TWO HUNDRED AND FIFTY PLAYERS REACH THE LAST STAGE OF THE BRITISH LAND UK CHESS CHALLENGE.
From an original 63,000 contestants, the field has narrowed to a mere 250 souls, after three stages of qualifying matches.
First, at the Megafinal stage the contestants reduced to 7,000 players in 42 area events. This then slimmed down to 1,800 players, 1,000 of whom played in the Southern Gigafinal at Rivermead Leisure Complex on 9th and 10th July, 2011; with a further 800 players in Derby University on 16th and 17th July, contesting the Northern Gigafinal.
Here competition became even more intense, as just over 10% of these players could reach the final stage. The top 65 players, section winners or ULTIMI, will now contest the TERAFINAL, with approximately £10,000 of prize money; and those players who came second or third in their sections will play in two Challengers events, which will have a first prize of £500.
These events will take place at LOUGHBOROUGH GRAMMAR SCHOOL, on 20th and 21st August by kind permission of the Headteacher, and will be the major intellectual junior event of the year. The UK’s leading minds, both of the present and the future will all be there for this Festival of Chess.
Click here is the entire list of ULTIMI