Oxfordshire Junior Chess
This page collects together items from the Oxfordshire Chess website that have been flagged as being relevant for juniors. The items are collected under the following headings:junior-only clubs, several of the open clubs have junior sections.
No cups are currently in progress.
Leagues in progress
|Schools League U11 Pool A||updated 24 Feb 2020|
|Schools League U11 Pool B||updated 10 Feb 2020|
|Schools League U13||updated 10 Mar 2020|
|Schools League U18||updated 17 Jan 2020|
|Schools League U9 Pool A||updated 02 Mar 2020|
|Schools League U9 Pool B||updated 06 Feb 2020|
Latest News Items
06 Feb 2020
EPSCA Zonals 2020
Congratulations to the Oxfordshire U9 and U11 teams which have qualified for the English Primary Schools Chess Association National Semi-Finals in May. Held at St Joseph's School (to whom thanks for their hosting of the event),twelve teams participated from Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire. Results: U9 1st St Joseph's A; 2nd MCS 'A'; 3rd St Joseph's B U11 1st MCS 'A'; 2nd St Joseph's A; 3rd MCS 'B'.
17 Nov 2019
Oxfordshire qualifier for LJCC - report
Report from Joseph Conlon on the recent Oxon LJCC qualifying
The 2019 Oxfordshire qualifying tournament for the London Junior Chess
Championships took place on Sunday 10th November. The tournament was
held at Cheney School and consisted of U8, U10 and U12 qualifier
sections, plus an additional U18 section. There was a round entry of
exactly 100 children across the four sections, both Oxfordshire players
and visitors from as far afield as Devon and Yorkshire.
The chess was keenly contested as players sought to qualify for the
December London finals. The U8s was won with a perfect score of 6/6 by
local player Uri Magidor-Sternberg from St Giles Chess Club, closely
followed by Samiksha Yerabati with 5/6, who had travelled all the way
from Leeds. The U10s saw the emergence of a previously ungraded player,
Alex Shen from Magdalen College School, who stormed to victory with
5.5/6 just ahead of Mayank Palav (Wiltshire) and Sophie Mehta
(Leicestershire) with 5/6. In the U12s local England junior Jan
Murawski, playing three years up, won with 5.5/6 a point clear of the
chasing pack (Zoha Ashraf, Andy Wang and Krrish Patel) on 4.5. In the
U18s the top seed Edison Xu (Magdalen College School) won with a
perfect 6/6 ahead of Adam Sieczkowski (Witney) with 5/6.
Many thanks to those who helped make the tournament a success - the
section controllers Elliott Kendall in the U8s, John Place in the U10s
and Lucy Broomfield in the U12/U18s, Andrew Varney as chief arbiter,
and also Ola Murawska and Yanling Cheng who assisted in many tasks on
For full results click on the link below.Link: http://results.utuswiss.co.uk/
29 Nov 2013
Schools League AGM minutes and revised rules
The minutes of the Oxon Schools League (Oxon Junior) AGM held at MCS on 15 November and the revised Schools League rules for the 2013-14 season approved at that meeting are now available to read at the documents section of the OCA website:Link: http://www.oxfordfusion.com/oca/GetDocuments.cfm
11 Nov 2013
Oxfordshire Junior tournament 2013
The 2013 Oxfordshire junior chess tournament was held on Sunday 3 November at MCS. There were 82 entrants, with a good number in the Under 14 and Under 16 sections as well as the U10s and U12s which were qualifiers for the London Junior Chess Championships. There were a number of good players new to the Oxfordshire chess scene as well as top players from outside the county. Hence the standard of play was quite high, with even some familiar names being edged out of the qualification zone. Full cross-tables and final standings can be found at the link below.Link: http://www.oxfordfusion.com/oca/GetTournamentResults.cfm
22 Apr 2013
Marcus Harvey =3rd at the British Blitz Championships
Marcus Harvey travelled to Birmingham on Saturday for the British Blitz Championships, an 11-round Swiss with 66 players. After two wins, in round 3 he found himself on top board playing GM Mark Hebden -- and won!
A further 1½ / 4 against IMs (as black each time) and a last-round draw with top seed GM Keith Arkell, plus 5 / 5 against the untitled lesser mortals, gave Marcus equal third place on 8 / 11 alongside Arkell and IMs Thomas Rendle and Ameet Ghasi. Hebden won with 9½ / 11, dropping only a draw with Arkell after his loss to Marcus.
