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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.

Competitions

No cups are currently in progress.

Leagues in progress

Rules of the Oxon Schools Chess League

2016-17 Oxon Schools U11: Zone A updated 01 Apr 2017 Player records
2016-17 Oxon Schools U11: Zone B updated 26 Apr 2017 Player records
2016-17 Oxon Schools U13 updated 27 Mar 2017 Player records
2016-17 Oxon Schools U18 updated 30 Mar 2017 Player records
2016-17 Oxon Schools U9: Zone A updated 29 Mar 2017 Player records
2016-17 Oxon Schools U9: Zone B updated 26 Apr 2017 Player records

Latest News Items

02 Apr 2017

Andrew Varney

Oxon U11 girls team

Oxfordshire Under 11 Girls team recently competed in the EPSCA final. 
This took place on the same weekend, and at the same venue, that 
Oxfordshire were winning the Under 14 Minor section of the SCCU Junior 
Jamboree.

Unfortunately the team was missing a fair number of the stronger 
players, but this gave a chance for others to compete at the top level 
on higher boards, and others who would otherwise have been in the 
reserves tournament to play for the main team.

The team did not come last! The results do not do justice to how close 
some of the games were, and all of the girls are to be congratulated 
for their positive team spirit. Over half the team's points came from 
strong performances from Sana Kassey on board 3 and Asha Seymour on 
board 12. Full results can be found at the link below.

Next year Oxfordshire will be hosting the EPSCA U11 girls final, and I 
am hoping that we will be able to put a bigger focus on Oxfordshire 
girls' chess in the year leading up to that.
				
Link: http://www.oxfordfusion.com/epsca/TeamsOverall.cfm?EventID=101
01 Apr 2017

Andrew Varney

SCCU Junior Jamboree - Oxon winners

After some teething problems with setting up teams for the Southern 
Counties Chess Union Junior Jamboree, Oxfordshire fielded a team of six 
in the U14 minor section. The event took place at Orleans School in 
Twickenham on March 26th and comprised three rounds of standard games. 
The consistent strong performance of the team earned them the first 
place and each player came home with a trophy. Well done!

Warmest thanks to everyone who entered the competition, including those 
who could not go due to insufficient numbers of players in their 
sections.

Ola Murawska (team manager)

				

12 Mar 2017

Andrew Varney

Oxford win EPSCA U9 south zonal!

Exciting news from David Zakarian, Oxon's EPSCA U9 team manager:

"In spite of the failure to qualify to the EPSCA finals from the South Zonal tournament last year, the Oxfordshire U9 teams recent results were quite reassuring, allowing us to speak about good chances to qualify. The results of the 2017 zonal held at Kennet School, Thatcham, proved wrong even our most optimistic predictions. In the afternoon of 11 March, while the University of Oxford was slowly but surely outplaying the Cambridge University team in the annual 135th Varsity match, the Oxfordshire U9 juniors were collecting invaluable points in their matches against opponents from 8 other counties. Eventually, after scoring 27½ out of 36 possible, Oxfordshire won the 1st place, coming 1 point ahead of the last years winner Sussex. Congratulations to all players both on the main boards and the reserves, as well as to all parents and coaches who contributed, in one way or another, to this success! It was a magnificent team effort, in which all players showed absolute determination and great perseverance!"

For results from the main tournament see the link below.

Link: http://www.oxfordfusion.com/epsca/TeamsOverall.cfm?EventID=95
12 Mar 2017

Andrew Varney

Oxfordshire events for Delancey UK Chess Challenge

The Oxfordshire Megafinal will be held on Saturday 29 April 2017 at 
Cokethorpe School. 
Entry for all players is via the UK Chess Challenge website. For primary school aged players (Under 11 on 1 September 2016), qualification via a school, club or last chance saloon tournament is required and a code will be supplied from that tournament. This year secondary school aged players may enter directly without pre- qualification. There will be a cap on the number of entries due to venue restrictions, so please do enter well before the deadline!

Players who are of proven county standard (e.g. have previously played for one of the Oxon county junior teams) may be interested in the "Ojays" (Oxfordshire Junior Squad) tournament on Sunday 19 March, which is also a qualifier for the Megafinal. Details and online entry are available on the Ojays website: http://www.oxon-junior-chess- squad.org.uk/ojays-uk-chess-challenge-megafinal-qualifier-2017.

