Juniors: Online Events in place of EPSCA Championships

News from Chandler’s Ford Junior Chess Club Leader Maha Chandar about online events taking the place of over-the-board Championships which understandably will not be running this year.

Juniors Online Events 2021

The English Primary Schools Chess Association Championships are not able to run this year over the board so Barnet Junior chess Charity will run a fun online alternative this year, keeping to the original dates, with a change to the timings.

Event dates

All events will start at 2pm and run continuously:

  • All teams – Practice Date – 6 March
  • U9  Zone – 13 March
  • U11 Zone – 20 March
  • U11 Girls Finals – 27 March
  • U9 Finals – 24 April
  • U9 Finals – 8 May

How it will work:

The event will run on lichess.org using the team facility.

The Zone stage will run on the traditional split of North, South and East and will consist of a team battle lasting 2 hours. Time control is 10 mins + 5 seconds.

Battles on Lichess run as continuous pairings. We have enclosed some further information for any Managers who are not familiar with how it works.

The top 50% of teams will qualify to the Finals and the remaining teams will be invited to a Plate Finals competition running at the same time as the Finals with the same format.

The Finals and Plate Finals competitions will run differently to the Zone stage as individual board swiss tournaments with 5 rounds and time control of 10 mins + 5 seconds. There will be 5 mins between rounds. No substitutions will be allowed for the Finals. Reserves will play their own tournament.

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