Entries are welcome for the North East Zonal of the 2023 EJCOA National Youth Championships.

Date & Venue

The Zonal will be held at Sunday June 18, 1pm-6pm, at Forest Hall Ex-Servicemen’s Institute, 26 Crescent Way North, Forest Hall NE12 8AR.

(Please note: this is NOT Forest Hall Social Club on Great Lime Road, Palmersville, Newcastle NE12 9DQ)

There are sections for: Under 8s, Under 10s, Under 12s, Under 14s, Under 16s, Under 18s & Under 20s. (age as of 31 December 2022)

Playing Schedule:

Round 1: 1:00pm
Round 2: 2:00pm
Round 3: 3:00pm
Round 4: 4:00pm
Round 5: 5:00pm
Finish and Prizegiving: 6:00pm


Trophies, medals and chess books.

Time control:

15 minutes for all moves, plus 10 seconds per move.

Other details:

Each section will be a 5-round Swiss tournament.

Games will count for ECF Rapidplay and FIDE Rapidplay ratings.

Players should be ECF members (Junior Silver or above) before the tournament. This costs £6 a year (first year free).

For more details about joining the ECF, go to: https://www.englishchess.org.uk/ecf-membership-rates-andjoining-details/

How to Qualify for the EJCOA National Finals

The top girl and top boy in each age category from the North East Zonal will qualify for the EJCOA Youth Championships National Finals at Nottingham High School, Friday 7 July to Sunday 9 July, 2023.

Please note: Players may enter more than one Zonal.

About the EJCOA National Finals, July 7-9

This will be a 5-round FIDE-rated standard-play congress over three days (Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday), with competitions for Under 8s, Under 10s, Under 12s, Under 14s, Under 16s, Under 18s and Under 20s.

Time control: 90 minutes plus 30 seconds per move.

There will be various cash and trophies for boys and girls in each age category, and coaching and short lectures for all players between rounds delivered by experienced FIDE Trainers.

Other criteria for qualification for the National Finals are:
  • By rating. Any player with a published current minimum ECF or FIDE standard play rating (as below) is entitled to enter the EJCOA National Youth Championships:
    Under 8: 800
    Under 10: 1000
    Under 12: 1200
    Under 14: 1400
    Under 16: 1600
    Under 18: 1700
    Under 20: 1800
  • Wild Card entries. These players will be invited by the EJCOA Selection Committee, based on a combination of performance in other recent events.

The EJCOA Youth Championships
are organised by
the English Junior Coaches and Organisers Association
a national non-profit organisation
in partnership with regional junior chess organisations across the country.