What are the Australian Junior Chess Championships (AJCC)?
Who is eligible to play?
What age group can my child play in?
Who should play?
If your children enjoy chess and chess competitions you should consider entering them into this competition even if you don't think they will win a prize.
Will my child be playing against others of the same age?
Will my child be playing against others of the same chess ability?
Why should I register early?
If you can, registering early is important:
How many championships are there?
Can my U8 / U10 child play in more than one championship event?
Will my child be eligible for the U16 title if he or she enters the U18 championship?
Does my child have to write down the chess moves?
Yes. For some children (especially in the U8 and U10 championships) this will be the first time they have to write down moves. Before you panic or get scared off, it's actually not that hard. The following article gives a good summary of how to do it.
Will the games be available in electronic format from the website?
Given the large number of competitors we expect (200 plus), we won't have the facilities or resources to record all the games in electronic format. We will however record the top boards and make them available on the website. We are currently working out the best way of doing this, but will update this FAQ entry when we have finalised the process.
How is the Lightning competition going to be run?
How is the Problem Solving competition going to be run?The Problem Solving competition may be run as one paper for all age groups (this decision is pending) or as two separate two hour papers as per last year (an U14 / U16 / U18 paper and an U8 / U10 / U12 paper)
Along with the paper, a board and pieces will be supplied to help work out the answers. If it is decided to run 2 different papers children are eligible to win prizes in higher age groups (for example an U8 player is also eligible for U10 and U12 title and prize). Girls are eligible for both Open and Girls prizes.
Who are the tournament arbiters?Chief arbiter: IA Charles Zworestine
Other arbiters: Shaun Curtis, Toby Davies, Matt Gilpin and Jim Ritchie
Can I use an electronic recording device such as a Monroi?
The only electronic recording device a player can use is a Monroi Personal Chess Manager (PCM), as it is FIDE approved. AusJCL has formulated a policy for use of a Monroi in the Australian Junior Chess Championships as follows:
Can I get a half point bye?
You may get a half point by for up to three rounds, before and including round 6. This must be organised before the tournament.
Do my children have to play each other?
Often in tournaments you can request that your children not play each other. However because this tournament is for national titles we are not accepting any special requests of this nature. Sorry, but if you have more than one child in a championship then they may have to play each other. Same applies for the lightning.
Can spectators watch?
Yes, spectators will be welcome to watch all chess from outside the roped off area.
I have registered, how do I make a payment?
You may make payments by cheque, direct credit, credit card or cash in person. Please see the pay section for details.
How much do I have to pay?
Please look at the fees section to calculate how much you have to pay. Note that there are cut-off dates to be eligible for discounted entry fees, if you are making payments after those dates you will have to pay the higher amount. You will also have to add the fees for the various competitions you are entering - for example, the championship, lightning and/or problem solving.
Why have you taken me off the list of entries?
If we have not received payment or been in contact with you for more than seven days after you registered online then we may take you off the entries list as an unconfirmed entry.
Why does my child's name appear in the list of entries before I have made the payment?
Every couple of days we will put new online entries in the entries list. Initially these entries will be marked with a payment due status. Once payment has been received the entry will be confirmed in the list. If the payment is not received within seven days of the entry it may be taken off the list.
What do I do if I forgot to put the player's name in with the payment?
Rules and Regulations
Will the Swiss pairing system be used?
Is each championship FIDE rated?
What is chess etiquette?