Junior Selection Policy

Junior Selection Policy 2019

The following policy has been radically altered from 2018. While there will still be tournament-based qualification routes to playing for England, the main emphasis will change, to be part of ECF-supported training programmes and players’ ratings. This is a deliberate attempt to shift the focus of English junior chess away from playing in junior tournaments, and focussing more on education and training than in the past.

International Championships in 2019
The ECF intends to field players and teams in the following events. The information is accurate at the time of writing.

Individual Events
World Schools (U7,9,11,13,15,17) 21-30 April, Sousse, Tunisia
European Schools (U7,9,11,13,15,17) 30 May-9 June, Mamaia, Romania
World Cadets Rapid & Blitz (U8,10,12) 20-24 June, Minsk, Belarus
European Youth Rapid & Blitz (U8,10,12,14,16,18) 3-7 July, Tallinn, Estonia
European Youth Championship (U8,10,12,14,16,18) 1-12 August, Bratislava, Slovakia
World Cadets Championship (U8,10,12) 18-31 August, Weifang, China
World Youth Rapid & Blitz (U14,16,18) 10-14 September, Salobrena, Spain
World Youth Championship (U14,16,18) 1-13 October, Nagpur, India

Team Events
European Youth Team Championship (U16) 10-18 July, Pardubice, Czech Republic
Glorney Cup (U12,14,18)  21-24 July, TBC, Ireland
World Youth Olympiad (U16) TBC, TBC, Turkey

Other Events
World Junior Championship (U20) 14-26 October, New Delhi, India

Selection for Individual Events
There are the following qualification routes (see below for the full details) –

  • Being a member of the Chess Trust Accelerator Programme
  • Being selected from the ECF Academy International Programme
  • Qualifying by grade or rating
  • Qualifying via tournaments –

(a) Medallist at previous international junior event
(b) British Junior Championships
(c) UK Chess Challenge

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 up to 12 members of the Academy to represent England in one of the Individual Events.

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   2001 or 2002
Under 18 Girls 2100   2001 or 2002
Under 16 2300   2003 or 2004
Under 16 Girls 2000   2003 or 2004
Under 14 2200   2005
Under 14 Girls 1900   2005
Under 14 (Under 13) 2100   2006
Under 14 Girls (Under 13) 1800   2006
Under 12 1950   2007
Under 12 Girls 1650   2007
Under 12 (Under 11) 1850 150 2008
Under 12 Girls (Under 11) 1550 115 2008
Under 10 1650 125 2009
Under 10 Girls 1350 85 2009
Under 10 (Under 9) 1500 105 2010
Under 10 Girls (Under 9) 1200 70 2010
Under 8 1300 80 2011 or later
Under 8 Girls 1001 50 2011 or later
       
World & European Schools Championship Rating Grade Year of Birth
Under 17 2050   2002 or 2003
Under 17 Girls 1800   2002 or 2003
Under 15 2050   2004 or 2005
Under 15 Girls 1800   2004 or 2005
Under 13 1900   2006
Under 13 Girls 1650   2006
Under 13 (Under 12) 1750   2007
Under 13 Girls (Under 12 Girls) 1500   2007
Under 11 1500 110 2008
Under 11 Girls 1250 75 2008
Under 11 (Under 10) 1400 95 2009
Under 11 Girls (Under 10 Girls) 1150 65 2009
Under 9 1250 75 2010
Under 9 Girls 1001 50 2010
Under 9 (Under 8) 1150 65 2011
Under 9 Girls (Under 8 Girls) 1001 40 2011
Under 7 1001 50 2012 or later
Under 7 Girls 1001 25 2012 or later
       
World & European Youth/Cadets Rapid & Blitz Rating Grade Year of Birth
Under 18 2200   2001 or 2002
Under 18 Girls 1900   2001 or 2002
Under 16 2050   2003 or 2004
Under 16 Girls 1900   2003 or 2004
Under 14 1850   2005
Under 14 Girls 1700   2005
Under 14 (Under 13) 1750   2006
Under 14 Girls (Under 13 Girls) 1600   2006
Under 12 1650   2007
Under 12 Girls 1450   2007
Under 12 (Under 11) 1550 120 2008
Under 12 Girls (Under 11 Girls) 1350 90 2008
Under 10 1400 100 2009
Under 10 Girls 1200 75 2009
Under 10 (Under 9) 1350 90 2010
Under 10 (Under 9 Girls) 1150 65 2010
Under 8 1250 80 2011 or later
Under 8 Girls 1001 50 2011 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 Rating By
World Schools (U7,9,11,13,15,17) 1st February, Sousse, Tunisia
European Schools (U7,9,11,13,15,17) 1st March, Mamaia, Romania
World Cadets Rapid & Blitz (U8,10,12) 1st April, Minsk, Belarus
European Youth Rapid & Blitz (U8,10,12,14,16,18) 1st April, Tallinn, Estonia
European Youth Championship (U8,10,12,14,16,18) 1st May, Bratislava, Slovakia
World Cadets Championship (U8,10,12) 1st May, Weifang, China
World Youth Rapid & Blitz (U14,16,18) 1st June, Salobrena, Spain
World Youth Championship (U14,16,18) 1st July, Nagpur, India

The January 2019 Grading List will always be used to achieve the target grade.

Activity Required
All players qualifying via this route must have grading category A in the grading list published in January 2019, i.e. they must have played at least 30 games in the past 12 months. For Under 7 and Under 8, this is reduced to needing category B; i.e. they must have played at least 20 games in the grading list published in January 2019. For a player qualifying for a standard event, this category must have been achieved in the standardplay list; a player qualifying for a rapidplay event must have achieved the category 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 2018 British Championships will be able to represent England in one of the Individual Tournaments –

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 2019.

(c) The highest-ranked boy and girl eligible for England in each of the 2018 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 2019.

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) and 4(c) above

The International Director will be responsible for selecting additional people to represent England in this tournament.

— Alex Holowczak, ECF Director of Junior Chess, 3rd January, 2019

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