There are five rounds, all games played are graded by the ECF (and the top two sections are FIDE rated) for the national grading database. Because of the time control we are usually limited to players rated (standard rating) Under 2200.
- Players in the top section should be Under 2200 and unrated players must be Under 200 ECF, or the national equivalent.
- Players in the second section must be Under 1900 AND must ALSO be Under 160 ECF or the national equivalent.
These are Swiss format tournaments, not knockouts.
Digital clocks and Fischer / cumulative time controls will be used. All moves in 60 minutes per player PLUS 30 seconds per move (roughly a 3.0 hour session). Exceptionally, where digital clocks are not available we will use the time control of all the moves in 90 minutes per player.
Venue will be open approximately 9.30am
(1) 10.30am to 1.30pm
(2) 2.00pm to 5.00pm
(3) 5.30pm to 8.30pm
Venue will be open approximately 10.00am
(4) 11.00am to 2pm
(5) 2.30pm to 5.30pm
Prizes will be paid by bank transfer, so please let us have your bank account number and sort code if you have won a prize, and you can't stay, and we will transfer the prize by BACS.
English Chess Federation (ECF) MEMBERSHIP: FIDE SECTIONS - English players must be Gold or Platinum to take part in FIDE rated events. Players registered with other FIDE nations do not have to join the English Chess Federation, but may find they get a discount when playing in other events, such as Golders Green Rapidplays (all players should usually be ECF Silver or above in rapid events, or pay a supplement).
Players in the FIDE sections who wish to be registered with a FIDE nation other than ENG (e.g. SCO or USA) need to quote a FIN (FIDE Identification Number) with your entry. Non-English players will have to obtain a FIN from their national federation. English players - I will register you with FIDE directly.
ECF MEMBERSHIP: UNDER 135 Ideally you should be a *member of the ECF (SILVER LEVEL or above) to take part* in the Under 135 ECF graded section. If you are not a member you will have to pay extra, and we will pass this amount on to the ECF. Players who *ARE* ECF *Silver* members or above will pay £40.00 to enter.
TO JOIN THE ECF: Ring 01424 775222 to join or visit www.englishchess.org.uk and ask for Gary or Andrew. All the games played are *graded by the ECF* and part of the ECF Grand Prix. TOP TWO SECTIONS are also *rated by FIDE* in their monthly standard rating list.
Ring 01424 775 222 to join the ECF or visit http://www.englishchess.org.uk/.
Plus rating prizes based on the ratings of the players entered. Ties for rating prizes will be broken by a method approved by FIDE which will be announced before the start of round two. This is usually lowest rating wins the prize outright.
In the Under 135 ECF Graded section the prizes are based on entries, but usually mirrors the other sections.
Please note that if you have not provided any information about your rating or grading, you may not be eligible for any prizes. If you have no standard FIDE rating, it is your responsibility to provide as much information as possible about your rating or grading history.
No player may win more than one prize in each event. The Organisers decision is final in all matters. The organiser reserves the right to refuse any entry without explanation.
Adam Raoof (IA, IO), Tim Dickinson (FIDE Arbiter) and Norman Went (ECF Arbiter)
FIDE RATING and ECF GRADER
FOOD & DRINK
Courtesy of Norman and yElena Went.