Shropshire Junior Chess Congress 2024


The Shropshire Junior Chess Congress is our flagship event for all junior chess players across Shropshire and beyond. This tournament is for junior players regardless of home location who are under 18 years of age on 1st September 2023.

Online Entry Form

Entries to Date


Live Boards – DGT Viewer

Live Boards – Lichess Viewer

Puzzle Answers



Closing date for entries – 22/03/2024


Entry Fee:
£20.00 (ECF Silver member)
£25.00 (Non-Silver members)

Junior silver membership is free in the first year (Junior Memberships)

If you are paying by cheque please post to:
Christopher Lewis
23 Valley View,
Market Drayton,

Alternatively if you are paying via bank transfer please make payment to:
Name:             Shropshire Chess Association
Account No:   60809748
Sort Code:      20-77-85
Reference:      Child’s Name

Saturday 23rd March 2024

Charlton School, Apley Avenue, Wellington, Telford, Shropshire, TF1 3FA.

There is ample free parking available in the school grounds.


U8’s – Open to players born on or after 1st September 2015
Note – these section ranges are subject to the organisers discretion and may vary depending on entries received.


Playing Schedule
Round 1        10am-11am
Round 2        11am-12pm
Round 3        12pm-1pm
Round 4        2pm-3pm
Round 5        3pm-4pm
Round 6        4pm-5pm

Prizegiving   5pm-6pm

All entrants will play 6 matches during the day. It is not a knockout.

Time Limit:
All moves in 15 minutes + 10 seconds increment per move

All games will be ECF rated.

The top player in each section will receive a trophy. The top girl in each section will also receive a trophy.

Medals will also be awarded to players scoring the following:

Gold              5½ or 6 points
Silver             4½ or 5 points
Bronze          3½ or 4 points

Every entrant will receive a certificate.

Tiebreak rules will be used to determine trophies and medals. The tie-breaks are: (1) Direct Encounter (2) Median-Buchholz (3) Buchholz Cut 1 (4) Buchholz.

Children listen to commentary provided by local player Rudy van Kemenade

Live Boards

The top boards in each section will be played on our live boards. Parents will be able to view the matches broadcast on a screen in the atrium complete with commentary.

Your commentators are:
– FM Jonathan Blackburn
– Rudy van Kemenade



Other Activities:
Alongside the main tournament all players may enter our puzzle challenge, individually or in teams (no phones allow). For the team who gets the highest score a prize will be awarded.

Just for fun players can have a go at our chess-themed wordsearch.

All players are free to check out our giant chess board on the day! 

A magnificent bookstall will be ran by Chess Essentials.

This tournament is being run by volunteers on behalf of Shropshire Chess Association

– Christopher Lewis
– Dan Hilditch-Love
– Rob Green
– Francis Best
– Marion Ivan
– Chris Hankey
– Phil Love (Live Board Technician)

First Tournament:
This tournament is open to all including those who have never before entered a chess tournament. Our team of volunteers will be on hand to assist those players who are unfamiliar with tournament play and ensure a fun day is had by all. If you are unsure if your child is of a suitable ability please feel free to have a discussion with the congress organiser (Chris Lewis – 07508 487092).

Please note the school will not be able to provide wifi.

The venue is located close to the M54. The venue is 14 minutes walk from Wellington Train Station.

The venue is located a few minutes away from Wellington Town Centre.

Some light refreshments will be available on the day.

Parental Responsibility:
We are unable to take responsibility for any children outside the playing hall. We expect younger children to be always supervised by an adult but leave it to the discretion of parents for older children.

We will be taking photographs throughout the day and with the permission of the parents hope to use these photos for the future publicity of Shropshire Chess.

Organiser Contact:
Please feel free to send any queries to –

Christopher Lewis
01630 801860 or 07508 48709