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If you have any questions about the National Chess Junior Squad, please contact:

Peter Purland
(0151 639 1797) or

Victor Cross
(01803 400972).

www.ncjs.org.uk

Age
For these tournaments, your age is based on how old you were on 1st September at the start of the school year.

National Chess Junior Squad

(For players aged 9 to 18 years old.)

Are you good enough to be part of the national chess team? This page is here to help promote the National Chess Junior Squad and give you an idea of what to expect if you’ve never taken part before. Full details can be found on the NCJS website — www.ncjs.co.uk

Players in the national team are selected from the National Chess Junior Squad. There are teams for different age groups from under 11 to under 18. This part of the site explores what you need to do to show that you should be part of that squad.

     
    If you are aged 9 or 10
    Players aged 9 or 10 can compete in tournaments that count towards entry to the England Under 11 Team Trials. The England’s Under 11 Chess Team pages of this website explain what you need to do, and has a guide to the tournaments you should compete in.

    The remainder of this page deals with how players aged 11 to 16 can qualify for the Squad.
     

Qualifying for the National Chess Junior Squad if you are aged 11 to 16.

If you are aged 11 to 16 and either you didn’t go to the under 11 team trials or you weren’t successful there, you still have plenty of opportunities to qualify for the National Chess Junior Squad.

Only the best players can be part of the national squad, so you cannot simply turn up and join. You have to show the selectors that you play well enough first. You do that by competing in certain tournaments. Those who do well are invited to join the squad. Once you become a squad member, you can play for the national team in your age group until you are 18.

How do I show the selectors that I’m good enough?
To show that you are good enough to join the squad, you have to achieve what is called a full norm. This will usually mean competing in at least two qualifying tournaments.

  • If you achieve a good performance in one qualifying chess tournament, you should be awarded a half norm, and you are part qualified. If you do the same in a second tournament, you will be awarded a second half norm, and you become fully qualified. Once you are fully qualified you should be invited to join the squad.

    The exact number of points you need for a good performance varies and will be announced during each tournament. It will usually mean scoring more points during the competition than you give away.

  • Occasionally, if you achieve an excellent performance in just one tournament, you will be awarded a full norm straight away, and be invited to join the squad. An excellent performance means finishing first, or in some cases second.
Always check with Peter Purland, Alec Webster or Victor Cross for the score you need at a particular tournament.

In each competition, which section should I compete in
In each competition you should enter the section most appropriate to your own age group. e.g. If you are 12 years old on 1 September 2009, you should enter the U13 section. (If the competition does not have a U13 section, you should enter the U14 section etc). You should only enter the top section for your age group. e.g. If the competition has major and minor sections, you should enter the major section.

Please note, in the British Rapidplay tournament in Halifax, you enter the adult section appropriate to your grade (not a higher one). e.g. Major, Intermediate or Minor section.

Which tournaments count towards selection?
The tournaments that include qualification for the National Chess Junior Squad are:

Millfield Young Masters (Somerset)
British Championships (The location changes each year)
British Rapidplay (Halifax, West Yorkshire)
London Junior Championships (London)
South of England (Camberley, Surrey)
West of England (Swindon, Wiltshire)
Junior Squad (The location changes each year)

Qualifying for the National Chess Junior Squad if you don’t succeed during the Under 11 Team Trials

by Peter Purland.

I am frequently asked "What happens if I don’t qualify at the trial?"

There are plenty of other chances to qualify for the Junior Squad BUT you have to keep working and qualification might never come. I have known players who kept trying until they were 16 and did not get in. On the positive side, at U12 level 6 players have qualified since the 2008 trial, at U13 level the figure is 10 and at U14 there are 11. So, you do have every chance if you keep working. Furthermore almost all of those who qualified have been on, or been offered, a foreign trip.

Qualifiers
If you are interested in qualifying for the NCJS, here are the tournaments that players aged 11 to 16 can chose from. This season’s dates are included where known. (Contact Peter Purland for more information):

26th February 2011  
West of England
(Swindon, Wiltshire)
Saturday & Sunday

Under 12 and Under 14

Entry forms
PDF PDF
MSMS Word

Contact:
Bev Schofield:
01793 487575

April  
Junior Squad
Friday to Sunday

Under 12, Under 14 and Under 16

Contact:
Glynis Purland:
0151 639 3331

Entry forms
Entry forms for the event should be available here.

Qualifiers
These qualifying events have already been held this year. This season’s dates are included as a guide to when similar events might be held in the future. (Contact Peter Purland for more information):

17th July 2010  
Millfield Young Masters
(Somerset)
Saturday & Sunday

All players trying to qualify for the NCJS should enter the “Weekend” section of this competition

Contact:
Glynis Purland:
0151 639 3331

26th July 2010  
British Championships
(Canterbury)

Week 1:
(26 July to 31 July)
Monday–Saturday
U11, U13 and U16

Week 2:
(1 Aug to 6 Aug)
Sunday–Friday
U12 and U14.

Each week of these British Championships is classed as a separate tournament, so it is possible to do well in both weeks and qualify for the squad.

Entry forms were available from the ECF

Entry forms
Entry forms for these event were available here.

20th November 2010  
British Rapidplay
(Halifax, West Yorkshire)
Saturday & Sunday

Please note, in this event you enter the adult section appropriate to your grade (not a higher one) i.e. the Major, Intermediate or Minor section.

Entry forms
Entry forms for the event were available here.

Contact:
Brent Kitson:
0113 266 2330

January  
South of England
(Camberley, Surrey)
Saturday & Sunday

Only for those who already have a half norm or are already squad members.

Contact:
Peter Purland:
0151 733 4854
Email: Peter Purland

Entry forms
Entry forms for the event should be available here.

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