Wiltshire Junior Chess encourages and promotes chess for junior girls and boys of all ages and abilities.
Many schools in Wiltshire have chess clubs at lunchtime or after school. If you want to start a school club WJC can help advise on sourcing equipment, resources for teaching & advice on running a club. Contact us for details.
Chess in Schools & Communities Based in Chippenham, Paul Girdlestone is a Chess Tutor for the Chess in Schools & Communities Charity. Paul delivers a heavily subsidised 1 year Chess course (spanning the school year) which additionally contributes to 'School Curriculum' subjects. It is provided to eligible State Primary Schools with further information available from Paul (who holds an enhanced DBS Certificate) on 07958000915
In addition to the many chess clubs operating in schools there are two independent junior chess clubs in Wiltshire. Contact details can be found below:
Bradford and Avon Valley Youth Chess Club
Moonrakers Junior Chess Club, Swindon
The best way to improve is to play regularly! Tournament chess is a very effective way to improve because you play against people with ideas new to you. Writing down your moves is also a great help to improving as you can go over (analyse) each game afterwards. If you can't yet write your moves down it's a good idea to learn!
If you're new to chess try one of the Wiltshire Junior Chess "Fun Days" held in the autumn term, or the 'Wilts & West of England Championships' in February, which has a beginner's section.
For those who are interested in Junior coaching on an individual or 'smaller group' basis further information is again available from Paul Girdlestone (typical ECF rating 190-200) on 07958000915
Wiltshire Junior Chess run county teams at U9, U11, U11 girls, & older age groups. To be selected for a team, you need two good performances from our selection events held every year. Some of our players have gone on to play in the England Junior Chess squad. For more information on playing competitive chess look at the upcoming events section on this page.
|Sun 29 Oct 2017||Girls U11/U18 Team Event||Oxford (by invitation)|
|Sat 4 Nov 2017||U12 NCJS Team Tournament||Warwickshire (by invitation)|
|Sun 5 Nov 2017||Wiltshire Junior Open Tournament, LJCC Qualifying Event||Brook Field School, Swindon|
|Sat 25 Nov 2017||Girls' Chess Fun Day (Open Tournament)||Lydiard Millicent C of E Primary School|
|Sat 9 Dec 2017||Wiltshire Junior Congress||Leehurst Swan School, Salisbury|
|Sat 13 Jan 2018||Wales and West of England U14, U11, U9 Team Jamboree||Chepstow (by invitation)|
|Sat/Sun 3/4 Feb 2018||U11 All Play All||Lydiard Millicent C of E Primary School (by invitation)|
|Sun 4 Feb 2018||U9 Team Event||St Gabriel's School, Newbury (by invitation)|
|Sat/Sun 17/18 Feb 2018||Wiltshire and West of England Junior Open Championships||UTC Swindon, SN1 5ET||Prizes|
|Sat 10 March 2018||U9 EPSCA Team Zonal||TBC (by invitation)|
|Sat 17 March 2018||U11 EPSCA Team Zonal||New College, Swindon, SN3 1AH (by invitation)|
|Sat 24 March 2018||Girls U11 EPSCA Team Event||TBC (by invitation)|
|Sat 21 April 2018||U11 EPSCA Team Finals||TBC (by invitation, subject to qualification)|
|Sat 28 April 2018||U9 EPSCA Team Finals||TBC (by invitation, subject to qualification)|
|Sat 12 May 2018||UKCC Wessex Megafinal (U12-U18 pre-qualification not necessary)||St John's School, Granham Hill, Marlborough, SN8 4AX||Online entry|
|Mon 2 July 2018||Swindon Primary Schools Tournament||Shaw Ridge Primary School, Wilts|
Wiltshire Junior Chess complies with the English Chess Federation Safeguarding Children Policy