The England Squad
The National Chess Junior Squad was formed in 1992 and the first foreign trip was to Denmark in 1993 where we won a match in Aarhus. Since then we have won matches or international tournaments in Florida, South Africa, St.Petersburg, Jastrebie Zdroi, Rybnik and Chrzanow (Poland), Paris, Prague and Frydek-Mistek (Czech Republic).
Membership of the Squad is open to boys and girls through results in designated events through the year. There is also an annual induction of members from the England Under 11 Team when they leave primary school. There are 20 to 25 members of the Squad in each year group. Regular trips are organised to Gibraltar, Poland and the Czech Republic along with others as and when we run events or receive invitations.
Our team for this event comprises of 5 boys and 3 girls. They live in various different counties within England, ranging from Cumbria which is approximately 300 miles north of London to Hastings on the South coast which is approximately 75 miles south of London.
Ollie Willson – has been playing chess now since he was nine, and in that time he has achieved the titles, squad Under 16 Champion (2013) and British Under 16 Champion (2013). He has represented England in the Glorney cup both this year and last year and played in many international competitions, including the Hastings Masters and the main British Championships
Taran Jina – has represented England since the age of 10, in various matches and events including the World Schools Championships. Recently, he was joint runner-up in the British U16 Championships and has been county champion in his age group several times.
Holden Davis – is 30 ranked Under 16 in UK and came 5th in the Delancy Schools UK chess challenge. He is a county champion and took part in the British Championships both in the Major open and the Under 16.
Eva Ressell – has won at both the girl’s British Championships and the Norwegian Girl’s Championships. She has represented England at European and World Junior level as well as being a regular player in 4NCL and her local adult leagues.
Asha Jina – has been playing chess competitively for the last 8 years, and was crowned the 2014 British Girls U13 Chess Champion title with a score of 5/7. She has represented England several times prior to this event, visiting different countries including Greece and Bulgaria.
Oliver Howell – has represented England internationally in over 100 games now, and was a major contributor in the winning England Stokes Cup team (the U12 section of the Glorney Cup) in both 2014 and 2015. He has been a regular contender in both British and London Junior Championships, and has been runner-up in both his age-group; he was twice Sussex U-11 Champion finishing above several fellow England players each time.
George Harman – Has had quite a bit of success this year. He is the current England U11 trial rapidplay champion, North of England and Lancashire U11 champion. He was third in the England closed U11 long play championships. He has represented Greater Manchester junior teams at various youth levels and travelled with the Manchester team to play in a chess tournament in Poland earlier this year.
Susie Wang – has won the Ultima of her age group in the Northern Gigafinal of UK chess challenge for 3 consecutive years. She won 1st place in the ECF girl championship Under 10 in 2013 and 2nd place in 2014. She also won numerous prizes in various regional junior chess tournaments.