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Staffordshire Chess website
Unlike most other websites, this one has two parts.

  • Staffordshire Chess Website
    • Junior ChessThis is where you are now. Information and details of events that may be of particular interest for any chess players aged under 18. (The remainder of this page deals with what is in this part of the site).
    • General Chess — The general part of the website provides information and details of events for players of any age. Clicking General chess at the top of any of these pages takes you to the general part of the website. (The general part of the site has its own site map.)

Site map (for the Junior part of the site)

Each section below deals with one of the links at the top of the pages in this part of the website.

Junior News
A section with a number of popular pages all grouped together.

Calendar
The Junior Calendar lists chess events of special interest to players aged under 18. For regular visitors, there is a list with links to the events that were added most recently. There is also an index of all the events on the page.

  • Calendar — a quick link to the Junior Calendar page.

Introduction
For players and parents new to the chess community, this section tries to answer a some questions you might want to ask.

General chess
A link to the general part of the website. It takes you directly to the General news page. The general part of the site is for players of all ages.

Clubs
A guide to all the clubs in this area. Where they meet and who to contact for more details. Paying particular interest to clubs suited to all players under 18.

Links
A collection of links to other websites that may interest junior chess players. It also explains how to find chess on BBC Ceefax.

Individual
This section deals with some of the tournaments you might want to take part in.

  • Individual
    • Staffordshire Junior Championships — A full guide to our own popular Junior Championships, with past results and names of the winners
    • UK Chess Challenge — a guide to the tournament that includes the Megafinal, Gigafinal and Terafinal.
    • EPSCA Rapidplay — A popular tournament for primary school age children because it is held in Liverpool in January each year and has separate sections for beginners and more advanced players in each age group from under 8 to 11.
    • England Under 11 Team Trials — Are you good enough to play for the national team. Here is a full guide to the team trial qualifiers. What you have to do to show you are good enough to be part of the England chess team, and details of which tournaments you should compete in.
    • NCJS — Those aged under 11 can qualify for the England under 11 team. If you are aged 11 to 18, you can qualify for the National Chess Junior Squad. This page introduces which tournaments players aged 11 to 18 need to compete in to show they are good enough to be part of that squad.

Team chess
A guide to some of the team events organised for young players. It includes details of who to contact if you think you might want to play for one of the teams.

Schools chess
Information on chess events played in schools, and between schools.

  • Schools chess
    • Newcastle under Lyme Schools Championships
    • National Primary Schools Championships — This is a national tournament for school teams aged up to 11 (year 6). First rounds are played in schools spread across the country, with the semi-finals and finals played at Pontins holiday camps.

      These pages include a full guide to the tournament with all the results and names of past winners.

    • National Primary Schools Team Plate — This tournament is also for school teams aged up to 11 (year 6). These are played over a single weekend at Pontins holiday camps. Here is a guide to the tournament with all the results and names of past winners.

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