The Gazette - May 2014

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Edited by Julie Leonard
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All Under One Roof

This list should not be treated as definitive and is only as complete as I can make it whilst complying with gazette deadlines. You would be well advised to keep an eye on the ECF calendar yourselves. The quickest way to find the calendar is actually to go on to and type, for example, ECF calendar May 2014 into the search box. The following events all take place in hotels, meaning that the accommodation and the tournament itself are at the same venue.

Castle Chess

These are organised by Tony and Barbara Corfe. Tony and Barbara are well used to having visually impaired participants in their events. I have also found that other participants in Castle Chess events have got to know and befriended BCA players.

26th – 28th September, 6th Portsmouth Congress. Although this is advertised as the 6th Portsmouth Congress, it is in fact being staged in a family-run hotel called the Lysses House Hotel, High Street, Fareham. The usual grading bands for each section apply, so there’s an open which also has an U180 section, the major is for those under 160 with an intermediate section for U140s, and a minor section for those with a grade less than 125 with a challengers section for U100s.

e2e4 Events

I’m afraid the e2e4 website gives very few details of these congresses and is difficult to navigate with a screen reader. I had to ask Gill to look on the website for me and the details quoted below are those she could find.

9th – 11th May 2014, High Wycombe Congress, de Vere Uplands House, Ashes Road, High Wycombe.

23rd – 26th May, Reading Congress, de Vere Wokefield Park, Goodboy’s Lane, Reading.

6th – 8th June and 4th – 6th July, Sunningdale Congress. I am not 100% sure as to the venue for these congresses. The website simply says Ascot, Windsor and Maidenhead, but the postcode quoted is that of the Sunningdale Park Hotel which is near to the Ascot race course.

Other Events

Rather more luck with these!

6th – 8th June, 18th South Lakes Congress, the Cumbria Grand Hotel, Grange-Over-Sands, Cumbria.

I know that several BCA members have attended this event and speak highly of it. This year’s event will be a 5-round Swiss with five sections, and there is a reference to extra veteran prizes in each section. Contact Trevor Blower.

6th – 8th June, 8th Steve Boniface Memorial, City Centre Holiday Inn, Bond Street, Bristol.

A 5-round Swiss with three sections: an open, a major (U155) and a minor (U125). Contact Graham Mill-Wilson.

13th - 15th June, 3rd Grand Bournemouth Congress, Carrington House Hotel, Knyveton Road, Bournemouth. In the past this has been held during the last weekend in April, but although the dates have changed, everything else distinctive about this tournament has remained the same with significant amounts of prize money on offer for section winners. The hotel seems to be offering special rates for those who book before 13th May. Telephone the hotel on 01202 369988 quoting chess tournament.

To enter download the Word form from the website, or you can use the link to the accessible online entry form at that web address. You can also email

25th – 30th August, 25th South Wales International Open, the Angel Hotel, Cardiff.

Very few details are provided other than that the tournament will be a 9-round Swiss.

Contact Kevin Staveley.

26th – 28th August, 5th Jorvik Congress, the Holiday Inn, Tadcaster Road, York. This is a 6-round Swiss with two rounds each day. Contact Peter Cloudsdale.

31st August – 6th September, 64th DCCA ‘Paignton’ Congress, Livermead House Hotel, Torquay.

There will be four sections: an open, a challengers (U180), an intermediate (U150) and a minor (U125).

Contact Alan Crickmore.

Guy Whitehouse and Gill Smith.