2019 Delancey UK Schools’ Chess Challenge Rules

General Rules

Parents or guardians must be present and remain responsible for their children at all of the tournaments with rules provided herein. By participating parents and children also agree to abide by the ‘UKCC Code of Conduct

English Chess Federation (ECF) Grading, Membership & Data

All of the Gigafinals and the Terafinal will be graded. Many of the Megafinals will also be graded (this will be made clear on the website at the time of entry).

All data provided at the time of entry to the Megafinals will be shared with Megafinal Organisers to enable them to run the tournament effectively (for example putting players into the correct sections).

Entry form data and tournament result data will also be passed to the ECF to enable the ECF to grade the games. This data includes name, date of birth, gender and school/club. If the player receives a grade (or already has a grade) their grading data will appear on the ECF grading list which is listed on a publicly available website. The information on display on this website includes name, school/club, gender and grading information.

In addition the UKCC may make a child a Junior Silver member of the ECF. This membership will expire on 31/08/2020. The player’s name, school/club, gender, and membership category will appear on the ECF membership list, whose access is restricted to a closed list of organisers for the purpose of administering events.

Megafinals (entry by qualification only)

The Megafinals are open to:
– Under 7-11: Players who have qualified from one of the tournaments held in a school, club, or a Last Chance Saloon
– Under 12-18: All players
– ‘Wildcards’ granted at the sole discretion of the UKCC ‘Management Team’

Fees

Entry fees will be set directly by the organiser and will be in the range £10 – £25

Dates

Various events held between 31st March and 23rd June 2019

Sections

Maximum of 24: Under 7 Boys, Under 7 Girls, Under 8 Boys, Under 8 Girls … Under 18 Boys, Under 18 Girls.

Megafinal Organisers may merge sections as they see fit. It is recommended that organisers have as many sections as possible, to reduce the number of inter-age group pairings.

General

1. The competition is a 6-round Swiss tournament.
2. Organisers are encouraged to use Swiss-Manager. The UK Chess Challenge can provide a full license to all Organisers.
3. Organisers are recommended to apply the FIDE Laws of Chess regarding illegal moves, except for the Under 11 age groups, where three illegal moves will lose. Should the Megafinal be ECF graded, then this recommendation becomes a requirement.
4. Organisers are recommended to use clocks in all sections. The recommended time limit for the game is all moves in 15 minutes plus 10 seconds per move.
5. The decision of the Chief Arbiter of the Megafinal is final.

Titles and Qualifiers

1. The Supremo title will be awarded to the highest-scoring boy in a section and will qualify for the Gigafinals.
2. The Suprema title will be awarded to the highest-scoring girl in a section and will qualify for the Gigafinals.
3. All players scoring a minimum of 3.5/6 will qualify for the Gigafinals.
4. All players will receive a certificate of participation.
5. There will be prizes for all qualifiers, trophies for the winners and medals for those placed 2nd and 3rd. If there is a tie for 3rd= all players tied will win a medal.
6. All players entering a Megafinal are eligible for the Supremo/a titles and trophies unless specifically stated otherwise on the entry page. Organisers may choose to grant additional prizes to players from the County.
7. Players can attend more than one Megafinal as long as they have not already qualified for the Gigafinal.

Tie-Breaks

If there is a tie for the position of Supremo or Suprema then the UKCC tie-break criteria shall be applied (see ‘Tiebreaks’).

Gigafinals (entry by qualification only)

Dates

London, 29-30 June 2019, Orleans Park School, Twickenham
Midlands, 6-7 July 2019, Grace Academy, Solihull
Northern, 13-14 July, Wright Robinson College, Manchester
Southern, 20-21 July, Sandown Park Racecourse

Each event takes place over a Saturday and Sunday but players only compete on one of the two days.

Saturdays are for U7 to U10 BOYS only
Sundays are for all other players

Fees

£20

Sections

U7 Boys, U7 Girls, U8 Boys, U8 Girls, U9 Boys, U9 Girls, U10 Boys, U10 Girls, U11 Boys, U11 Girls, U12 mixed, U13 mixed, U14 mixed, U15-18 mixed

Where section sizes are greater than 64 the organiser may split the sections into two or more approximately equal strength sections.

General

1. The competition is a 6-round Swiss tournament.
2. The FIDE Laws of Chess regarding illegal moves will be applied, except for the Under 11 age groups, where three illegal moves will lose.
3. The time limit will be all moves in 20 minutes, plus 10 seconds per move.
4. The decision of the Chief Arbiter of the Gigafinal is final.
5. The tournament will be ECF graded (Rapidplay).

Times of Rounds

The rounds will be played at the following times:
Round 1 1000
Round 2 1130
Round 3 1300
Round 4 1430
Round 5 1600
Round 6 1730
Prize Giving ASAP thereafter

Titles and Qualifiers

*Please note – unlike the 2017/18 season only Ultimo’s and Ultima’s will qualify for the Terafinal from the Gigafinals.

