Congress Details

In aid of Henderson Court, an Age UK Camden resource centre. Part of the English Chess Federation Grand Prix. The venue is Henderson Court Day Centre, 102 Fitzjohn's Ave, London, Greater London NW3 6NS, UK.
 
FORMAT
There are five rounds, all games are FIDE rated and graded by the ECF for the national grading database. Because of the time control we are usually limited to players rated (standard rating) Under 2200. Unrated players should be Under 200 ECF, or the national equivalent. Swiss format tournaments, not knockouts.

BYES: if you cannot make a round (some people like to get an early night on Saturday) you can ask for one half-point bye in advance by informing the arbiter. Not available in the final round!

TIME CONTROL
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.

ROUND TIMES

Saturday 

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

Sunday 
(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.
 
TO ENTER
Details on this page. Please note that until you pay your entry fee, you haven't entered!

If you are English, then you must be a member of the English Chess Federation (GOLD category) to participate. Players from other nations don't have to join the ECF but may find it useful when playing in other events, such as Golders Green Rapidplays (all players have to be Silver or above in rapid events). 

Ring 01424 775 222 to join the ECF or visit http://www.englishchess.org.uk/.
 
PRIZES
1st £200, 2nd £100 - these prizes will be shared in the event of a tie.

There will be AT LEAST two rating prizes of £80.00 the rating bands which will be announced before the start of round two, 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. 

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.

ORGANISER
Adam Raoof
328 Watford Way, Hendon, London NW4 4UY.
07855 036 537

ARBITERS
Adam Raoof and Geoff Gammon (ECF Arbiter) and Tim Dickinson (ECF Arbiter).

FIDE RATING and ECF GRADER
Adam Raoof. 

FOOD & DRINK
Courtesy of Norman and yElena Went.
 
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