Oxfordshire Junior Chess

Oxfordshire Junior Chess

This page collects together items from the Oxfordshire Chess website that have been flagged as being relevant for juniors. The items are collected under the following headings:

In addition to the junior-only clubs, several of the open clubs have junior sections.


No cups are currently in progress.

Leagues in progress

Rules of the Oxon Schools Chess League

Schools League U11 Pool A updated 24 Feb 2020
Schools League U11 Pool B updated 10 Feb 2020
Schools League U13 updated 10 Mar 2020
Schools League U18 updated 17 Jan 2020
Schools League U9 Pool A updated 02 Mar 2020
Schools League U9 Pool B updated 06 Feb 2020

Latest News Items

22 Nov 2020

Andrew Varney

ECF Online U18 County Championship - Oxfordshire 3rd

Well done to Oxfordshire junior team in the ECF U18 online county 
championship. Many thanks to Ola Murawska for managing the teams and 
the following report.

The Championship took place on chess.com on Saturday 21 November. 
Players played from their homes with Zoom supervision by arbiters and 
team captains. The teams were small and as a result only a limited 
number of Oxfordshire Juniors were able to participate. It was 
fantastic to watch them play and they did very well taking the third 
place in the tournament. 

Results are published on chess-results:

Oxon team individual results:


29 Apr 2020

Peter Hemmings

Graders Report

Details of events submitted to the ECF up to 29 April 2020.

Link: documents/Graders%20Report%202020.pdf
29 Nov 2013

Andrew Varney

Schools League AGM minutes and revised rules

The minutes of the Oxon Schools League (Oxon Junior) AGM held at MCS on 
November and the revised Schools League rules for the 2013-14 season 
approved at that meeting are now available to read at the documents 
section of the OCA website:

Link: http://www.oxfordfusion.com/oca/GetDocuments.cfm
11 Nov 2013

Andrew Varney

Oxfordshire Junior tournament 2013

The 2013 Oxfordshire junior chess tournament was held on Sunday 3 November at MCS. There were 82 entrants, with a good number in the Under 14 and Under 16 sections as well as the U10s and U12s which were qualifiers for the London Junior Chess Championships. There were a number of good players new to the Oxfordshire chess scene as well as top players from outside the county. Hence the standard of play was quite high, with even some familiar names being edged out of the qualification zone. Full cross-tables and final standings can be found at the link below.

Link: http://www.oxfordfusion.com/oca/GetTournamentResults.cfm
22 Apr 2013

Roger Thetford

Marcus Harvey =3rd at the British Blitz Championships

Marcus Harvey travelled to Birmingham on Saturday for the British Blitz Championships, an 11-round Swiss with 66 players. After two wins, in round 3 he found himself on top board playing GM Mark Hebden -- and won!

A further 1½ / 4 against IMs (as black each time) and a last-round draw with top seed GM Keith Arkell, plus 5 / 5 against the untitled lesser mortals, gave Marcus equal third place on 8 / 11 alongside Arkell and IMs Thomas Rendle and Ameet Ghasi. Hebden won with 9½ / 11, dropping only a draw with Arkell after his loss to Marcus.

Congratulations Marcus!

Link: http://www.englishchess.org.uk/British_Blitz_2013/

More news...

Tournament Results (last two years)


05 Jan 2019: Oxfordshire Junior Chess Championships 2018-19

The new (2018-19) Oxfordshire Junior Chess Champions are:

Under 18      Josh Soanes 
Under 15      Hari Selvaraj
Under 13      Dimitrios Zakarian
Under 11      Tashika Arora
Under 9       Kei Macabenta
Full results (cross-tables) can be found by following the links given below.

A schools competition is also run as part of the tournament. Subject to not being allowed to win the prize two occasions in a row, the top-scoring schools in Primary and Secondary sections are awarded an engraved chess clock. See the attachment for the rules and full summary of results.

The top schools this year were:
Position	Primary School	    Points
1st	        St Joseph's 	    18.5
2nd	        Phil & Jim	    15       PRIZE WINNER
3rd	        OJHS		    14

Position	Secondary School    Points
1st	        MCS 	            12.5     PRIZE WINNER
2nd	        Cherwell	    10.5
3rd	        Cheney		    7.5
U13 - U18 cross-table U11 cross-table U9 cross-table Schools results


06 Jan 2018: Oxfordshire Junior Chess Championships 2017-18

The Oxfordshire Junior Chess Championships for 2017-18 were held at Cumnor PS on 6-7 January 2018.

The sections were:

Under 9    Oxon team trials 6-round Rapid Play (ungraded) Saturday 6 January 
Under 11   Oxon team trials 6-round Rapid Play (ECF graded) Sunday 6 January 
Under 13, Under 15 and Under 18 combined as one 6-round 2-day Standard Play tournament

The individual prize winners were:

Under 9   Champions     Jan Murawski       St Joseph's 5.5/6 (=TB 1&2)
                        Jamie Sarisky      Phil & Jim  
          Runner-up     Jacob Iliffe       MCS         5/6
          3rd place     Charlie Lambert    Chandlings  4/6   (SOP)

Under 11  Champion      Amaan Kassey       MCS         5.5/6 (SOP)
          Runner-up     Dimitrios Zakarian CCCS        5.5/6
          3rd place     Tashika Arora      OHS         5/6   (SOP)

Under 13  Champion      Hari Selvaraj      MCS         4.5/6
          Runner-up     Leonora Ives       SS Hel/Kats 4/6   (=U15) 

Under 15  Champions     Bill Read          Wood Farm   4/6   (no TB)
                        Josh Soanes        Bartholomew 4/6

Under 18  Champion      Liza Sheremetyeva  OHS         6/6

The school competitions were won by:

Under 18 School   Cherwell*
Under 11 School   MCS* (on tie-break)
* clock prizes awarded to Abingdon School and St Joseph's as Cherwell and MCS were awarded the clock prizes the previous season.

Many thanks to all who were involved beforehand and on the day including:
Kathryn Gillow (entries & many other tasks), Priscilla Morris (U13/U15/U18 arbiter), John Place, David Zakarian, Elliot Kendall, Marc Ives, Asif Hameed (controllers & pairings - U9 & U11), Ola Murawska & Sameer Kassey (results posting) and probably others I have forgotten [sorry!]. Thanks also to Cumnor PS for providing the venue, Kidlington Congress for equipment loan and Hacketts for catering.
U9 cross table U11 cross table U13-U15-U18 cross table U13-U15-U18 results Primary school results Secondary school results

More tournament results...


OCA Junior Liaison

Contact Andrew Varney
Notes Responsible for reporting junior activities to the OCA, and acting as a contact point for enquiries. Not necessarily responsible for organising Oxon junior teams.
Last updated 27 Oct 2018. The owner of this entry is Andrew Varney.

Oxon Chiltern League Junior Captain

Contact Steven Bennett
Notes ...for the Chiltern League competition starting autumn 2008, with mixed senior and junior teams. The competition is in abeyance (since 2017).
Last updated 27 Oct 2018. The owner of this entry is Steven Bennett.

Oxon EPSCA U11 County Team Manager

Contact --undefined
Notes Selects and manages county U11 team for EPSCA inter-association championships.
Last updated 27 Feb 2020. The owner of this entry is Andrew Varney.

Oxon EPSCA U11 Girls Team Manager

Contact --undefined
Notes Selects and manages the Oxfordshire Under 11 Girls team for the English Primary Schools Chess Association Inter-Association Championships.
EPSCA U11 Girls Page
Last updated 14 Oct 2018. The owner of this entry is Andrew Varney.

Oxon EPSCA U9 County Team Manager

Contact Elliot Kendall
Notes Selects and manages Oxon U9 team for EPSCA inter-association championships.
Last updated 29 Dec 2017. The owner of this entry is Andrew Varney.

Oxon Schools League Secretary

Contact John Place
Last updated 29 Dec 2017. The owner of this entry is Andrew Varney.

Oxon U14 / U130 County Manager

Contact John Place
Notes Open to more experienced players from Y6 to Y9.
Last updated 01 Jun 2013. The owner of this entry is John Place.




County Juniors




Oxon Schools League Rules

Oxon_Schools_League_rules.pdf Updated Schools League rules for 2016-2017 season as agreed at AGM 17 October 2016

Safeguarding Children

OcAsafeguardingchildren2010.pdf Safeguarding Children policy


2015 Oxon Junior Chess AGM minutes

AGM_minutes_14-10-15.pdf Minutes of Oxon Schools League / Oxon Junior Chess AGM held on 14 October 2015

2014 Oxon Junior Chess AGM minutes

AGM_minutes_25_09_14.pdf Minutes of Oxon Schools League / Oxon Junior Chess AGM held on 25 September 2014

2013 Oxon Schools League AGM Minutes

Schools_League_AGM_minutes_15_11_13.pdf Minutes from Schools League/Oxon Junior Chess AGM held on 15 November 2013 at MCS

2012 Oxon Schools League AGM Minutes

AGM_minutes_18_10_12.pdf Minutes from Schools League AGM held 18 October 2012


LJCC qualifier Oxon 10 Nov 2019

2019_LJCC_Oxon.pdf Entry form for Oxon qualifier for London Junior Chess Championships 2019

Seb makes Magnus Carlsen's move!

Seb and Magnus.jpg Oxfordshire junior Seb Watkins was selected to make Magnus Carlsen's opening move in the last round of the London Classic. What an honour, and at the historic tournament where Carlsen broke Kasparov's all time grading record. Seb suggested d4 (as can be seen) but after the photographs ended Magnus elected to play 1.e4 and drew a fine game with Vishy Anand. Well done Seb, I hope you enjoyed it.

The Right Move, issue 21

RightMove21.pdf Issue 21 of The Right Move, a junior magazine published by the English Chess Federation, includes an article on the junior tournament run by Witney Chess Club in October 2008.

Reports from Officers

Graders Report 2020

Graders Report 2020.pdf Details of events sent to the ECF.

Graders Report 2019

Graders Report 2019.pdf The Oxford League and the Schools league are still in progress.

Oxon Junior Chess 2017-18 report

2018_OCA_JuniorReport.pdf Report for OCA AGM on junior chess activities in Oxfordshire during the 2017-18 season

2017 AGM - Junior report

2017_OCA_JuniorReport.pdf Report on junior chess activities in Oxfordshire during 2016-17 season as presented at the OCA AGM on 21 September 2017

Graders Report for 2016-2017

Graders Report 2017.docx A table showing events submitted to the ECF.

2016 AGM - Junior Report

2016_OCA_JuniorReport.pdf Report on junior chess activities in Oxfordshire during 2015-16 season as presented at the OCA AGM

2015 AGM - Junior Report

2015_OCA_JuniorReport.pdf Report on junior chess activities in Oxfordshire during 2014-15 season as presented at the 2016 OCA AGM

2014 AGM - junior report

2014_OCA_JuniorReport.pdf Report on junior chess activities in Oxfordshire during 2013-14 season as presented at the OCA AGM

2013 AGM - Junior report

2013_OCA_JuniorReport.pdf Junior Liaison Officer's report as presented to 2013 OCA AGM

2012 AGM - Junior Report

junior report 2011-12.pdf Report from Junior Liaison Officer to the 2012 AGM.

2010 AGM - Junior Report

2010_JuniorReport.doc Report from Junior Liaison Officer to the 2010 AGM.

2009 AGM - Junior Report

2009_JuniorReport.doc Report from Junior Liaison Officer to the 2009 AGM.

2006 AGM - Junior Report

2006_JuniorReport.doc Report from Junior Liaison Officer to the 2006 AGM.