Entitlement to Play in the British Championships
Only players who fulfil one of the following criteria shall have the right of entry to the Championship sections of the Annual Congresses:
(a) British Citizenship, or
(b) British Overseas Territories Citizenship, or
(c) Citizenship of Ireland, or
(d) not less than one year’s continuous ordinary residence in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland ending on the 30th June in the calendar year of the Championship in question, or
(e) not less than one year’s continuous ordinary residence in Ireland ending on the 30th June in the calendar year of the Championship in question, or
(f) not less than one year’s continuous ordinary residence in the Channel Islands ending on the 30th June in the calendar year of the Championship in question, or
(g) not less than one year’s continuous ordinary residence in the Isle of Man ending on the 30th June in the calendar year of the Championship in question
Section A: Qualification from the British Championships
1 – British Champions
2 – British Ladies/Women’s Champions
3 – Top 20 players and ties in the previous year’s British Championship
4 – Top 10 players and ties in the previous year’s Major Open
5 – 2019 British Under 21 Champion
6 – 2019 British Under 18 Champion
7 – 2019 British Under 16 Champion
8 – 2019 British Over 50 Champion
For A3 and A4, only players playing in all rounds will be considered.
Section B: Qualification by FIDE Title on 1st July, 2019
1 – Grandmasters
2 – Women’s Grandmasters
3 – International Masters
4 – Women’s International Masters
5 – FIDE Masters rated 2300 or higher on the rating list published on 1st July, 2019
6 – Women’s FIDE Masters rated 2100 or higher on the rating list published on 1st July, 2019
Section C: Qualification from the latest National Championships
1 – 2019 English Champion
2 – 2019 Guernsey Champion
3 – 2019 Irish Champion
4 – 2019 Isle of Man Champion
5 – 2019 Jersey Champion
6 – 2019 Scottish Champion
7 – 2019 Ulster Champion
8 – 2020 Welsh Champion
Note – the above list shows the expected last National Championship of each BICC member before 1st July, 2020. Please contact your respective Federations for clarification.
Section D: Qualification from the English Chess Unions
1 – 2019/20 East Anglian Chess Union Champion
2 – 2019/20 Midland Counties Chess Union Champion
3 – 2019/20 Northern Counties Chess Union Champion
4 – 2019/20 Southern Counties Chess Union Champion
5 – 2019/20 West of England Chess Union Champion
Section E: Qualification from FIDE title norm tournaments
The highest-scoring eligible player not already qualified under Sections A-D above from each standardplay open tournament between 1st July 2019 and 30th June 2020 within the British Isles or British Overseas Territories where FIDE title norms are available, provided that the player achieves at least a 60% score in the event.
If there is a tie for the highest-scoring eligible player, all tied players will qualify.
At the time of writing the list of such events is expected to be –
1 – 2019 South Wales International
2 – 2019 Scottish Open Championship
3 – 2019 DCCA Open (Paignton)
4 – 2019 Isle of Man International
5 – 2019 London Chess Classic
6 – 2019/20 Hastings International
7 – 2020 Gibraltar Masters
8 – 2020 Jersey Masters
Section F: Other Qualification
(a) 4NCL (2019-2020)
Any player who achieves a tournament performance rating (TPR) of 2300 or higher achieved over a minimum of 7 games.
(b) Other FIDE Rated Open Congresses (completed 1st July 2019 – 30th June 2020) with a field of 25 players or over
Any player who achieves a TPR of 2300 or higher achieved over a minimum of 4 games.
For both (a) and (b) the calculation of the TPR shall be as in the FIDE rating regulations subject to the following additional rules –
(i) A player who has no FIDE rating will be assigned a conversion of his ECF grade (using the official formula) or other national grade.
(ii) The rating of any opponent not covered by (i) shall be taken as 1000.
(iii) Wins against low rated players may be discarded provided at least the minimum number of games remain.
(iv) Games played after the qualifying standard is achieved may be discarded.
Section G: Qualification by Nomination – Wildcards
1 – One wildcard may be nominated by each of the English Chess Federation’s Director of Home Chess and the Manager of the British Championships.
2 – Two wildcards may be nominated by the host Federation.
Period of Qualification
Qualifiers from Sections C-F may play either in the Championship they qualify for, or for the immediately following Championship. Players who do not play in the Championship in the year they qualify for will be deemed to have not qualified for the purposes of calculating the following year’s qualifiers. Players who do not play in the Championship in the year they qualify, who then qualify again for the immediately following Championship will be deemed to have lost their original qualification.