Girls’ Championships 2023/24

It is a delight once again to sponsor and host the ECF’s National Girls’ Chess Championships: a unique and collegiate event. From its inception in 2014, this tournament has exceeded all expectations each year and is the most dynamic national chess competition for young female players. We look forward to welcoming schools from all over the country and warmly invite new participant schools to help celebrate this exceptional assembly of like-minded girls.

Mrs Alice Phillips, Headmistress, St Catherine’s, Bramley


Entries are progressing nicely for this always popular event. However, some changes have been made this year, which school organisers should note.

Please note that the semi-final is graded for the first time. Full team lists must be sent to the Junior Director as soon as possible and no later than Thursday 11th January. Failure to do this could result in logistical difficulties on the day and delays. These should be sent to

Girls’ Semi-Finals
NORTH: Nottingham High School – EVENT CANCELLED
SOUTH: St Catherine’s School Bramley – Sunday 14th January 2024 –
ONLINE: TBA February 2024

Both over the board events will start at 10am and finish at approximately 5pm.
Teams of three in U11 and U19 categories.
All teams will play five rounds against other competing teams.
The Swiss pairing system will be used.
Players will have 20 minutes plus a 10 second increment on the chess clock.

For the first time we are trialling an online semi-final in February for new teams and those who have not qualified by the over the board route. Details will be released as soon as we have them. Six teams will qualify for the final from the southern semi, two from the northern semi and two online, enlarging the final to 10 teams.

The finals will be held over the weekend of 6th/7th April 2024 at St Catherine’s School. Overnight accommodation can be booked. The number of points scored will decide qualification and not individual match results.

Schedule (OTB)
9.30am – Welcome; 10am-11am – Round 1; 11.15am-12.15pm – Round 2; 12.30pm-1.30pm – Round 3
2.30pm – 3.30pm – Round 4; 3.45pm – 4.45pm – Round 5; 5pm Awards

Enquiries may be made to the ECF Junior Director Email:
Download a flyer with these details here – Girls-NSCC-202324

Tournament rules  – National Schools Girls Rules

Entries are now closed

List of entrants

Semi Final North at Nottingham High School 19th November 

Semi Final South at St Catherine’s Bramley 14th January 


St Catherine’s Bramley 9 teams
St Helen’s Northwood 3 teams
Northwood College 4 teams
Bancroft’s Prep School 3 teams
Ecole Jacques Prevert 1 team
Headington Prep 1 team
St Nicholas’ School, Fleet 2 teams.
Guildford High 5 teams
Abbey Junior School, Reading 3 teams
Sutton High 1 team
Wimbledon High 2 teams
Putney High 1 team
Eltham College 1 team
Brentwood School 1 team
Highgate Junior School 2 teams
Haberdasher’s Girls’ School 2 teams
City Junior School 4 teams
St Aubyn’s, Woodford 2 teams
North London Collegiate 5 teams
St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, Headington 2 teams
St Cedd’s, Chelmsford 1 team
Latchmere 2 teams
St James 1 team

St Catherine’s Bramley 3 teams
Holyport College 1 team 
Ellen Wilkinson School for Girls, Ealing 2 teams. 
Abbey School, Reading 3 teams
Dunottar School, Reigate 1 team
Haberdashers’ Girls’ School 2 teams
Stroud High School 2 teams
James Allen Girls’ School 3 teams
Headington School 1 team
Denmark Road, Gloucester 2 teams
Dartford Grammar School 2 teams
St Paul’s Girls’ School 4 teams
Eltham College 1 team
Brentwood School 2 teams
City of London School for Girls 1 team
South Hampstead High School 2 teams
North London Collegiate 5 teams
Nonsuch 1 team
Wycombe Abbey 2 teams