Primary Schools Competition

Primary and Secondary
Schools Competitions
are sponsored by

GBA Capital

a stockbroking and
capital markets firm.

The NSWJCL is grateful
to GBA Capital for its
generous support
of our competitions.


The NSW Junior Chess League’s Primary Schools Competition is a teams competition for primary schools throughout New South Wales.

The competition is organised on a regional basis, with each region being divided into geographical zones for ease of access between schools, and subdivided further, if necessary, into divisions.

There are three grades in the competition – Championship, Intermediate and Rookies – to cater for players from experienced to novice levels. In areas where there are enough entries, Junior grade may include Junior Rookies divisions for players in Year 3 and below. A school may enter any number of teams, which consist of four players. The winners in local Championship divisions go on to compete in finals against other divisional winners in the zone, then the region; regional champions will be invited to compete for the State title. The Rookies level is intended to give novice players the experience and fun of playing against other schools and there are no “finals” for this or the Intermediate levels.

In most areas matches are scheduled on a home-and-away basis and are usually played on Fridays after school, but may be played at other times by arrangement between the schools. However, in many country areas and Sydney's South-West the teams meet at a central venue and play all their matches on one day (sometimes two days), thus reducing travel. The competition starts in second term and the divisional rounds conclude by early in third term, with the finalists progressing after that (into fourth term if they continue to be successful).

An invitation and entry form are sent to all primary schools (except those in the more remote parts of the state where participation is unlikely to be viable) at the beginning of first term (in February) and are also available on this website.

For further details see the other web pages for this competition (Entry Details, Rules, Results, etc.) or contact the Primary Schools Coordinator, Richard Gastineau-Hills, phone (02) 9498 2760, mobile 0403 962 442, email