Wey Valley – Surrey Under 9 Squad 2020

English Primary Schools’ Chess Association (EPSCA)

44th EPSCA Under 9 Championships

South Zone 

Saturday 14th March 2020

We are delighted to announce Wey Valley were Champions of the Southern Zone 2020!!  A Huge thank you to Mike Basman for coaching the team, Emma-Jane Billington-Phillips for managing the team and of course to the team parents and players who were all awesome.


Thanks for participating everyone.

The results are now at the following link:


We have been asked if we are interested in taking part in some internet chess for large and small EPSCA Inter-Associations teams at U/11, U/9 and U/11girls using chesskid.com.

We need to let Andrew Varney know if we have a team by Sunday 29th March so please let me know by 10am Sunday 29th March if you are interested in playing.  Then Andrew will let us have further details on how it will work.

Under 11, Under 9 and Under 11 Girls Finals 2020

Due to the outbreak of coronavirus and Government advice announced on 16th March, all three finals are postponed or cancelled.   Three letters, one for each final, can be found below:




It may be possible to hold postponed events and currently EPSCA are looking at the possibility of postponing the U9 Final to Saturday 3rd October 2020 at the same venue.  If not, assuming that Government advice has changed, the next events will be as follows: –

Under 9 Zones

Saturday 13th March 2021

Cheshire & North Wales, Wiltshire and Kent

Under 11 Zones

Saturday 20th March 2021

Lancashire, Sussex and Richmond

Under 11 Girls Final

Saturday 27th March

Under 9 Final

Saturday 24th April 2021

Under 11 Final

Saturday 8th May 2021

We now have great pleasure in announcing this season’s U9 squad for entry into the English Primary Schools’ Chess Association’s (EPSCA) 44th Under 9 Inter-Association Championship 2020.  This year we have many very promising under 9s so have decided as there is such a large squad, we will divide it into squads A and B:

Click Here for a List of the Wey Valley U9 Squad 2020

The reason behind squad B is to highlight some of the players who could benefit most from another chance to demonstrate their chess talents to the team selectors by playing in the Ramsay Cups U9 Championship Sunday, 23rd February.  A good performance at the Ramsay Cups could win them a place in the travelling 16 player team.  Obviously, we ask all children in the squads (A & B) lists to play in the Ramsay Cups to aid selection and board order.

A Wey Valley U9 team to played in the Friendly Under 9 Team Event on:

Saturday 8 February 2020.

Here is a link to the results:


Click here for a list of those whom played in the Wey Valley U9 Team at the friendly competition Saturday 8 February 2020

Ramsay Cup Under 9 Championship

The Ramsay Cup Under 9 Championship will be held on Sunday, 23 February at Therfield School, Dilston Road, Leatherhead, KT22 7NZPlease Click Here to enter and for more information.

Following the Ramsay Cups tournament, we will analyse the results and review the squads then from our findings select 20 players (16 travelling players plus 4 non-travelling reserves) to represent Surrey in the Southern Zone competition (date, etc., can be found later in this letter).

To summarise, are you available to play in the following events:

  • Under 9 Team Event Saturday 8 February 2019  (optional)
  • Ramsay Cup Championships 23 February 2019 (optional, but necessary for team selection)
  • EPSCA events:
    • U9 Zone Saturday 14 March (necessary to accept your squad place)
    • U9 Final Saturday 25 April (necessary to accept your squad place)

To find out more about EPSCA here are a couple of links:


What is EPSCA? 

Complete the form below by 7 February and submit it to accept or decline your place in the squad.

Thank you!

Please note, no money is needed as yet for the EPSCA events:

We are delighted to inform you that everyone listed in the squads  (Click here for the U9 Squad List 2020) has earned the right to wear a coveted Wey Valley t-shirt and / or sweat shirt, Therefore, please find below an order form.  Your purchase of a Wey Valley t-shirt and / or sweat shirt will not affect the likelihood of you being selected to play in the travelling team but is a privilege only available to squad members.  The honour to wear the t-shirt and / or sweat shirt is in recognition of all your hard work and chess achievements.  This is your only opportunity to order a t-shirt and / or sweat shirt this year as they are specially printed and there is a minimum quantity order.  We must receive your order and payment by 8th February to receive the shirts in time for the zone match, March 14th.

