National Primary School Championship

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An introduction to the National Primary School Chess Championship

2017 schools championship

Semi-finals
Prestatyn semi-final
Camber Sands semi-final
Bristol semi-final

Under 11 first round results
Under 9 first round results

2016 schools championship
Final
Semi-finals

Introduction

School teams from all areas of the country compete in the very popular National Primary Schools’ Chess Championship (NPSCC).

This three stage competition begins with regional qualifiers at the start of the year and culminates with national finals in July. There are separate competitions for teams with players aged either under 9 or under 11. Schools can enter one or more teams. At the end of round one, teams will either qualify for the semi-finals or be eligible for the Plate competition.

First round (Also called zones)
The first round is a one day regional qualifier with five rapidplay matches played against similar teams from other schools. There are gold, silver or bronze medals for players in teams which finish first, second or third. Teams will be listed in order of their final scores and those in the top half qualify for the semi-finals. Teams which take part but do not qualify for the semi-finals are invited to the plate competition.

Semi-finals
The semi-finals for the National Primary Schools’ Chess Championship are held in Bristol, Sussex and North Wales, during May and June. Each team only competes in one semi-final. Sussex and North Wales are weekend semi-finals with teams playing six matches. Bristol is a one day semi-final, with teams playing five matches. A total of eight teams qualify for the final.

The finals
The final is two day all-play-all competition for the eight best teams. The winners becoming Under 9 or Under 11 Champions.

For more information,
email: Glynis Purland and Ian Burford. (National Schools Controllers)
or phone: 07590 608243.

2017 schools championship

Final. Park Inn. Birmingham West
4 & 5 July (Tuesday and Wednesday)

Semi-finals

Prestatyn semi-final
(held 10 and 11 June)

Under 9 semi-final
1: Hallfield ‘A’
2: Wetherby ‘A’(Second on tie-break)
3: Akiva(Third on tie-break)

Hallfield ‘A’, Wetherby ‘A’ and Akiva have qualified for the under 9 final.

Akiva and Wetherby ‘A’ were tied on 21½ points each after the final round, but Wetherby ‘A’ had beaten Akiva 3 – 2 in round four so Wetherby were awarded second place on tie-break.

Under 11 semi-final
1: North London Collegiate
2: Heathside ‘A’(Second on tie-break)
3: Brookland ‘A’(Third on tie-break)

North London collegiate, Heathside ‘A’ and Brookland ‘A’ have qualified for the under 11 final.

Brookland ‘A’ and Heathside ‘A’ were tied on 20 points each after the final round, but Heathside ‘A’ had beaten Brookland ‘A’ 3 – 2 in the final round so Heathside were awarded second on tie-break.

Under 9 Plate
1: Hallfield
2: RGS Newcastle
3: Belmont

Under 11 Plate
1: North London Collegiate
2: Ecclesall
3: Bishop Fitzgerald

Results from Prestatyn
Under 9 and under 11 semi-final results:
https://goo.gl/eHgqTw

Under 11 and Under 9 plate results:
https://goo.gl/xEbll3

Camber Sands semi-final
(held 20 and 21 May)

Under 9 semi-final
1: The Hall ‘A’
2: Homefield
3: Dulwich Prep

The Hall ‘A’, Homefield and Dulwich Prep have qualified for the under 9 final.

Under 11 semi-final
1: Northbridge House ‘A’
2: Heycroft
3: Homefield(Third on tie-break).

Northbridge House ‘A’, Heycroft and Homefield have qualified for the under 11 final.

Under 9 Plate
1: The Hall ‘A’
2: Dulwich Prep
3: The Hall ‘C’

Under 11 Plate
1: Dulwich Prep
2: Thames Ditton
3: Coldfall

Under 9 Semi-final medals

Under 11 Semi-final medals

Results from Camber Sands
Under 9 and under 11 semi-final results, were updated round by round during the weekend:
https://goo.gl/blguJq

Under 11 and Under 9 plate results, were updated round by round during the weekend:
https://goo.gl/uinQpc


Camber Sands, set up ready for round one.

Bristol semi-final
(held Saturday 13 May)

Bristol Under 9 semi-final. Top three places:

1: Westminster Under ‘A’ 22 points.
2: St. Pauls Juniors ‘A’ 20 points.
3: Kings College School 19 points.

Westminster Under and St. Pauls Juniors in first and second place have qualified for the under 9 final.

Bristol Under 11 semi-final. Top three places:

1: The Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys Prep ‘A’ 21 points.
2: Westminster Under ‘A’ 19½ points.
3: The Pointer School 18 points.

Haberdashers’ Aske’s and Westminster Under, in first and second place have qualified for the under 11 final.

Under 11 semi-final medals

Under 9 semi-final medals

Results from Bristol are available from: http://bit.ly/1Tx8Nlg

A view across Great Hall at Bristol Grammar School, with all the boards set up ready to start.
Great Hall at Bristol Grammar school, set up ready for round one.

Under 11 results from the 2017 first round

Names of teams which qualified for the semi-finals are shown in bold.

Under 9 results from the 2017 first round

Names of teams which qualified for the semi-finals are shown in bold.

Results from the first round
Results from under 9 and under 11 first round zones are available from the zone results doc file.

2016 schools championship

The final
(held 5 and 6 July – Tuesday and Wednesday)

The Hall. Under 11 Champions 2016


The winning Under 11 team.

