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Grand Prix Rules 2016

Win the title, English Youth Chess Champion, receive £100* and, subject to the 2016 Junior Selection Policy, represent England in an international championship.

  1. Twenty-four titles are available for award from ages seven to eighteen based on ages at 31 December 2016 (i.e. 2016 minus calendar year of birth).  When a boy wins the English Youth Grand Prix, an English Youth Girls’ Chess Champion title is also available for award or, if a girl wins, an English Youth Boys’ Chess Champion title.  Tie-breaks are decided by head-to-head results in any English Youth Grand Prix tournament, then Joint Champions are awarded and prize money is shared.
  2. Participation in the English Youth Grand Prix is only open to players who are ECF members and eligible to represent England in FIDE youth championships.  ECF members who are FIDE-registered with other national federations are not eligible.  Information on joining the ECF can be found here, including one year’s free Junior Silver Membership for players who have not previously been ECF members.
  3. Tournaments are included on the understanding that results are submitted to the National Grading Team in a timely manner and accepted into the ECF Grading Database.  If these conditions are not met, results do not count. In addition, only games submitted and accepted for grading are included in the calculations. Byes, defaults or other games that cannot be graded for whatever reason are excluded.
  4. The ECF determines which tournaments and sections are included in the English Youth Grand Prix. The ECF cannot be held responsible if a tournament is cancelled by an organiser or its age groups amalgamated or changed. For designated English Youth Grand Prix tournaments for 7-16 year olds, only age group sections up to 21 years old are eligible. Exceptionally, in the event that an U21 section is merged with an adult section then results against all players will count.
  5. To qualify for an award, a player must participate in a minimum of three tournaments included in the English Youth Grand Prix.
  6. Champions who meet the requirements in the 2016 Junior Selection Policy and who have completed the online Expression of Interest Form by the relevant closing date will be invited to one Major Championship, either the European Youth or the World Cadets/Youth Chess Championships in 2016. A choice will not be offered unless the player has achieved the target FIDE rating specified in the policy.
  7. Where a Champion is not offered a place at the European Youth or the World Cadets/Youth Chess Championships in 2016 because they do not meet the requirements of the 2016 Junior Selection Policy, they will be offered a place at a Developmental Championship in 2017, subject to meeting the requirements at that time for selection to a Developmental Tournament.
  8. All invitations to international events are subject to the general requirements of the 2016 Junior Selection Policy when published and as amended from time to time.
  9. The ECF has the final decision on the interpretation of the rules, the calculation of results, the award of titles and the distribution of prize money.

English Youth Grand Prix (EYGP) scoring varies by age —

Players turning 7 and 8 years old in 2016:  The best three results count measured by percentage score (points scored ÷ games played) from designated EYGP tournaments. Scoring is based on one point for a win, half a point for a draw and zero for a loss.  At least four games must be included in the calculation. Tournaments may be standard or rapid play.

Players turning 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 and 16 in 2016:  The best three results from designated EYGP tournaments count, measured by tournament performance grades (TPGs) calculated using EYGP methodology.  An explanation of the methodology is given in the TPG Performance Calculator and Methodology.  Only standard play tournaments are eligible and at least four games must be included in the calculation.

Players turning 17 and 18 in 2016:  TPG scoring rules are the same as for 9 to 16-year-old players. However, there are no designated EYGP tournaments and no opponent age restrictions.  Instead, the top three TPGs calculated using EYGP methodology from any ECF graded standard play tournament which starts between 1 March 2015 to 29 February 2016 count, provided results are submitted to the National Grading Team in a timely manner and accepted into the ECF Grading Database.  Note that, apart from the Junior 4NCL, only congresses are included in the calculations.  Results from leagues (including the main 4NCL) and other matches do not count.  In addition, congresses played outside England are excluded, except where the results are ECF graded for all players.

Junior 4NCL: For all players who participate in the Junior 4NCL which runs over three weekends, only one weekend result will count. This will be the player’s best result from the weekends played.   Each weekend will be considered a separate congress for the purposes of these rules.

