Chess Kids Superstar™ 1600 – 2400
Superstars receive scholarships from Chess Kids in the form of free coaching, books, entry fees to key tournaments and cash contributions to (international) travel expenses. There is an expectation that Superstars demonstrate leadership, are role-models and give back their time and experience to assist the next generation of Superstars.
Junior Master™ (Age x 100 + 100) 1200 – 1600
Players who reach this level are awarded the title of Junior Master™. A Junior Master needs to join an Adult Chess Club, start playing Open Weekend Tournaments and commit to dedicated self-study. Most will have a private coach and mentor with whom they work on a regular basis. Tournaments such as the Australian Junior Championships (9 days) and RJ Shield Junior Masters (4 days) are priorities.
Chess Kids Elite™ (Age x 100) 800 – 1200
At this level players are learning to record games and slow down. Games lasting one-hour are common and coaching becomes player-specific. Students should be starting to buy chess books and doing some self-guided practice and study. Most Elite players will be highly competitive in the RJ Shield ELITE.
To qualify for Chess Kids Elite a player must either:
a) Have a rating of Age x 100
b) Score 5 wins in an Interschool or RJ Shield tournament
Chess Kids recommended Adult Events for 2010
RJ Shield™ 400 – 800
The RJ Shield novice tournament is held on the last Sunday of every month. Running from 1pm – 5pm in age-groups. There are lots of trophy prizes, lucky prizes and general coaching to get kids used to tournament play and encourage those with an interest.
School club / Regional Interschool 0 – 400
At this level it is all about inspiring a passion for chess and a desire to take a step up to the next level of the pyramid. It is critical that players receive structured coaching at this level so good habits are established.
Interschool events also have a “pathway” taking players from Regional (0-800) to State Championships (800-1600) and National Championships (1200-2000).
At all levels players need to find a balance between structured coaching/study and competitive play. Early on the focus is on play, shifting more to coaching and study as you move up the pyramid. Critically important is to have a social network, peer-group or rivals with whom you can compete and improve together.