The Gazette - May 2016

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 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.

30th September – 2nd October 2016, 2nd Harrogate Congress, The Old Swan Hotel, Harrogate

It looks as if this is becoming an established part of the Castle Chess calendar and it seems to be their main attempt to get something regular going in the north of the country. I know a lot of our members like this hotel too.

14th -16th October 2016, 10th Portsmouth (Fareham) Congress, Lysses House Hotel, High Street, Fareham Rooms in this hotel are limited so book well in advance if you wish to go to this event.

I should also point out that when I met Tony at the Green Dragon Hotel in Hereford he told me that the Dudley Congress scheduled for November will not be going ahead, though it is mentioned on the Castle Chess website.

e2e4 events

It looks as if e2e4 events are starting up again.

27th - 30th May 2016, Gatwick Whitsun Congress, Crown Plaza Hotel, London-Gatwick Airport, Crawley

This is a seven-round Swiss. There are four FIDE-rated sections: an open and sections for those with FIDE ratings under 2050, 1850 and 1650. The entry fee is £38 with a £6 discount for hotel guests. There is free entry for women and girls who enter on or before Sunday 1st May 2016. The cost of hotel rooms is £55 per night for a single and £36 per night for a double or twin.

26th – 29th August 2016, e2e4 Gatwick Late Summer Congress, Crown Plaza Hotel (address as above)

There are three FIDE-rated sections – an open, U2000 and U1750. There is free entry for women and girls.

Other Events

3rd - 5th June 2016, 20th South Lakes Congress, The Cumbria Grand Hotel, Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria

Four sections – Open, Major, Minor I and Minor II. Three British Championship places up for grabs! Contact: Mr T R Blower

15th – 17th July 2016, 4NCL Congress, Holiday Inn Birmingham Airport, Coventry Road, Birmingham

This is a five-round Swiss tournament with a time control of 90 minutes for all moves and a 30-second increment for each move for each player. There are three sections, an Open, a FIDE-rated U2000 (ECF equivalent U175) and a section for those with an ECF grade of U135. Contact Mike Truran.

4th - 10th Sept 2016, 66th DCCA ‘Paignton’ Congress, Livermead House Hotel, Torquay TQ2 6QJ

Ron Bruce Premier (Open), Rowena Bruce Challengers U180, Walker Minor U135, Boniface Morning 5 Round U180 and Thynne Morning 5 Round U135 (2 sections). Contact: Linda Crickmore. Email:

These are all the tournaments based in hotels I can find at this writing. Peter Cloudsdale tells me he won’t be running a Jorvik Congress this year; I don’t know whether someone else has taken this on. The Bournemouth Congress website has no news of an upcoming event, possibly because the ECF is holding the British Championships in Bournemouth this summer.

Guy Whitehouse