Welcome …

Welcome to the home page of the English Primary Schools Chess Association website.

For member associations, EPSCA organise a team championship. Each team has 12 or 20 players. Details on the Team Championship page.

For schools across the country, EPSCA organises a very popular three stage tournament. The “National Primary School Chess Team Championship”. Details on the NPSCC page.

For players who aspire to be part of the England team, EPSCA has another important role - that of selecting and running the England Under 11 and England Girls Under 11 teams. Details on the England teams page.

Other information about EPSCA, including a list of member associations and current council members, can be found on the About page. The links on the right may help you find what you are intereseted in.

News and updates

13 January
Inter-Association championship entries for 2017
Names of teams entering each of the U11 and U9 zones and Girls U11 final for the 2017 Inter-Association championships are on the Team championship page.


26 December
New NPSCC first round zone for teams in the London area
A new first round zone is now available for NPSCC teams in the London area that have not already been placed in the competition.

The new zone will be held in Wouldham, Kent on Saturday 4 March. The zone is for teams from the London area which have not already been placed or have not yet entered.

email: Glynis Purland and Ian Burford. (National Schools Controllers)
Entry form - Updated 5 Jan..

22 December
NPSCC - Request to schools in the London area
The NPSCC tournament controller would like to hear from schools in the London area which might be interested in hosting a first round zone for the competition in early 2017.

Level of interest in the 2017 National Primary Schools Championship means that the extra capacity provided by an additional first round competition somwhere in the London area would be welcome. The school would need to satisfy certain requirements but schools which do host a zone are not required to pay an entry fee for the competition.

1 December
NPSCC entry forms for 2017
Entries for the 2017 NPSCC competition are now being sent in. As any zones fill up, the entry form on this website will be updated to keep you informed on which zones are still open for entries.
Entry form - Updated 5 Jan..

15 November
Results from 2017 pre trial tournaments up to Leeds Rapidplay
2017 pre-trial results, including both the English closed at Nottingham and the Rapidplay at Leeds, are now available.
Pre trial results spreadsheet.

7 November
EPSCA rapidplay
Details of the EPSCA rapidplay competition can be found on the forthcoming page.

2 November
Inter-Association championship dates for the 2018 season
Dates for the 2018 under 9, girls under 11 and under 11 championships are now included on both the dates page and Team championship page.

22 September
Dates for the NPSCC semi-finals and finals for the 2017 season are now included on both the dates page and the NPSCC page.

A list of the pre-trial qualifying events for the 2017 England U11 team trials has also been included. Dates page.

11 June
England v Wales
It was busy at Monmouth school last weekend as teams of players from Wales, and different parts of England met across the board.
Details on the Results page.

19 May
National Primary Schools Chess Championship page
An NPSCC page has now been added. It provides news, updates and information related to the National Primary School Chess Championship. Details for this season can now be found there.

19 May
Inter-Association Team Championship page
A separate page has also been set up to provide a source of news, updates and information for the Inter-Association Team Championship. As with the NPSCC page, it includes news and updates for this season’s events.

4 May
Results from the 2016 EPSCA England Under 11 Team trial
The trial for the 2016 EPSCA England Under 11 team was held on the weekend of Saturday and Sunday, 23 and 24 April. The results have now been published and are available here. Those who succeeded are shown in bold on the spreadsheet.

4 March
Pre-trial results for the Under 11 team trial 2016
Pre-trial results for the 2016 EPSCA Under 11 team trials have been updated to include results from Swindon.

Nancy Mortimer (26 Feb. 1943 – 27 Dec. 2015)
Laurie Winston writes:

“The chess community will be saddened to hear of the passing of Nancy Mortimer after a long fight against illness. I asked her partner, Victor Cross, for some information about her life and her contribution to junior chess. I had a daughter in the EPSCA Girls Under 11 team and I worked with Nancy on the EPSCA council for many years so I was aware that we owed her a massive debt. However, she achieved far more than I had realised. I found Victor’s paragraph fascinating and inspiring and I hope you do too.”
Here it is.