Frequently Asked Questions

The following are a list of the most commonly asked questions:

Q: Are tournaments continuing with the Corona Virus?

A: Effective immediately, tournaments have been cancelled until further notice. We will continue to update you via our website when tournaments will resume.

If you have any queries please don't hesitate to contact us at

Q: What is the Perth Junior Chess Grand Prix?

A: The Perth Junior Chess Grand Prix is series of chess tournaments held over the course of the year where participants earn points to determine a Grand Prix champion at the end of the year.

Q: Who can play in the Perth Junior Chess Grand Prix?

A: Anybody born in the year 2002 or later.

Q: Why should I play in the Perth Junior Chess Grand Prix?

A: Chess provides great educational opportunities for children including practicing their concentration skills, being able to plan, make decisions and dealing with the consequences of those decisions. Most importantly, chess is a very fun game for children.

Q: Am I good enough to play in the Perth Junior Chess Grand Prix?

A: The tournament format for all Perth Junior Chess Grand Prix events is inclusive to players of all strengths. Players should ensure that they are aware of the rules of competition chess (players may ask an arbiter if they have any questions about this) but beyond that there is no minimum limit. Note that the tournament format is designed such that while players new to tournament chess may struggle initially, they will soon come up against players of similar ability.

Inexperienced players should try out the Novice Tournaments first, as they are designed to teach chess players the skills they need to succeed in the major Grand Prix events.

Q: What are the age divisions?

A: Under 18, under 12 and under 9.

Q: My child turned 9 this year, can he still play in the under 9 division.

A: Yes. For these events, the child's age is taken to be their age prior to 1st January. Since the Grand Prix spans the entire year, a player's age is taken to be their age prior to 1st January 2020. Therefore:

  • The under 18 division is open to students born in 2002 or later.
  • The under 12 division is open to students born in 2008 or later.
  • The under 9 division is open to students born in 2011 or later.

Q: Can I play in a higher age division?

A: Yes. However, Grand Prix points you have accumulated in one age division do not count towards your Grand Prix score in another age division. This means that if you scored 20 points in the under 12 division and 30 points in the under 18 division, they do not add up to 50 points.

Q: How are Grand Prix points allocated if multiple players finish on the same score in a tournament?

A: The points are shared over the number of placings the players occupy. For example, if 3 players tie for third place in a major Grand Prix event, they each receive 14 points. This is the average of 3rd, 4th and 5th place. (16+14+12 divided by 3)

Copyright © 2020 Lakner Chess - All Rights Reserved.