Here are the current standings in the Grand Prix, series 19/20.
The points accrued are an average of every game played during each event over the course of a season. At each Grand Prix every game is played to 11, whether it’s just one game per match, two games, best of three or best of five.
Then a playing bonus of one point per Grand Prix is added to this average, giving an overall standing. Hence it is possible to have a relatively low game score average but still be quite high in the leaderboard: you have to be “in it to win it” as the saying goes.
Once a player has outgrown the grade they’re in they will be encouraged to move up to the next one. When they do, they’ll keep a percentage of the points accrued in their original grade:
E -> D: 60%
D -> C: 65%
C -> B: 70%
B -> A: 75%
The theory being that the higher the grade, the harder won each point is, so the more deserving they are to be carried over.
Sometimes a child is reluctant to move up, for a variety of reasons: they may just want to stay because they know they’ll win, and aren’t all that concerned about not being challenged. It depends on the mindset of the player – some will want to move up early, knowing that to begin with they’ll get soundly beaten; whilst others wish to remain in their comfort zone.
The most common reason for resisting a move upwards is because the player thinks he or she will hardly get a look-in at the higher level – a concern that is almost always unfounded: after all, the reason we want them to play higher is because they’re inflicting heavy defeats against the other children in their current position, so clearly their standard has improved significantly.
In instances such as this we will try to let them play in their original grade AND the grade above at the same event – in our experience this settles the matter as realisation dawns that the children above aren’t all that much better after all.