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Grand Prix Rules

Win the title, English Youth Chess Champion, receive at least £100* and, subject to the 2015 Junior Selection Policy, play for England in the European Youth Chess Championships or the World Youth and Cadets Chess Championships!

  1. Twenty-four titles are awarded from ages seven to eighteen based on ages at 31 December 2015 (i.e. 2015 minus calendar year of birth).  When a boy wins the English Youth Grand Prix, an English Youth Girls’ Chess Champion title is also awarded.  When a girl wins the English Youth Grand Prix, an English Youth Boys’ Chess Champion title is also awarded.  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.
  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. 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 2015:  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 2015:  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 Performance Calculator.  Only standard play tournaments are eligible.

Players turning 17 and 18 in 2015:  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.  In other words, the top three TPGs calculated using EYGP methodology from any graded standard play tournament in England which starts between 1 March 2014 to 28 February 2015 count, provided results are submitted to the National Grading Team in a timely manner and accepted into the ECF Grading Database.

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.

Standings by age and birth year are shown here.

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

British Junior Chess Championships (U8, U9, U10, U11, U12, U13, U14, U15/16), 21 July-1 August 2014, Aberystwyth
Delancey UK Schools Chess Challenge, Terafinal and Challengers, 16-17 August 2014, Loughborough
Junior 4NCL, Weekend 1, 4-5 October 2014, Daventry
English Closed Championships (U11 only), 11-12 October 2014, Nottingham
Junior 4NCL, Weekend 2, 22-23 November 2014, Hinckley
London Junior Chess Championships (U8, U10 Major/Minor, U12 Major/Minor, U14 Major/Minor, U16, U18/21), 13-14 and 28-30 December 2014, Harrow
Junior 4NCL, Weekend 3, 24-25 January 2015, Hinckley
South of England Chess Championships (U7, U8, U9, U10, U11, U13, U15 plus U12, U14, U16 invitation only closed events), 31 January – 1 February 2015, Yateley
West of England Chess Championships (U8, U9, U10, U12 Championship/Challengers, U14, U18 Major/Minor), 21-22 February 2015, Swindon
National Chess Junior Squad Championships (U10, U12, U14, U16), 11-12 April 2015, Daventry

Additional rapid play tournaments for 7 and 8-years-olds:

British Rapidplay Junior Championships (U11, U12/16), 1-2 November 2014, Leeds
English Girls’ Chess Championships (U8, U10, U12, U14, U16, U18), 7 December 2014, London
Northern Junior Championship (U9, U10, U11, U12, U14, U16 and U18), 1 February 2015, Leeds

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. 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 2015.

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 2014 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.


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.