Junior News

2020/21 Season


Last Updated: 08:21 24th February


18 Feb 2021:

The juniors were back in action, with the Upstarts holding (the excellently named) St Albans Early Knights 1 to a 4-4 draw. The Bishops were marginally less lucky with a narrow 3½-4½ loss to a strong Ojays E.

4 Feb 2021:

There were some tough fixtures in the J4NCL; the Downend Upstarts suffering a tough 2½-5½ against Edgware Gambits A in Division 1, but the Bristol Bishops managed scored an excellent upset against 4½-2½ against Manchester Juniors C (Manchester lost an extra point due to the default on top of the board scores).

21 Jan 2021:

The third season of online 4NCL started with the junior leagues and it was a tough night! The Downend Upstarts came close with a narrow 3½-4½ loss to KJCA Young Kestrels C in Division 1, while the Bristol Bishops lost 2-6 against the very strong Staffordshire Spitfires in Division 2. It's early days and there's plenty more chess to be had!


The senior event starts next week and if you'd like to take part get in touch ASAP!

20 Dec 2020:

Despite the lack of OTB chess, there have been some fantastic results this year, but few will come close to this one. Oli is the British U18 Rapidplay champion! Full results for the online tournament can be found on chess-results, including a few titled scalps!

15 Nov 2020:

Graham Iwi is organising a junior tournament for the schools around Bristol to be held on the now famous lichess. Get in touch if you want to get involved!


Back in the tournament news available to all, the mid-November lichess tournament was won by an undefeated Oli, with Peter Chaplin in second, both well ahead of the rest of the pack.

12 Nov 2020:

The Upstarts finished their J4NCLO group run with an excellent 7-1 demolishing of Ojays D to stay second in their group. The Bristol Bishops also finished with a win, 4½-3½ against MCS Tenners, which also sees them finish second in their group. Promotion is on the cards!

29 Oct 2020:

The Downend Upstarts scored a strong 4-4 draw against Warwickshire Bears A, which keeps them one match point behind the playoff places in the top division with one week to go! There's a very good chance for the team as they're playing bottom placed Ojays D, while 2nd place Marshall Artists play the KJCA Young Kestrels A who have a 100% win rate. All eyes will be on that one! The Bristol Bishops had a tougher night, losing 1-7 another strong KJCA team, this time KJCA Young Kestrels F. Despite that setback, given the table placing and fixtures for the Bishops, we very much expect them to maintain their promotion place after the final league fixture!

15 Oct 2020:

The Downend Upstarts scored another 6-2 win over Chess in Schools while the Bristol Bishops had another full 8-0 win over the Blue Foxes!

1 Oct 2020:

The Upstarts were really up against it in their match against KJCA Young Kestrels A. The 0-8 scoreline doesn't fairly reflect the fighting chess put out by our side, but it's a hard loss nonetheless. The Bristol Bishops had a better night winning 6½-1½ against Uxbridge JAMMA.

17 Sep 2020:

The Downend Upstarts had a great night winning 6-2 against the Marshall Artists, but the Bristol Bishops were not to be outdone and thumped East Kilbride Rooks 8-0!

7 Sep 2020:

The Bristol juniors did themselves proud by achieving another promotion spot in the County Battle! Back to Division 1 with you!

3 Sep 2020:

The Downend Upstarts got back into the swing of things with a 4½-3½ win over Stroud Cubs in the J4NCL Online. The Bristol Bishops continued with another 6-2 win over Watford Juniors D.

29 Aug 2020:

After qualifying for the final of the Delancey 2020 UK Chess Challenge 960 tournament, Aron finished a clear second with 4½/6 in the U18 section!

20 Aug 2020:

The J4NCL is back in action! The Downend Upstarts are in Division 1 and started with a tough night against Watford Juniors A, scoring 2½-5½. The Bristol Bishops had a great night though, scoring an excellent 6-2 against Leicestershire Juniors 5!

17 Aug 2020:

Numbers were the issue for the Bristol Juniors in the latest county battle. Oli and Aron scored top for the whole division with two excellent performances, though the team managed a mid-table finish.

3 Aug 2020:

The Bristol Junior team had another respectable showing in the latest Inter-County Battle with particularly strong results for Oli, Max Walker, and Aron! If there are any other Bristol-based (or nearly Bristol-based) juniors that are interested in joining the team, please join here.

21 Jul 2020:

The votes are in for the Mike Wood Trophy and while every game scored respectably, this year's winner was Aron for his particularly special attack against John Waterfield!

20 Jul 2020:

The latest Junior Inter-County Battle saw the Bristol team score well, but attendance was down, which cost the team. Next time it'll be a promotion news item! Well done to Aron and Oli for particularly strong performances!

12 Jul 2020:

Oli qualified for the upcoming UKCC Terafinals, by finishing a very impressive third in a strong field of 66 of the UK's toughest juniors.

6 Jul 2020:

The Bristol Juniors team had another fine showing in the top division of Inter-County Battles, finishing 4th. Special mentions go to Max French and Indy Scott-Moyers for their particularly excellent performances.

3 Jul 2020:

Aryan scored a fantastic result in the ECF Online Junior U1700 bullet tournament with fewer games played than many finishing in the same bracket, but an excellent performance. Aryan's excellent score earnt him 4th place out of the large field!

28 Jun 2020:

Aron won the 3 Check variant tournament held by the UKCC. This makes Aron the first ever Delancey Schools' UK Chess Champion at 3 Check! A Grand Prix leaderboard for variant tournaments is being compiled with more tournaments to come. Watch this space!

22 Jun 2020:

Oli had an excellent night in the UK Chess Challenge Under 18 Blitz Preliminary. It was a slower start, but an excellent streak at the end saw him take first place! There will be 6 arena tournaments and the best 3 results comprise your final score, with the top 24 going through to the final in August.

15 Jun 2020:

The Bristol Junior team had an absolutely fantastic result in their first outing in Division 1. They finished comfortably third with excellent performances across the board, but special mentions must be made for our club's own Aron, who led the pack for most of the evening, Toby for an almost entirely win-streak performance, Oli for an entirely win-streak performance, and ex-Downend Chirag also went undefeated!

4 Jun 2020:

The Upstarts gave their promotion bid the best chance with another solid 6-2 win, this time against the Marshall Artists. The result leaves the Upstarts third by only one point! The Bishops went with a more peaceable 4-4 draw against St John's College C, which keeps them comfortably in the top half of the division. Games and match report are all available!