The 2020 Perth Junior Chess Grand Prix is composed of 3 different tournament categories; Major Grand Prix events, Novice Tournaments and Girls Tournaments. All 3 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 all 3 categories, students may register in the following age divisions:
- Under 18: Open to any participant born in 2002 or later.
- Under 12: Open to any participant born in 2008 or later.
- Under 9: Open to any participant born in 2011 or later.
All events will be run as a 7 round Swiss, 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 each age category.
Major Grand Prix Events
Major Grand Prix events are open to all students, both experienced and inexperienced. These are the most important events in the Perth Junior Chess Grand Prix as they are worth more Grand Prix points than any other category.
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 Major Grand Prix events goes as follows:
1st place: 25 points
2nd place = 20 points
3rd place = 16 points
4th place = 14 points
5th place = 12 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 major 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.
Novice Tournaments are only available to participants who have:
- Never received a top-5 placing in a major tournament before.
- Never received a top-3 placing in a novice tournament before.
(Note: School club tournaments are not taken into account for determining eligibility)
This eligibility requirement means that the strongest chess players are excluded from playing, leaving a field of much more inexperienced players. Therefore, chess players new to tournaments are more likely to win games and are less likely to be discouraged from participating in future tournaments.
If a player receives a top-three placing in a Novice Tournament, they will then be ineligible to participate in future Novice tournaments. Their only tournament option from that point onward is to play in Major Grand Prix events. (Or Girls Competitions if they are female)
Novice Tournaments are designed to be educational events, therefore, prior to each round, there will be a 10 minute lesson explaining various aspects of tournament chess. The topics include standard tournament rules, how to use chess clocks, useful thinking strategies, the best way to start a game of chess, how to finish off an opponent, common strategies used by champions, and so on.
The GP points allocation for Novice Tournaments goes as follows:
1st place: 10 points
2nd place = 9 points
3rd place = 8 points
4th place = 7 points
5th place = 6 points
6th place = 5 points
7th place = 4 points
8th place = 3 points
9th place = 2 points
Participation = 1 point
All Novice Tournaments will be run with a time control of 7 minutes + 3 seconds increment. This means that you start the game with 7 minutes on your clock and automatically gain 3 seconds every time you make a move.
Girls Tournaments are only available to female chess players. 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.