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A list of champions can be seen on the Junior Archive Page, the under 18 Champions list going back to 1929 !

4th Feb 2020

Long  Marton Primary School

Note from John Lydon -

As the Cumbria Chess Junior Organizer, I was pleased to attend and support a School Chess Event at Long Marton Primary School on Friday 21st January.
John Davis (a teacher at Long Marton Primary) has been running a chess event for 10 years now.

The event consists of a morning workshop to give the children some coaching followed by 2 tournaments in the afternoon.

Nine Primary Schools and three Secondary Schools (76 players) took part.

The Rotary Club of Appleby Shield was won by Appleby Grammar School.
The Ullswater Shield was won by Long Marton Primary School.
Individual winners were:

Gold: Nathan Birkett (Long Marton Primary)
Silver: Stefan Carp (Hunter Hall)
Bronze: Barnaby Parker (Calthwaite)
I loaned the Cumbria Junior Chess sets, and a few more from Carlisle Chess Club (Thank you to Bill Hardwick for them) and helped with the running of the event. Kevin Southernwood was also there helping.

I look forward to supporting John next year, and hopefully helping to boost the number of players and schools competing as well.

John Lydon

 12th June 2017

2017 Cumbria Junior Chess Championship 

The 2017 Cumbria Junior Chess Championship is to be held on Saturday 1st July 10:30 am to 4 pm at the Queen Elizabeth Grammar, Ullswater Road, Penrith. Full details and the entry form can be seen here.

17th June 2016

2016 Cumbria Junior Chess Championship

The Cumbria Junior Chess Championship for 2016 will be held on Sunday 17th July from 10:30 4 p.m. at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Ullswater Road, Carlisle, CA1  7EG

For further details and/or to download the Entry Form see here.

29th March 2016

Pennine Cup 2016

The following is a copy of an email sent to Paul Bielby of Nothumberland by Kevin Southernwood ( Junior Organiser ).

Thanks for organising the Pennine Cup 2016. I think people quickly realised that we were, by and large, rather heavily outrated/overmatched. However rather than disappointment quite a few found it motivational - 'I want to play as well as them!' Also there was some real enthusiasm from the team and support from parents present to have more such events. So I think the positives far outweighed the negatives.

If you are looking for someone to take on trying to organise the event for 2017 then I'd be willing to give it a go.


A report on the recent Pennine Cup between Nothumberland and Cumbria under-16s by Paul Bielby can be found here.

Cumbria Junior Chess Championship – 2015

CumbriaJuniorChessThe Cumbria Junior Chess Championship for 2015 will be held on Saturday 11th July from 10:30 4 p.m. at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Ullswater Road, Penrith, CA11 7EG

A poster can be downloaded from here.

For further details and/or to download the Entry Form see here.

 Cumbria Junior Chess Championship – 2014

CumbriaJuniorChessThe Cumbria Junior Chess Championship for 2014 will be held on Sunday 18th May from 10:30 4 p.m. at Trinity School, Strand Road, Carlisle, CA1 1JB

For further details and/or to download the Entry Form see here.


Further information :

Office website:

Cumbria Chess Association – Junior Organisers Report

The 2012-2013 Season

2012-2013 has been a fairly successful year in terms of maintaining and building on our Junior Chess Activity.

At primary level there are established school leagues in the Penrith and Carlisle areas with roughly 150 children participating from between 15 and 20 schools. There are also a number of established one-off events that act as feeders for the County Junior Championships e.g. the Carlisle U9s and U11s qualifiers, the Plumpton qualifer, and the Appleby Shield Championship.

This year we’ve managed to extend our ‘range’ a bit with a new primary school event in Keswick. We’ve started running some one-day chess workshops for children during school holidays (one held and two more planned for the Summer).

At secondary level we’ve had anincrease in interest in the inter-school league with a couple of new schools taking part. On the down side however we weren’t able to field a team in the Pennine Cup competition this season and so lost the title undefended.

The County Junior Championships were held on May 19th at Trinity School Carlisle. Numbers attending were roughly comparable with previous years, though for the first time in quite a while we actually had sufficient entries at U13, U15 and U18 levels to hold separate events in each category.

Last but not least Cumbria Junior Chess is in a fairly healthy financial state. We aim to make all our established activity financially self-sustaining, whilst any surplus helps to fund the costs of our ‘development’ activity. Including some outstanding income not yet received and one unpaid debt at the time of writing this report we should close the season with a positive balance of about 700 in our account

Ideas for the Future

We will continue to try and develop the geographic scope of our activity/events across the county.

We are interested in developing a Cumbria Junior Membership Scheme. In particular we want to look at using the Junior Section of the Cumbria Chess Web Site as a hub for Junior Chess in the county

In response to an ECF initiative we will look at establishing a new competition for Secondary Schools in the County

Thanks to…
Quite a number of people… Andrew Millar, John Kelly, John Davies, Allan Davies, Bill Hardwick , Daniel O’Dowd and Richard Davis. And a number of schools whose help with venues has been invaluable: Trinity School Carlisle, Richard Rose Academy, Ullswater Community College, Hunter Hall School, Nelson Tomlinson, St. Herberts Keswick, Plumpton School and Long Marton Community School.

Kevin Southernwood