Shropshire Megafinal 2024


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 31/08/2005. Further information about the UKCC can be found on their website:



Online Entry Form

Entries to Date


Live Boards – DGT Viewer
Live Boards – Lichess Viewer

Closing date for entries – 01/06/2024

Entry Fee:
£25.00 (payable online to the UK Chess Challenge)

Sunday 2nd June 2024

Charlton School, Apley Avenue, Wellington, Telford, Shropshire, TF1 3FA.

There is ample free parking available in the school grounds.




Note – the section ranges are subject to the organizers discretion and may vary depending on entries received.


Playing Schedule
Round 1        10am-11am
Round 2        11am-12pm
Round 3        12pm-1pm
Round 4        2pm-3pm
Round 5        3pm-4pm
Round 6        4pm-5pm

Prizegiving   5pm-6pm

All entrants will play 6 matches during the day. It is not a knockout.

Time Limit:
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 (boys and girls):  Silver Medal

3rd place (boys and girls):   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) Sum of opponent scores (3) No. of wins

Gigafinal Qualification Rules
All players scoring 3.5 points will qualify for the Gigafinals. Those finishing 1st, 2nd or 3rd in their section (boys and girls) will also qualify. In the event of ties for 3rd place all will qualify. The top 3 U7’s, U9’s and U11’s will also qualify automatically (boy and girl).

Children listen to commentary provided by local player Rudy van Kemenade

Live Boards
The top boards in each section will be played on our live boards. 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
– Jamie Handscomb
– Phil Love (Live Board Technician)

Other Activities:

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!

First Tournament:
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.

Light refreshments will be available on the day:

Parental Responsibility:
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.

Organiser Contact:
Please feel free to send any queries to –

Christopher Lewis
01630 801860 or 07508 48709