1. The Ultimo title will be awarded to the highest-scoring boy in a section and will qualify for the Terafinals.
2. The Ultima title will be awarded to the highest-scoring girl in a section and will qualify for the Terafinals.
3. Players scoring 3 points or more shall qualify for the Challengers
4. All players will receive a certificate of participation.

Tiebreaks

If there is a tie for the position of Ultimo or Ultima then the UKCC tie-break criteria shall be applied (see ‘UKCC Tiebreak System’).

Challengers (entry by qualification only)

Dates

To be confirmed. We are planning two single day events, one in the North of England and one in the South.

Fees

Fees will be in the range £15 – £25

Sections

Under 8, Under 10, Under 12, Under 14, Under 18

Where section sizes are greater than 64 the organiser may split the sections into two or more approximately equal strength sections.

General

1. The competition is a 6-round Swiss tournament.
2. The FIDE Laws of Chess regarding illegal moves will be applied, except for the Under 11 age groups, where three illegal moves will lose.
3. The time limit will be all moves in 20 minutes, plus 10 seconds per move.
4. The decision of the Chief Arbiter of the Challengers is final.
5. The tournament will be ECF graded (Rapidplay).

Times of Rounds

The rounds will be played at the following times:
Round 1 1000
Round 2 1130
Round 3 1300
Round 4 1430
Round 5 1600
Round 6 1730
Prize Giving ASAP thereafter

Titles and Qualifiers

The top boy and top girl in each section will qualify for the Terafinal.

Tiebreaks

If there is a tie for a section winner then the UKCC tie-break criteria shall be applied (see ‘UKCC Tiebreak System’).

Terafinal (entry by qualification only)

Date

21-22 September, Daventry Court Hotel

Fee

£30

Sections

Under 8, Under 10, Under 12, Under 14, Under 18

Format

Saturday is a 6 round Swiss competition. After 6 rounds the top 4 players will qualify for ‘Sunday KO’. Sunday KO is a knockout competition consisting of two semi-finals and a final.

Semi Final 1: 1st in Swiss v 4th in Swiss
Semi Final 2: 2nd in Swiss v 3rd in Swiss

Final: Winner of Semi Final 1 v Winner of Semi Final 2

Both the semi finals and finals will consist of two rapid games. If the score is tied after these an ‘armageddon’ game will be played. In an armageddon game white starts with extra time but in the result of a tie black wins the game.

In each section the two losing semi-finalists will play a match to determine 3rd and 4th place finishers.

Players not qualifying for Sunday KO will continue to play a further 4 rounds on the Sunday in the Swiss event to determine the remaining standings.

General

1. The FIDE Laws of Chess regarding illegal moves will be applied.
2. Rapidplay games will be played at a time limit of all moves in 20 minutes plus 10 seconds per move.
3. Armageddon games are played at a time limit of 5 minutes for white and 4 minutes for black
4. The decision of the Chief Arbiter of the Terafinal is final.
5. The tournament will be ECF graded and FIDE rated.
6. Qualifiers may ‘play up’ a section if they wish.

Times of Rounds

The rounds will be played at the following times:

Round 1 Saturday 1000
Round 2 Saturday 1130
Round 3 Saturday 1300
Round 4 Saturday 1430
Round 5 Saturday 1600
Round 6 Saturday 1730
Round 7 (and Semi Final game 1) Sunday 1000
Round 8 (and Semi Final game 2) Sunday 1130
Round 9 (and Final game 1) Sunday 1300
Round 10 (and Final game 2) Sunday 1430
Prize Giving ASAP thereafter

Prize Fund

U18 U14 U12 U10 U8
1st £1,500 £1,000 £800 £600 £400
2nd £750 £500 £400 £300 £200
3rd £375 £250 £200 £150 £100
4th £200 £125 £100 £75 £50
5th £200 £125 £100 £75 £50
Top Girl £750 £500 £400 £300 £200

Competitors will also receive a certificate of participation (for finishing all 10 rounds).

International Selection

The top boy and girl in each section (who are eligible to represent England) will receive an automatic international selection space for a tournament of their choosing. Please note the parents will still need to bear the cost of this trip if they proceed.

Tie Breaks

If required the UKCC tiebreaks will be used to determine the top 4 proceeding to Sunday KO. Likewise the UKCC tiebreaks will be used to determine 5th place prize money and top girl prize where necessary.

UKCC Tie Break System

The following tiebreak system, where applicable, will be used for all Megafinals, Gigafinals, Challengers and the Terafinal.

1. Direct Encounter
2. Median-Buchholz
3. Buchholz Cut 1
4. Buchholz
5. Drawing of Lots

If at any point the number of players involved in the tie is reduced by applying one of the above tie-breaks from 1 to 4, then the remaining tied players should be split by the same procedure, starting back at 1. Direct Encounter.

Notes for organisers:

Swiss-Manager can be set up to calculate these tie-breaks for you.

Please see here for a full description on what these tie-breaks are, and how to calculate them:

Disclaimer

The UK Chess Challenge reserves the right to change these rules at any time.

Version:

5th March 2019