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”. More 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.

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

News and updates

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 1 Dec.

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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Results from Prestatyn
Results from Camber Sands
Results from Bristol

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

Under 9:
Heathside, St John’s, Haberdashers’ Aske’s, Colet Court, Bramcote Hills, Westminster Under, The Hall, Homefield.

Under 11:
Bolton Junior Boys, Heathside, Haberdashers’ Aske’s, Nottingham High, Fernwood, Westminster Under, The Hall, Brookland.

(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

NPSCC zone results
Results of the National Primary Schools Championships zones are here.

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.

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.