Grand Prix Rules 2018-19

English Youth Grand Prix, EYGP rules and the Tournament Performance Calculator

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

The English Youth Grand Prix (EYGP) 2018-19 is open to all ECF junior members eligible to play for England and born in the calendar years 2001-2012.

  1. Twenty-four titles are available for award from ages seven to eighteen based on age next birthday at 31 December 2018 (i.e. 2019 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 EYGP 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 (pending) 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 on a timely basis and accepted into the ECF Grading Database. For designated EYGP junior events, results must be submitted within 2 weeks of the end of the event. For additional tournaments included for older children, results must be submitted within one month of the end of the congress.  In all cases, there is a cut-off of 14 April 2019 for events to be included in the standings.  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 EYGP. The ECF cannot be held responsible if a tournament is cancelled by an organiser or its age groups amalgamated or changed. For designated EYGP junior events, 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 EYGP.
  6. Champions who meet the requirements in the 2019 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 2019. 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 2019 because they do not meet the requirements of the 2019 Junior Selection Policy, they will be offered a place at a Developmental Championship in 2020, 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 2019 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.
  10. The ECF reserves the right to amend the rules either generally or in relation to their application to a specific tournament.

EYGP scoring varies by age

Players turning 7 and 8 years old in 2019 (born in 2011-12)
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, 16, 17 and 18 in 2018 (born in 2001-2010)
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.

Designated EYGP tournaments

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

The age groups shown below are based on the ECF’s understanding of the sections that will be offered by the organisers for 2018-19. These may be amended by the organisers.

Standard play junior events included in the EYGP

  • British Junior Championships
    HULL CITY HALL, Queen Victoria Square, Carr Lane, Hull HU1 3RQ
    U9, U11: 27-28 July 2018
    U10, U12, U14, U16: 29 July 2018 – 4 August 2018
  • Delancey UK Schools Chess Challenge – Terafinal
    HOLIDAY INN HOTEL, Peterborough West, Thorpe Wood PE3 6SG
    Terafinal U8, U10, U12, U14, U18: 15-16 September 2018
  • Junior 4NCL 17-18 weekend 3 and 18-19 weekends 1 to 3
    (only the player’s best result over the 4 weekends counts)
    This is a team competition although individual games played as a reserve are counted subject to the EYGP rules.
    PARK INN TELFORD, Forgegate, Telford TF3 4NA – 17-18 Weekend 3: 21-22 April 2018
    DAVENTRY COURT HOTEL, Sedgemoor Way, Daventry NN11 0SG -18-19 Weekend 1: 29-30 September 2018
    HOLIDAY INN HOTEL, Peterborough West, Thorpe Wood PE3 6SG -18-19 Weekend 2: 19-20 January 2019
    DAVENTRY COURT HOTEL, Sedgemoor Way, Daventry NN11 0SG -18-19 Weekend 3: 2-3 March 2019
  • English Closed Championships
    Nottingham High Junior School, Nottingham NG7 4ED; U11 only: 13-14 October 2018
  • London Junior Chess Championships
    University of Westminster Harrow Campus, Harrow HA1 3TP
    U10 Major/Minor (by qualification): 15-16 December 2018
    U12 Major/Minor (by qualification): 28-30 December 2018
    U14 Major/Minor: 15-16 December 2018
    U16, U18/21: 28-30 December 2018
  • South of England Chess Championships
    Yateley Manor School, Yateley GU46 7UQ
    U9, U10, U11, U13, U15: 26-27 January 2019
    Invitation-only closed events U12, U14, U16: 26-27 January 2019
  • Northern Junior Chess Championship
    Merchant Taylors Boys School, 186 Liverpool Road, Liverpool L23 0QP
    U9, U11, U12, U14, U16, U18: 23-24 February 2019
  • West of England Junior Open Chess Championships
    UTC Swindon, Bristol Street, Swindon SN1 5ET
    U9, U10, U12 Championship/Challengers, U14, U18 Major/Minor: 23-24 February 2019
  • Midland Open Junior Championships
    Venue TBC
    U9, U11, U14, U18; dates TBC
  • National Chess Junior Squad Championships
    Venue TBC
    U10, U12, U14, U16; 6-7 April 2019

Rapid play junior events included in the EYGP for children turning age 7 and 8 in 2019 (born in 2011-2012)

  • Delancey UK Schools Chess Challenge – Southern Gigafinal
    Orleans Park School, Richmond Road, Twickenham TW1 3BB
    U7 boys (by qualification): 30 June 2018
    U7 girls (by qualification): 1 July 2018
  • Delancey UK Schools Chess Challenge – Midlands Gigafinal
    Grace Academy, Chapelhouse Road, Chelmsley Wood, Solihull B37 5JS
    U7 boys (by qualification): 7 July 2018
    U7 girls (by qualification): 8 July 2018
  • Delancey UK Schools Chess Challenge – Northern Gigafinal
    Wright Robinson College, Abbey Hey Lane, Manchester M18 8RL
    U7 boys (by qualification): 14 July 2018
    U7 girls (by qualification): 15 July 2018
  • British Junior Championships
    HULL CITY HALL, Queen Victoria Square, Carr Lane, Hull HU1 3RQ
    U8: 29 July 2018
  • 2nd ECF SE Girls’ Rapidplay Championship
    Chislehurst School for Girls, Beaverwood Road, Chislehurst, Kent BR7 6HE
    U8: 25 November 2018
  • London Junior Chess Championships
    University of Westminster Harrow Campus, Harrow HA1 3TP
    U8 (by qualification): 28-29 December 2018
  • South of England Chess Championships
    Yateley Manor School, Yateley GU46 7UQ
    U7: 26 January 2019
    U8: 27 January 2019
  • Northern Junior Chess Championship
    Merchant Taylors Boys School, 186 Liverpool Road, Liverpool L23 0QP
    U7, U8: 23-24 February 2019
  • West of England Junior Open Chess Championships
    UTC Swindon, Bristol Street, Swindon SN1 5ET
    U8: 24 February 2019

Additional events included in the EYGP for children turning age 15-18 in 2019 (born in 2001-2004)

We appreciate that there are less opportunities for older children to play in junior events and that some older children prefer to play in adult (all-age) congresses.

For children born between 2001-2004, any ECF graded standard play congress which starts on a date from 1 July 2018 to 17 March 2019 will also be included in the EYGP.

In addition, results from the Main 4NCL 18-19 weekends 1-4 will be included in the EYGP, treating the results from all these weekends combined as a separate congress.

Note that, apart from the Junior and Main 4NCL, only congresses are included in the calculations.  Results from other leagues and matches do not count.  In addition, congresses played outside England are excluded, except where the results are ECF graded for all players e.g. as applies for the Gibraltar Chess Festival.

Junior 4NCL

For all players who participate in the Junior 4NCL 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.

Ability to add additional junior events

Subject to giving reasonable notice on its website, the ECF may add further tournaments or age group sections to the list of designated EYGP junior events.

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 2019.

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 9 Championship and the British Under 10 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 English Youth Grand Prix 2017-18 (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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