Bursaries for English junior players announced

The Northumbria Masters is pleased to announce that the John Robinson Youth Chess Trust has agreed to provide a number of bursaries for players under the age of 21 entering events at this year’s congress.

The John Robinson Youth Chess Trust, a registered charity established from the estate of the late well-known arbiter John Robinson to help develop chess among young chess players, has provided a grant to cover Under 21 players’ entry fees to events in the Northumbria Masters Congress.

To be eligible, players should have been aged under 21 on 1st January, 2021, and be either resident in England or eligible to represent England. Players in any tournament (GM norm All-Play-All, IM norm All-Play-All, Northumbria Masters Open, Challengers, Major or Minor) may apply. Applications should be made by email to the Congress Director, Tim Wall, at: timpeterwall@gmail.com.

The bursaries, matching the player’s entry fee, will be paid at the end of the congress on completion of the tournament.

Northumbria Masters Congress Director Tim Wall said: “We are extremely grateful to the Trustees of the John Robinson Youth Chess Trust for making this generous grant. These bursaries, available to young players under the age of 21, can make a big difference to young players, and in these difficult economic times every assistance is very much appreciated.”

This is the third time the John Robinson Youth Chess Trust has supported the Northumbria Masters, having previously made grants for the event in 2018 and 2019.