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Christmas Tournament 2021 and London Junior Chess Championships Qualifying Event

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Date: Sunday 21 November 2021

Venue: Therfield School, Dilston Road, Leatherhead, Surrey,

This is your opportunity to qualify for the London Junior Chess Championships which are held in December and more information can be found here:


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Sections: (Ages calculated using the applicant’s age as at midnight 31 August 2021).

UNDER 12 (Incl. U11)      UNDER 10 (Incl. U9)         UNDER 8 (Incl. U7, U6, etc.)

Attention Parents:    Can you help?

If you can volunteer to help in the playing hall during play on the day then please indicate on the form when you apply, one does not need any specific chess knowledge for this as an arbiter will be there, one will only need to take results of a section.

How to Qualify for The London Junior Chess Championships:

At this Wey Valley qualifying tournament, you will play six games during the day and no one will get knocked out.

Under 8 – 4 points or more out of 6 qualifies for the final.
Under 10 Major – 4.5 points or more out of 6 qualifies for the final.
Under 10 Minor – 3.5 or 4 points out of 6 qualifies for the final.
Under 12 Major – 4.5 points or more out of 6 qualifies for the final.
Under 12 Minor – 3.5 or 4 points out of 6 qualifies for the final.
Players who qualify for a Major event may not play in the corresponding Minor event.


The winner in each section will receive a Champions Rosette or trophy and runners up who score 3.5 or more points out of 6 will win a rosette or a medal.  Every competitor will receive a special London Junior Chess certificate of participation.


Please note: If you are planning to enter on the day and you arrive after 9.35am, then you risk not be able to play the first round with a half point bye awarded only at the discretion of the arbiter which is dependent upon your time of arrival.

Arrival From  09:15
On the Day Entries Close  09:35
Round 110:00
Round 211:30
Round 313:00
Round 414:15
Round 515:30
Round 617:00
Prize Giving (Approx.)

Please note:

If we can we will bring times forward.

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In all sections of both events players will be paired using Swiss-Manager. Pairings will be posted at well as at the venue.

No discussion will be entered into concerning the pairings.

Nobody gets knocked out and players are expected to play all six rounds.  If a player needs to leave early, please inform the controllers prior to leaving or upon your arrival if possible.


1 point for a win, ½ for a draw or 0 for a loss.

Time Control:

In all sections there will be 6 rounds played with digital clocks on all boards.  Clocks will be at a rate of all moves in 20 minutes plus 10 second increments per move per player.


All games in all sections will be sent to the ECF for rating.  It is a condition of entry that players agree to their rating information being published by the ECF (English ChessFederation). This information (Rating Reference Number, Name, Club(s), Grade(s), Rating Category) is published as part of the Rating list on the ECF website. If you wish to have these details withheld from the website version of the Rating List please contact the ECF. The ECF website also contains information about the rating system.

How to Enter:

Click below to go to another page where you need to complete your details and make your payment:

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Entry Fee:

Please see the table below:

RateECF MemberNon ECF Member/ Bronze ECF Member
Early Bird£23£32
Late Entry£28£37
On the Day Entry£38        CASH ONLY£47        CASH ONLY
  • ‘Early Bird’ rate applies up to Tuesday 16 November 2021.
  • ‘Late Entry’ rate applies from Wednesday 17 November 2021.
  • ‘On the Day Entry’ rate applies from 18:00 Saturday 20 November 2021.
  • Parents, guardians or family members who are not playing are welcome free of charge, but please only one adult/ carer per entrant.

How to Join the ECF or Upgrade a Bronze Membership :

If you and/ or your child(ren) would like to become an ECF member or upgrade a bronze membership, please use the link below.  Juniors who have not previously been an ECF member, get their first year free:

Terms and Conditions:

It is a condition of entry that players agree to the chess entries for all terms and conditions, which can be found here


It is confirmed that a burger van will be selling hot food and hot and cold drinks.

n.b. We are unable to control the use of seeded products on the burger van.

Parking and Other Travel:

Parking is in a large car park at the front of the school.

Arbiters Decisions:

All arbiters’ decisions are binding and final.  Players must reconcile any disagreements before leaving the tournament hall.

Parent/ Guardian Rooms:

Will be available for parents and players who have finished their games to wait.  Entrance is not permitted in the playing hall during round times.

Disclaimer and Parent Responsibility:

The organisers accept no responsibility for any loss, theft, damage, accident or children during the tournament.  Organisers will act in loco parentis providing supervision only in the chess playing hall while chess is in play.  Parents are responsible for their children throughout the whole tournament and must be on site at all times in case of emergency or other requirement.


A player may withdraw at any point up to the closing of early bird entries, Tuesday 16 November, subject to a £7 administration fee. Withdrawal subsequent to this date forfeits the full entry fee.

FIDE Laws of Chess

We will be following the FIDE Laws of Chess with few exceptions which have been outlined in the two documents below:

For Information and Queries Contact: