Team plate

Team plate
Roll of Honour

Camber Sands

Under 11
Under 9



Brean Sands



For the championships held in 2012, your age will be based on how old you are at midnight at the end of 31st August, 2011.

2008 Report

The front page of the August 2008 edition of the ECF’s junior chess magazine Right Move features a report on the 2008 competition written by Peter Purland. Peter’s report also includes the UK National Schools Team Championships for older age groups.

Entry fee

The entry fee for 2009 was
£15 per team.

If you are interested in entering a team in this competition, entry forms are normally accepted right up until late April/early May — just before the competitions are held.


If you know about a school, including small schools, that might be interested in this competition, or the main

National Primary Schools Chess Team Championships,

please let them know.

National Primary Schools’ Team Plate Competitions

(For all schools with pupils aged 5 to 11 years.)

These pages are here to help promote some of the chess events organised by EPSCA (The English Primary Schools’ Chess Association). This is an introduction to their Team Plate Competitions.

Introduction for coaches and teachers
The Plate competition lasts two days and is played over a Saturday and Sunday in either May or June. You can chose whether you team plays in Brean Sands (Somerset), Camber Sands (near Hastings) or Prestatyn (North Wales) — supported by teachers, parents, friends and family. Your team will only compete against other teams from the venue you chose to compete at. The winning team at each venue will be awarded a prize “;Plate”.

There will be an under 11 competition at each venue, and usually a separate under 9 competition as well. The under 9 competition is held at a venue as long as at least six under 9 teams compete there.

Each Plate competition is held during the same weekend as the semi-final of the main National Primary Schools´ competition at that venue. Your team won’t be part of those semi-finals, but the players (and supporters like yourself) can enjoy some of the "holiday with a chess competition" atmosphere described by some of the people who have taken part.

Rate of play
Each player has 50 minutes to complete all the moves in each game.

Each team plays six matches.

Every player taking part
will be awarded a certificate!

The winning team will be awarded a prize ¨Plate¨.

Self-catering apartments are available during the weekend. Each apartment can cater for up to six people.


Plate competitions
Brean Sands (Somerset)
16–17 May

Camber Sands (Near Hastings)
13–14 June

Prestatyn (North Wales)
20–21 June

Reserve players
Each team is made up of 5 players plus a reserve. (Where possible, the reserve will normally play as many games as the other members of their team).

  • If one of your players cannot play in any round, the reserve can be used as a substitute. If your team does not have a reserve, and someone cannot play, that board will be defaulted.
  • Your reserve player can also become part of a special team. If there are an odd number of teams competing, a special team is made up from the reserves. In each round, one of the competing teams will play against that special team.
    Note: Your reserve will not play against their own school while they are part of this special team.

Plate winners

Under 9
Plate Competition Winners 2012


William Patten

Plate winners

Under 11
Plate Competition Winners 2012


Newcastle Prep



Whether you are a coach, parent or teacher, if you are interested in this competition and have any questions or would like further details, please contact:

Traci Whitfield
(Assistant Schools Controller).

Email: email.
Tel: 01782 623361
(Before 9.00 pm please)
or write to:

Mrs T Whitfield,
EPSCA Plate,
21 Bankfield Grove,
Scot Hay,
ST5 6AR.

The curriculum

Headteachers who have established chess as an activity within their school, recognise the value it has in other areas of the school curriculum.


The EPSCA website www.epsca.org.uk

“EPSCA, the English Primary Schools’ Chess Association, exists to advance the education of primary school aged children by teaching, supervising and developing the playing of chess by those children.”

“EPSCA has another important role — that of selecting and running the England Under 11 and England Girls’ Under 11 teams.”

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Please contact:

Andrew Davies  and  Traci Whitfield


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