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Age
For the championship held in January 2015, your age will be based on how old you are on 1st September, 2014.
How is it run?
The EPSCA Rapidplay Championship is not a knockout tournament. You will be given points after each game according to the result.

EPSCA Rapidplay Championship

The EPSCA Rapidplay Championship is organised by EPSCA (The English Primary Schools Chess Association). Details may change slightly from year to year, but this page is intended to give you an idea of what to expect if you are interested in taking part. Full details can be found either on EPSCA's website www.epsca.org.uk or from Peter Purland (contact details in the right hand column.)

Introduction
This a good competition for primary school children to take part in. It is a one day competition, held in Liverpool, in January each year. It has a section for novices and more advanced players in each age group from under 8, to 11.

For skillful players, results from the top section of the EPSCA rapidplay 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 the top section is organised. If you're not familiar with the England trials, take a look at How to qualify.

Who can take part?
To take part in January 2015, you must have been under 11 years old at the end of 31st August 2014.

Where is it held?
The EPSCA Rapidplay is normally held inside school grounds in Liverpool.

What is the timetable?  
The tournament lasts from roughly 11am to 6pm.

There are usually 6 rounds:

Round 1 11.10 - 12.00 noon
Round 2 12.20 - 1.10 pm
Round 3 1.30 - 2.20 pm
Round 4 2.40 - 3.30 pm
Round 5 3.50 - 4.40 pm
Round 6 5.00 - 5.50 pm

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

The presentation of prizes etc takes place at about 5.50 pm.

Prizes.  
In each section,
The Winner will receive a trophy.
The Runner-up will receive a medal.

The presentation of prizes etc takes place at about 5.50 pm in each section.

How are the sections organised?
Entries are divided into seven seperate sections to suit age and ability.

For more skillful players:

  • Under 11 Open.
    (This section is a qualifier for the England Under 11 Team Trials.)
  • Under 10, section A.
  • Under 9, section A.

For novices and less skillful players:

  • Under 11, section B.
  • Under 10, section B.
  • Under 9, section B.

Plus a separate section, especially for the under 8s:

  • Under 8.

NOTE:
If you are interested in qualifying for an England U11 trial place, you should enter the Under 11 Open section — even if you are under 10.

Rate of play.  
Each player is expected to use a chess clock, and has 25 minutes to complete all the moves in each game.

Entry forms
The 2015 EPSCA rapidplay will be held on

Saturday
17 January
.

At:
Broadgreen Comprehensive School,
Liverpool
L13 5UQ

Entry forms
PDF PDF Entry form
DOC DOC Entry form

If you have any questions about the tournament, please contact:

Peter Purland
Email: Peter Purland

The 2013 entry fee was £6.00

Getting selected
You are taking part in the EPSCA Rapidplay Championships because you want to be selected for the England U11 team trials. You should compete in the Under 11 Open section.

Timetable  
This one day championship lasts from roughly 11am to 6pm. There are usually 6 rounds:

Round 1 11.10 am
Round 2 12.20 pm
Round 3 1.30 pm
Round 4 2.40 pm
Round 5 3.50 pm
Round 6 5.00 pm

The presentation of prizes etc takes place at about 5.50 pm.

Rate of play  
You have 25 minutes to complete all the moves in each game.

About EPSCA
The EPSCA website www.epsca.org.uk
states:

“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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