UK Chess Challenge
The UK Chess Challenge is an annual four-stage chess competition for school-age children from the United Kingdom. Michael Basman is credited with creating the original challenge back in 1996 and is still closely connected with the competition. In the final 3 stages, most category winners and runners-up win prizes of a book or money, possibly with a certificate and rosette.
The first stage involves school chess clubs holding a qualifying competition to determine the strongest player for each gender-year combination, e.g. U-11 boys, U-12 girls. Each such player qualifies to enter the county Megafinal competition. For schools without chess clubs, there are alternative competitions within the county that will also enable qualification to the Megafinal.
A one-day Megafinal is held within each UK county to determine the strongest player from the county within each gender / year combination. Each such player is titled Supremo (boys) or Suprema (girls). The top player plus all those scoring 4/6 or better qualify for the Gigafinal.
There are two one-day Gigafinals - one for Northern counties; one for Southern counties. As with the Megafinal, each Gigafinal is held to determine the strongest player for the qualifying region within each gender / year combination. Each such player is titled Ultimo (boys) or Ultima (girls). The Ultimo / Ultima players from each Gigafinal qualify to enter the Terafinal Champions competition. Until 2002, the two runners-up in each category qualified to enter the Terafinal Challengers competition. From 2003, each player scoring 5/6 or better qualifies for the Terafinal Challengers competition.
There are two two-day Terafinal competitions - the Terafinal Champions competition for the Ultimo / Ultima qualifiers from the Gigafinals, and the Terafinal Challengers competition for the runners-up. Over two days, the Champions competition identifies the strongest player in each category. Such players are titled Strat (boys or girls) and usually win a substantial prize.
List of winners
Year Winner 1997 Richard Cleveland 1998 Adam Hunt 1999 Thomas Rendle 2000 Lorin D'Costa 2001 Lorin D'Costa 2002 Lorin D'Costa 2003 Lorin D'Costa 2004 Ben Purton 2005 Stephen Gordon 2006 James Hanley 2007 Peter Poobalasingam 2008 Peter Poobalasingam 2009 Felix Ynojosa 2010 Felix Ynojosa 2011 Yang-Fan Zhou 2012 Brandon Clarke 2013 Marcus Harvey 2014 Marcus Harvey
New 2011 Website
- http://www.ukchesschallenge.com - UK Chess Challenge website