Under 11. Final places
1: The Hall. 25½ points
2: Haberdashers’ Aske’s. 24½ points
3: Westminster Under. 21 points (Third on tie break)
4: Akiva. 21 points
5: Heathside. 16 points
6: Homefield. 13½ points
7: North London Collegiate. 11 points
8: Radlett Prep. 7½ points

The under 11 final was an all-play-all competition. The draw for playing order was made the evening before the competition started.

Haberdashers’ Aske’s. Under 9 Champions 2016


The winning Under 9 team.

Under 9. Final scores
1: Haberdashers’ Aske’s. 28½ points
2: Wetherby. 23½ points
3: Heathside. 21½ points
4: Homefield. 17½ points (Fourth on tie break)
5: Wesminster Under. 17½ points
6: Radlett Prep. 14½ points
7: The Hall. 10 points
8: Highgate. 7 points

The under 9 final was an all-play-all competition. The draw for playing order was made the evening before the competition started.

Under 9 and under 11 results, with round by round scores, are available from
https://goo.gl/3besdc


Arbiters for the final.
Matthew Carr (standing) and Peter Purland.


Trophies, shields and medals, ready for presentation.


Controllers Glynis and Ian enjoying a well earned break between rounds.

2016 Semi-finals

Prestatyn semi-final
(held 11 and 12 June)

Plate winners. (Prestatyn):
Heathside.Under 11 Plate winners 2016.
Ecclesall.Under 9 Plate winners 2016.

Prestatyn Under 9 semi-final. Top three places:

1: Heathside.
2: Highgate.
3: Aughton St Michaels ‘A’.

Heathside and Highgate in first and second place automatically qualify for the final.

Prestatyn Under 11 semi-final. Top three places:

1: Akiva.(First on tie-break).
2: Heathside.(Second on tie-break).
3: North London Collegiate ‘A’.

Akiva and Heathside in first and second place automatically qualify for the final.

There were separate competitions for the under 9 and under 11 semi-finals. The Plate was run as a single competition, but with separate under 11 and under 9 winners.

Results from Prestatyn
Under 9 and under 11 semi-final results, which had been updated round by round during the competition, are available from: https://goo.gl/eHgqTw

Under 11 and Under 9 plate results, which had been updated round by round during the competition, are available from: https://goo.gl/xEbll3


Saturday at Prestatyn.
A hall full of players, each one focused on their own game.


Prestatyn, set up ready for round one.


Prestatyn arbiting team.
Left to right: Priscilla Morris, Peter Purland and Ian Burford (National Schools Controller).

Downloadable team lists
(These contain both U11 and U9 team lists).
Prestatyn semi-final - teams list
Prestatyn plate - teams list

Camber Sands semi-final
(held 21 and 22 May)

Glynis Purland and Ian Burford commented that Camber Sands went well and that several schools came to thank them afterwards for how they had enjoyed it.

Plate winners. (Camber sands):
Roundwood.Under 11 Plate winners 2016.
Devonshire House.Under 9 Plate winners 2016.

Camber Sands Under 9 semi-final. Top three places:
1: Homefield ‘A’.
2: Wetherby.(Second on tie-break).
3: The Hall ‘A’. (Third on tie-break).

Homefield and Wetherby in first and second place automatically qualify for the final. In addition, there are two places at the final for the best teams which finished third in any of the semi-finals. With tie-break decisions for second and third at Bristol and Camber Sands, those teams will progress to the final, unless there is also a tie for second and third place at Prestatyn. If that does happen the Chief Arbiter will use an additional tie-break to decide which two of the eligible teams will also progress to the under 9 final.

Camber Sands Under 11 semi-final. Top three places:

1: The Hall ‘A’.
2: Homefield.
3: St Pauls ‘A’.

The Hall and Homefield in first and second place automatically qualify for the final.

Results from Camber Sands
Under 9 and under 11 semi-final results from Camber Sands, which had been updated round by round during the competition, are available from: https://goo.gl/blguJq

Under 11 and Under 9 plate results from Camber Sands, which had been updated round by round during the comptetition, are available from: https://goo.gl/uinQpc


Camber Sands arbiting team.
Left to right: Julian Clissold, Mike Forster, Fiona Green, Ian Burford and Debbie Forster.

Bristol semi-final
(held Saturday 14 May)

Bristol Under 9 semi-final. Top three places:

1: Westminster Under.
2: Haberdashers’ Aske’s.. (Second on tie-break).
3: Radlett Prep ‘A’. (Third on tie-break).

Westminster Under and Haberdashers’ Aske’s in first and second place automatically qualify for the final.

Bristol Under 11 semi-final. Top three places:

1: Westminster Under ‘A’.
2: Haberdashers’ Aske’s ‘A’.. (Second on tie-break).
3: Radlett Prep ‘A’. (Third on tie-break).

Westminster Under and Haberdashers’ Aske’s in first and second place automatically qualify for the final.

Under 11 placings

Under 9 placings

Results from Bristol
Results from the Bristol semi-final can be downloaded from: Bristol Semi-Final results


Bristol arbiting team.
Left to right: Geoff Gammon, Anita Thorne, Victor Cross and Ian Burford.

“Many thanks to Graham Iwi and his team at Bristol Grammar School. They work so hard both on the day and prior to the Event. The Great Hall is a magnificent venue in which to be able to hold the Semi Final.”
Glynis Purland.