Joe Birks Chessathon click to enlargeThank you SO much for generously sponsoring Joe's Sport Relief Chessathon. We weren't sure how it would go or who turn up on the day but luckily Joe had a steady trickle of opponents to take him past the 4 hour mark, ranging from adult club players to those who just knew the basic moves. Attached is a visual report of the day for your interest.

Thanks to your kind support, Joe has managed to raise enough money to buy over 120 mosquito nets. As you can imagine, he is a very chuffed and rather exhausted boy. Time for an Easter egg!

Katie Birks

The Lancashire Chess Association 2016 Junior Chess Championships took place on Saturday 6th February 2016 at Ridge Community Primary School, Keswick Road, Lancaster. The Lancashire Champions for each age group are as follows:

Lancashire U18 Champion 2016Lancashire U14 and U15 Champions 2016

U18   Nugith Jayawarna
U15   Joe Birks
U14   Charlotte Melvin
U13   Holly Jacobson
U12   George Harman
U11   Dev Ranka
U10   Niamh Bridgeman
U9   Ivan Jones
U8   Kandara Acharya

The Lancashire Chess Association 2015 Junior Chess Championships were held on Saturday 7th February 2014 at Holy Family High School, Heywood.  The age group champions were:

2015 Lancashire Junior Championships2015 Lancashire Junior Championships
U18   David Jinks
U15   David Jinks
U14   Charlotte Melvin
U13   Charlotte Melvin
U12   Holly Jacobson
U11   George Harman
U10   Benjamin McGrath
U9   James Segarajasinghe
U8   Joe Birks

Blackpool & Fylde's Silver Queen 2014With one player having travelled down from Windermere, the competition looked set for a keen tussle with nineteen players battling for the Queen's 79th annual appearance.

This was a very strong line-up with many times winner Brett Lund making a return to try and wrest his crown back from the 2013 winner, Roy Ellames.


The Lancashire Chess Association 2014 Junior Chess Championships were held on Saturday 8th February 2014 at Holy Family High School, Heywood.,  The age group champions were:

2014 Lancashire Junior Championships2014 Lancashire Junior Championships
U18   Jordan Lewis
U15   Nugith Jayawarna
U14   Holden Davis
U13   Mark Power & Calvin Robinson
U12   Harvey Wright
U11   Haydn Choi
U10   Samuel Berry
U9   Siena Choi
U8   Ivan Jones