Standings by age and birth year are shown here

English Youth Grand Prix Tournaments for 7 to 16-year-olds

Standard play sections included in the EYGP for all ages
Tournament Venue Dates Sections included in EYGP
British Junior Chess Championships University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL 25 July-8 August 2015 U9, U10, U11, U12, U13, U14, U15, U16
Delancey UK Schools Chess Challenge, Terafinal and Challengers Loughborough Grammar School, Loughborough LE11 2DU 15-16 August 2015 Terafinal and Challengers (by qualification)
Junior 4NCL, Weekend 1 Holiday Inn Birmingham Airport B26 3QW 3-4 October 2015 Team competition
English Closed Championships Nottingham High Junior School, Nottingham NG7 4ED 10-11 October 2015 U11 only
Junior 4NCL, Weekend 2 Holiday Inn Birmingham Airport B26 3QW 21-22 November 2015 Team competition
London Junior Chess Championships University of Westminster, Harrow HA1 3TP 12-13 and 28-30 December 2015 By qualification U10 Major/Minor, U12 Major/Minor
Open U14 Major/Minor, U16, U18/21
Junior 4NCL, Weekend 3 Holiday Inn Birmingham Airport B26 3QW 9-10 January 2016 Team competition
South of England Chess Championships Yateley Manor School, Yateley GU46 7UQ 30-31 January 2016 Open U9, U10, U11, U13, U15
Invitation-only U12, U14, U16
Northern Junior Championship To be confirmed To be confirmed To be confirmed
West of England Junior Open Chess Championships St. Joseph’s Catholic College, Swindon SN3 3LR 20-21 February 2016 U9, U10, U12 Championship/Challengers, U14, U18 Major/Minor
National Chess Junior Squad Championships To be confirmed 2-3 April 2016 U10, U12, U14, U16
Rapid play sections included in the EYGP for 7-8 year-olds only
Tournament Venue Dates Sections included in EYGP
British Junior Chess Championships University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL 25 July-8 August 2015 U8
British Rapidplay Junior Championships Leeds Beckett University, Headingley LS6 3QS 31 October-1 November 2015 U11, U12, U16
London Junior Chess Championships University of Westminster, Harrow HA1 3TP 12-13 and 28-30 December 2015 By qualification U8
English Girls’ Chess Championships To be confirmed To be confirmed U8, U10, U12, U14, U16, U18
South of England Chess Championships Yateley Manor School, Yateley GU46 7UQ 30-31 January 2016 U7, U8
West of England Junior Open Chess Championships St. Joseph’s Catholic College, Swindon SN3 3LR 20-21 February 2016 U8

Subject to giving reasonable notice on its website, the ECF may add further tournaments or age group sections to the list of EYGP tournaments for 7-16 year olds.

The ECF will not always include all sections in a tournament in the EYGP. In particular, sections specifically aimed at beginners or less experienced players may be excluded.

The age group sections shown in the tournament list are based on the ECF’s understanding of the sections that will be offered by the organisers for 2015/16. These may be amended by the organisers.

Age groups for tournament sections are usually calculated on either a school year (age at 31 August) or calendar year (age at 31 December) basis. You may enter any section for which you are eligible. However, you should note that some age group sections shown in the main list are played on a rapid play basis and will only count for the EYGP scoring for those turning 7 and 8 in 2016.

What this means for players and parents
Play in as many tournaments as you wish, but only the top three results count.  Two sections in the same tournament normally count as separate results, as may be the case for those who play in both the British Under 12 Championship and the British Under 13 Championship.

For children aged 7 or 8, EYGP scoring is based on your percentage score in each tournament. You can ‘play up’ in age against stronger players if you wish but this might reduce your percentage score, so it may be advisable to stay in your own age group section(s).

For children aged 9 and over, EYGP scoring using TPGs means that players may choose to ‘play up’ in age against stronger players with the aim of achieving a higher TPG. After an event, players can predict their own score using the Performance Calculator. However, official scores are determined by the National Grading Team. Scores from the 2015 English Youth Grand Prix (here) may be useful for deciding where to play this year.  Tournaments shown with higher TPG scores attracted stronger players than tournaments with lower scores.

Junior tournaments are not for everybody.  Adult (or all-age) tournaments often strengthen a young person’s chess more rapidly than youth chess; however, the psychological aspects of youth tournaments makes them more challenging for some highly talented juniors.  Players who choose to compete in this EYGP gain experience relevant for the next level of youth championships – the European Youth, World Youth and World Cadets Chess Championships.

Contact
If you have any questions, please contact the Controller of the English Youth Grand Prix

* Consider adding to the prize fund that The John Robinson Youth Chess Trust generously began.  To donate, contact the ECF office or use this PayPal button —

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