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 2017/18

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

Contact Details

Team Managers

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