James Allsopp emerged winner on tie-break from four other players to claim the under-16 trophy. Another club member, Samuel Thomas, matched James’s score, but was placed 4th on tie-break. In the under-11s, club member Jonah Brown (Claines Primmary Sch) was placed 3rd.

3 Oct 2022. In a Division 2 team battle, Worcestershire were third, below Suffolk and ahead of Richmond Juniors. Ned Guyatt (Nunnery Wood HS, Worcester) scored 22 points ahead of county junior champion Josh Clarke (King’s School Worcester).

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

25 Jun 2022. 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 2022. 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 2022. 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 2022. 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 2022. 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.


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