Format


The 2021 Perth Junior Chess Grand Prix is composed of 4 different tournament categories; Major Grand Prix events, Standard Grand Prix Competitions, Blitz Tournaments and Girls Tournaments. All 4 types of events can earn you Grand Prix points, however your final Grand Prix score is determined by added up the points from your best 6 results. That is, the 6 events that earned you the most Grand Prix points.

For the Standard and Blitz categories, students may register in the following divisions:

  • Novice: Open to any participant who is unrated or has a Lakner Chess Rating below 800.

  • Intermediate: Open to any participant who has a Lakner Chess Rating below 1200.

  • Advanced: Open to anyone.

All events will be run using the Swiss pairing system, with the match ups for each game determined by a computer. "Swiss" simply refers to a standard chess tournament system which pairs players on the same score each round. For example, a participant on 4 wins out of 4 games will be paired against another student on 4 wins out of 4 games whilst a student on 1 win out of 6 games will be paired with another student with 1 win out of 6 games, and so on.

At the end of the year, prizes will be awarded to players with high Grand Prix scores in following categories: Overall, Blitz and Girls.

Standard Grand Prix Events

Standard Grand Prix events are open to all students, both experienced and inexperienced.

These events are an essential stepping-stone towards become a champion because many current and former State Junior champions (in their age category) participate in these events. If you want to become a champion, you need to regularly play against champions!

The GP points allocation for Regular Grand Prix events goes as follows:

1st place = 25 points

2nd place = 20 points

3rd place = 15 points

4th place = 12 points

5th place = 11 points

6th place = 10 points

7th place = 9 points

8th place = 8 points

9th place = 7 points

10th place = 6 points

11th place = 5 points

12th place = 4 points

13th place = 3 points

14th place = 2 points

Participation = 1 point

All Standard Grand Prix events will be run with a time control of 12 minutes + 3 seconds increment. This means that you start the game with 12 minutes on your clock and automatically gain 3 seconds every time you make a move.

Blitz Competitions

Blitz Competitions are open to all students, both experienced and inexperienced. With so little time on the clock, these events offer students the opportunity to showcase their quick-play skills and earn points towards the Blitz Grand Prix prizes awarded at the end of the year.

The GP points allocation for Blitz events goes as follows:

1st place = 15 points

2nd place = 12 points

3rd place = 10 points

4th place = 9 points

5th place = 8 points

6th place = 7 points

7th place = 6 points

8th place = 5 points

9th place = 4 points

10th place = 3 points

11th place = 2 points

Participation = 1 point

All Blitz Tournaments will be run with a time control of 3 minutes + 2 seconds increment. This means that you start the game with 3 minutes on your clock and automatically gain 2 seconds every time you make a move.

Girls Tournaments

Girls Tournaments are only available to female chess players. The results of these events are used to calculate the Girls Grand Prix prizes awarded at the end of the year.

The purpose of these events is to address the problem that chess tend to be a male-dominated sport, with boys outnumbering the girls approximately 10 to 1. These events are an attempt to address this imbalance by providing girls with the opportunity to participate in a more girl-friendly environment. (If the situation was reversed, we would be holding boys-only events instead!)

The GP points allocation for Girls Tournaments goes as follows:

1st place = 15 points

2nd place = 12 points

3rd place = 10 points

4th place = 9 points

5th place = 8 points

6th place = 7 points

7th place = 6 points

8th place = 5 points

9th place = 4 points

10th place = 3 points

11th place = 2 points

Participation = 1 point

All Girls events will be run with a time control of 12 minutes + 3 seconds increment. This means that you start the game with 12 minutes on your clock and automatically gain 3 seconds every time you make a move.

Major Grand Prix Events

Major Grand Prix events are open to all students, both experienced and inexperienced. These are the most important events as they are worth the most points.

These events will have the longest time controls and are often run over multiple days. They are run in age categories and in some cases will offer participants the opportunity to gain titles, for example, Perth Junior Chess Champion, Perth Under 14 Chess Champion, etc.

The GP points allocation for Major Grand Prix events goes as follows:

1st place = 50 points

2nd place = 40 points

3rd place = 30 points

4th place = 25 points

5th place = 20 points

6th place = 18 points

7th place = 15 points

8th place = 12 points

9th place = 11 points

10th place = 10 points

11th place = 9 points

12th place = 8 points

13th place = 7 points

14th place = 6 points

15th place = 5 points

16th place = 4 points

17th place = 3 points

Participation = 2 points


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