Congratulations Marcus!Link: http://www.englishchess.org.uk/British_Blitz_2013/
Tournament Results (last two years)
05 Jan 2019: Oxfordshire Junior Chess Championships 2018-19The new (2018-19) Oxfordshire Junior Chess Champions are:
Under 18 Josh Soanes Under 15 Hari Selvaraj Under 13 Dimitrios Zakarian Under 11 Tashika Arora Under 9 Kei MacabentaFull results (cross-tables) can be found by following the links given below.
A schools competition is also run as part of the tournament. Subject to not being allowed to win the prize two occasions in a row, the top-scoring schools in Primary and Secondary sections are awarded an engraved chess clock. See the attachment for the rules and full summary of results.
The top schools this year were: Position Primary School Points 1st St Joseph's 18.5 2nd Phil & Jim 15 PRIZE WINNER 3rd OJHS 14 Position Secondary School Points 1st MCS 12.5 PRIZE WINNER 2nd Cherwell 10.5 3rd Cheney 7.5U13 - U18 cross-table U11 cross-table U9 cross-table Schools results
06 Jan 2018: Oxfordshire Junior Chess Championships 2017-18The Oxfordshire Junior Chess Championships for 2017-18 were held at Cumnor PS on 6-7 January 2018.
The sections were:
Under 9 Oxon team trials 6-round Rapid Play (ungraded) Saturday 6 January Under 11 Oxon team trials 6-round Rapid Play (ECF graded) Sunday 6 January Under 13, Under 15 and Under 18 combined as one 6-round 2-day Standard Play tournament
The individual prize winners were:
Under 9 Champions Jan Murawski St Joseph's 5.5/6 (=TB 1&2) Jamie Sarisky Phil & Jim Runner-up Jacob Iliffe MCS 5/6 3rd place Charlie Lambert Chandlings 4/6 (SOP) Under 11 Champion Amaan Kassey MCS 5.5/6 (SOP) Runner-up Dimitrios Zakarian CCCS 5.5/6 3rd place Tashika Arora OHS 5/6 (SOP) Under 13 Champion Hari Selvaraj MCS 4.5/6 Runner-up Leonora Ives SS Hel/Kats 4/6 (=U15) Under 15 Champions Bill Read Wood Farm 4/6 (no TB) Josh Soanes Bartholomew 4/6 Under 18 Champion Liza Sheremetyeva OHS 6/6
The school competitions were won by:
Under 18 School Cherwell* Under 11 School MCS* (on tie-break)* clock prizes awarded to Abingdon School and St Joseph's as Cherwell and MCS were awarded the clock prizes the previous season.
Many thanks to all who were involved beforehand and on the day including:
Kathryn Gillow (entries & many other tasks), Priscilla Morris (U13/U15/U18 arbiter), John Place, David Zakarian, Elliot Kendall, Marc Ives, Asif Hameed (controllers & pairings - U9 & U11), Ola Murawska & Sameer Kassey (results posting) and probably others I have forgotten [sorry!]. Thanks also to Cumnor PS for providing the venue, Kidlington Congress for equipment loan and Hacketts for catering.
OCA Junior Liaison
|Notes||Responsible for reporting junior activities to the OCA, and acting as a contact point for enquiries. Not necessarily responsible for organising Oxon junior teams.|
|Last updated||27 Oct 2018. The owner of this entry is Andrew Varney.|
Oxon Chiltern League Junior Captain
|Notes||...for the Chiltern League competition starting autumn 2008, with mixed senior and junior teams. The competition is in abeyance (since 2017).|
|Last updated||27 Oct 2018. The owner of this entry is Steven Bennett.|
Oxon EPSCA U11 County Team Manager
|Notes||Selects and manages county U11 team for EPSCA inter-association championships.|
|Last updated||27 Feb 2020. The owner of this entry is Andrew Varney.|
Oxon EPSCA U11 Girls Team Manager
|Notes||Selects and manages the Oxfordshire Under 11 Girls team for the English Primary Schools Chess Association Inter-Association Championships.
EPSCA U11 Girls Page
|Last updated||14 Oct 2018. The owner of this entry is Andrew Varney.|
Oxon EPSCA U9 County Team Manager
|Notes||Selects and manages Oxon U9 team for EPSCA inter-association championships.|
|Last updated||29 Dec 2017. The owner of this entry is Andrew Varney.|
Oxon Schools League Secretary
|Last updated||29 Dec 2017. The owner of this entry is Andrew Varney.|
Oxon U14 / U130 County Manager
|Notes||Open to more experienced players from Y6 to Y9.|
|Last updated||01 Jun 2013. The owner of this entry is John Place.|