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Welsh Junior Qualifier 1 18th October 2014

The Welsh Junior Qualifier 1 was held at Port Talbot on 18th October 2014. The results are below.


Under 8 results are here.


Under 9 results are here.


Under 10 results are here.


Under 11 results are here.


Under 12 results are here.


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 Under 8 Qualifier 1 winners  Under 9 Qualifier 1 winners
 u10 qual1  u11 qual1
 Under 10 Qualifier 1 winners  Under 11 Qualifier 1 winners
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Under 12 Qualifier 1 winners

A new Welsh chess record?

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To celebrate the 50th birthday of The Grange in Monmouth the school was challenged to a fifty-board chess match against The Dell School from Chepstow.


This has got to be a record though I can’t find any reference to school matches in the Guinness Book of Chess Records. I don’t think that we claim a world record – that must belong to those pesky Russians who after all can mobilise the forces of the State & the Red Army – unlike the Grange. A Welsh record, though, is likely.


Thanks to the dedication of parents & staff at The Dell, & also St.Mary’s School, Chepstow has emerged as a hotbed of young Welsh chess talent in recent years & the Dell has hosted several key tournaments.


Head of the Grange Elaine Thomas commented: “Chess has always played a great part in Grange life so what a fantastic way to celebrate our 50th birthday! We have had many successes over the years, most notably in winning the British Primary Schools’ Chess Competition in 2004, as well as winning the Welsh Schools’ title on several occasions”.


Although we have always had good numbers in Grange Chess Club this term has seen us breaking all previous records with 64 signing up! And as every schoolboy knows that is the exact number of squares on a chessboard. When I saw that exact number I thought that the gods were trying to tell me something – though exactly what I don’t know. In the Autumn term we can sometimes be in the shadow of the Grange Conker Championships but the enthusiasm of the boys means that chess is once again restored to Numero Uno position for Grange indoor sports.


Dell parent & chief chess organiser Richard Stevenson kindly said that “The Grange were magnificent hosts, and all our children thoroughly enjoyed themselves. The strength in depth of the team at the Grange is very impressive. I'm full of admiration for Mr Thomas on setting such high standards.”


“To see so many children playing chess bodes well for the future on Chess in Gwent.  Many of the players in this match are under 9s, and judging by the standard of their play, competition will be fierce for positions in the Gwent team that will play other counties in March 2015.”


Although the Grange won 38-12 the result should have been much closer with a great many nail-biting finishes. The afternoon ended with the ritual scoffing of Penguin biscuits & squash. On the whole the games were long ones thanks to our sneaky rule of banning Scholar’s Mate!


By Kevin Thomas

Schools Chess Day in Cardiff 2014

The annual Schools Chess Day will take place at the Cardiff City Stadiuim on Tuesday 25th November 2014.


Details can be found here.


Entry Form can be found here.

Amendment to the qualifying rules for the Welsh Junior Championships

An additional rule has been introduced to the qualifying events for the Welsh Junior Championships. If children choose to enter a higher age group in the Welsh Junior qualifying events and score four out of six or better, they then qualify for playing in the Welsh Championships in the age group that have participated in and age group(s) below for which they meet the age requirements. For example, children born in 2005 would normally play in the under 10s section of the qualifying event, but if a player of this age chooses to play in the under 11s and scores four points, they would then qualify to play in the under 11 Welsh Championships and the under 10 Welsh Championships.


Note that only a very, very small number of children are expected to 'play-up' in their first qualifying event of the season. This is only recommended for the child who is the strongest player by far in their age group, and for them, by qualifying simultaneously for two or more Welsh Junior Championship events, they have freed up their time to play in weekend congresses. The vast majority of strong junior players would be expected to first try and qualify in their age group. If successful, in a subsequent qualifier they could try to win a place in the Welsh Championships in a higher age group.  


Please be aware that if a child qualifiers for multiple age categories, they may not be able to play in all these events, as some clash with others. For example, the under 10s and the under 12s run simultaneously, so a player must chose between them. Details of the timings of competitions are given on the events section of the website.

Junior chess activities are generously supported by a

 grant from the

Welsh Assembly