RULES (Primary, Secondary Schools and Clubs)

1. Seven rounds should be played in the tournament and sessions should last at least 20 minutes.

2. Minimumtournament size is 8 players.

3. Games are concluded by checkmate, opponent’s resignation or agreed draw. If the game is not finished by the end of the session, points remaining on the board should be counted on the basis QUEEN = 9 points, ROOK = 5 points, BISHOP = 3 points, KNIGHT = 3 points, PAWN = 1 point. A player with an advantage of 3 or more points is adjudged the winner, otherwise the game is drawn. Stalemate is also counted as a draw, as is not enough pieces to mate with (for example, king and knight v king; king and bishop v king; king and 2 knights v king).

4. Scoring in tournaments is 3 points for a win, 2 points for a draw, one point for a loss and 0 for absence. If there is an odd number of players in the tournament, 3 full points are given to the player with no opponent. This is known as a bye. A player should not have more than one bye in the tournament. If a bye has to be given, it should be given to the lowest scoring player in the tournament if possible.

5. Pairings are to be done on a simplified SWISS SYSTEM. Before the first round, players are roughly listed in order of strength and the No.1 player plays No.16 (in a 30 player tournament), No.2 plays No.17 and so on. In a smaller tournament, say of 20 players, No. 1 plays No.11 and No. 2 plays No.12.

6. In the second round, players with equal points should play each other. Throughout the next 5 rounds, this principle should be observed as far as possible: that players on equal scores should play each other. Players can only encounter each other once in a tournament. As far as possible, colours should be alternated, i.e., if a player has white one round, he/she should have black the next. However, pairing players on equal scores takes precedence over alternating colours.

7. PRIZES (won as score is reached or passed)

3 points BADGE
6 points 1st Gold Spot
9 points 2nd Gold Spot
11 points MASCOT
12 points 3rd Gold Spot
15 points 4th Gold Spot plus Shaggy Pencil
(Players aged over 11 qualify on score of 15 points)
18 points 5th Gold Spot
21 points 6th Gold Spot (plus JACKSPOT prize)

The overall tournament winner will receive a trophy.

If you have run more than one tournament in your school and have more than one champion, you will need to send £6 for each additional trophy. (See Entry Form).

8. Qualifying rules forMegafinal: Any player scoring 17 points (15 points if aged over 11) or more will qualify for the Area Megafinal. Besides this, the leading scorers at U7, U8, U9, U10, U11, U12, U13, U14, U15, U16, U17 and U18, both boys and girls, also qualify, as long as they have played at least 5 out of the 7 rounds and providing that the place in the section has not already been taken by a player scoring 17 (15 seniors) or more points. If there is a tie for a place, the tied players all qualify.

Ages are calculated as at midnight on 31/08/15.

There will be an entry fee per player of £15 to the Megafinal and £15 to the N/S Gigafinal. There will also be an entry fee of £15 for the National Terafinal.

9. Disputes during the event are to be settled by the teacher/parent in charge, but any queries can be referred to the Tournament Organiser,Michael Basman (07715 041320) or email:

10. Several area Megafinals will be held on either Saturday 30th April May, Sunday 1st May or Monday 2nd May 2016 but many will be held at other times in May. You will be informed of your Megafinal by midMarch and information will be posted on our website.

The Gigafinal, as last year,will be split into North and South divisions.

The NorthernGigafinal will be held on Saturday
9th and Sunday 10th July, 2016 at WRIGHT ROBINSON COLLEGE, Off Falmers Close, Abbey Hey Lane, Gorton, MANCHESTER, M18 8RL. The Southern Gigafinal will take place on Saturday 16th July and Sunday 17th July, 2016, venue Rivermead Leisure Centre, Reading, Berks, RG1 8EQ.

In the Northern Gigafinal the U7-U10s will play on Saturday, the U11-U18s will play on the Sunday. In the South, U7-U10 Boys will play on Saturday, U11-U18 Boys and all Girls will play on Sunday. The Terafinal will be a two day event, held on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21stAugust, 2016 at Loughborough Grammar School.

The organiser reserves the right to refuse entry without explanation.


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