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English U11
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West of England
Junior Squad
 
www.epsca.org.uk

Age
For the championship held in February 2015, your age was based on how old you were at midnight at the end of 31st August, 2014.
How is it run?
The West of England Championship is not a knockout tournament. You will be given points after each game according to the result.
ECF grading
Results of games in all competitions (except the “Beginners” section) will be sent for grading.
Best Girl
A trophy will be awarded for the best performance by a girl in the congress.
Grand Prix
The

English Youth Grand Prix

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

Cross tables
Cross tables for the Championship sections will be published on the Wiltshire Junior Chess website.

West of England 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 West of England Championships. Full details can be found either on entry forms, or from from Bev Schofield (Tournament Secretary). Contact details in the right hand column.

Introduction
This competition is held in Swindon (Wiltshire) in February each year.

For skillful players, results from the Under 12 section of the West of England Championship 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 Under 12 section is organised. If you’re not familiar with the England trials, take a look at How to qualify.

Besides the U12 Championship, it has two day championships for: Under 18, Under 14, Under 10 and Under 9. There are also one day championships (some held on Saturday, some on Sunday) for Under 8, Intermediate players, and a Beginners tournament.

Major, Under 16 &
Under 14 championships

Saturday & Sunday

These are part of:
ECF Junior Grand Prix,
English Youth Grand Prix and
Ian Cowen Memorial Prix.

The Major championship is open to any player aged under 18. The Under 16 championship is run as part of the Major.

Timetable  
Each tournament is organised as a 5 round Swiss tournament.

Each player should make 30 moves in the first 75 minutes, with a 15 minute quickplay finish.

Play may continue until 7.30 on Saturday evening.

Under 10 championship

Saturday & Sunday

Part of:
ECF Junior Grand Prix and
English Youth Grand Prix.

Timetable  
This will be organised as a Swiss tournament with at least 6 rounds.

Each player has 65 minutes to make all their moves in each game.

Under 8 championship

Sunday

This includes an Under 7 championship.

Timetable  
This will be organised as a Swiss tournament with at least 6 rounds.

Each player has 30 minutes to make all their moves in each game.

Beginners championship

Saturday.

These is open to players who are in their first year of chess competitions in school, and have played in no more than 2 open chess tournaments. Players MUST be ungraded.

Timetable  
This will be organised as a Swiss tournament with at least 6 rounds.

The number of games, and the time players have to play each game will be decided by the controller on the day.

Refreshments  
Refreshments are available at all times during the championships. Hot and cold meals will be available between 10am and 2pm on both days.

Under 12 Championship

Saturday & Sunday

Qualifier for:
England Under 11 Team Trials.

Part of:
ECF Junior Grand Prix,
English Youth Grand Prix and
Ian Cowen Memorial Prix.

Timetable  
This is a 6 round Swiss tournament.

Each player has 65 minutes to make all their moves in each game.

Minor & Under 12 challengers championships

Saturday & Sunday

The Minor championship is open to any player aged under 18 who has a grade of under 145. The Under 12 challengers’ championship is open to players who have grades under 100 or are ungraded.

Timetable  
Each tournament is organised as a 6 round Swiss tournament.

Each player has 65 minutes to make all their moves in each game.

Under 9 championship

Saturday & Sunday

Timetable  
This will be organised as a Swiss tournament with at least 6 rounds.

Each player has 65 minutes to make all their moves in each game.

Intermediate championship

There are two tournaments. One will be played on Saturday, the other will be played on Sunday.

These are open to any player who has a rapidplay grade of Under 125 or is Ungraded.

Timetable  
This will be organised as a Swiss tournament with at least 6 rounds.

The number of games, and the time players have to play each game will be decided by the controller on the day.

What is the timetable?  
The Opening Ceremony will start at 9:45 am on Saturday.

All sections will start at 10 am on Saturday,
and 9:30 am on Sunday.

Prize giving will be at approximately 5:30 pm each day.

Tournament Chess Supplies will be running a bookstall.

Entry forms
The 2015 West of England Championships will be held on the weekend of:

Saturday & Sunday
21 & 22 February
.

In Swindon,
Wiltshire

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

Bev Schofield
(Tournament Secretary)
Email: Bev Schofield
Tel: 01793 487575

Getting selected
You are taking part in the West of England Championships because you want to be selected for the England U11 team trials. You should compete in the Under 12 Major section.

Timetable  
This is a two day competition starting on Saturday morning.

You will normally play 6 rounds.

Games will start at
10 am on Saturday, and
9:30 am on Sunday.

Rate of play  
You have 65 minutes to complete all the moves in each game.

Swiss
A Swiss tournament is organised so that:
  • You don’t play the same opponent twice.
  • In each round, you will face an opponent who has a similar score to yours.
  • You should play a similar number of games as black and white.
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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