English Schools Chess Championships 2023/24

England’s leading and most prestigious team competition for schools. This competition, formerly The Sunday Times and then The Times Championship, and more recently run by the ECF (English Chess Federation) has existed since 1957. The Championship is open to all schools in England. Teams are of 6 players, who should be pupils of the school they represent. 

Whilst the strongest teams are always very strong, they are offered automatic qualification to the spring term regional stage. Most teams are not as strong and many are quite inexperienced, so do consider entering even if you have not done so before.

In the autumn term 2023, teams seek to qualify for the regional stage in spring term 2024. Strong teams can claim automatic qualification to the regional stage (if they played at the 2023 national finals or have six pupils with a total ECF rating of at least 9,600). Other teams seek to qualify for the regional stage by playing in local qualifying events and/or playing in internet (Lichess) competitions.

The regional stage in spring term 2024 will be a knock out competition of schools in a region. Matches are played in schools and the region winner qualifies for the national final. A few places at the national final will be available for those eliminated at the regional stage by playing in repechage events.

The national final will be played on Thursday 27 and Friday 28 June 2024, at Nottingham University. Schools participating at the national final will need to pay accommodation charges.

Entries are now closed for this event.

Click here for the tournament rules

For more information please contact Neill Cooper, National Secondary Schools Co-ordinator Email: manager.secondary@englishchess.org.uk

Regional afternoon events are listed below – MAP

School County Postcode Date Time  
Ark Greenwich Free School London SE18 4LH Fri 17 Nov 3.30pm CLOSED
Bede Academy Northumberland NE24 2SY Thurs 16 Nov 3.30pm for 4pm CLOSED
Bolton School  Greater Manchester BL1 4PA   Thurs 23 Nov 1pm CLOSED
Brentwood School Essex CM15 8AS  Thurs 12 Oct 4pm CLOSED
Bristol Grammar School Avon BS8 1SR   Mon 27 Nov 4pm CLOSED
Calday Grange Grammar School Wirral CH48 8GG Thurs 2 Nov 1pm CLOSED
David Nieper Academy Derbyshire DE55 7JA Tues 7 Nov 4pm CLOSED
Dunottar School Surrey RH2 7EN Thurs 19 Oct 4.15pm CLOSED
Eton College Berks SL4 6DW Thurs 2 Nov 6pm to 8.30pm CLOSED
Gateacre School Liverpool  L25 2RW Thurs 16 Nov 1pm – 4pm CLOSED
Gordon’s School Surrey GU24 9PT Sat 4 Nov 10am – 1pm  CLOSED
Greenford High School Middx UB1 2GU Mon 20 Nov 3pm CLOSED
Hammersmith Academy London W12 9JD Mon 16 Oct 3.30pm for 4pm CLOSED
Harrow School Middx HA1 3HP Thurs 12 Oct 2pm CLOSED
Highgate School Middx N6 4AY   Thurs 23 Nov 4pm CLOSED
King’s College Lower School  Surrey SW19 4TT Wed 22 Nov 4.15pm CLOSED
Kings School, Bruton Somerset BA10 0ED Thurs 9 Nov 4pm CLOSED
Magdalen College School Oxon OX4 1DZ   Wed 22 Nov 5pm CLOSED
Mill Hill County High School Middx NW7 4LL   Thurs 23 Nov 4.30pm CLOSED
North London Collegiate School Middx HA8 7RJ Wed 15 Nov 4pm CLOSED
Nottingham High School Notts NG7 4ED   Tue 21 Nov 4pm CLOSED
Queen Mary’s Grammar School West Midlands WS1 2PG Fri 24 Nov 2 – 7pm CLOSED
Radley College Oxon OX14 2HS   Thurs 23 Nov 4.30pm CLOSED
St Albans School Herts AL3 4HB  Wed 22 Nov 3.00pm for 3.15pm CLOSED
St Catherine’s, Bramley Surrey GU5 0DF Thurs 16 Nov 4.30pm CLOSED
St Mary’s Catholic School Northumberland NE7 7PE Wed 15 Nov 4pm CLOSED
St Thomas More High School Essex SS0 0BW Fri 13 Oct 4.15pm CLOSED
Stowe School Bucks MK18 5EH Weds 11 Oct 3.30pm CLOSED
The Cotswold School Gloucs GL54 2BE Tues 7 Nov 3.30pm for 4pm CLOSED
The Grammar School at Leeds Yorks LS17 8GS Wed 29th Nov 1.30pm CLOSED
Tonbridge School Kent TN9 1JP Tues 7 Nov 4.30pm for 4.45pm CLOSED
Torquay Boys Grammar School Devon TQ2 7EL Tues 28 Nov 2pm CLOSED
Urmston Grammar School Manchester M41 5UG   Fri 3 Nov 2pm CLOSED
Westminster School Middx SW1P 3PF   Tues 21 Nov 5pm CLOSED
Wilson’s School Surrey SM6 9JW   Mon 20th Nov 4pm CLOSED
Winchester College Hants SO23 9NA   Tues 14 Nov 3pm to 6pm CLOSED
Windlesham House School  Sussex RH20 4AY   Thurs 9 Nov  2pm CLOSED
Woodbridge School Suffolk IP12 5JH   Thurs 16 Nov 2pm CLOSED

Internet events, team battles on Lichess.org, are as follows –

CSC event in Monday 13th November 4-5pm for Schools affiliated to CSC (Chess in Schools and Communities)
Friday 17th November 3.30 to 4.30pm
Monday 20th November 4.15 to 5.15pm
Monday 27th November 4.15 to 5.15pm

Repechage events, team battles on Lichess.org, are as follows –
Wednesday 29th November 4.00 to 5.00pm
Thursday 30th November 4.15 to 5.15pm
Friday 1st December 3.30 to 4.30pm