**THE CHESS RANKINGS**

Because children
play chess in age groups, in addition to the 7 titles of Champion, Thegn, etc.,
there are 12 ranks, based on the age of the competitors.An older competitor
is estimated to play better than a younger competitor and each year means a
shift of one rung on the ranking ladder. Thus an under 9 bordar would have a
rank of 8, whilst an under 8 bordar, a year younger, would have a lower ranking
of 9.

The table below explains this:

FEUDAL GRADING SYSTEM | ||||||||

U18 | U11 | U10 | U9 | U8 | U7 | WV Conversion | ||

1 | CHAMPION | 50 | ||||||

2 | LORD | C | 47 | |||||

3 | THEGN | L | C | 46 | ||||

4 | VILLAGER | T | L | C | 45 | |||

5 | BORDAR | V | T | L | C | 44 | ||

6 | COTTAR | B | V | T | L | C | 43 | |

7 | SLAVE | Co | B | V | T | L | 42 | |

8 | S | Co | B | V | T | 41 | ||

9 | S | Co | B | V | 40 | |||

10 | S | Co | B | 40 | ||||

11 | S | Co | 40 | |||||

12 | S | 40 |

- Rankings are consistent within age groups
- In comparing different age groups an age difference of 1 year gives a corresponding ranking difference of 1. Thus, an U8 Champion is equivalent to an U9 Lord
- If a tournament consists of players from different age groups, the rankings will reflect the average ages of the group rounded up.
- In mixed age groups, where a player acquires a ranking from a different age group, this will be indicated in his or her title. Thus an U7 winning a Lord's title in an U9 group, will gain a title "Lord9" and his/her ranking for that tournament would be 5.
- Players will gain new titles with each tournament and their ranking will be an average of their latest tournament rank and their previous cumulative rank.
- In merged sections individual section winners will earn the title of Champion but their rank will reflect their score in the tournament.