Gigafinals (July – September)
The difficulty increases as players compete to qualify directly to the Terafinal or to the Challengers Event
The Gigafinals are a step up in difficulty from the Megafinals and qualifying for this stage represents a significant achievement.
In 2023 there are four Gigafinals; three over the board and one online.
- Scottish Gigafinal (24th and 25th June) – players play on one of the days
- Northern Gigafinal (1st and 2nd July) – players play on one of the days
- Southern Gigafinal (22nd and 23rd July) – players play on one of the days
- Online Gigafinal (2nd and 3rd September) – two day event
Please note that for the ‘over-the-board’ events U8s and U10s play on the Saturday and U12s, U14s and U18s play on the Sunday.
Players must have qualified from a Megafinal
Players may compete in 1, 2, 3 or all 4 Gigafinals
But you can only compete in one age category (your allocated category, either U8, U10, U12, U14 or U18)
Top boy and girl from each age category qualify directly to the Terafinal (top two boys in the Southern Gigafinal)
Hit the qualification score to qualify for the Challengers
Our online events allow players to take part and qualify for the latter stages from the comfort of their own home and without the same sort of time commitment required from in-person events.
The Online Gigafinal is a 2 day event. All players play on the Saturday (from 10am) with the competition starting at 10am. The top players from each section will then take part in a second stage on the Sunday with additional proctoring requirements (camera, presence on Zoom etc).
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Who can take part?
A: Any individual aged 18 or younger who is based in the UK can take part – provided they have qualified from a Megafinal.
Q: Is there a fast-track route to the Gigafinal this year?
A: No – all players must qualify via a Megafinal.
Q: How do I qualify for the Terafinal?
A: The top boy and top girl in each section will qualify. In the Southern Gigafinal there is an extra qualification spot in the boys due to the size of this event.
Q: What is the Challengers Event?
A: This event is separate to the Terafinal – it is a high level 2-day competition run to international standards in a hotel setting and live boards. Ie it is of an equivalent standard to Terafinals previous to 2021. It is high quality standalone event but also a final qualifier for the Terafinal.
Q: How do I qualify for the Challengers Event?
A: There will be a qualifying score announced before the Gigafinal – this will be dependent on entries.
Q: Can I play in the Challengers if I qualify directly to the Terafinal?
Q: Is there a difference between the over-the-board and online events?
A: There are the same number of qualifiers but the format is different. The over-the-board events are single day events (U8s and 10s play on Saturday, Under 12s, 14s and 18s play on Sunday). The online event is in two stages, with stage 1 on Saturday (all five age groups playing on Saturday at 10am) with the top players qualifying for stage 2 on the Sunday which will include greater proctoring requirements (camera and Zoom presence).
Q: Can I play in multiple Gigafinals?
A: Yes players can play in as many Gigafinals if they like – even if they have qualified. Players who have already qualified will not be counted towards the qualification spaces in subsequent events.
Q: Can I get a refund if I have to later cancel my attendance?
A: We offer a 50% refund on in-person event cancellations where we are notified at least 14 days before the day of the event. There are no refunds for online tickets (ie value passes and season tickets). In light of the above please make sure you can attend before booking.
Q: Can I transfer my over-the-board booking to another event?
A: No, you would need to cancel the original booking and book the correct event.
Q: There are no spaces left at my preferred event, what can I do?
A: We may operate a waiting list in the event of a cancellation, but it may not be possible to play in your preferred event as places are strictly limited. It is extremely difficult to predict exact entries when we are booking venues and this is one of the reasons we are offering an online event.