Junior Selection Policy

Junior Selection Policy 2020

International Championships in 2020
The English Chess Federation (ECF) is one of the largest supporters of international tournaments in the world. We are quite often one of the largest non-host Federations at some of these events, and this selection policy aims to continue that, while also ensuring that children who are of an appropriate standard are selected to play. The information below is accurate at the time of writing, but subject to change —

Individual Events
European Schools (U7,9,11,13,15,17) 2-12 April – Heraklion, Crete, Greece
World Cadets Rapid & Blitz (U8,10,12) 12-16 April – Heraklion, Crete, Greece
World Youth Rapid & Blitz (U14,16,18) 12-16 April – Heraklion, Crete, Greece
World Schools (U7,9,11,13,15,17) 2-10 May – Original venue withdrawn*
World Youth Championship (U14,16,18) 7-20 September – Mamaia, Romania
World Cadets Championship (U8,10,12) 18-31 October – Batumi, Georgia
European Youth Championship (U8,10,12,14,16,18) 12-22 November – Antalya, Turkey
European Youth Rapid & Blitz (U8,10,12,14,16,18) 26-30 December – Novi Sad, Serbia

* The ECF Board will make a decision on whether or not to send children to the World Schools when the date and venue is announced. We recommend that children interested in a ‘Schools’ level event instead attend the European Schools Championship.

Team Events
European Youth Team Championship (U16) 9-17 July – Thessaloniki, Greece
Glorney Cup (U12,14,18) No date announced – Paris, France
World Youth Olympiad (U16) No date announcedNo venue announced

Other Events
World Junior Championship (U20) No date announcedNo city announced, India

Selection for Individual Events
There are the following qualification routes (see below for the full details) —
1. Being a member of the Chess Trust Accelerator Programme
2. Being selected from the ECF Academy International Programme
3. Qualifying by grade or rating
4. Qualifying via tournaments —

  1. Medallist at previous international junior event
  2. British Junior Championships
  3. UK Chess Challenge
  4. English Girls Championship

Route 1 – Being a member of the Chess Trust Accelerator Programme
The Chess Trust runs an Accelerator Programme for up to 12 selected children. Children who are members of this programme will be eligible to play for England in any of the above Individual Events. See here for more on the Programme – https://www.englishchess.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/C29.12-d-Accelerator-Programme-Summary.docx

Route 2 – Being Selected from the ECF Academy International Programme
The Academy Director(s) will be able to nominate to the ECF Junior Director a member of the Academy to represent England in each section of each Individual Events. Therefore, this will be a maximum of 12 children per trip. Contact academy@englishchess.org.uk for more information.

Route 3 – Qualifying by Grade or Rating
Players above the following rating thresholds on the date specified or earlier will be able to represent England in any of the Individual events for which they meet the threshold. The threshold has been set at an approximation of the rating of the bottom player of the first quarter of the seedings of recent versions of these tournaments. For example, if there were 100 players, then the rating of the player seeded 25 in the starting rank list will be used. Approximations have been used for the youngest age groups, where fewer players have ratings —

World & European Youth/Cadets Rating Grade Year of Birth
Under 18 2350   2002 or 2003
Under 18 Girls 2100   2002 or 2003
Under 16 2300   2004 or 2005
Under 16 Girls 2000   2004 or 2005
Under 14 2200   2006
Under 14 Girls 1900   2006
Under 14 (Under 13) 2100   2007
Under 14 Girls (Under 13) 1800   2007
Under 12 1950   2008
Under 12 Girls 1650   2008
Under 12 (Under 11) 1850 150 2009
Under 12 Girls (Under 11) 1550 115 2009
Under 10 1650 125 2010
Under 10 Girls 1350 85 2010
Under 10 (Under 9) 1500 105 2011
Under 10 Girls (Under 9) 1200 70 2011
Under 8 1300 80 2012 or later
Under 8 Girls 1001 50 2012 or later
       
World & European Schools Championship Rating Grade Year of Birth
Under 17 2050   2003 or 2004
Under 17 Girls 1800   2003 or 2004
Under 15 2050   2005 or 2006
Under 15 Girls 1800   2005 or 2006
Under 13 1900   2007
Under 13 Girls 1650   2007
Under 13 (Under 12) 1750   2008
Under 13 Girls (Under 12 Girls) 1500   2008
Under 11 1500 110 2009
Under 11 Girls 1250 75 2009
Under 11 (Under 10) 1400 95 2010
Under 11 Girls (Under 10 Girls) 1150 65 2010
Under 9 1250 75 2011
Under 9 Girls 1001 50 2011
Under 9 (Under 8) 1150 65 2012
Under 9 Girls (Under 8 Girls) 1001 40 2012
Under 7 1001 50 2013 or later
Under 7 Girls 1001 25 2013 or later
       
