Staffordshire Juniors Competing in the Junior County Online Chess Championships

 There were 7 rounds of matches played. Teams consisted of 6 players, two Under 11 players, with at least one girl selected and the remaining players under 18s with at least two girls.

Staffordshire entered a strong team and were seeded mid-table. Our heroes making up the team were: Sam Parry, Joe Hirst, Dylan Cooper, Amrissa Johal, Shriya Sastry, Aarav Sohi, Isaac Stanley and Amraya Johal.  Sam and Joe have previously represented Staffordshire adult teams over the board.

Apart from being extremely proud to play for the county they gained invaluable experience playing serious competitive online chess. In these times serious games are hard to come by and tournaments like this give our young warriors the opportunity to show how much they have improved in the game they enjoy playing. For our young children sharing their screen while being on zoom as well as having to isolate a room in their house must feel initially a bit strange but as we know about juniors, they adapt quickly and impress us at times

The team finished joint 7th out of 12. We were no match for Warwickshire or Kent, but the other 5 matches were close battles. 

The star performer was Joe Hirst with 6 wins.

The County Committee thanks Jonathon Blackburn for his coaching and organisation of the team. 


Invitation to play in a Staffordshire Team in the 2020 World Chess League

Peter Hornsby is the lead organiser of the 2020 World Chess League and his own team is named after the picturesque Staffordshire village of Abbots Bromley  

Peter invites Staffordshire players to join the team. The competition uses the Chess.com engine and the matches are played once every two weeks and there are two games of 10+5, so it is all completed in around 40 minutes. 

If you wish to assist, please contact Peter.


Covid-19 Virus

All County Cup matches have been suspended until further notice.

The remaining County U120 match has been cancelled.

The County Congress has been cancelled.

The Crewe Rapidplay Congress has been cancelled.

The Staffs North v South match has been postponed.

The County AGM has been postponed.

Further announcements will be made in due course.
The Staffordshire Chess Association is the governing body for chess within the Staffordshire County Boundaries, as defined in Article 2 of the County Constitution.


The constituent leagues of the Association are :

The Cannock & District Chess League

Please click on the links for more information on these Leagues.

The Staffordshire Chess Association is affiliated to the Midland Counties Chess Union and the English Chess Federation.
The aim of the Association is to promote the playing, teaching and development of chess at all levels in the County.

Whilst league chess within the County is organised by the above leagues, the County run their own County Cup competitions and the various County teams in the Midland Counties Championship. Details about these can be found from the tabs at the top of the page. The County also organise and run the annual Staffordshire Congress, which is normally held in April. Cheddleton Chess Club organise the Leek Congress in September and the Leek Rapidplay Congress in June.

Young or old, if you are interested in playing chess, either competitively or just socially, you will find all the information that you need on this site to enable you to find a club that is local to you. All of the Officers of the Association will be more than happy to answer any questions that you may have so please do not hesitate to ask.