J R Chalmers Grand Prix

J R Chalmers Trophy

jimThe J R Chalmers Trophy will be a Grand Prix competition involving, where possible, all of the  major weekend chess congresses in the TAFCA area, plus the TAFCA League & the TAFCA Allegro Individual championship. The weekend chess congresses organised within the TAFCA area, but not run by TAFCA, represent the wide area of influence over the years that Jim Chalmers had in his role as promoter, organiser and in his long standing position as TAFCA President.





All the rules of this event must not add anything to the burden of weekend congress events and their organisers.

1. This competition is open to paid up members of TAFCA affiliated clubs.

2. Entry is automatic when entering a TAFCA designated Grand Prix event.

3. The trophy shall be won by the player who has the highest number of grand prix points.

4. In the event of a tie at the end of the Grand Prix tournament, then the trophy will be shared.

5. Only “Main list” time-control events are eligible. The one exception to this is the TAFCA Individual Allegro Championship, now designated as our flagship event.

6. To gain points, a player just enters any of the designated TAFCA Grand Prix events. Grand Prix points will be accumulated throughout the events.

7. You must play a minimum of three games in an event for your score to be eligible for Grand Prix points. (excluding the TAFCA Leagues)

8. Your points score in any of the TAFCA designated events will make up your Grand Prix points. (See rule 9 & rule 10).

9. Half point byes and defaults will not count.

10. In TAFCA`s own flagship event (Allegro Individual Championship), all points are doubled (x2), excluding byes & defaults.

11. TAFCA reserve the right to take any measures to facilitate the smooth running of the J R Chalmers Grand Prix Trophy, and will ensure that the rules and conditions are applied fairly.

12. ELIGIBLE EVENTS; TAFCA league divisions; TAFCA Individual Allegro; Any weekend Congresses in the TAFCA area: ie,  The Dundee & Angus Congress; The Perth & Kinross congress; The Glenrothes Congress, etc.

13. Publicity: Information about the Grand Prix will appear on the TAFCA website. There may also be leader board notices at eligible tournaments.

14. Scores: Grand Prix points will be updated on line as soon as the results of an event have been submitted for grading to Chess Scotland. If you think scores are wrong, please contact the Grand Prix organiser immediately.



“Weekend congress” is defined as an event taking place over one weekend.

“Main List” means events taking place with a time control by which it is processed for the main Chess Scotland grading list, ie., not an allegro rated event.


J.R.Chalmers Grand Prix Qualifying events:
Dundee & Angus Congress; Perth Congress; TAFCA League matches;
Players are responsible for checking all information. Contact Ray if any discrepancies are noted.

Updated: 28/12/17: Well not many matches played and no Dundee & Angus Congress on so not too many results to process. Leading at the moment with 3 wins out of 3 league matches is Gordon Thomas (Castlehill). On his coat tails is Gordon Robertson (Dundee) and Ray Noble (Castlehill). Still a long way to go!

Full Spreadsheet: here.

J R Chalmers Grand Prix Roll of Honour

2016-17: – Aaron Gourley J15 (Perth)
2015-16: – David J. Findlay (Dundee)
2014-15: – David J. Findlay (Dundee)
2013-14: – Andrew Burnett (Glenrothes)
2012-13: – Ray Noble (Castlehill, Dundee)