What is the "NSCF Grand Prix"?
The NSCF Grand Prix is an annual contest sponsored by the National Scholastic Chess Foundation. It rewards highly active and high-scoring tournament players by awarding "Grand Prix points" to the top finishers in NSCF-conducted tournaments.

How are Grand Prix points awarded?
The NSCF Grand Prix competition is segmented by grade categories. Players in all sections that award trophies are eligible for Grand Prix points. The number of points awarded to a given score is based on the strength of the section a player competes in. Regardless of how many different sections a player competes in throughout the tournament season, a single cumulative point score is tabulated for that player, and compared to others in the same grade category.

For sectional events played during the 2017-18 NSCF Grand Prix tournament season, points are awarded according to the following table:

Nov-17

4

3.5

3

2.5

2

1.5

1

0.5

0

Future Masters

   

2000

1588

1260

1000

630

500

0

Championship

1260

1000

794

630

500

315

250

0

0

Reserve

565

449

356

283

224

141

112

0

0

Primary

356

283

224

178

141

89

71

0

0

Booster

200

158

125

100

79

48

38

0

0

Primary Novice

158

125

100

79

63

40

31

0

0

K-1

158

125

100

79

63

40

31

0

0

                                   

 Different tables are used for grade-level events, namely the 2018 Greenwich City and Westchester County Championships. The Grand Prix Tables and Formulas page presents these tables and explains the formulas and rationale used to construct the tables.

To find your cumulative Grand Prix point score,

  •    Find the row for your section and the column for your score in that section. For example, a score of 3 out of 4 in a 4-round Reserve section is awarded 356 points. Awarded and requested byes, as well as games forfeited to you, count in your score. Note however that a result of a single ½ point, however obtained, does not count in a 4-round event.
  •    Add your bonus to your awarded points. The bonus is based on the number of events in which you played. For the 2017-18 season the bonus is a cumulative 2% per event played, applied to the points earned in each event (this differs from the 2016-17 season, which added the bonus to your cumulative points.)
  •    Add these points to the Grand Prix points you have accumulated from earlier events. The resulting total, if among the leaders in a section (the top 40 or so), is published each week on the Grand Prix standings page.

For example: Ashley, a second grader, plays in four tournaments during the Fall.

  •    In the first tournament, she plays in the Primary Novice section and scores 2 wins and 2 losses for a total score of 2. Examining the above table, we can see she is awarded 63 Grand Prix points. We add a bonus of 2%  and round to 64 points.
  •    In the second tournament, she scores 2 wins, a draw and a loss for a score of 2.5 and is awarded 79 more points. We add her cumulative bonus of 4% and round to 82. Her cumulative points are now 64+82=146.
  •    In the third tournament, having attended some NSCF classes, she outclasses everyone and scores a perfect 4-0 to win the Primary Novice section. She is awarded 158 points plus a 6% bonus, giving 167 points. Her cumulative points are now 313.
  •    In the fourth tournament, she moves up to the stronger Primary section, where she scores 3-1; her chess teacher is thrilled! She is awarded 224 plus 8% = 242 more points. She now has 64+82+171+242 =555 Grand Prix points, and finds herself listed among the top leaders in the Second Grade competition.

If qualified, Ashley may also choose to play in higher-rated sections throughout the season. All Grand Prix points earned in those sections will be added to her final score, but being a second grader she only competes for the Second Grade Grand Prix awards.

How many awards are there?

  •    All winners receive attractive plaques with the winner's name engraved. They will be awarded in seven categories, as follows:
      K-1 (pre-K thru 1st): Top 5 plus ties, plus top kindergartner, if not the category winner.
      Second and Third Grades Top 5 plus ties in each category.
      Fourth and Fifth Grades Top 5 plus ties in each category.
      Middle School (grades 6-8): Top 5 plus ties, plus top 6th grader, if not the category winner.
      High School (grades 10-12): Top 2 plus ties.
  •    The top player in each category will be recognized as a Category Champion, and the top K (or pre-K) and 6th graders will each be recognized as a Grade Champion, IF that person is not the champion for that category. A player may win only one award. If the grade champion finishes 2nd-5th, this will be instead of the place plaque. For example, if a sixth grader finishes 2nd in the Middle School category there will be a Middle School champion, a Sixth Grade champion, and 3rd-5th place awards in the Middle School category. If a category champion is also a grade championship qualifier there will be no separate award for the grade. 
  •    Every player who receives a plaque will get a free entry in the Grand Prix Awards Ceremony tournament, which is held the following Fall.
  •    The Grade and Category champions will each receive additional prizes of gift certificates.

Important: All awards are based on a minimum of five events played by the end of the 2017-18 season. This represents about a third of the events available at the start of the season.

What tournaments are on the NSCF Grand Prix circuit?
All tournaments entitled "NSCF Scholastic Grand Prix tournaments" which can be found on the 2017-18 Tournaments page.

How will players and parents be informed of the standings after each tournament?

As soon as possible after each tournament, GP points will be calculated and the leader's total point scores posted at Grand Prix Standings. In addition, the bulletin boards at selected Grand Prix tournaments will be posted. The standings will list the top 40 or so of the players in each grade category.

What if a dispute arises regarding the rules and how they affect the standings?

The NSCF Executive Director reserves the right to unilaterally resolve all disputes regarding the Grand Prix. As a general guideline, rule changes will not be made in mid-season, but helpful suggestions will be considered for the future.

How do I sign up?

Simply register for and play in a NSCF Grand Prix tournament, and you are automatically part of the Grand Prix competition. The tournament schedule and registration procedure can be found on the 2017-18 Tournaments page.

 

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