Other junior players who have not qualified from a school tournament (either because it is not running one this year or because they were unable to accrue a sufficient number of points) may wish to enter the Oxfordshire "Last Chance Saloon" on Tuesday 11 April. An entry form is available at the link below.

Link: http://www.oxfordfusion.com/oca/documents/UKCC_last_chance_saloon_2017.pdf
11 Feb 2017

Andrew Varney

Oxon Junior tournament results

The full results for the Oxon Junior tournament held on 7-8 January 
2017 are available on the results section of this website. The 2016-17 
season champions are:

Under 18        Zoe Varney               
Under 15        Elizaveta Sheremetyeva  
Under 13        Bill Read       
Under 11        Ben Aubury & Dimitrios Zakarian (equal on tie-breaks)
Under 9         Ivan Chetverikov

Under 18 School   Cherwell
Under 11 School   St Joseph's* (on tie-break)
* clock prize awarded to MCS as St Joseph's were winners previous season.

Link: http://www.oxfordfusion.com/oca/GetTournamentResults.cfm
11 Feb 2017

Andrew Varney

Oxon U9 team inter-county friendly results

On Sunday 5 February, David Zakarian left the Kidlington Congress a round early in order to manage an Oxon Under 9 team in an inter- county match in Newbury.

After the match David wrote:

"Oxfordshire Junior U9 team had a wonderful tournament, coming second out of eight teams in the overall standings. Congratulations to all the players! Every single member of the team contributed to this success and I hope they all have learnt something from this invaluable experience. Special thanks to all the parents and guardians who dedicated one more Sunday to their childrens chess adventures!"

Full results can be found at:

Link: http://www.oxfordfusion.com/epsca/TeamsOverall.cfm?EventID=92
27 Dec 2016

Andrew Varney

Oxfordshire Junior county teams

At the end of November, Oxfordshire took part in a four county invitational tournament hosted by Warwickshire and including Leicestershire and Northamptonshire. There were three sections: Under 11, Under 9 and Under 11 girls. The teams were for 8 players in each of the open sections and 4 in the girls. Oxfordshire performed well and came home with the shields for the Under 11 and Under 11 girls sections. There were also medals presented to all of the winning team members. Full results can be found at chess-results.com.

In the Spring there will be further inter-county tournaments with larger teams (e.g. the EPSCA U11 zonal on 18 March is for 16-20 players and U9 and U11 girls are for 12 players).

The main route to be selected for one of these teams is to play in the Oxfordshire junior county team trials which are taking place on 7th  8th January 2017. Further information is on the entry form available here but you can enter online via the link "Ojays" website. Please note that entries and payments received after 4 January incur an additional late fee.


02 Dec 2016

Andrew Varney

Oxfordshire Junior Chess Tournament 2016-17

Entries are now being received for the 2016-17 season Oxfordshire Junior 
(U13, U15, U18) Chess Tournament. The tournament is taking place on the 
weekend of 7-8 January 2017 at Cumnor Primary School. It is a Standard 
Play tournament open to all those under 18 on 1 September 2016 affiliated 
to Oxfordshire by residence, school or chess club membership or by birth.

There is significant prize money (at least £175) and prestigious titles 
and trophies to compete for. 

The tournament will also be incorporating the Oxfordshire Secondary 
Schools individual competition (top school wins an engraved chess clock 
based on top 4 scoring players from each school represented).
				
Link: documents/Oxon_2016-2017_U18.pdf
07 Aug 2016

Andrew Varney

Oxon players qualify for next stage of UK Chess Challenge 2016

The Oxon Megafinal of the UK Chess Challenge at the end of April 
2016 
attracted an equal record number of entries with that in 2014. 
Of the approximately 250 participants, 77 qualified for the Southern 
Gigafinal, the penultimate stage of the UK Chess Challenge. 

Together with a few other Oxon Juniors who qualified from other 
counties' Megafinals, most of these took up the challenge to play in 
the Gigafinal on July 16th/17th weekend. 
Altogether I counted 60 Oxon Juniors playing on the Saturday or 
Sunday.
Qualifying from this event were 14 to the last stage Standard Play 
Terafinal tournament to be held on 20th/21st August. 
Over half of these are girls, underlining Oxfordshire's tradition of 
producing some of the country's top female chess players. 
A further 16 players, not quite making the Terafinal, qualified to 
play 
in the Rapid Play Silver Plate tournament to be held in September. 

Congratulations to all those who took part in the Gigafinal and 
especially to those who have proceeded to the final stages of the 
competition to whom we wish the best of luck.
				
Link: documents/Qualifiers_from_SGigafinal_2016.pdf
01 Feb 2016

Andrew Varney

Under 9 and Under 11 county team trials

The county trials (held on Sunday 17 January) were a huge success, 
with our biggest attendance since we had a record number in 2012. 
There were many more entries in the under 9s section than in recent 
years which bodes well for future teams, with a lot of younger 
players taking part. It was impressive to see some of the younger 
ones in years 1 and 2 holding their own against the older children.

In the under 9s, Dimitrios Zakarian showed his class as one of the 
top young players in the country, winning on 6/6. Frida Ives was his 
closest rival showing the huge improvement she has made over the 
last year with 5/6. David Nebres did extremely well as a relatively 
unknown player (to us) also on 5/6. David Kardashyan came in 4th on 
4.5/6, a very good performance from a year 2.

In the under 11s, it was extremely competitive and with so many 
experienced players the standard was very high. In the end it came 
down to a superb game played between Hari Selvaraj and Movses 
Shirinyan with Hari playing it beautifully and coming through to win 
on 6/6. Movses won all his other games to come 2nd on 5/6. Freddy 
Beneat came 3rd ahead of Leonora Ives on countback, both on 4.5/6. 
In the newly released ECF grading list we now have 5 players over 
100 RP grade, as our county team continues to improve.

David Lee (U11 team manager & trials organiser)
				
Link: GetTournamentResults.cfm

More news...

Tournament Results (last two years)

2017

01 Apr 2017: Grove Junior Tournament

Sponsored by the Wantage Rotary Club; organised by Peter Hemmings and members of Wantage Chess Club.

Under 8 (incl U7) Under 10 (incl U9) Open (incl U11)

07 Jan 2017: Oxon Junior tournament 2016-17 (Schools Results)

The Oxfordshire Junior Chess Championships held over the weekend of 7-8 January 2017 incorporated the Oxfordshire Schools competition.

Both U9 and U11 tournament results counted for the Primary School prize, with the top result of the two counting for those who played on both days. An impressive 33 different Oxfordshire schools were represented in this section! St Joseph's and MCS accounted for over a third of the competitors, and not surprisingly were the top two schools. The prize is awarded to MCS as St Joseph's were last season's recipients.

The school competition is based on:
1.	Four top scoring players from each school.
a.	If a player played in both sections, only his/her top score of the two is counted.
b.	In the case of less than four players from a school, all players count.
2.	If there is a tie on points considering the top four players, the next top scoring player is considered until the tie is broken (either because one score was higher or because one school has more players to consider).
3.	If there is a tie on this basis, the school entering more players is put higher on the list.

1.	St Joseph's              top 4 = 17.5 (top 7 =29.5)
2.	MCS                      top 4 = 17.5 (top 7 =29.0)
3.	SSMJ                     top 4 = 15.5

The Secondary School competition was based on results in the Under 13 - Under 18 junior championships, in which competitors from 11 eligible schools took part. The winner of the clock prize is Cherwell School, beating MCS to it by half a point.

Primary School (U11) results Secondary School (U18) results

07 Jan 2017: Oxon Junior Chess Championships (U13-U18) 2016-17

The Oxon Junior Chess Championships 2016-17 was a 2-day standard play event.
The winners of the titles and trophies for each age group were: 
Under 18        Zoe Varney               5/6
Under 15        Elizaveta Sheremetyeva  4.5/6
Under 13        Bill Read               4.5/6

A full cross-table is attached.
Final cross-table U13-U18 tournament

07 Jan 2017: Oxon Under 9 & Under 11 team county trials 2017

Cross tables from the Oxon U9 county team trials held on 7 January 2017 and the U11 county team trials held on 8 January 2017, both at Cumnor PS with a record number of entrants. U9 trials results U11 trials results

2016

08 May 2016: Delancey UK Schools Chess Challenge - Oxon Megafinal 2016

The 2016 Oxfordshire Megafinal was held at The Marlborough School, Woodstock, on Saturday 30 April. The number of entries (251) equalled the record set in 2014. After transfers, withdrawals and no-shows on the day there were 244 participants from over 50 different schools and clubs.

