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All junior players are strongly encouraged to participate in the Welsh Junior Championships held later this term. In age groups from under 8s through to under 11s, running in parallel to the competitions for those that have qualified for the top-flight section, there are competitions for identical age groups for those that have not qualified – these are referred to as the “Majors”. Note that for ages under 12s and above, no qualification is involved.
Closer to Easter, there are events for county teams at under 9, under 11 and under 14 (for example, teams from Gwent and Glamorgan will play in the South Wales and West of England Jamboree on Sunday 28 February). Teams will draw on players participating in both tiers of the age group championships – this means that a strong result in the “Majors” would give a player a great chance of representing their county.
Note that players can ‘play-up’ in these events. For example, an under 10 player can compete in both the under 11 competition on 30-31 January, and the under 10 competition on 20-21 February.
Entry forms for the Welsh Championships can be downloaded from: http://welshchessunion.org.uk/events