The Chess in Schools and Communities (CSC) Junior Chess Grand Prix

2023 Tournament Dates

  • Saturday 23rd September
  • Sunday 15th October
  • Sunday 12th November
  • + December 2023 (TBA)
Free Entry! Prizes of chess coaching for each section

About the Junior Chess Grand Prix

The Junior Chess Grand Prix is a series of free chess tournaments organised by the charity, Chess in Schools and Communities, aimed at school children aged 6 to 18.
You can participate in any, or all, of the chess tournaments in the series, with the game points scored in each event counting towards your score in the Grand Prix. There will be a fourth and final tournament in the Grand prix series, to be held in either December 2023 or early 2024, where points scored will count double towards the overall Grand prix standings.

Tournament information

All tournaments will be held at:

The UCL Academy
Adelaide Road

Closest Tubes
  • Swiss Cottage (Jubilee line) 3 minutes walk
  • Finchley Road (Jubilee and Metropolitan lines)
Each tournament consists of 6 rounds/games. All competitors play in all rounds.
The tournaments are ECF rated, and players must hold a minimum of Silver membership of the English Chess Federation in order to compete.

Junior Silver membership is available FREE for the first year to juniors who have not previously been members of the Federation. For those that have been a member of the ECF previously, the cost is £6 for a year. See

Players must be below the age of their section (Under 8, Under 10, Under 12, Under 14, Under 18) at midnight on 1st September 2023. Players can play in an older age category if they choose to do so, but not a younger one.
Prizes will be awarded in each tournament for the top 3 players in each age category.
Schedule for all tournaments
Round 1 11 am
Round 2 12:10 pm
Round 3 1:20 pm
Round 4 2:30 pm
Round 5 3:40 pm
Round 6 4:50 pm
Prizegiving 6:15 pm


  • 1st place = Winners’ Trophy & £100 voucher for chess coaching
  • 2nd & 3rd places = Medal & £50 voucher for chess coaching

Time control for all tournaments

15 minutes + 10 second increment

Other Details

Only light refreshments will be available at the venue so we recommend your child brings a packed lunch. Children aged under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Chess in Schools and Communities reserves the right to refuse entry. Please advise the organisers by emailing [email protected] if you need to withdraw from the tournament before it.

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