The Midland Open Junior Championships from 3-5 April 2018 in Kenilworth have been added to the list of designated EYGP junior tournaments. The event has four sections: U9, U11, U14 and U18. All the sections are ECF graded and the top three sections are FIDE rated. The EYGP rules contain the full list of designated tournaments with the South of England, West of England, Northern Junior, National Chess Junior Squad and J4NCL 2017-18 Weekend 2 being the other remaining designated junior events in this year’s EYGP. For older children (born 2000-2003), you can also play in ECF graded “adult” standardplay congresses which start on or before 18 March 2018 and the main 4NCL up to weekend 4.
Please see the EYGP rules for the full requirements for events to be included in the EYGP and how tournament performances are calculated.
EYGP standings as at 17 January 2018 have now been published. The current boy and girl leaders for each age group are as follows (only counting players with the required minimum three events) —
U7 (2011) – Andrew Volovich
U8 (2010) – Yashasvini Sreeram and Harry Zheng
U9 (2009) – Denis Dupuis and Prachi Arora
U10 (2008) – Nishchal Thatte and Eugenia Karas
U11 (2007) – Aarnavh Trivedi and Jessica Mellor
U12 (2006) – Shahjahon Saidmurodov and Anum Sheikh
U13 (2005) – Christopher Tombolis and Polina Shchepinova
U14 (2004) – Nadia Jaufarally and Leo Sanitt
U15 (2003) – Alex Golding and Laura Davidson
U16 (2002) – Koby Kalavannan
U17 (2001) – Harry Grieve and Cassie Graham
U18 (2000) – Gwilym Price
The full standings show that in many age groups the competition is fierce. Many of the leaders are only a few points ahead – there is all to play for in the remaining events. In some cases, there are players who have played less than three qualifying events who could easily move into contention if they played in another event.