The Gazette - August 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 Website:

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 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 Website:

26th - 29th August 2016, e2e4 Crawley Summer Bank Holiday Congress, Aurora Hotel, Crawley

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

26th – 30th October 2016, e2e4 Gatwick International, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Gatwick Airport, Crawley

This is a series of ten player all play alls. The Masters section for players who are seeking a GM or IM norm is virtually full already. There is also a Challengers section open to players rated over 1900, or graded above 150 ECF and a Major open to all rated U2000 (U150 ECF). Players will be in groups of approximately equal strength.

Uniquely in an all play all, the games are FIDE rated, even if unrated players take part. Unrated players will obtain a full FIDE rating just by playing in this one event.

4NCL Events Website:

Five round Swiss tournaments with sections: FIDE Open, FIDE U2000 (ECF U175) and an ECF U135. Contact Mike Truran.

9th – 11th September 2016, 10th 4NCL FIDE Rated Congress, Cedar Court Hotel, Wakefield

4th – 6th November 2016, 11th 4NCL FIDE Rated Congress, De Vere Harben Hotel, Newport Pagnell, Bucks

Other Events

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: Alan Crickmore

14th – 16th October 2016, Crewe Chess Congress, Ibis Styles Hotel, Emperor Way, Crewe Business Park

A five round Swiss with an Open, a Major u165, an Intermediate U135 and a Minor U105. Contact: Neville Layhe.

16th – 22nd October 2016, 42nd Guernsey International Chess Festival, Peninsula Hotel, Guernsey.

No details have been given regarding grading bands for tournament sections. Contact: Fred Hamperl.

31st October – 4th November 2016, 17th Royal Beacon Seniors Congress, Royal Beacon Hotel, Exmouth

Again no details are provided as to grading bands for sections, though there is mention of a ‘Juniors’ section for those aged between 50 and 65! Contact: RH Jones.

11th – 13th November 2016, 50th Torbay Congress, Livermead Hotel, Sea Front, Torbay Road, Torquay

A five round Swiss with sections given as an Open, a U170, a U140 and a U120. Contact: Tony Tatam.

7th - 9th March 2017 York Spring Congress, Pavilion Hotel, 45 Main Street, York YO10 4PJ

A new six round Swiss organised by associate member of the BCA, Peter Cloudsdale.

Guy Whitehouse.