World & European Youth/Cadets Rapid & Blitz Rating Grade Year of Birth
Under 18 2200   2002 or 2003
Under 18 Girls 1900   2002 or 2003
Under 16 2050   2004 or 2005
Under 16 Girls 1900   2004 or 2005
Under 14 1850   2006
Under 14 Girls 1700   2006
Under 14 (Under 13) 1750   2007
Under 14 Girls (Under 13 Girls) 1600   2007
Under 12 1650   2008
Under 12 Girls 1450   2008
Under 12 (Under 11) 1550 120 2009
Under 12 Girls (Under 11 Girls) 1350 90 2009
Under 10 1400 100 2010
Under 10 Girls 1200 75 2010
Under 10 (Under 9) 1350 90 2011
Under 10 (Under 9 Girls) 1150 65 2011
Under 8 1250 80 2012 or later
Under 8 Girls 1001 50 2012 or later

For the World & European Youth/Cadets Rapid & Blitz, the highest rating or grade out of the player’s FIDE rating, FIDE rapidplay rating and FIDE blitz rating will be used; or the player’s ECF grade or rapidplay grade.

Dates to Achieve Target ECF Grade By
European Schools (U7,9,11,13,15,17) – August 2019
World Cadets Rapid & Blitz (U8,10,12) – August 2019
World Youth Rapid & Blitz (U14,16,18) – August 2019
World Schools (U7,9,11,13,15,17) – January 2020
World Youth Championship (U14,16,18) – January 2020
World Cadets Championship (U8,10,12) – July 2020
European Youth Championship (U8,10,12,14,16,18) – August 2020
European Youth Rapid & Blitz (U8,10,12,14,16,18) – August 2020

Dates to Achieve Target FIDE Rating By
European Schools (U7,9,11,13,15,17) – 1st January
World Cadets Rapid & Blitz (U8,10,12) – 1st January
World Youth Rapid & Blitz (U14,16,18) – 1st January
World Schools (U7,9,11,13,15,17) – 1st February
World Youth Championship (U14,16,18) – 1st May
World Cadets Championship (U8,10,12) – 1st June
European Youth Championship (U8,10,12,14,16,18) – 1st July
European Youth Rapid & Blitz (U8,10,12,14,16,18) – 1st September

Where a player meets this grade during a tournament, or between tournaments during a rating period, or even in previous grading lists, players do not need to withdraw from the tournament to preserve their rating – the peak rating will be acceptable.

Activity Required
All players qualifying via this route must have grading category A in the grading list specified above, as set out below —

For a player qualifying for a standard event, this category must have been achieved

  • For Under 10s and above, the standardplay list
  • For Under 7, 8 and 9; either the standardplay list or the rapidplay list; plus a standardplay grade of any category

For a player qualifying for a rapidplay event, this category must have been achieved in the rapidplay list.

Route 4 – Qualifying via Tournaments

(a) Players who won a medal at an event are entitled to represent England to defend it at the following year’s equivalent event. This may include playing in a higher age category. For example, a player who wins a medal at the World Cadets Under 12 may not be eligible for it, and thus they would be entitled to go to the World Youth Under 14.

(b) The highest-ranked boy and girl eligible for England in each of the 2019 British Championships will be able to represent England in one of the Individual Tournaments in 2020 —
Under 8; Under 9; Under 10; Under 11; Under 12; Under 14; Under 16; Under 18 (note – this is awarded as part of the main Championship)

Where there is a tie for 1st place, the following tie-breaks will be used —
Direct Encounter
Median-Buchholz
Buchholz Cut 1
Buchholz

These tie-breaks have been selected on the basis that they were the same as the tie-breaks used in the 2018 UK Chess Challenge, and therefore there is consistency between the two events.

If the Under 18 Champion is no longer eligible for the Under 18 Championships, then the players will be eligible to attend the World Junior Championship in 2020.

(c) The highest-ranked boy and girl eligible for England in each of the 2019 Terafinals will be able to represent England in one of the Individual Tournaments —
Under 8; Under 10; Under 12; Under 14; Under 18

If the Under 18 Champion is no longer eligible for the Under 18 Championships, then the players will be eligible to attend the World Junior Championship in 2020.

(d) The highest-ranked girl eligible for England in the following age divisions of the 2019 English Girls Championship will be able to represent England in one of the Individual Tournaments —
Under 14; Under 16; Under 18

If the Under 18 Champion is no longer eligible for the Under 18 Championships, then the players will be eligible to attend the World Junior Championship in 2020.

Qualification in multiple ways
Players who qualify more than once are entitled to be selected for one trip per qualification.

Selection for Team Events
The teams will be selected by the following people —

  • The Accelerator Programme Selection Panel
  • The Academy Director(s)
  • The ECF Junior Director

Selection for Other Events (World Junior Championship)
Note – see 4(b), 4(c) and 4(d) above.
The International Director will be responsible for selecting additional people to represent England in this tournament.

Disclaimer
The ECF reserves the right not to invite a qualified player to these trips for any reason.

— Alex Holowczak, ECF Director of Junior Chess – 16th November, 2019