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Southern Gigafinal 2019 – Information

Southern Gigafinal 2019


Boys (U7 to U10) – Saturday 20th July
Boys (U11 to U18) and ALL girls – Sunday 21st July


Sandown Park Racecourse
KT10 9AJ



Arrival 0900
Briefing in playing hall 0945
Round 1 1000
Round 2 1130
Round 3 1300
Round 4 1430
Round 5 1600
Round 6 1730
Prizegiving ASAP thereafter (estimate 1845)

Please aim to arrive as early as possible to anticipate parking delays and registration queries.


There is plenty of parking at the venue.

Public Transport

Esher rail station is just a 10 minute flat walk from the main entrance. Visitors should turn left out of the station onto Station Road and then right at the T- junction to join the A307 Portsmouth Road. The entrance to Sandown Park is on the right hand side.

Please note that Esher rail station is located outside of Zones 1-6 and that Oyster Cards are not valid when travelling to Esher. A paper ticket must be purchased in advance of travelling.

Food and refreshments

Food and drink will be available to purchase at the venue.

There are several shops and dining options within walking distance of the venue.

Waiting areas

We are expecting upwards of 500 children and at least as many parents to be attending so the event is extremely busy. Waiting areas will be designated and you will be informed of these upon arrival.


Parents / guardians are responsible for their children outside of the playing halls. During the game non-players are not allowed in the playing hall. It is important therefore that you arrange a meeting point with your child so that after their game they know where to find you.

Health and safety

There will be health and safety representatives on site and this will be well sign posted on the day.


Members of the organising team will be clearly identifiable by coloured t-shirts and name badges. Please feel free to approach any of the team with questions and they will be happy to help. Our staff are volunteers working hard to make the day as enjoyable and stress free as possible and we appreciate your help in helping us with that aim.

Parent volunteers

Running an event such as this is a huge undertaking and we would be delighted to receive any offers of help from parents. If you would like to help in any way please contact or please speak to one of the team on the day.

Internet Access

Wi-Fi internet access will be available – further information will be provided nearer the time.

Book Stall

A book stall will be being run by Tim Onions. Should you wish to order something in advance, or have enquiries about his stock, Tim Onions can be contacted as follows:

• Website
• Email
• Phone 01626 865309

Fine Designs

Fine Designs will be running a merchandise stall at the venue where you can purchase branded clothing such as hoodies and t-shirts which are fully customisable. These items have always been extremely popular with the children.


These will be published as soon as possible before the start of the next round. Please do not enter the playing hall until you know your opponent and board number. The easiest way to view pairings will be on – more information will be provided on the day.

General rules and grading

For the tournament rules and grading please click here


Unfortunately, we do get the odd dispute – particularly amongst the younger children. We have have published a disputes policy and code of conduct which we encourage you to read here

Please note that it is a condition of entry that parents and children agree to abide by this policy.