Grand Prix Cup Tournament Series

Last Updated: December 11th, 2011 by Daniel Rensch

To view the 2009-2010 Grand Prix Cup Standings, click here…

To view the 2010-2011 Grand Prix Cup Standings, click here…


  • Plaques will be awarded to Top 3 players from each section.
  • 1st Place in each section will also receive a Master Trek Grand Prix Cup All-Star Jacket/Sweatshirt.
  • 1st Place All-Star in each section — names engraved on the Grand Prix Cup.

The MVP prizes for  1000-1199; 1200-1399; 1400-1699; and 1700-1999 are determined by the best overall performance from each section through out a given season:

Award Ceremony will always take place at the first Master Trek Grand Prix Cup tournament of the following season.


  • The August 1st 2011 to June 1st 2012 U.S.C.F. Rating Supplements will be used when evaluating rating point increases for the 2009-2010 Grand Prix Cup Season.
  • In the event that a player does not have an official August Rating, either the July or September Rating supplements will be used. The higher rating will always be chosen. In the event that the player does not have an official July, August or September rating, the June 2011, May 2011, April 2011, etc will be used. For questions, please contact
  • Players are eligible for the prizes listed in their particular rating class and section as of the August 1st 2011 U.S.C.F. Rating Supplement. (See above note for more details.)
  • Players must compete in at least 6 of 10 Master Treks during the Grand Prix Cup Season to be eligible for all Grand Prix Cup Awards.
  • A player must compete in at least one tournament in their “rating class” and section in order to be eligible for prizes in  that section. For more information and questions, please contact
  • Only K-12 Scholastic players are eligible for prizes in 1000-1199 Section, 1200-1399 Section, 1400-1699 Section, and 1700-1999.
  • Master Trek Grand Prix Cup entry fees must be paid in full in order to be eligible for all Grand Prix Cup prizes. Players paying the “Adult Participation” entry fee will not be eligible for trophies or Grand Prix Cup awards.
  • Rating point bonuses start at 1000, to avoid inflation. (Example: Increase of 927 to 1127 would be calculated as a 127 point increase.) For more questions and/or explanations please contact
  • Due to the importance of finding a “clear winner” when rewarding Grand Prix Cup Points, ACE CHESS will implement an “Armageddon” Blitz game to decide who receives first place. Rather than letting Tie-Breaks decide, an Armageddon Blitz game is as follows: White receives 6 minutes, while black receives 5 minutes (5 second time delay may be used upon request), but black gets draw odds (meaning a draw equals a victory for black). All games are therefore decisive, and an obvious winner is quickly presented. The U.S.C.F. recommended Tie-Breaks will still determine all other final places.
  • In the event that a player ties for first place, but does not stay around to play the Armageddon Blitz game, first place bonus points will automatically be awarded to the other player.
  • In the event of a tie between an eligible Grand Prix Cup participant and a non-eligible player, the first place bonus points will automatically be awarded to the eligible participant, regardless of final standings by tie-breaks. This only applies for first place, however.
  • In the event that ties are reached in the final Grand Prix Cup Standings at the end of a given season, the following tie-break system will be used to determine all awards:
  1. Number of 1st Place finishes 3 points.
  2. Total Top 5 finishes 3 points.
  3. Total rating points gained 5 points.

In the event that a clear winner is still not determined after tie breakers have been implemented:

Overtime TIE-BREAKER: Total number of Master Trek tournaments participated in by player(s).

After which, if the tie is still not broken, prizes will be split equally between the players. Plaques and Jackets will be awarded to both, and both players will have their names engraved onto the Cup as Co-Champions.



  • 50-74 pts: 2 GPP
  • 75-99 pts: 3 GPP
  • 100-124 pts: 5 GPP
  • 125-149 pts: 6 GPP
  • 150-174 pts: 7 GPP
  • 175-199 pts: 8 GPP
  • 200-224 pts: 10 GPP
  • 225-249 pts: 11 GPP
  • 250-274 pts: 12 GPP
  • 275-299 pts: 13 GPP
  • 300-324 pts: 15 GPP
  • 325-349 pts: 16 GPP
  • 350-399 pts: 18 GPP
  • 400+ pts: 20 GPP


  • 1st Place – 5 Grand Prix Points.
  • 2nd Place – 3 Grand Prix Points.
  • 3rd-5th Place 2 Grand Prix Points.
  • Players who finish with an equal point total as 5th Place – 2 Grand Prix Points.
  • Three or more 1st Place Finishes (in any section): 3 GPP.
  • Five or more 2nd-5th Place Finishes (in any section): 3 GPP.



American Chess Events, LLC urges all players to compete in their particular rating group’s section. Although players will not necessarily be prevented from playing “up”, no bonus or sympathy points are rewarded to players playing “out of their section”. Players must also be within 50 points (updated U.S.C.F. Ratings used) of the section that they wish to play up in.

For example: In the rare event that we are forced to merge sections (due to a lack of participation in one section) players will still be competing for the prizes and Grand Prix Points in the section in which they registered. For questions regarding this rule, feel free to contact

As with any good system, we will be evolving as we learn from our mistakes. Minor adjustments may be made from season to season, and we have already made many changes during the invention process. ACE Chess reserves the right to make continued improvements and/or changes before, during and after seasons as we see fit to do so.

By registering and participating in the Master Trek Grand Prix Cup tournaments, you are agreeing to comply with each particular season’s Guidelines, Bonus Point Systems, and Rules stated above.