More than 100 Jersey youngsters are expected to compete in the Appleby Jersey Junior Chess Championships on Saturday 24 March at Victoria College School. The tournament which is sponsored by Appleby, takes place in the school’s atmospheric Great Hall from 9.00am to 2.30pm. Jersey chess players under the age of 17 will complete in the inaugural Appleby Jersey Junior Chess Championships. Each player competing in the tournament will take part in seven rounds of Swiss system chess, with each round lasting 30 minutes. There are six age groups in the competition with the winners of each age group receiving a trophy, medal and a certificate.

David Benest, Appleby’s Jersey Office Managing Partner said:

“It is fantastic that so many young people are involved in this competition and are committed to the game. Chess improves concentration, enhances memory, develops logical thinking, builds self-esteem and improves decision-making skills. It also teaches youngsters independence to make important decisions influenced only by their own judgment. Supporting the championships and the academy is part of our commitment to education and nurturing the development of young people in Jersey.”

Marcin Mazurkiewicz, Jersey Chess Club Junior Representative commented:

“This tournament is a great opportunity for so many of the Islands’ young chess players to compete against each other and further develop their skills. We hope this tournament will raise awareness of the game and encourage more young players to become involved.”