Grand Prix 3 – Eastbourne

November 27, 2021 @ 9:45 am – 5:30 pm
Eastbourne College
Eastbourne College
Old Wish Rd
Eastbourne BN21 4JY (SATNAV BN21 4JX )
Grand Prix 3 - Eastbourne @ Eastbourne College

**** Important Information about this venue ****

Our hosts, Eastbourne College, have asked us to share some important information with you to ensure the smooth running of the event.

Firstly, there is no dedicated car park at the location. They have ensured us however that there is plenty of parking available in the streets nearby, there is also a paid car park if you wish to use it. We are suggesting that you plan to arrive a few minutes earlier than usual.

Our hosts have also requested us to forward their covid policy.

Eastbourne College COVID POLICY:

We ask all visitors to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test result taken within 48 hours of arrival (72 hours if testing routinely, twice weekly). Whichever approved test you use (PCR, NHS or non-NHS Rapid Antigen Test, or nasal-only lateral flow test are some examples), please have one of the following to show to School staff before entering the building:

  • an email or text message from the NHS – usually obtained once you have registered your lateral flow test result here
  • a date-stamped photo of a negative test result
  • printed proof of a negative test result

Thank you for your understanding.

In terms of catering, the parents waiting area is going to be in the cafe at the college and will be staffed by their usual team, who have generously agreed to come in on their day off to help us. They will be serving a limited range of snack and drinks, please feel free to bring your own supplies.

Thank you for taking the time to read this information and we are looking forward to seeing you all on Saturday.

What is a ‘Grand Prix’?

The Sussex Junior Chess ‘Grand Prix’ comprises a series of 6 Open tournaments throughout the year. Tournaments are standalone, but a player’s best four results count towards a Grand Prix final placing at the end of the season.  Silver salvers are awarded to the top three placed players in each age group with medals for those competing in at least five of the six events.


Open to anyone aged under 18 years at midnight on August 31st 2021.

Which section should I enter – Under 11 Minor & Major, U18 Minor & Major?

Minor sections are for weaker players and those new to tournament chess.

The U18 Minor is restricted to players graded 100 or less on the most recent ECF grading list.

Players selected to the U9 and U11 County squads will be expected to enter the U11 Major section.

Winners will be expected to move up to a higher section in subsequent events.

The tournament organisers reserve the right to place a player in the major section if they consider this to be appropriate.  A player may enter a higher section if they wish.

In the event of low entries, sections may be merged.


U18 Major and U18 Minor:  Cash prizes for 1st, 2nd, 3rd and grading prizes

U11 Major and U11 Minor: Trophies for the top three places in each section. Trophies for the top placed player in each age group from U7 – U10 from either (but not both) of the under 11 sections.

Trophy for the top girl from either (but not both) of the under 11 sections.

Rate of Play

Fischer time control – 25 mins plus 5 secs a move. ECF rapidplay rules will apply.  A brief explanation is always given at the start of the competition for those not familiar with chess clocks.


Round 1 10:00 – 11:00 Round 2 11:15 – 12:15
Round 3 12:45 – 13:45 Round 4 14:00 – 15:00
Round 5 15:15 – 16:15 Round 6 16:30 – 17:30
Prize giving approximately 5:45

Please note 9:45 registration to ensure a prompt start at 10:00

Unregistered players arriving after 9:45 will miss round 1. A half point bye may be awarded at the organisers’ discretion

Entry fees:

Entry Fee Early Entry

(5 or more days before the event)

Late Entry

(within 5 days of the event)

1 junior £14 £18
Family Ticket * £26 £34

* Covers 2 – 5 siblings living at the same address

Our volunteers work hard in advance of each event to ensure you have the best possible experience. Entries close at 6pm the day before the event to allow time to prepare the tournament. Entries on the day cause considerable disruption and result in the event starting late.

Therefore, players who turn up on the day without prior registration incur an additional late fee of £7 per player.

Supervision of Children

The organisers and their helpers cannot accept responsibility for juniors.

Children under the age of 8 years will not be allowed to participate unless supervised by a parent/guardian throughout the whole event.

Children over the age of 8 years may be supervised by an adult nominated by their parents (though this cannot be a coach). However, parents/guardians should note that they are still ultimately responsible for their children at all times and in all places during this event (including whilst their children are in session with a coach or playing a game during a tournament).

Photographs and Database

Entry to this event is on the understanding that results and photographs may be used for publicity including in the press, and on our website. If you do not wish your child to be photographed please let an organiser know at registration. Your details will also be held on  our database for the purposes of advising you of events, and County team selection. We never share your details with third parties.


A comprehensive range of hot and cold snacks is provided at all SJC events including sandwiches, confectionery and hot and cold drinks.


The Organisers and their helpers accept no responsibility for any damage, theft or accident to the person or property of any competitor, trainee or other visitor at this event. Nor are they responsible for the effects of actions of anyone else attending this event.

SJC Bursary Fund

The SJC Bursary fund has been established to assist Sussex families in need with expenses.  We welcome enquiries in strict confidence to

ECF Grading

All games will be submitted to the ECF for grading.