Under 19 – 2018/19

The National Schools Under 19 Chess Championships 2018/19 sponsored by Winchester College

Entries are invited for the United Kingdom’s leading and most prestigious team competition for schools. This competition, formerly The Sunday Times and then The Times Championship, and now with the generous sponsorship of Winchester College, has existed continuously since 1957. The Championship is open to all schools in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Teams are of 6 players, who must be pupils of the school they represent. 

Whilst the strongest teams are always very strong, they now get 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. Sixteen teams will play at a two-day National Final at Uppingham School on Tuesday 2nd and Wednesday 3rd July 2019.

You can enter local afternoon events or request instead to join a small local League Group of up to 4 teams. All of these are opportunities to qualify for the Regional Stage in Spring Term 2019. Strong teams can claim automatic qualification to the Regional Stage if they played at the July 2018 Final or have six pupils with a total grade of at least 750 or if they qualify from a specific tournament such as the Eton College Rapidplay on 23 September 2018.

Upon registration, you should receive an email confirming your entry within a few days. Details of all afternoon events will be updated on the website. The entry deadline is: 7 days before any afternoon event; 30th September 2018, to play in a League Group; 31 October, if claiming an automatic place. You can switch your entry between events and leagues if you need to. If you’re unsure – enter and then inquire!

Age limit – Under 19 on 31st August 2018. A school may enter any number of teams, but players would normally only play for one team (see rules on the website for more details).
Age handicap – There is no longer an age handicap
Entry fee – Free
Contact – John Swain Email: john.swain@englishchess.org.uk


U19 NSCC Events in the Autumn Term (correct as of 9.30am Tuesday 13th November)

Afternoon Qualifiers

3rd October – West London – King’s College Junior School Wimbledon
Qualified – King’s College Junior School Wimbledon ‘A’ and ‘B’
Other participants – King’s College Junior School Wimbledon ‘A’ and ‘B’; King’s College London Mathematics School ‘A’ and ‘B’ (defaulted)

9th October – South London – Wilson’s School
Qualified – Dulwich College 3/3; Wilson’s School ‘F’, Wilson’s ‘E’ and Wilson’s ‘C’ 2/3
Other participants – Wilson’s School ‘D’, Tiffin School ‘B’ and The Cedars School 1/3; Graveney School 0/3

6th November – Kent – Tonbridge School
Qualified – Sevenoaks School 3/3; The Skinners’ School ‘B’ 2/3
Other participants – Tonbridge School ‘A’ 1/3; The Judd School ‘B’ 0/3

13th November– Devon – Torquay Boys’ Grammar School
Exeter Maths School; Teignmouth Community School; Torquay Boys’ Grammar School ‘A’ and ‘B’; Stover School

13th November – North-East – Yarm School
Yarm School ‘A’ and ‘B’                                       

14th November – Berks and Bucks – Reading Blue Coat School
Aylesbury Grammar School ‘A’ and ‘B’; Desborough College; Reading Blue Coat School ‘A’ and ‘B’; Royal Grammar School High Wycombe; Wellington College ‘A’ and ‘B’

14th November – Midlands – Nottingham High School
Bourne Grammar School ‘A’; Nottingham High School ‘B’ and ‘C’; The King’s School Grantham ‘A’

15th November – North-West – Bolton School Boys’ Division
Bolton School Boys’ Division ‘A’ and ‘B’; Kirkbie Kendal; Notre Dame Catholic College, Liverpool; The King’s School Chester ‘A’ and ‘B’; The King’s School in Macclesfield; Urmston Grammar School 

19th November – Bristol – Bristol Grammar School
Bristol Grammar School; Chepstow Comprehensive School ‘A’ and ‘B’; Churchill Academy; Hereford Cathedral School; Queen Elizabeth’s Hospital ‘B’; Redland Green School ‘A’ and ‘B’; Sir Thomas Rich’s School; Wyedean School and Sixth Form Centre

21st November – Surrey/Hampshire – Royal Grammar School Guildford
Guildford County School ‘A’, ‘B’. ‘C’ and ‘D’; Hinchley Wood School; Lanesborough Preparatory School; Royal Grammar School Guildford ‘B’ and ‘C’; St Peter’s Catholic School Guildford ‘A’ and ‘B’

27th November – Hampshire – Winchester College
Highcliffe School; Winchester College ‘B’, ‘C’ and ‘D’

28th November – North London – Highgate School
Fortismere School; Highgate School ‘A’ and ‘B’; North London Collegiate School ‘B’ and ‘C’; St John’s Senior School, Enfield ‘A’ and ‘B’; St Paul’s Girls’ School; University College School ‘B’; Westminster School ‘B’

28th November – Newcastle – Newcastle School for Boys
Newcastle School for Boys ‘A’ and ‘B’; St Mary’s Catholic School ‘A’ and ‘B’

1st December – Repechage – University College London
Bishop Luffa C of E School; Dame Alice Owen’s School; The Cedars School


Cheshire – Altrincham Grammar School for Boys

Essex – King Edward VI Grammar School Chelmsford ‘B’; Southend High School for Boys; St Thomas More High School for Boys

Hampshire/Surrey – St Catherine’s Bramley; Tormead School; Yateley Manor ‘A’ and ‘B’

Hertfordshire and Suffolk – The Bishops Stortford High School ‘A’ and ‘B’; Woodbridge School ‘A’ and ‘B’

North London – Forest School; Mill Hill County High School ‘B’; North Bridge House

Teams registered as already qualified to play in the Spring Term Regional Stage

Abingdon School (G); Brentwood School (E); Brighton College (F); City of London School (F); Eltham College (G); Eton College (G); Hampton School (F); King Edward VI Grammar School Chelmsford ‘A’ (F); King’s College School Wimbledon (G); Magdalen College School Oxford (G); Mill Hill County High School ‘A (G); North London Collegiate School ‘A’ (E); Nottingham High School ‘A’ (F); Queen Elizabeth’s Hospital ‘A’ (F); Queen Elizabeth’s School Barnet (F); Reading School (F); Royal Grammar School Guildford (F); Royal Grammar School Newcastle (F); St John’s College Cardiff (F); Tiffin School ‘A’ (G); The Skinners’ School (F); University College School ‘A’ (F); Westminster School (G); Westminster Under School (E); Wilson’s School ‘A’ (F); Wilson’s School ‘B’ (E); King Edwards School, Birmingham (E); Winchester College ‘A’ (G); Wirral Grammar School for Boys (F)

F = Finalist at Uppingham
G = combined grades of at least 750
E = more won than lost matches at the Eton Rapidplay

NB Some teams may qualify on more than one count, but F takes precedence.


  • Addresses and phone numbers – in practice nearly all correspondence is by email, but mobile telephone numbers, where supplied, can also be useful for arranging fixtures.
  • Some details about League Group and Regional Stage matches – normally you will visit or entertain one opponent at a time, mid-week.  The date and time of a match are by agreement between the two sides (who is home and who is away will always be laid down in advance.) Matches are usually played after school, but there is no rule about it. Schools must provide their own equipment. Chess clocks should be used. 
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