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ENGLISH CHESS CHALLENGE 2016
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ROUND 1:    SCHOOL / CLUB CHALLENGE or ONE DAY TOURNAMENT
In the Spring Term (or Autumn Term if a school really wishes), a 7 round competition is played.  This may be a one day (if a tournament) or more likely with 1 round per week over 7 weeks in a school (or outside school) club.  Players are paired on a Swiss system basis in each round, but do not worry if you don't know how to run this as we provide enough information for you to run such an event and can even recommend a cheap but effective computer pairing program that you can use for both Swiss and All-Play-All events whenever you wish.

At the end of the event, the highest scoring 30% (minimum) of boys and girls from each year group qualify for the semi-finals (which are held in June each year).   In addition, any other pupil scoring 15 points or more out of 21 qualifies.  Where players are tied, they both/all qualify.  In this event, 3 points are awarded for a win, 2 for a draw and 1 for a defeat.

Those running qualification rounds (Round 1) will be obliged to send CCF a final cross-table of the event by the end of April (the computer program can produce this easily).  CCF will aim to process the results and issue invitations to enter the semi-finals by the and of April.  This will be done direct to those we already have contact information for (by email where possible) or via their school/club/tournament organiser if not.  All names will be listed on the web site and entry status tracked accordingly.

ROUND 2:     SEMI-FINALS
(Please see CCF Conditions of Entry)

There will be 2 semi-final events for those of Primary School age (secondary school aged players go straight into the finals).  Players can choose which event they enter with no restriction other than that they can only play in one of them:
1    Surrey - Saturday 4 June 2016 (Chipstead Valley Primary School)
2    Kent - Sunday 5 June 2016 (Unicorn Primary School) 

Subject to us having to merge adjacent sections where numbers are not sufficient for separate events, there are potentially separate finals as follows:
Under 11 Boys   Under 11 Girls              Under 08 Boys   Under 08 Girls
Under 10 Boys   Under 10 Girls              Under 07 Boys   Under 07 Girls            
Under 09 Boys   Under 09 Girls              Under 06 Boys   Under 06 Girls

Ages are taken as at 31st August 2015.   


ROUND 3:    FINAL - Monday 29 August 2016 (Bank Holiday) @ CCF
(Please see CCF Conditions of Entry)

Subject to us having to merge adjacent sections where numbers are not sufficient for separate events, there are separate finals as follows:

Under 18 Boys   Under 18 Girls               Under 11 Boys   Under 11 Girls              Under 08 Boys   Under 08 Girls
Under 15 Boys   Under 15 Girls               Under 10 Boys   Under 10 Girls              Under 07 Boys   Under 07 Girls            
Under 13 Boys   Under 13 Girls               Under 09 Boys   Under 09 Girls              Under 06 Boys    Under 06 Girls


Ages are taken as at 31st August 2015.

ROUND 4:    CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS' EVENT - Saturday 24 September 2016 - @ CCF
(Please see CCF Conditions of Entry)

The age group winners play off against each other for the ultimate title. 

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