Welcome …

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

For member Associations
EPSCA runs championships for teams from member associations. Each team has 12 or 20 players. More details on the Team Championship page.

For school teams
A very popular three stage tournament for schools all across the country. More details on the NPSCC page.

The England Under 11 and
England Girls’ Under 11 teams

EPSCA has another important role - that of selecting and running the England Under 11 and England Girls’ Under 11 teams.
More details on the England teams page.

Other information
Other information about EPSCA,including a list of current council members, may be found on the About page.

News and updates

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..


January

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.


2015

September

England v Flanders

England v Flanders After 23 years of service to the EPSCA England teams, Victor Cross bowed out as manager with a win against Flanders. Chairman and Chief Arbiter Peter Purland says “It was an excellent match to finish on. It was close, the team played well and Berkshire and Claires Court School were excellent hosts. Even the weather stayed dry!” Generations of chess players owe Victor a debt for all the work he has put in to enable them to represent England. Rapidplay results here.


September

EPSCA England Under 11 team trials 2016

The trial for the England EPSCA Under 11 team will take place on 23 & 24 April 2016. Good performances at two or more of the pre-qualification tournaments allow players to qualify for a place at the trial. The first one of these is the English Closed Championships for Under 11s which is open to any Under 11 player born in England, having two years residence in England or having a parent born in England. A complete list of the pre-qualification tournaments is available on the England teams page. The results of the 2015 trial are here.


July

NPSCC finals

The finals of the National Primary Schools’ Chess Championships were held in Birmingham on 30 June and 1 July 2015. Westminster Under retained the Under 11 championship and Haberdashers’ Aske’s are the new Under 9 champions - many congratulations to both schools.


May

England U10 Girls team

Congratulations to the following girls who were selected for England U10’s in the match against Wales U10’s on May 30th:

Anisha Sawhney, Leonora Ives, Kate Driscoll, Holly Bundy, Isabella Cook and Siena Choi.

It was a tough match with Wales running out convincing winners 2½–9½. Our wins came from Anisha and Siena with a battling draw from Kate.


June

All England Girls Match

On June 13th, 24 girls gathered at Aughton St. Michael’s CE Primary School in Lancashire to play the annual All England Girls Match. Under the watchful eyes of EPSCA’s Chief Arbiter the girls were divided into two teams: Bishops and Knights.The match was played over two rounds and after Round 1, there was a slight advantage to England Knights with the score at 6½ to 5½.

With all to play for, it was nip and tuck in Round 2 with the result in doubt until the penultimate match was played. The final score was England Knights 13, England Bishops 11. Full results are here. Congratulations to all the girls who played in a closely fought contest.


June

EPSCA Under 11 match:
London & South East 21½–8½ Rest of England

The England Under 11 match on Saturday 20 June was played at North London Collegiate School and resulted in a win for London & SE against The Rest by 21½ points to 8½ points.


May

NPSCC Semi-Finals

The National Primary Schools Championship semi-finals have been played.

The final will be held at the Holiday Inn Birmingham Airport Hotel on 30 June and 1 July.

The finalists are:


May

Team-Championship
(Inter-Association tournament)

All the Inter-Association Finals have now been completed with wins for Barnet in both the Girls’ Under 11 and the Under 9. A thrillingly close Under 11 Final resulted in a tie between Kent and Barnet. Detailed results are here


March

NPSCC zone results

Results of the National Primary Schools Championships zones are here.


February

Pre-trial results for the Under 11 team trial 2015

This spreadsheet shows results from the England Under 11 pre-trial tournaments. Those who have qualified for the England selection tournament on 25 and 26 April should receive and email from Peter Purland by 1 March. If you do not receive it by 1 March please contact Peter straight away.


January

EPSCA Rapidplay results

Results of the EPSCA Rapidplay are here. This is one of the series of pre-trial tournaments for the EPSCA England Under 11 team. Read more...


Alex Boswell (First secretary of EPSCA)

We are sad to learn that Alec Boswell, the first secretary of EPSCA, has died at the age of 93. I gather that he was prominent in the organisation of junior chess both at national and local level in Liverpool for many years. Peter Purland remembers him coming to his primary school (New Brighton) to play the children in a simul. Peter was 9 at the time! Later he played in the same Liverpool chess team as Alec. We would be interested to hear any other memories of Alec Boswell. Do please email if you can add anything.


2014

September

EPSCA’s Annual General Meeting

Following the AGM on 27 September we have a new committee. We welcome Malcolm Pein, IM, as our new president. Peter Purland is the new chairman. A list of all committee members is on the About page...


