Tournament Information

General Information


Registration on arrival is not required. Please come to Fyson Blum Hall when you arrive - this will be where parents can base themselves for the day and where you will find our cafeteria. Children will be directed to the playing areas in time for the first round.


Welcome address at 09:20 on Saturday 5th October.


Prize Giving 17:30 or later on Saturday 5th October (U7 event only) and Sunday 6th October (all other events). Attendance at Prize Giving compulsory for all winners. No prizes will be sent out after the event.


Round Times


Under 7 - Saturday only

Round Times:

Saturday            10:00, 11:10, 12:20, 13:50, 15:00, 16:10

Time control:    All moves in 30 minutes


Under 8 - Sunday only

Round Times:

Sunday              10:00, 11:10, 12:20, 13:50, 15:00, 16:10

Time control:    All moves in 30 minutes


Under 9 & Under 10

Round Times:

Saturday            9:30, 12:20, 15:10

Sunday              9:30, 12:20, 15:10

Time control:    60 minutes plus 10 second increment per move


Under 11, Under 13, Under 15 & Under 18

Round Times:

Saturday            9:30, 13:00, 16:30

Sunday              10:00, 13:30

Time control:    80 minutes plus 10 second increment per move


Tiebreaks (for trophies only): 1. Sum of Progressives. 2. Sum of Opponents.

FIDE rules are followed in calculating tiebreaks.

Age Sections


Ages as at 1st September 2024.  Quick section calculator as follows:


U7 - Year 2 and below *as at the Congress date*

U8 - Year 3 and below

U9 - Year 4 and below

U10 - Year 5 and below

U11 - Year 6 and below

U13 - Year 8 and below

U15 - Year 10 and below

U18 - Year 13 and below

Entry Fees & Prizes


U7, U8:

Entry Fee: £24 / £22 for ECF members

Trophy prizes for first four places


U9, U10:

Entry Fee: £30 / £28 for ECF members

Prizes: 1st £60, 2nd £40, 3rd £25, 4th £15


U11, U13, U15, U18:

Entry fee: £30 / £28 for ECF members [U11 and above must be Gold members to be eligible for discounted entry]

Prizes: 1st £150, 2nd £100, 3rd £60, 4th £30


We reserve the right to reduce/increase prizes according to entry numbers.


Best Game prize: £50 + medal

Games to be submitted for consideration by entrants. To be judged by IM Harry Grieve.


Registrations must be received by 7pm on Thursday 3rd October 2024.  No registrations accepted on the day.


Early entry is strongly advised. We have limited space and will close entries once we reach capacity.


A Best Girl trophy will be awarded in every age section


The Under 11 tournament is a Qualifier for the National Chess Junior Squad Trials (Years 5 and 6 only)


The Under 13 and Under 15 sections offer half-norm opportunities to join the National Chess Junior Squad (Years 7 and above only)


All events are ECF rated


U11, U13, U15 and U18 events are FIDE rated


Top boards in U15 and U18 sections will be live-streamed





Once again we will have a bookstall available throughout the event, this year run by Chess & Bridge: London Chess Centre. Featuring a wide range of chess sets, books, and gifts, this shop has everything you need to improve your game. 44 Baker street, London, W1U 7RT, 0207 486 7015


Data Protection


Information supplied on the registration form may be held on a computer for the purpose of national and/or international rating, plus selected games and photographs of the event may be used to publicise this and future events.

Your email address will be used solely for the purposes of sending information about this event.

It is a condition of entry that players agree to the above and to their rating information being published on this and the ECF/FIDE websites.

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