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Grand Prix Rules 2016-17

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

  1. Twenty-four titles are available for award from ages seven to eighteen based on age next birthday at 31 December 2016 (i.e. 2017 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 2017 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 2017. 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 2017 because they do not meet the requirements of the 2017 Junior Selection Policy, they will be offered a place at a Developmental Championship in 2018, 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 2017 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 2017:  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 2017:  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 2017:  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 on a date from 1 March 2016 to 28 February 2017 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.

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

Standard play sections included in the EYGP for all children

  • British Junior Chess Championships
    Bournemouth Pavilion, Bournemouth BH1 2BU
    U9; 24-25 July 2016
    U10; 26-30 July 2016
    U11, U13, U15; 31 July – 5 August 2016
    U12, U14, U16: 24-30 July 2016.
  • Delancey UK Schools Chess Challenge
    Loughborough Grammar School, Loughborough LE11 2DU
    Terafinal and Challengers (by qualification) 20-21 August 2016.
  • Junior 4NCL Weekends 1, 2 and 3 (only player’s best result counts – see above)
    Weekend 1; 1-2 October 2016, De Vere Venues, Harben, Newport Pagnell MK16 9EY
    Weekend 2; 21-22 January 2017, St Johns Hotel, Solihull B91 1AT
    Weekend 3; 22-23 April 2017, St Johns Hotel, Solihull B91 1AT
    Team competition.
  • English Closed Championships
    Nottingham High Junior School, Nottingham NG7 4ED;
    U11 only; weekend to be confirmed.
  • London Junior Chess Championships
    University of Westminster, Harrow HA1 3TP
    U10 Major/Minor (by qualification); 10-11 December 2016
    U12 Major/Minor (by qualification); 28-30 December 2016
    U14 Major/Minor; 10-11 December 2016
    U16, U18/21; 28-30 December 2016.
  • South of England Chess Championships
    Yateley Manor School, Yateley GU46 7UQ; 28-29 January 2017
    U9, U10, U11, U13, U15; 28-29 January 2017
    Invitation-only closed events U12, U14, U16; 28-29 January 2017.
  • West of England Junior Open Chess Championships
    St. Joseph’s Catholic College, Swindon SN3 3LR; 18-19 February 2017
    U9, U10, U12 Championship/Challengers, U14, U18 Major/Minor; 18-19 February 2017.
  • National Chess Junior Squad Championships
    De Vere Venues, Wokefield Park, Reading RG7 3AE
    U10, U12, U14, U16; 8-9 April 2017.

Rapid play sections included in the EYGP for 7-8 year-olds only

  • British Junior Chess Championships
    Bournemouth Pavilion, Bournemouth BH1 2BU
    U8; 23 July 2016.
  • London Junior Chess Championships
    University of Westminster, Harrow HA1 3TP
    U8 (by qualification); 29-30 December 2016.
  • South of England Chess Championships
    Yateley Manor School, Yateley GU46 7UQ
    U7; 28 January 2017
    U8; 29 January 2017.
  • West of England Junior Open Chess Championships
    St. Joseph’s Catholic College, Swindon SN3 3LR
    U8; 19 February 2017.

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.  In particular, an English Girls’ Chess Championships is being planned for 2016.  If this goes ahead, it will be added to the EYGP.

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 2016-17. These may be amended by the organisers.

Important note on age groups: 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 2016 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 Controllers of the English Youth Grand Prix.

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