July

Information on the England Under 11 teams

Recently added: Information about the England Under 11 teams including all the pre-qualifying tournaments


July

NPSCC finals

Congratulations to Westminster Under who were triumphant in both finals (Under 9 and Under 11) of the National Primary Schools Chess Championships held in Birmingham on 1 & 2 July! Results are here.


June

EPSCA Under 11 match:
London and South East 18½–13½ Rest of England

In the EPSCA England Under 11 match held on 21 June at The Hall School, NW3, London and the South-East defeated Rest of England by 18½ points to 13½. After losing the first round by 4 points, the Rest came back strongly in the second round but could not close the gap. This was the final match organised by Victor Cross as England Under 11 manager after 20 years working in a voluntary capacity for the England team. EPSCA and a large number of junior chess players over the years owe Victor a great debt for all his efforts. Those present were pleased to hear he will still have some involvement with England junior teams. Thank you, Victor!


May

NPSCC Semi-Final results

All three semi-finals of the EPSCA National Primary Schools Chess Championships are now finished. Results here. Congratulations to all of these teams who have qualified for the final on 1 & 2 July.

The photo below shows the magnificent playing hall at Pontin’s, Camber Sands where over 500 children participated in a marvellous weekend’s chess.


May

Team Championship
(Inter-Association tournament)

Congratulations to Sussex who won the Under 11 Inter-Association Championship Final by a clear margin of 8 points. The event was held at the Malcolm Arnold Academy in Northampton and full results can be found here. The photo below shows the happy Sussex team!


May

England Girls Under 11 team

34 of the top Under 11 girls in the country contested a very close match at North London Collegiate School on Monday 5 May 2014. The girls were divided into two teams, Bishops and Knights. At the end of round one Bishops were just one point ahead. All the games were hard fought and the Bishops extended their lead in round two to make the final result Bishops 19½ Knights 14½. Congratulations to all the girls! The photo below shows the girls preparing to start round 2. Results in detail.


May

Rest of England v London & South East match

If you are playing in the Rest of England v London & SE match on 21 June you will have received an invitation from Victor Cross. The venue for the match is The Hall (Middle School), Crossfield Road, NW3 4NU. There is no parking on site so you are strongly recommended to travel by public transport if possible. Further details are here. If you have any further queries on this please email Laurie Winston.


April

EPSCA England Under 11 Team trial 2014

The EPSCA England Under 11 trial was held on Saturday and Sunday, 26 and 27 April. The results are here.


April

Under 9 Team-Championship
(Inter-Association final)

The Under 9 Inter-Association final was won by Barnet - congratulations! The event was held at Nottingham High School on Saturday 26 April and full results can be found here.


March

England Girls Team-Championship
(Inter-Association final)

Congratulations to Nottinghamshire our Under 11 Girls Inter-Association champion county for 2014. The full result of the final, held at Didcot Girls School on Saturday 22 March is here.


March

Under 11 Team-Championship
(Inter-Association zones)

On Saturday 15 March the zones of the Under 11 Inter-Association Championships were held with Barnet, Nottiinghamshire and Wey Valley winning the East zone, North zone and South zone respectively. The final is on Saturday 10 May at the Malcolm Arnold Academy, Northampton and Barnet, Berkshire, Cambridgeshire, Cheshire and North Wales, Essex, Hertfordshire, Kent, Lancashire, Manchester, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Richmond, Staffordshire, Sussex, Wey Valley, Wiltshire  and Yorkshire will be competing for the title of National Champion County.


March

Under 9 Team-Championship
(Inter-Association zones)

The zones of the Under 9 Inter-Association Championships were held on Saturday 8 March with Kent, Nottinghamshire and Wey Valley winning the East zone, North zone and South zone respectively. Barnet, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Cheshire and North Wales, Essex, Hertfordshire, Kent, Manchester, Nottinghamshire, Oldham, Oxfordshire, Richmond, Staffordshire, Sussex, Wey Valley, Wirral and Yorkshire have qualified for the the final at Nottinghan High School on 26 April.


March

Pre-trial results for the Under 11 team trial 2014

EPSCA Under 11 England Team pre-trial results up to and including West of England (Swindon) are here.


January

EPSCA Rapidplay results

The 2014 EPSCA Rapidplay results from Saturday 18 January are here.


2013

November

NPSCC entry forms

The entry form for the 2014 National Primary Schools Championships is here. Watch this space for more updates.


EPSCA Girls Under 11 Team-Championship
(Inter-Association)

The photo shows the 200 girls who participated in the EPSCA Girls Under 11 Inter-Association Final last year ready to start their games.