The Gazette - August 2015

Edited by Julie Leonard
The views expressed in the Gazette do not necessarily reflect the policies or views of the BCA, nor those of the editor.

All Under One Roof

Members can claim support for attending any of these congresses from the Congress Support Scheme. You just have to flag up with the Congress Support Officer, Mark Kirkham, that you intend to participate, and assuming you have not exceeded the amount you are entitled to claim in a year and that you send in a small report on the tournament afterwards you could probably offset the vast bulk of costs incurred by playing in an event.

This list should not be treated as definitive and is only as complete as I can make it whilst complying with gazette deadlines. The following events take place in hotels so the accommodation and tournament are at the same venue.

Castle Chess

These are organised by Tony and Barbara Corfe. You can subscribe to Tony's newsletter yourself; just email him at one of these addresses and you will be added to his list of subscribers. Tony and Barbara are 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.

Please note that unless otherwise stated, all Castle Chess congresses are now six-round Swiss events and you are allowed to take a half-point bye in any two of the first five rounds. The grading bands are an Open which also has an U180 section, the Major 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.

25th – 27th September 2015, 8th Portsmouth Congress, Lysses House Hotel, High Street, Fareham.

The Portsmouth Congress tends to be popular with local players and hotel rooms at the venue are limited. If you do go and get a room at the hotel, and if you think you are likely to play the next time this congress is held, it might be an idea to rebook the room when you check out on the Sunday.

9th – 11th October 2015, 1st Harrogate Congress, Old Swan Hotel.

I’ve been told that Castle Chess are hoping to get a couple of congresses going in the north and this is their first shot at it. There’s a note on the entry form to the effect that they expect to have filled the rooms they’ve been allocated a month before the start of the tournament.

20th – 22nd November 2015, 5th Dudley Congress, Quality Hotel.

I have played in this event and I know other BCA members have too, so feel happy recommending it; the hotel looked after us pretty well.

Other Events

I’m pleased to say that the ECF calendar has become navigable with a screen reader again but it is looking sparse at the moment so I’d advise you to check online for updates. The quickest way to find information on congresses is to go on to Google and put something like ECF calendar October 2015 into the search box.

1st – 3rd September 2015, 6th Jorvik Congress, Holiday Inn, Tadcaster Road, York.

This is a six-round Swiss with each player having 90 minutes for all moves. The entry form merely refers to two sections “at the discretion of the organiser”. You get a discounted rate if you quote the reference “Jorvik Chess Congress” when booking your accommodation with the hotel. Contact Peter Cloudsdale.

11th – 13th September 2015, 4th 4NCL FIDE Rated Congress.

Mercure Bolton Last Drop Village Hotel and Spa, Hospital Road, Bromley Cross, Bolton, Lancashire BL7 9PZ

Sections: FIDE Rated Open, FIDE Rated U2000 (U175), ECF Under 135). Format: Five rounds Friday 7pm – Sunday 7pm. For further details please see No telephone number is given.

13th – 19th September 2015, 65th DCCA Congress, Livermead House Hotel, Torquay.

This will be better known to some as the Paignton Congress. The sections are given as a Premier, a Challengers (U180) and a Minor (U135). There’s a seven-round event with six-hour games completed with a 30-minute finish or a five-round event with a time limit of 36 moves in 90 minutes with the clocks going back 15 minutes to allow for the completion of the game. Contact Linda Crickmore.

Guy Whitehouse