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How does the grand prix work?
To download the details of how the Grand Prix works click here.


• Promote chess in the most positive way possible to junior players.
• Provide high quality competition for junior players with the opportunity to progress
• Provide access to junior players to competition, coaching and national competition
• Promote competition in good quality environments with a high standard of manners, sportsmanship and respect for others.
• Provide equal opportunities for all juniors to play chess regardless of gender, culture, race or background.
• Through the grand prix structure identify players who can represent the county at Under 9, Under 11, Under 14, 16 and 18 level and represent the girls’ county teams.

The YJCA has a zero tolerance of bad manners, cheating or abusive and poor behaviour. Any players or parents exhibiting such behaviours will be asked to leave any competition immediately and barred from future competitions.
The YJCA follows the safeguarding policy of the ECF. Please see the policy here.


John Hipshon:
YJCA Organiser, Grand Prix Organiser, Leeds Junior Chess Club Organiser. ECF Accredited Coach and Arbiter. Yorkshire Chess Association Junior Secretary.
Experienced Junior Organiser, now running the Grand Prix for the fourteenth  year. John plays chess for Alwoodley Chess Club and is chairman of Alwoodley. John is a retired teacher with 33 years experience including 13 as a Head. He is also a level 2 sports' coach.
Cath Leverton:
Cath has many years experience in running junior tournament and is widely regarded as one of the best administrators in the business.
David Pedro:
David is a History Teacher in Harrogate and is head of his department, and a coach at Leeds Junior Chess Club. He is former Essex Junior Chess player, and currently plays for Alwoodley Chess Club.
Amanda Hipshon:
Amanda is a qualified arbiter. She is also a former English Girls' Chess Champion and highly experience player. She is a data analyst for Yorkshire Water.
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