British Schools Chess Championship

British Schools Chess Championship

British Schools Chess Championship

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The British Schools Chess Championship is an annual competition for school chess teams that has been in existence continuously from 1958. The tournament is administered by the English Chess Federation and is open to all schools from the United Kingdom. The competition has been won by teams from all four countries of the UK.

At the height of the tournaments popularity in the 1970s, in excess of 1000 teams took part. Unfortunately since the teacher strikes of the mid-1980s a continuous decline in the number of teams has taken place. In 2007-08, the accepted entry increased from 93 teams to 135 teams. This represents the highest number of entries for four years.


Entry is open to any school in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. All players must be under-19 on 31 August of the year in which the competition begins. Teams are made up of six players, with an age handicap system in operation based on the average age of each team.

Teams initially compete in regional zones with the winner of each zone progressing to the National stage of the competition. There have been four occasions where Primary Schools have won their Regional finals against secondary and sixth form teams. Two of these occasions were by St Teresa's RC Primary School, Colchester.Walker, P: "", Ilford Recorder, 1997-02-06


The tradition used to be that the final four teams got together at a top London hotel for the finals. For a...
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