The Gazette - February 2020

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Edited by Julie Leonard
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All Under One Roof

A note from your Congress Support Officer, Mark Kirkham:

If you would like to participate in any of the following events, or indeed any that are not listed here, then why not make use of the congress support scheme? It's designed to help BCA members meet the costs of entering mainstream congresses such as travel and accommodation expenses, or just the entry fee itself. It's open to all members who have played in a BCA event over the past year who have not also received international funding. Anyone who was previously deterred by the bind of writing a report on the event, will be pleased to hear that this requirement has been removed as we felt it was somewhat formal. All we ask for now is a little feedback.

If you are considering entering one of the events listed below you may well find yourself in good company as some of them are popular with BCA members. In order to make a claim there are three simple steps:-

1. Contact the Congress Support Officer at least one week prior to the event. Retrospective claims will not normally be accepted. (See list of officers for Mark’s contact details.)

2. Send a receipt or proof of expenditure to the Treasurer on return from the congress. Claims can include entry fee, accommodation, travel and any other reasonable expenses. The Congress Support Scheme does not cover claims for insurance.

3. Provide feedback on the event to the Congress Support Officer. This does not need to be formal, and will be stored as an anonymous record for our database. It may benefit other BCA members thinking of attending the same event in the future.

Please note that, in the spirit of the Congress Support Scheme, failure to complete all of the above steps may mean that we cannot guarantee that your claim will be processed successfully, as the scheme is subject to available funds. (Contact details for the Congress Support Officer and the Treasurer are in the list of officers.)

Editor’s Note:

Members are reminded that Mark Kirkham is stepping down as Congress Support Officer in April. Anyone who is interested in taking over from Mark should contact him to find out more about the role.

List of All Under One Roof events by Guy Whitehouse:

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 the Castle Chess directors, Tony and Barbara Corfe and Marc Shaw. The website gives the email address Castle Chess 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.

Please note that unless otherwise stated, all Castle Chess congresses are 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 U175 Premier section, the Major for those under 155 with an Intermediate section for U135s, and a Minor section for those with a grade less than 115 with a Challengers section for U95s.

28th February – 1st March 2020, 16th Fareham Congress, Lysses House Hotel, Fareham.

This tournament is one of the most well-established events on Castle Chess’s programme and is popular with our members.

Other Events

2nd – 7th February 2020, Rothay Manor Chess Holiday, Rothay Manor Hotel, Ambleside

Five night residential chess holiday/course with tutor Winston Williams. Seminars, lectures, presentations, simultaneous display, tournament league play and rapid-play. For club level players and improving regular players looking to improve their chess knowledge and ability. Contact hotel on 015394 33605 to book your place.

Contact: Peter Sinclair Web:

14th – 16th February 2020, Dyfed Congress, Fishguard Bay Hotel, Quay Road, Goodwick, Pembrokeshire

Five round Swiss with sections: FIDE Open and Major U1700 (ECF 134). Also a FIDE rated Blitz.

Contact: Tony Haigh Email: Web:

13th – 15th March 2020, 44th Blackpool Chess Conference, The Imperial Hotel Blackpool FY1 3HB

Five round Swiss with sections: Lancashire Open, Major U181, Intermediate U155, Minor U135, Standard U115.

Email Bill O’Rourke: Web:

9th – 13th April 2020, 2nd 4NCL Easter FIDE Rated Congress, Holiday Inn, Kenilworth CV8 1ED

Nine round FIDE Open. Seven round sections: FIDE Rated U2050, FIDE Rated U1825 and ECF Under 120:

Contact: Mike Truran Web:

10th – 13th April 2020, West of England Chess Union Congress, Royal Beacon Hotel, Exmouth, Devon

Seven rounds. Sections: West of England Open (FIDE registered qualifying event for British Championships), FIDE rated major U1950, ECF graded minor U130. These also incorporate the West of England Ladies’ Championship. Contact: Meyrick Shaw Email: Web:

30th April – 3rd May 2020, English Seniors Championships, Holiday Inn, Kenilworth CV8 1ED

Seven rounds. Two sections for players aged 50 or over and 65 or over. ECF graded and FIDE rated. Contact: Ed Goodwin Web:

1st – 3rd May 2020, 2nd Cornwall Open Cornwall Congress, Falmouth Hotel, Falmouth.

The sections are the Championship (including players graded under 190), a Major (U-150) and a Minor (U-110). Contact Rebecca Gardiner Email:

1st – 3rd May 2020, Durham County Chess Congress, Mercure Darlington, Kings Hotel, Darlington

Five rounds. Sections: Open, Major (ECF rating 170 and below), Minor (ECF rating 135 and below).

Contact: Mick Riding To enter online –

22nd – 25th May 2020, 3rd 4NCL Spring Bank Holiday Congress, Basingstoke Country Hotel, RG27 9JS

Seven rounds. Sections: FIDE Rated Open, FIDE Rated U2050, FIDE Rated U1825 and ECF Under 120:

Contact: Mike Truran Web: