The 24th UK Chess Challenge has just concluded with the Terafinal taking place on 21-22 September at the Mercure Daventry Court Hotel. 185 players took part in the Terafinal competing across 5 age groups (U8, U10, U12, U14 and U18) for the chance to become the School Chess Champion of the UK.
The format of the weekend was quite different to what has gone before. Firstly the games were played at a rapid time control of 20 minutes plus 10 seconds per move whereas in previous years a slower time control was used. The reasoning for this was it allowed for more rounds and the chance to run a different format. The event is a 10 round swiss with the difference that after round 6 on Saturday the top 4 players in each group compete in a mini-knockout tournament to determine the top 4 standings. The remaining players continue to compete in the Swiss for the remaining prizes.
The format of the knockout matches was as follows: 2 games of rapid and, if necessary, an “Armageddon” game to break a tie after 2 games.
64 of the 93 boards were “live boards” with the moves broadcast through our partners chess24 and chess.com. GM David Howell and IM Adam Hunt provided live commentary at the venue which was also streamed live. The commentary proved very popular, particularly during the knockout matches.