Please note: If you are selected and accept your place in the team you will be able to collect your order at the zone event upon arrival.  If you are not selected or unable to accept but would still like to purchase an item, then it can be sent out to you by Royal Mail which will incur an extra delivery charge of £6.

Please complete the form below and submit it by 8 February to order a shirt:

Thank you! Now make your payment using the payment button(s) below if you wish to buy a shirt(s) by 8 February:

Children’s Wey Valley – Surrey T-Shirts £10 each

You are paying for a coveted Wey Valley children’s t-shirt. Please select the number you are paying for in the box below. COLOUR: Burgundy with Wey Valley Chess, Surrey logo in pale blue


Children’s Wey Valley – Surrey Sweatshirts £15 each

You are paying for a coveted Wey Valley children’s sweatshirt. Please select the number you are paying for in the box below. Crew neck, raglan sleeved acrylic fleece sweatshirts. COLOUR:  Maroon with Wey Valley Chess, Surrey logo in pale blue.


Adults’ Wey Valley – Surrey T-shirts £14.40 (incl VAT) each

You are paying for a coveted Wey Valley adult’s t-shirt. Please select the number you are paying for in the box below. COLOUR: Burgundy with Wey Valley Chess, Surrey logo in pale blue.


Adults’ Wey Valley – Surrey Sweatshirts £21.60 (incl VAT) each

You are paying for a coveted Wey Valley adults' sweatshirt. Please select the number you are paying for in the box below. Crew neck, raglan sleeved acrylic fleece sweatshirts. COLOUR:  Maroon with Wey Valley Chess, Surrey logo in pale blue.


In the EPSCA Inter-Area Competitions, the playing team is 12 boards plus 4 travelling (and playing) reserves making a total of 16 players needed to travel to the two events, the Southern Zone then (if we qualify) the National Final. When we select the playing team and decide on the final board order we bear in mind the following elements because they are all important aspects which also need considering, they are: Playing style, recording of moves and general attitude to the game and to coaching advice. Grades are also used, but only as a guide since some new and / or strong players with quality elements may not (yet) have a solid grade.  Grades, therefore, are not the most important factor because EPSCA matches are long, 1 hour 20 minutes requiring also stamina and perseverance.

The EPSCA Format.

The EPSCA U9 team competition is in two parts:

The Southern Zone to be held on Saturday, 14 March 2020 at Cantell School, Violet Road, Southampton SO16 3GJ

Then, if we qualify, the National Final to be held on Saturday 25 April 2020 at Warwick School, Myton Road, Warwick CV34 6PP.

If you are invited to play, a board fee of £25 (which covers both stages of the competition) will be requested.

Shortly after the Ramsay Cups on Sunday, 23rd February, we will email you the board order and a link to this Wey Valley U9 Team page where a PayPal button will be set up for you to make your payment for the board fee if you have made the travelling team.

Accepting your place in the squad commits you to playing in both the zone and the final (if you are selected).  The board fee covers administrative expenses, team officials’ travel costs and a contribution to the coaches’ fees on the day of the event.  We will email you more details of the event, plus round times , etc., when we send you the final board order.

In Summary, what we need you to please do NOW:

  • Complete the form above either accepting (or declining) your place in the squad if you are selected for the playing team you will be contacted at a later date following the Ramsay Cups.
  • Complete the form above to order your t-shirt(s) and/or sweatshirt(s) if you want to place an order and make your PayPal payment(s) by 7 February.

Yours faithfully

E-J Billington-Phillips (Mrs)

P.S. Please ensure you submit the form at the top whether you are accepting or declining the offer of a place.  If you cannot accept your place, it is important that we know this as soon as possible so that someone else can be offered the opportunity.  If you accept your place, you are also declaring you are available to play in both the zone (14 March) and the final (25 April).

P.P.S. If we do not receive both your order form and payment for t-shirt(s)/sweat shirt(s) by 7 February you will not be able to order one this year.