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New Opportunities for Junior Chess Players in North Wales


The recent formation of the North Wales Junior Chess Association will create many more opportunities for young chess players in the region to experience tournament play and coaching.

The Association was formed by the husband and wife team, Andrew and Syringa Camp, who were frustrated at the lack of tournaments on offer in North Wales.  Andrew is head of the very successful chess club at Rydal Penrhos School in Colwyn Bay and runs several events for children in the school every year.  However, he felt that there was a lot of talent across the region that was not being discovered, hence the formation of this new organisation.


The Association has a number of aims, including:


1)To provide events for junior chess players in North Wales to pit their wits against each other

2)To find talented players who have the potential to play at County and International Level

3)Eventually to host coaching weekends for young players, inviting established titled players and experienced junior coaches to work with children from the region.


The North Wales Junior Chess Association will be affiliated to the Welsh Chess Union which already caters very successfully for children in South Wales.  Children from North Wales have recently started to infiltrate the Welsh Junior Squad and the Association wishes to build upon that.

Rydal Penrhos School has been very supportive in helping Andrew and Syringa to set up the Association and have generously allowed free use of their facilities for their events.

The North Wales Junior Chess Association will be celebrating its formation by holding the first North Wales Junior Rapidplay Chess Championships on Saturday, 9th February 2013 at Rydal Penrhos School.  This event is open to any chess player aged 18 or younger who is resident or attending full time education in North Wales. Entry forms and full details will be emailed to schools in the area very shortly.  In the meantime, parents and interested players may contact the organisation for more details and/or an entry form by emailing


Andrew Camp

Chairman North Wales Junior Chess Association


Junior chess activities are generously supported by a

 grant from the

Welsh Assembly