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2020 Delancey UK Schools’ Chess Challenge Rules

Overview

The UK Chess Challenge is a chess competition for children resident in the United Kingdom (up to the age of 18 years old). It is a multi stage event with qualification required at each stage to progress.
1) Schools (includes Online challenge)
2) Megafinals
3) Gigafinals
4) Challengers (*)
5) Terafinal

(*) not required for players qualifying directly for the Terafinal via the Gigafinals.

Age Categories

For the purposes of the 2020 competition ages will be calculated as at 31/08/2019. The child will play in this age group for the entire competition. The only exception to this is the Terafinal where players may nominate themselves to play in a higher age group if they wish.

Some tournaments may have mixed age groups where players from two or more year groups compete together.

Dates of birth mapped to age categories can be found here

Schools’ Stage

7 rounds are played in the schools’ stage. The scoring system is 3 points for a win, 2 points for a draw and 1 point for a loss (0 points if a player doesn’t turn up). Players can qualify for the Megafinal by any of the following means:

1) Scoring a minimum of 15 points
2) Highest scoring boy or girl in a year group
3) Players aged under 12-18 qualify automatically
4) Teachers may nominate wildcards

All players competing in the schools’s stage may also enter the Online Chess challenge free of charge.

Online Chess Challenge

The Online Chess Challenge will take place from Monday 2nd March to Sunday 15th March on www.chesskid.com. The competition is free for all players to enter. Full rules can be found at https://www.delanceyukschoolschesschallenge.com/chesskid/

The top 10 finishers will receive automatic qualification to a Gigafinal of their choice (though the entry fee will remain payable).

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’. Parents / organisers should email us at admin@ukchess.co.uk to request a wildcard

Players may register and compete in as many Megafinals as they choose. For the avoidance of doubt, a player may still compete in a Megafinal even if they have already qualified for the Gigafinals.

Dates

Various events held between the middle of March and end of June 2020.

Fees

Entry fees will be set directly by the organiser and will be in the range £15 – £30

Sections

Maximum of 24 sections: 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 to manage pairings. The UK Chess Challenge can provide a full license and training 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. Where a section contains more than one age group there will be a Supremo title awarded for each age group.
2. The Suprema title will be awarded to the highest-scoring girl in a section and will qualify for the Gigafinals. Where a section contains more than one age group there will be a Suprema title awarded for each age group.
3. All boys finishing in the top 3 boys of their age group (or joint 2nd or 3rd) will qualify for the gigafinals
4. All girls finishing in the top 3 girls of their age group (or joint 2nd or 3rd) will qualify for the gigafinals.
5. All players scoring a minimum of 3.5/6 will qualify for the Gigafinals.
6. All players will receive a certificate of participation.
7. There will be 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.
8. 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.

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’). Please note that the tiebreak in this instance will only be used to determine who wins the title and trophy – all players involved in the tie will qualify for the Gigafinal even if they have not scored at least 3.5.

Gigafinals (entry by qualification {or “Fast Track”} only)

Players may only enter one Gigafinal.

Players must have qualified via a Megafinal (or from the Online Chess Challenge). The only exception to this is for those players eligible for and who have applied for a “Fast Track” entry.

Fast Track

Players who meet the strict grading requirements may purchase a “fast track” ticket for the Gigafinal. The requirements are based on ECF grades as at 31st January 2020 (players may use the higher of the rapidplay or standard) and are age group related.

To qualify for “Fast Track” players must have a grade of AT LEAST    10 x (Age group + 2)

For example an under 12 will need a grade of at least 140 (10 x [12+2]) and an under 16 would need a grade of at least 180 (10 x [16+2]).

A list of age categories and corresponding fast track grading requirements can be found here

Fast track tickets will be subject to verification by the UKCC team and there will be a premium attached to the price of a Fast Track ticket compared to a standard priced Gigafinal ticket to effectively incorporate the cost of a Megafinal ticket.

Dates

Scotland, 7 June 2020, Broughton High School, Edinburgh *
Northern, 4-5 July 2020, Wright Robinson College, Manchester
Southern, 11-12 July 2020, Sandown Park Racecourse
London, 18-19 July 2020, Orleans Park School, Twickenham Midlands, 1-2 August 2020, Grace Academy, Solihull

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

* Please note that the Scottish Gigafinal is the only exception to this and the event takes part on one day only where all players compete.

Fees

Fees are event specific and will be in the range of £20 to £25.
“Fast Track” tickets are £35

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 15 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 1245
Round 4 1400
Round 5 1515
Round 6 1630
Prize Giving ASAP thereafter

Please note the longer delay between round 1 and round 2 to allow for any round 1 issues. Round times are subject to change at the discretion of the event organiser.

Titles and Qualifiers

1. The Ultimo title will be awarded to the highest-scoring boy in each year group and will qualify for the Terafinals. If in the event one or more other players in the same age group scores an equal amount of points as the Ultimo they will also qualify for the Terafinal – but the trophy and title of ‘Ultimo’ will be determined by tiebreak *
2. The Ultima title will be awarded to the highest-scoring girl in each year group and will qualify for the Terafinals. If in the event one or more other players in the same age group scores an equal amount of points as the Ultima they will also qualify for the Terafinal – but the trophy and title of ‘Ultima’ will be determined by tiebreak *
3. Players who finish second or third in their section will qualify for the Challengers (except where they score the same number of points as 1st place – in which case they qualify for the Terafinal as above).
4. Players scoring 3.5 points or more shall also qualify for the Challengers.
5. All players will receive a certificate of participation. 6. Ultimos and Ultimas will receive trophies and there will be medals for 2nd and 3rd place finishers

* Where age groups are split into 2 or more different sections (for example under 8 boys A, under 8 boys B…) then prizes (including the title of Ultimo or Ultima) and qualifying spaces will be awarded for each section.

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)

Challenger participation is available to every player who made a qualifying score / performance at a Gigafinal but who did not qualify for the Terafinal.

Players may play in as many Challenger events as they choose.

Dates

TBC

Fees

£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 15 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 1245
Round 4 1400
Round 5 1515
Round 6 1630
Prize Giving ASAP thereafter

Please note the longer delay between round 1 and round 2 to allow for any round 1 issues. Round times are subject to change at the discretion of the event organiser.

Titles and Qualifiers

The top boy and top girl in each section will qualify for the Terafinal. Ties for first place will also qualify though the trophy will be determined by tiebreak. There will trophies for the winners and medals for 2nd and 3rd place finishers plus a certificate of participation for all.

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)

Participation in the Terafinal is for players who have qualified by either the Gigafinal or Challenger route.

Date

Provisional – 19th and 20th September (TBC)

Fee

£40

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 (players wishing to do this should contact admin@ukchess.co.uk)

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 £750 £500 £300
2nd £750 £500 £375 £250 £150
3rd £375 £250 £200 £125 £75
4th £200 £125 £100 £60 £50
5th £200 £125 £100 £60 £50
Top Girl £750 £500 £375 £250 £150

Additional prizes may be awarded at the organiser’s discretion.

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:

Parent’s Responsibility

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, the Challengers 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 may be passed to the relevant national governing body to enable the grading of games. The national governing bodies are:

Data that may be passed to a national body includes name, date of birth, gender and school/club. If the player receives a grade (or already has a grade) their grading data may appear on a publicly available website. The information on display may include name, school/club, gender and grading information.

Disclaimer

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

Version

10th February 2020 – original

19th February

Clarifications made to Gigafinal qualifying rules (year groups and split sections).
Changes to grading and data section – primarily to include other national governing bodies. Removed section on ECF membership.