The Shropshire Megafinal is your local regional stage of the UK Chess Challenge, one of the largest junior chess tournaments in the word. This tournament is for junior players regardless of home location who were born after 31/08/2004. Further information about the UKCC can be found on their website:
Live Boards – link will be added on the day
Closing date for entries – 09/06/2023
£25.00 (payable online to the UK Chess Challenge)
Saturday 10th June 2023
Charlton School, Apley Avenue, Wellington, Telford, Shropshire, TF1 3FA.
There is ample free parking available in the school grounds.
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Note – the section ranges are subject to the organizers discretion and may vary depending on entries received.
Round 1 10am-11am
Round 2 11am-12pm
Round 3 12pm-1pm
Round 4 2pm-3pm
Round 5 3pm-4pm
Round 6 4pm-5pm
All entrants will play 6 matches during the day. It is not a knockout.
All moves in 15 minutes + 10 seconds increment per move
All games will be ECF rated.
Top Boy Trophy
Top Girl Trophy
Top U7/U9/U11/13/U16 Trophy
2nd place: Silver Medal
3rd place: Bronze Medal
Every entrant will receive a certificate.
Tiebreak rules will be used to determine trophies and medals. The tie-breaks are: (1) Direct Encounter (2) Median-Buchholz (3) Buchholz Cut 1 (4) Buchholz.
Gigafinal Qualification Rules
All players scoring 3.5 points will qualify for the Gigafinals. Those finishing 1st, 2nd or 3rd in their section will also qualify. In the event of ties for 3rd place all will qualify. The top U7, U9 and U11 will also qualify automatically (boy and girl).
The top boards in each section will be played on our live boards. If all goes to plan parents will be able to view the matches broadcast on a screen in the atrium complete with commentary.
This tournament is being run by volunteers on behalf of Shropshire Chess Association
– Christopher Lewis
– Dan Hilditch-Love
– Francis Best
– Chris Hankey
– Andrew McCumiskey
– Paul Billington
– Jamie Handscomb
– Phil Love (Live Board Technician)
– Rudy Van Kemenade (Commentator)
– FM Jonathan Blackburn (Commentator)
– Kate Walker (Catering)
All players are free to check out our giant chess board on the day!
We will look to add more activities so watch this space!
This tournament is open to all including those who have never before entered a chess tournament. Our team of volunteers will be on hand to assist those players who are unfamiliar with tournament play and ensure a fun day is had by all. If you are unsure if your child is of a suitable ability please feel free to have a discussion with the congress organizer (Chris Lewis – 07508 487092).
Please note the school will not be able to provide wifi.
The venue is located close to the M54. The venue is 14 minutes walk from Wellington Train Station.
The venue is located a few minutes away from Wellington Town Centre.
Some light refreshments will be available on the day.
We are unable to take responsibility for any children outside the playing hall. We expect younger children to be always supervised by an adult but leave it to the discretion of parents for older children.
A photographer will be present at the prize giving ceremony. With the permission of the parents we hope to use these photos for the future publicity of Shropshire Chess.
Shropshire Junior Chess Congress
The Shropshire Chess Association also host the annual Shropshire Junior Chess Congress. Please contact us if you wish to receive details of future events.
Please feel free to send any queries to –
01630 801860 or 07508 48709