Juniors and Beginners



Bournemouth School for Girls is delighted to be hosting this year’s Dorset County Junior Chess Championship and invites all chess players in years 3 to 13 inclusive to come along for a fun & competitive day of chess. Whether you are a relative novice or a much more experienced player we would love to see you. This is not a knockout competition so you are guaranteed to play 6 rounds of chess against children of your own standard, or very similar age. There will be refreshments at this event as before , teas/coffees and small bites but the day is a long one, so you are encouraged to bring along a good packed lunch. Doors open at 9.30 a.m and we intend to have a prompt start by latest 10.15 am. Prize-giving will be at around 4.30 p.m and I am planning to invite a speaker to support chess and the event.

There will be trophies awarded to various age groups and medals will be awarded in all age groups. To be eligible for the county trophies you must reside in or attend schools in Dorset, but players from areas or schools outside Dorset are welcome to compete for medals.

If you would like to enter this tournament please e-mail your name, school and year group to eric.sachs@btinternet.com . Early entries are encouraged and e-mail entries received by 2nd February 2019 will be charged at £7.50 per person

Payment can to be made in advance either online to a/c 84622970 sort code 51-81-18 or by cheque to be sent to the undersigned.

Your entry will be acknowledged once payment has been received.

This year we cannot accept any entries on the day this year as we plan to make all pairings during the week of the event and prior to the 9/2/18.

Please note there is no access to WIFI within the school.

Last year we all enjoyed the event at the school and Junior chess has increased both in terms of activity within schools and various clubs so I would anticipate and entry of over 75 plus and it would be great to get near this number and even surpass it.

Please note : Adult supervision will be provided in the playing areas but in general terms parents or guardians are responsible for the welfare of their children and the organisers will not act “ in loco parentis “ .……………………………………………………………………………………………………….

Entry Form

Please return this form by E mail to eric.sachs@btinternet.com or by post to 5 Kings Courtyard, 30-32 Knyveton Rd, Bournemouth BH1 3QR

Full Name …………………………………     School………………………………………

Year Group …………………………………………………

I hereby give permission for my Junior to play in the 2018 Dorset County Junior Chess Championship and give permission for photographs to be taken at the event.

……………………………………………………. (Parent/Carer)


Chess for Beginners

Chess is a beautiful “Game”, it’s not easily mastered, even experienced players can still learn more, but you don’t have to be an expert to enjoy playing Chess.

Over the following weeks, we will guide beginners through the basics and more, hopefully you’ll discover the enjoyment that Chess can give you.

The following topics are what will be covered  to help Juniors and beginners get started on this epic journey.

Board / Pieces setup

Note white square bottom right hand corner.

There are FOUR simple things that every chess player should try to achieve

1) Protect your King

Get your king to the corner of the board where he is usually safer. Don’t put off castling. You should usually castle as quickly as possible. Remember, it doesn’t matter how close you are to checkmating your opponent if your own king is checkmated first!

2) Don’t Give Pieces Away

Don’t carelessly lose your pieces! Each piece is valuable and you can’t win a game without pieces to checkmate. There is an easy system that most players use to keep track of the relative value of each chess piece.

How much are the chess pieces worth?

At the end of the game these points don’t mean anything – it is simply a system you can use to make decisions while playing, helping you know when to capture, exchange, or make other moves.

3) Control the Center of the Chessboard

You should try and control the center of the board with your pieces and pawns. If you control the center, you will have more room to move your pieces and will make it harder for your opponent to find good squares for his pieces.

4) Use All of your Chess Pieces

 Your pieces don’t do any good when they are sitting back on the first row. Try and develop all of your pieces so that you have more to use when you attack the king. Using one or two pieces to attack will not work against any decent opponent.

Pins / Forks / Skewers / Discovered attacks

Forks: A fork is when a piece attacks more than one piece at a time, in a way that, whichever piece is moved or protected, the other will be able to be captured. Knights are usually the most dangerous.

Pins are when a piece cannot move without exposing another piece to capture.

Skewers are somewhat the opposite of pins, because here the more important piece is in the front and must move out of the way, exposing another piece behind it.

How to Draw a Chess Game

Occasionally chess games do not end with a winner, but with a draw. There are 5 reasons why a chess game may end in a draw:


Touch-move – If a player touches one of their own pieces they must move that piece as long as it is a legal move. If a player touches an opponent’s piece, they must capture that piece. A player who wishes to touch a piece only to adjust it on the board must first announce the intention, usually by saying “adjust”.


Recording moves in your game

Rows are lettered from A – H,  Files or columns are numbered 1 – 8

It is important to learn this so that you can understand Algebraic Notation, check out the website below for further information.



Scholar’s Mate is the most common trap a beginner falls into, as White you may win a few games against beginners, but it’s not a good practice to get your queen out early.

The following game illustrates Scholar’s Mate. This is a checkmate whereby the Bishop and Queen attack the weak f7 pawn. This pawn is weak because, in the starting position, it is only protected by the King.

1.e4 e5 2.Bc4 Bc5 3.Qh5 Nf6 4.Qxf7#

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This game can be played through in real time from GAMES in the menu bar.

To avoid Scholar’s mate Black should play 3………Qe7, then if 4Qxf7+?  Qxf7  5. Bxf7+  Kxf7 leaving Black a Bishop for a Pawn ahead.

Middle Game Tactics / End Game Hints and Tips

These topics will be covered in more detail either at the Poole Chess Club or on Saturday mornings in Bournemouth Library.

Junior Chess Tuition starts at Bournemouth Library on 8th September 2018 and continues into the Summer of 2019.

Sessions are from 10 am to 11 am and 11 am to 12 am – cost is £4 per Junior,