Junior News

2019/20 Season


Last Updated: 00:02 25th September


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!

1 Jun 2020:

Don't forget, the second online junior county championships tournament will take place tonight. To take part please join the Bristol Juniors lichess group and then join the tournament. The time control is 5 minutes with a 3 second increment. It begins at 18:00 tonight and finishes at 19:30. The ten best scores are then taken to make the full team score. Email me if there's any issues!


Update: The Bristol junior team did incredibly well in their second county battle! Finishing second and only just, there were some particularly excellent performances from Oli, Toby, Aron, and Bilal. The second place wins promotion and we'll see how they get on in two weeks' time! Many thanks to the parents for the dedicated effort in raising the required numbers!

30 May 2020:

It was the first ECF Online Under 18 Blitz Championship today and there were 4 club members playing in the event. Each one scored at least 50%! Oli did extremely well and finished 4th out of almost 100 players with a strong 8/11 points. This achievement also gives Oli third place in the U18 category! Bilal also had a very good showing with 6½/11. Toby and Aron were also in action and scored an impressive 5½/11 in the blitz, but they took part in the bullet tournament as well scoring very well with 9/15 and 8½/15 respectively! Well done to all the juniors!

28 May 2020:

The Upstarts had a narrow 4½-3½ win over Harrow Juniors A to keep the pressure on the top of the table, while the Bristol Bishops split the points 4-4 against Watford 4. Games and match reports to follow!


Update: Games and match report are now ready.

27 May 2020:

The English Youth Online Championships take place this weekend on Saturday 30th May. There are a whole range of categories to take part in. Full details can be found on the official website. Good luck to all taking part!

21 May 2020:

The Upstarts returned to winning ways with a fine 6½-1½ win over Early Knights 1, while the Bristol Bishops held on with a close 3-5 loss against a much higher-graded Ojays F. Games are available, though the report may take a little longer!


Update: And here is the match report!

18 May 2020:

In the hastily organised online junior county championships, Bristol pulled out all of the stops and produced a huge team for Division 2. Many thanks go to all the parents that showed a dedication to chess organisation well above my capabilities. The tournament took an hour and a half with as many games played as possible and the team's 10 best results contributing to their final score. It was a close night with Bristol hovering in or just the promotion zone for the entire time. Unfortunately, they were pipped at the last moment by the narrowest of margins.


There were some particularly excellent performances from the Bristol juniors with the top three spots taken by our members, including Oli and Aron.


The next event will be played at 18:00 on Monday June 8th, with Bristol being huge promotion contenders. If there are any Bristol-based juniors that would like to get involved, please get in touch. First join this lichess team with a quick note to say who you are and tournament links will become available soon.

14 May 2020:

As if there isn't enough chess to be had at the moment, a junior county blitz battle has been set up. The tournaments will happen every few weeks starting this coming Monday at 18:00, with a time limit of 5 minutes and a 3 second increment. The event will last 90 minutes. If you are interested, or know of any Bristol-based juniors that might be, please join the new Bristol Juniors team on lichess and then join this tournament.


Update: Fighting back from 0-4 down, the Downend Upstarts were able to salvage a very respectable 3-5 score against Warwickshire Bears A, while the Bristol Bishops returned to their hammering ways with a 6½-1½ win over Uxbridge Juniors. Games and match report are now available.

7 May 2020:

It was a tougher night in the J4NCL Online as both teams were pipped with the same score. Fantastic runs were ended as the Upstarts lost narrowly to Gonzaga College SJ B 3-5, while the Bristol Bishops were pipped 3-5 by Cambridge Chess & Go B. Games and match report are also available.

30 Apr 2020:

There were more wins for the juniors in the J4NCL. The Upstarts had a strong 6½-1½ win over Surbiton Juniors A, while the Bristol Bishops continued their good start to the Division 5 Swiss with a 4½-3½ win over Manchester Juniors B.


Update: Now complete with match report!

25 Apr 2020:

The twitch stream for the club simultaneous exhibition will be available from 10:00 here on The Chess Pit twitch stream.


Update: The results are in and the club managed a very respectable 50%. Thanks to Phil for setting it up and giving up his Saturday morning. Well done to everyone that took part too! The video replay can be found here.

23 Apr 2020:

There was yet more action in the J4NCL and a new club-led team sprang up out of nowhere; the Bristol Bishops. Honestly, teams are springing up quicker than Covid-19 cases. The Upstarts split the points 4-4 with KJCA Young Kestrels, while the new Bishops team won their first round in the Swiss Division 7-1. As you'd expect, a lengthy match report is also available along with all 18 games from the club and its associates.


Don't forget the club simul tomorrow! Email me if you're interested and haven't already!

20 Apr 2020:

Friend of the club, Phil Makepeace of both The Chess Pit podcast and club 4NCL fame, is offering a sharp start to Saturday with the offer a simultaneous exhibition at 10:00, also streamed on twitch. If you're interested email me for more details.


For those interested in the upcoming simultaneous exhibition, the club now has an official lichess presence!