Chessable ECF Grand Prix 2022-23

We are pleased to announce that the Chessable ECF Grand Prix will run from July 2022 to the end of June 2023. We are very grateful to Chessable, providers of the MoveTrainer® software, for their generous support for this year’s Grand Prix, which is being relaunched following a gap of three years owing to the pandemic.

The Grand Prix runs each year from 1st July to 30th June. Updates will appear approximately once a month. Remember there will always be unreported events in the pipeline, even when an update is new.

From July 2022 onwards you will be able to find out if your events have been reported and accepted for the Grand Prix by clicking here and selecting OTB events between July 2022 and June 2023.  This is actually a list of events received for rating, but Grand Prix scores are calculated via the rating system and congresses accepted for the Grand Prix are marked (a congress, to qualify, must be reported within one month).

While scoring is via the rating system, organisers are also asked to send their congress reports/results to the ECF – webmaster@englishchess.org.uk – for publication on the website and / or in ChessMoves.

The 2022/ 2023 leaderboard will be published on this page as events are received from the Grand Prix. The event last ran in 2018/2019 with the most recent Grand Prix Leader Boards here – https://www.englishchess.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/GrandPrixfinal1819.pdf

Grand Prix Rules

1. Nature of the Event
The Grand Prix is a year-long individual competition based on rated standardplay and rapid congresses played in England and restricted to Direct Members of the Federation at Silver, Gold & Platinum levels (Junior included). All open congresses rated by the ECF are included, provided their rating results reach the ECF within one month of the last day of the congress (and in any case no later than 20th July). Leagues, knockouts, invitational events, team competitions, internal club competitions and matches are not included. The Grand Prix begins on 1st July and ends on the following 30th June. A congress which begins in June and finishes in July will be deemed, for this purpose, to have taken place entirely in July.

2. Grand Prix Sections
The Grand Prix is divided into seven sections —

  1. Open Prix: open to all members (Silver & above) rated at 2050 or above (OTB standardplay rating)
  2. Major 1900 – 2049   
  3. Intermediate 1750 – 1899
  4. Minor 1600 – 1749
  5. Improvers U1600
  6. Women’s Prix: open to all female members (Silver & above)
  7. Junior Prix: open to all members (Silver & above) aged under 18 on 31st August of the year in which the Grand Prix begins

Current published ratings will be used based on the 1st July 2022 lists for allocation to categories  – Standard Play where available, otherwise Rapid Play. Unrated players may only compete in the Women’s Prix and Junior Prix. A member whose rating changes in the course of the season will be transferred, if necessary, to the appropriate new section. The member will retain all points scored so far (see Grand Prix Scoring below)

3. Grand Prix Scoring
Grand Prix points may be scored in any number of events. To score, the player must be an ECF member (Silver or above) at the time of the event.

(a) Scoring Grand Prix points in an event

(i) The member must play at least four games in the event. Byes and wins by default will not be counted.
(ii) In a Standard Play event the member’s Grand Prix points are calculated as – percentage score in the event, with any fraction of a percent ignored; plus the number of games played in that event (up to a maximum of 11).
(iii) In a Rapid Play event the points are calculated as above, then halved, and truncated, if necessary, to produce a whole number.

(b) Calculating overall Grand Prix scores
Grand Prix scores will be calculated on the member’s best performances in —

• up to 7 Standard Play events, or
• up to 6 Standard Play events + 2 Rapid Play events, or
• up to 5 Standard Play events + 4 Rapid Play events

—whichever gives the highest score.
In the case of a tie, the next highest Standard Play result or two next highest Rapid Play results (whichever gives the higher score) will act as a tiebreak. This process will be continued, if necessary, until the tie is resolved.

The leading scores will be published from time to time, and the final scores will be published in early August.

4. Prizes
There will be trophies and cash prizes for the following categories –

  • Open 2050+
  • Major 1900 – 2049
  • Intermediate 1750 – 1899
  • Minor 1600 – 1749
  • Improvers U1600
  • Women’s
  • Junior

5. Application of Rules
The application of these rules, and any decisions relating to them, rests solely with the English Chess Federation. An appeal against a decision may be made within seven days. An appeal against the calculation of a Grand Prix score may be made within seven days of its publication. Any appeal must be sent to the ECF Office accompanied by a fee of £25.00, which will be returned if the appeal is upheld. Appeals will be referred to the ECF Home Director (or a person or persons appointed by him), whose decision will be final.

Sponsorship
We are very pleased to announce that this year’s ECF Grand Prix is being sponsored by Chessable as a primary learning partner of the Federation. Chessable are part of the PlayMagnus group and providers of the MoveTrainer® software. For further details see the Chessable website here –

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