Wiltshire Junior Chess

Welcome to the website of Wiltshire Junior Chess

New to Chess?

Wiltshire Junior Chess encourages and promotes chess for junior girls and boys of all ages and abilities.

School Chess

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

Chess Clubs

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

Want to Improve Your Chess?

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

County Teams, England Squad & External Tournaments

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.

Provisional Calender of Events 2016/17

Sat 17 Sept 2016 Wiltshire Fun Day (used for County team selection) Brook Field Primary School, Swindon Results
Sun 25 Sept 2016 U14 Team National Youth Chess Association Championships Northampton
SUN 30 Oct 2016 Girls U11 Fun Day Lydiard Millicent Primary School Event Report
Sat 5 Nov 2016 U12/U16 Team National Youth Chess Association Competition Telford (by invitation)
SUN 6 Nov 2016 Wiltshire Fun Day inc. LJCC Qualification (used for County team selection) Brook Field Primary School, Swindon Results
Sat 10 Dec 2016 Wiltshire Fun Day inc. Wiltshire Congress (used for County team selection) Leehurst Swan School, Salisbury Results
Sat/Sun 17/18 Dec 2016 London Junior Chess Championships Finals London
Wed-Fri 28-30 Dec 2016 London Junior Chess Championships Finals London
Sun 8 Jan 2017 Training (morning only) Brook Field Primary School, Swindon (by invitation)
Sat 14 Jan 2017 Wales and West of England U14, U11, U9 Team Jamboree Chepstow (by invitation)
TBC Feb 2017 Training Venue TBC (by invitation)
Sat/Sun 4/5 Feb 2017 U11 All Play All Liden (by invitation)
Sun 5 Feb 2017 U9 Team Friendly Newbury (by invitation)
Sat 11 Feb 2017 Girls U11/U18 Team Friendly Bath (by invitation)
Sat/Sun 18/19 Feb 2017 Wilts and West of England Championships St Joseph's Catholic College, Swindon Results
Sat 11 March 2017 U9 EPSCA Team Zonal Thatcham, Berkshire (by invitation)
Sat 18 March 2017 U11 EPSCA Team Zonal Chepstow (by invitation)
Sat 25 March 2017 Girls U11 EPSCA Team Event Twickenham (by invitation)
Sat 6 May 2017 U11 EPSCA Team Finals Northampton (by invitation)
Sat 20 May 2017 Wessex Megafinal (U12-U18 pre-qualification not necessary) Market Lavington School, SN10 4EB Online entry
Mon 3 July 2017 Swindon Primary Schools Tournament Shaw Ridge Primary School, Wilts

Contact Details

Team Managers

Wiltshire Junior Chess complies with the English Chess Federation Safeguarding Children Policy