Oxfordshire Junior Chess

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:

In addition to the junior-only clubs, several of the open clubs have junior sections. Cowley and Witney are currently the most active.


No cups are currently in progress.

Leagues in progress

Rules of the Oxon Schools Chess League

Schools League U11 Pool A
Schools League U11 Pool B
Schools League U13
Schools League U18
Schools League U9 Pool A
Schools League U9 Pool B

Latest News Items

12 Oct 2019

Andrew Varney

First Oxfordshire Girls Chess Championships - 19th to 20th October

The ECF English Girls Chess Championships, incorporating the first 
Oxfordshire Girls Chess Championships, has a healthy number of entries, 
but there is room for more!

The dates are Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th October. The venue 
is Blenheim Palace, Woodstock. The main Championship is a two-day 
Standard Play and there are age-limited one day Minor Rapid Play 
tournaments alongside this. There will be trophies and other prizes to 
be won specifically for Oxfordshire girls in every section of the 

This event forms part of the 2nd Oxfordshire Girls Chess Festival and 
is just one of a series of events planned for autumn 2019.
Link: https://www.englishchess.org.uk/Juniors/english-girls-chess-championships-2019/
11 Nov 2017

Andrew Varney

Inter-county girls friendly tournament

On Sunday 29 October, Oxfordshire Junior Chess hosted a 4-county girls' chess tournament. In addition to Oxfordshire, the adjacent counties of Berkshire, Warwickshire and Wiltshire took part in the event which was held at Headington Prep School. Matches were played over 8 boards in each of two sections: Under 11 and Under 18.

The Under 11 section was amazingly close, almost a four-way tie, the difference between first and fourth place coming down to just one game point! Marc Ives, the U11 Oxfordshire girls' team manager, writes
"The U11 girls fought in the most incredibly tight competition at Headington Prep School on Sunday 29th October. Right until the last board had finished of the whole competition, it could have been a 4 way tie on 4 points. In the end, Oxfordshire came 4th, but played some fantastic chess with some super wins by all the players. We'll be back stronger and aiming to win next time!!"

Despite the teams being reasonably close in terms of average grades for the teams, the results in the Under 18 section were far more definitive. The words of Duncan Young, the Oxfordshire U18 girls' team manager, sum it up nicely:
"Errr... we won! Comprehensively. "

From everything I have heard, from the team managers and from parents, it was a great day for girls' chess. Thank you to the Oxfordshire girls' teams' managers, Elliot Kendall (Oxon U9 team manager) for acting as my deputy for most of the day and clearing up, Alex Holowczak for running the tournament itself, Headington School for the venue and Kidlington Congress for the loan of the equipment. Andrew Varney

Link: http://chess-results.com/tnr310112.aspx?lan=1&art=0&wi=821
29 Nov 2013

Andrew Varney

Schools League AGM minutes and revised rules

The minutes of the Oxon Schools League (Oxon Junior) AGM held at MCS on 
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

Andrew Varney

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

Roger Thetford

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/

More news...

Tournament Results (last two years)


05 Jan 2019: Oxfordshire Junior Chess Championships 2018-19

The 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 Macabenta
Full 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		    7.5
U13 - U18 cross-table U11 cross-table U9 cross-table Schools results


06 Jan 2018: Oxfordshire Junior Chess Championships 2017-18

The 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.
U9 cross table U11 cross table U13-U15-U18 cross table U13-U15-U18 results Primary school results Secondary school results

More tournament results...


OCA Junior Liaison

Contact Andrew Varney
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

Contact Steven Bennett
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

Contact David Zakarian
Notes Selects and manages county U11 team for EPSCA inter-association championships.
Last updated 29 Dec 2017. The owner of this entry is Andrew Varney.

Oxon EPSCA U11 Girls Team Manager

Contact --undefined
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

Contact Elliot Kendall
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

Contact John Place
Last updated 29 Dec 2017. The owner of this entry is Andrew Varney.

Oxon U14 / U130 County Manager

Contact John Place
Notes Open to more experienced players from Y6 to Y9.
Last updated 01 Jun 2013. The owner of this entry is John Place.




County Juniors




Oxon Schools League Rules

Oxon_Schools_League_rules.pdf Updated Schools League rules for 2016-2017 season as agreed at AGM 17 October 2016

Safeguarding Children

OcAsafeguardingchildren2010.pdf Safeguarding Children policy


2014 Oxon Junior Chess AGM minutes

AGM_minutes_25_09_14.pdf Minutes of Oxon Schools League / Oxon Junior Chess AGM held on 25 September 2014

2015 Oxon Junior Chess AGM minutes

AGM_minutes_14-10-15.pdf Minutes of Oxon Schools League / Oxon Junior Chess AGM held on 14 October 2015

2013 Oxon Schools League AGM Minutes

Schools_League_AGM_minutes_15_11_13.pdf Minutes from Schools League/Oxon Junior Chess AGM held on 15 November 2013 at MCS

2012 Oxon Schools League AGM Minutes

AGM_minutes_18_10_12.pdf Minutes from Schools League AGM held 18 October 2012


LJCC qualifier Oxon 10 Nov 2019

2019_LJCC_Oxon.pdf Entry form for Oxon qualifier for London Junior Chess Championships 2019

Seb makes Magnus Carlsen's move!

Seb and Magnus.jpg Oxfordshire junior Seb Watkins was selected to make Magnus Carlsen's opening move in the last round of the London Classic. What an honour, and at the historic tournament where Carlsen broke Kasparov's all time grading record. Seb suggested d4 (as can be seen) but after the photographs ended Magnus elected to play 1.e4 and drew a fine game with Vishy Anand. Well done Seb, I hope you enjoyed it.

The Right Move, issue 21

RightMove21.pdf Issue 21 of The Right Move, a junior magazine published by the English Chess Federation, includes an article on the junior tournament run by Witney Chess Club in October 2008.

Reports from Officers

Graders Report 2019

Graders Report 2019.pdf The Oxford League and the Schools league are still in progress.

Oxon Junior Chess 2017-18 report

2018_OCA_JuniorReport.pdf Report for OCA AGM on junior chess activities in Oxfordshire during the 2017-18 season

2017 AGM - Junior report

2017_OCA_JuniorReport.pdf Report on junior chess activities in Oxfordshire during 2016-17 season as presented at the OCA AGM on 21 September 2017

Graders Report for 2016-2017

Graders Report 2017.docx A table showing events submitted to the ECF.

2015 AGM - Junior Report

2015_OCA_JuniorReport.pdf Report on junior chess activities in Oxfordshire during 2014-15 season as presented at the 2016 OCA AGM

2016 AGM - Junior Report

2016_OCA_JuniorReport.pdf Report on junior chess activities in Oxfordshire during 2015-16 season as presented at the OCA AGM

2014 AGM - junior report

2014_OCA_JuniorReport.pdf Report on junior chess activities in Oxfordshire during 2013-14 season as presented at the OCA AGM

2013 AGM - Junior report

2013_OCA_JuniorReport.pdf Junior Liaison Officer's report as presented to 2013 OCA AGM

2012 AGM - Junior Report

junior report 2011-12.pdf Report from Junior Liaison Officer to the 2012 AGM.

2010 AGM - Junior Report

2010_JuniorReport.doc Report from Junior Liaison Officer to the 2010 AGM.

2009 AGM - Junior Report

2009_JuniorReport.doc Report from Junior Liaison Officer to the 2009 AGM.

2006 AGM - Junior Report

2006_JuniorReport.doc Report from Junior Liaison Officer to the 2006 AGM.