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    IAPS Chess
    The longest game of chess was recorded in 1989 in Belgrade, which ended in 269 moves.


IAPS Chess tournament has been running since 1972. The longest chess game theoretically possible is 5,949 moves.

Tournament information

Qualifying for the finals
  • This event incorporates a knockout stage and a final.

  • Age groups
  • The championships has a competition for U8, U9, U10, U11, U12 & U13 competitors.

  • Format of play
  • This is for experienced chess players.
  • On day one, competitors will play five rounds (45 minutes per round total) in the correct age category.
  • On day two, competitors will play five rounds (45 minutes per round total) in four sections A, B, C, D – positions determined by performance in the age groups from the previous day.

  • Merchandise

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  • The official merchandisers for IAPS, who sell branded products both online, and at events, throughout the year. All of the commission made from the merchandise is put directly back into the sports programme, to keep improving the events every year.
  • Entry requirements

  • All competitors must attend an IAPS School.
  • Children may only play in one age group throughout the competition.
  • Only a member of school staff, with a school email address, can enter IAPS sports events.
  • Bookings are made on a first come, first served basis.

  • Date of birth
  • The age of the competitors is taken from the 1 September 2018.

  • National governing body

    The national governing body for chess in England is the English Chess Federation.

    Rules and regulations

    English Chess Federation rules and regulations
  • All IAPS chess championships are conducted under the English Chess Federation rules, including their ruling on gender splits within tournaments.
  • Please read the rules and regulations in full before entering the event.

  • Competitor details
  • Schools must complete their competitors details online 2 weeks prior to the event.
  • The link to submit your competitors details will be in your confirmation email, sent to you immediately after booking online.
  • If you do not receive the confirmation email for any reason, you can log into your account via iaps.uk and re-send yourself the email.

  • IAPS Noticeboard

    We will always email and tweet any urgent information to schools regarding our events e.g. cancellations due to weather.

    We will use this noticeboard to post the same information.

    Important information
  • There is no important news at this time.


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