Section by section details for 2023
All events are Swiss competitions, not knockouts. This means
that all players are expected to play in every round, unless
they are given a bye. If you need to withdraw from your
event part way through you must advise the controller. If
you have to withdraw before the event starts, please advise
for the finals
To play in the Under 8, Under 10 or Under 12 Finals players
must qualify, either by rating or via
a qualifying event. No qualification is necessary to play
in the older age groups. From a qualfiying event, these
are the scores needed to qualify:
Under 8 - 4 points or more out of 6 qualifies for the final.
Under 10 Major - 4.5 points or more out of 6 qualifies for
Under 10 Minor - 3.5 points or 4 points out of 6 qualifies
for the final.
Under 12 Major - 4.5 points or more out of 6 qualifies for
Under 12 Minor - 3.5 points or 4 points out of 6 qualifies
for the final.
Players who qualify for a Major event may not play in the
corresponding Minor event. Players unable to obtain a qualification
score but who feel they have a strong claim for entry should
contact the Congress Manager.
Pre-qualification for the Under 8 event, the Under 10 Major
and the Under 12 Major is by published E.C.F. Rating (Standard
or Rapid Play, A, B, C, D or X) as follows:
Under 8 Rating 1250 or higher
Under 10 Rating 1500 or higher
Under 12 Ratong 1750 or higher
Clocks will be used on all boards in all events.
The Northwick Park Open starts at 9.00am on Saturday and 9.30am on Sunday. All other events start at 9.45am each day.
Late arrival for any round. Contrary to FIDE rules
players arriving after the re-pairing time of any round
may be deemed to have lost by default, unless the controller
can pair them satisfactorily. Players whose opponents have
not arrived must expect to be re-paired.
Under 18/21: 30 minutes
Under 16: 30 minutes
Under 14 and Under 12: 20 minutes
Under 10 and Under 8: 15 minutes
Northwick Park all sections: 30 minutes
London Christmas Congress all sections: 30 minutes
Recording of games
All games must be recorded, except in the Under 8 section.
A player will be required to make up any moves missing from
their score sheet according to the ECF rules of chess. Recording your game means writing down
all the moves. It is not difficult but for the benefit of young players who have not done this before
here is a link to some instructions.
How to read and write chess notation...
It is a condition of entry that players agree to their rating
information being published by the ECF (English Chess Federation).
This information (Rating Referrence Number, Name, Club(s),
Rating(s), Rating Category) is published as part of the
Rating list on the ECF website. If you wish to have these
details withheld from the website version of the Rating
List please contact the ECF. The ECF website also contains information about the rating system.
The expectation is that all players will play in every round but when there is an odd number of players available for a particular round, the section controller will give one player a one point bye. Where possible the player will be paired with someone from another section for a practice game.
Optional Half Point Bye Any competitor may request a half point bye in any round except the last. There is no obligation to do this - most players play in every round. If you wish to take a half point bye please email your request to the Congress Manager or inform your section controller at least two rounds in advance of the round in question. Only one round may be missed in this way.
Prizes and trophies
All advertised prizes are guaranteed. All trophies and titles
will be awarded from the Major events.
The London Championships Available in all events
except the Under 21. Subject to a minimum score of 50%,
the leading London players will be awarded the titles.
Eligibility for London titles and trophies Except
in the Under 21 Championship, London trophies and titles
will be awarded. Players born in, or who now live, work
or attend an educational establishment inside the M25 Motorway
will be eligible for these prizes. Please say on the entry
form if you are eligible.
Leading Girls or Leading Boys Cash prizes will be
awarded subject to a minimum of 4 girls / boys respectively
or a score of at least 50%.
SCCU Junior Prizes These will be awarded to players
associated with a county affiliated to the Southern Counties
Chess Union. The prizes are awarded to the best boy and
the best girl in the following events:
Under 9 best boy and best girl in the Under 10 Major
Under 11 best boy and best girl in the Under 12 Major
Under 14 best boy and best girl in the Under 14 Major
Under 18 best boy and best girl in the Under 21
Grand Prix Qualifier The U18/U21/Open and Northwick Park FIDE Open sections are part of the British Championship Qualifying Grand Prix for next years Championships. Grand Prix points will be awarded to at least the top six in final place order. The number of points earned will depend on place plus possible tournament strength bonus. Full details can be found at www.englishchess.org.uk.
The organisers accept no responsibility for any loss, theft
or accident during the tournament. Adult supervsion will
only be provided in the chess playing areas. Parents or
guardians are responsible for their children during the
tournament. The organisers and helpers are not able to take
responsibility for any child's actions, or the actions of
anyone that may affect your child.
Players, or their parents or guardians as appropriate, agree
to the terms and conditions as laid out in the entry form
as a condition of their entry. (Errors and omissions excepted.)
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