Monday, 26 November 2012

New Junior Chess League to be Launched

The Shropshire Junior Chess Academy is planning to launch a junior chess league in 2013.  This is an exciting opportunity for schools and junior chess players to compete as members of a junior team against other similarly-minded chess enthusiasts.

How will it operate?
Teams of 4 players will compete against each other on a league basis.  Matches against other teams will be scheduled to take place once a term, on a Saturday.  The exact nature of the league will reflect the composition of teams entered but it will generally be based around year groupings / age.

Our school doesn’t have a chess club but would still like to enter a team
That’s fine.  If the school has a number of keen young chess players, they may wish to form their own team(s).  Alternatively, you may like help in setting up a school club, in which case, please get in touch to discuss; we may be able to help.

Is there a cost?
As this is the first year of operation, we are not making any charge at all to enter teams.  We do ask that you supply us with contact details of a single team captain / organiser, who will need to be an adult.  Also, you will have to arrange your team’s own transport to and from the venue (currently, we have access to venues in Telford and Shrewsbury and it is anticipated that we will alternate between these two centres).  The Junior Chess Academy also has its own equipment, so that’s also taken care of.

Are there prizes?
Definitely!  Our experience of running junior chess is that the participants appreciate small tokens of their achievements (rosettes, badges etc) and we will award a trophy to the winning team(s) at the end of the year.  The intention is also to reward individual achievement with special prizes, which will be decided as the league develops.

I want to register an interest – what do I do now? 
Email us now stating: 
  • School name
  • School contact details (address, telephone number, email)
  • Team captain / organiser contact name
  • Team captain / organiser  contact details, if different from 2
  • Likely numbers of junior players (grouped by ages / year group)\

1 comment:

Francis Best said...

I am pleased to say that a number of schools have now expressed an interest in the junior league and it looks like we should be able to run a thriving league competition. Keep watching this blog and we will update with details, dates etc, as well as emailing the schools directly who have already signed up. It's still not too late, so if your school wants to express an interest, please do so as soon as possible.