Saturday 15th September and
Sunday 16th September
All participants must play on both days
Holiday Inn Hotel
We have secured preferential rates at the venue and we recommend that you take up this option if you can using the link below
The hotel has:
• Wireless internet
• Business center
• Health/Fitness center
• Indoor pool
Round 1 1000
Round 2 1300
Round 3 1600
Round 4 0930
Round 5 1230
Round 6 1530
Prizegiving ASAP thereafter (estimate 1830)
Please aim to arrive as early as possible to anticipate parking delays and registration queries.
There are five sections:
You will be automatically be placed into your age appropriate category based on the same guidelines as in previous events (ie based on the 2017/18 school year).
If you wish to play in an older section, please email us at email@example.com.
60 minutes for the whole game plus an additional 10 seconds per move starting from move one.
There is parking available at the hotel.
Food and refreshments
The hotel will be serving hot and cold food and drinks throughout both days. Please avail yourself of the hotel catering and facilities during your stay and do not bring your own food and drink into the hotel.
Parents / guardians are responsible for their children outside of the playing halls. During the game parents are not allowed in the playing hall. Please arrange a meeting point with your child so that after their game they know where to find you.
Live boards and commentary
In each section the top few boards will be on live digital boards. This enables the moves to be relayed instantaneously to the internet. The leading chess broadcaster chess24 (chess24.com) will be broadcasting the moves. We recommend you download the app so that you can follow the games live.
We will also be providing a commentary room where Grandmasters will be discussing the games in progress. These are interactive sessions so please join in, ask questions and make some requests!
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 chess-results.com – more information will be provided on the day.
Tiebreaks and rules
The tiebreak rules are the same as they have been throughout the competition. Please note there are no play-offs and prize money is not shared by players finishing on the same score – positions are determined by the tiebreak rules. Please familiarize yourselves with these.
Prizes and Prize Giving
There are cash prizes available in each section for the top five finishers and the top placed girl. Everyone who is eligible for a prize is encouraged to attend the prize giving.
For section winners a ‘perpeptual trophy’ will be awarded.
Players can not win more than one prize and will receive the highest prize they are eligible for. For example, if a girl wins the under 10 section she will win the top prize of £750, and the next highest placed girl will win the top girl prize of £375.
For details of cash prizes please see the rules section.
This is an ECF standard play graded event.
Unfortunately, we do get the odd dispute – particularly amongst the younger children. For 2018 we 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.