England U11

How to qualify

English U11
British Rapidplay
EPSCA Rapidplay
South of England
West of England
Junior Squad

For the championships held in October 2014, your age will be based on how old you were at midnight at the end of 31st August, 2014.
The English Under 11 is normally held inside school grounds in Nottingham.
Grand Prix

English Youth Grand Prix

is the method by which players are selected for the European Youth Championships.

How is it run?
The English U11 Championship is not a knockout tournament. You will be given points after each game according to the result.

English Under 11 Championships

Details may change slightly from year to year, but this guide is intended to give you an idea of what to expect if you are interested in taking part in the English U11 Championships. Full details can be found either on entry forms, or from from David Levens. Contact details in the right hand column.

This two day tournament is held in Nottingham in October each year.

For skillful players, results from this tournament count towards selection for the England Under 11 team trials. The Getting selected box in the right hand column of this page tells you how it is organised. If you’re not familiar with the England trials, take a look at How to qualify.

There are no separate sections in this competition, all players are grouped together. Who you play in each round will depend on your results as the tournament progresses. Three games are played on Saturday, and two more on Sunday.
This is part of the:
English Youth Grand Prix

What is the timetable?  
There are normally 5 rounds:


Round 1 9.30 am - 12.30 pm
Round 2 1.00 pm - 4.00 pm
Round 3 4.30 pm - 7.30 pm


Round 4 9.30 am - 12.30 pm
Round 5 1.00 pm - 4.00 pm

Prizes will be trophies and certificates.

The presentation of prizes etc takes place at about 4.00 pm on Sunday.

Rate of play.  
Each player is expected to use a chess clock.

You must make at least 30 moves in one hour. After the 30th move, both clocks are set back 30 minutes and you must finish the game in the time remaining.

Who can take part?
To take part in 2013, you must have at least one of the following:

  • You were born in England,
  • At least one of your parents were born in England, or
  • You have lived in England continuously for at least two years.

Each player plays one game per round. Each round is followed by a break for refreshments etc.

Entry forms
The 2014 English U11 will be held on

Saturday & Sunday
and 12 October

It will be held at:
Nottingham High School,

Entry forms
PDF PDF Entry form

If you have any questions about the tournament, please contact

David Levens
Email: David Levens
Tel: 01773 606629

Getting selected
You are taking part in the English U11 Championships because you want to be selected for the England U11 team trials. All players compete against each other in this competition, so there is no special section you have to enter.

This is a two day championship starting on Saturday morning. There are normally 5 rounds, with the following timetable:

Round 1 9.30 am
Round 2 1.00 pm
Round 3 4.30 pm
Round 4 9.30 am
Round 5 1.00 pm

Rate of play  
You must make at least 30 moves in 60 minutes, followed by a 30 minute quickplay finish.

The EPSCA website www.epsca.org.uk

“EPSCA, the English Primary Schools’ Chess Association, exists to advance the education of primary school aged children by teaching, supervising and developing the playing of chess by those children.”

“EPSCA has another important role — that of selecting and running the England Under 11 and England Girls’ Under 11 teams.”

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Please contact:

Traci Whitfield  and  Andrew Davies


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