The titles were awarded to:
U18 Supremo - N/A; Suprema - N/A
U17 Supremo - Lev Pavlov (Bartholomew); Suprema - Anna Wang (OHS)
U16 Supremo - Vance Van Winkle (Kingham Hill); Suprema - Zoe Varney (Headington)
U15 Supremo - Daniel Varney (D'Overbroecks); Suprema - Jasmine Burgess (Oxford Spires)
U14 Supremo - Alex Tselos (D'Overbroecks); Suprema - Elizaveta Sheremetyeva (OHS)
U13 Supremo - Tom Shepherd (MCS); Suprema - Imogen Young (Didcot GS)
U12 Supremo - Ross Tselos (CCCS); Suprema - Eva Wang (OHS)
U11 Supremo - Hari Selvaraj (SS Mary & John); Suprema - Leonora Ives (Appleton/Ojays)
U10 Supremo - Hugo Rayner (William Fletcher); Suprema - Philippa Dellar (Bletchingdon)
U9 Supremo - Robert Fry (SS Mary & John); Suprema - Frida Ives (Appleton/Ojays)
U8 Supremo - Dimitrios Levon Zakarian (St Barnabas); Suprema - Daniella McFarlane (Emmanuel)
U7 Supremo - Ivan Chetverikov (CCCS); Suprema - Cecilia Kendall (Headington)

Cross-tables: U7 U8B U8G U9B U9G U10B U10G U11B U11G U12B U13B U12-U18G U14-U18B

All of the above and all other players who scored 4 points or more qualify for the Southern Gigafinal in Reading in July. See the Delancey UK Chess Challenge site for more details).

17 Jan 2016: U9 and U11 Oxon county team trials

U9 and U11 Oxon county team trials held at William Fletcher Primary School U9 cross table U11 cross table

More tournament results...

Contacts

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 01 Jun 2013. 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.
Last updated 01 Jun 2013. The owner of this entry is Steven Bennett.

Oxon EPSCA U11 County Team Manager

Contact David Lee
Notes Selects and manages county U11 team for EPSCA inter-association championships.
Last updated 26 Oct 2016. The owner of this entry is Andrew Varney.

Oxon EPSCA U11 Girls Team Manager

Contact Marc Ives
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 26 Oct 2016. The owner of this entry is Andrew Varney.

Oxon EPSCA U9 County Team Manager

Contact David Zakarian
Notes Selects and manages Oxon U9 team for EPSCA inter-association championships.
Last updated 26 Oct 2016. The owner of this entry is Andrew Varney.

Oxon Schools League Secretary

Contact Andrew Varney
Notes
Last updated 01 Jun 2013. 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.

Links

Admin

Coaching

County Juniors

Tournaments

Documents

Constitutional

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

Minutes

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

Other

Oxon UKCC 2017 Last Chance Saloon entry form

UKCC_last_chance_saloon_2017.pdf Entry form for Oxon's 2017 Last Chance Saloon for Delancey UKCC

Oxfordshire Junior Chess Championships (U13, U15, U18)

Oxon_2016-2017_U18.pdf Entry form for Oxfordshire Junior Chess Championships 2016-17. A Standard Play tournament to be held on 7-8 January 2017.

Oxon U9 and U11 county trials 2017 (PDF)

Oxon U9 and U11 trials 2017.pdf Invitation/entry form for Under 9 and Under 11 Oxfordshire EPSCA team trials in January 2017.

Oxon U9 and U11 county trials 2017 (Word)

Oxon U9 and U11 trials 2017.docx Invitation/entry form for Under 9 and Under 11 Oxfordshire EPSCA team trials in January 2017.

Oxon U9 and U11 county trials 2017 (PDF)

Oxon U9 and U11 trials 2017.pdf Invitation/entry form for Under 9 and Under 11 Oxfordshire EPSCA team trials in January 2017.

Oxon U9 and U11 county trials 2017 (Word)

Oxon U9 and U11 trials 2017.docx

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.

Schools Leagues Rules 2012-2013 season

Oxon_Schools_League_rules_2012-2013.pdf Oxon Schools League Rules October 2012

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

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.