Chess Scotland

The home of Chess in Scotland

Chess Scotland

The home of Chess in Scotland

Chess Scotland

The home of Chess in Scotland

Chess Scotland Junior Selection Criteria – International Events


Chess Scotland recognise the advantage of junior international competition and endeavour to support international events in the interest of raising the level of chess knowledge and developing sporting and cultural exchange among its junior members.

The International Junior Director and an appointed group of chess selectors will determine which junior international events will be supported by Chess Scotland in the forthcoming season and post these dates on the Chess Scotland web site at the earliest opportunity. It should be noted that these dates may be subject to change by the host Organiser and/or FIDE.

To allow sufficient time for players to prepare for each event, invitations will be distributed, wherever possible, immediately after completion of the player selection process held during the first quarter of the calendar year.


Selection Criteria
Scottish Junior selections will be determined by the Chess Scotland Junior Selectors using the following criteria:

  • A player’s eligibility to represent Chess Scotland at junior international events.
  • A player’s chess playing strength.
  • A player’s capability to compete in international junior competition.
  • The pertinent criteria for selection are not difficult to identify: standard of play, activity and eligibility (age, gender, nationality, membership).
  • Quantity and quality of activity are key inputs to ensure the reliability of grading. To be considered for selection a player must have completed a minimum of 20 graded games over the prior 12 months. In addition, they must have competed in either a FIDE rated event or an adult congress event so that some variety of opponents and styles can be assumed.

Code of Conduct

Participation in any event is subject to the player, parent and any other accompanying person agreeing to any applicable Chess Scotland code of conduct for international junior events, which covers teamwork and other behavioural requirements.  The Junior Director may withdraw a player’s tournament registration at any time and decline to invite players or parents to future championships whom the Head of Delegation reports for behaviour detrimental to good teamwork or other material breaches.



Note: Chess Scotland invitations are a privilege, not a right afforded to any player by virtue of his or her status as a Chess Scotland member. Chess Scotland reserves the right to withhold invitations to any specific event, or to change these criteria without prior notice and to withdraw any participant or an entire team in the interest of health, safety or as a consequence of misconduct.  Please note that if a player does not respond to invitations by the time appointed on the invitation letter, that player may lose the privilege of selection.


  • Citizenship and junior affiliation rules are available on the FIDE and Chess Scotland websites.
  • Selectors will primarily use a player’s adult weekend congress performances as the bench mark for international selection. When a player’s congress results are not available all formats and standards of games played will be used to establish a player’s playing strength. An overall assessment of a player’s performance during the twelve months preceding selection will be used.
  • Assessment of a player’s international competitiveness will be made by comparing the players playing strength against historical performances at previous international events by Scottish players of similar age, gender and playing strength.

Players who wish to be considered for selection are responsible for ensuring:

  • That their membership to Chess Scotland is up to date and valid for the duration of the event (all players who represent Chess Scotland must be members).
  • That contact details (address, telephone, email) are current. (please inform the membership secretary of changes).
  • That all outside Scotland rating results are submitted each season and the Chief Grader is advised of any inaccuracies in either their Scottish or FIDE grades.

Invitational events

Many of the above selection characteristics are taken into consideration but Chess Scotland is also looking to expand the experience of the wider chess playing community and that may mean some of the higher rated players are occasionally not extended an invitation. Chess Scotland uses invitational events, particularly with juniors, to include some of those at the lower range of the age brackets as an opportunity to assess potential and as a team building exercise.

Invitations, or the lack of, to such events are not considered as an indication of future international selection.