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Dates for this years series of Scholastic Chess at Methodist College

Startng with the LJCC - London Junior Chess Qualifier on Sat Oct 1st we have one tournament a month leading to the June award ceremony and Elite tournament hopefully to be held at Stormont.

The dates for the tournaments are given below. Further details for each tournament will be given on this website in the events section.

October 1st London Junior Chess Championships Qualifier 9:30 – 5:00pm

November 5th Childrens Chess 12:30 – 5:00

December 10th Ulster Schools Championship 10:00 –5:00

January 14th Childrens Chess 12:30 – 5:00

February 11th Childrens Chess 12:30 – 5:00

March 11th Childrens Chess 12:30 – 5:00

April 1st Childrens Chess 12:30 – 5:00

May 13th UK Chess Challenge 9:45 – 5:00

June GrandPrix prize giving

August Chess Summer School


For the first tournament see :

Junior Chess Championships Belfast Qualifier

October 1st

Methodist College, Belfast

9:30am – 4:30pm

Packed Lunch Recommended

U8, U10, U12, U14, U19

Entry £5.00

Please register in advance by emailing with Name, date of birth, School and parents contact no.(entry fee paid on day)

An opportunity to win a place at the prestigious LJCC in London

(The ages are as at midnight 31st August 2021,

groups U14, U19 can enter LJCC without qualifying)

6 Round Chess Competition

Problem Solving Competition

Email: mark.chris.newman@googlemail,com

Ulster Chess Union


The Childrens Chess afternoons are run as a group with a Grandprix system working.with the top four in each section - Primary, Lower Secondary and Upper Secondary being invited to Stormont for an award ceremony and Elite tournament. The top four for Puzzle solving in Secondary and Primary also are invited.

The scores for the tournaments are calculated on the position of the player in their section.

1 10
2 8
3 6
4 5
5 4
6 3
7 2
8 1

The top 3 scores over the series of the 5 tournaments are added together to calculate players scores. If players share points they share the prize.

Report on previous Stormont Award ceremony: