Amersham Congress : 22nd - 25th May 2009

Final Results Online, together with prize winners

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De Veres Latimer Place Hotel, Latimer, Chesham, Bucks, HP5 1UG


Grade Restriction

1st Prize

2nd Prize

3rd Prize

Grading Prizes

Entry Fee

ECF Members Born <1/9/43 or >31/8/92






Best W-We



Less £3 Less £3






Under 140



Less £3 Less £3






Under 100



Less £3 Less £3

It is anticipated that entries will be sufficient to increase the above prize fund particularly with additional grading prizes.


Players in the FIDE Open section must be members of their National Federation.

A late entry fee of £5 will be payable on entries postmarked later than Monday 18th May 2009.  Entries will not be accepted on the day.

No player may win more than one prize.

Draw for Colours

You may be aware that we like to be inventive when it comes to the draw for colours and Amersham is no different.  So, the draw for colours will depend on the first one day international cricket match between England and West Indies on Thursday 21st May.  If the England first wicket partnership score more runs than the West Indies first wicket partnership then the top seed in each section will be white in Round 1.  If the West Indies first wicket partnership score the same number of runs or more than their English counterparts, then the top seed in each section will be black in Round 1.


Well, we didn't reckon on the weather did we?! No matter, Belgian football to the rescue!

There is a play off to determine the Belgian football championship and happily the fist leg is being played tonight between two of the
countries most famous clubs ; Anderlecht and Standard Liege.

If Anderlecht win, the top seed in each section will be white in Round 1.

If the game is drawn, or Standard Liege win, the top seed will be black.

The game finished

Anderlecht 1 - 1 St. Liege
Legear (52)   Mbokani (61)

So the top seed in each section will be Black in Round 1.


Playing Schedule

Opening Announcements Friday 18.50 - 19.00
Round 1 Friday 19.00 - 23.00
Round 2 Saturday 10.00 - 14.00
Round 3 Saturday 15.00 - 19.00
Round 4 Sunday 10.00 - 14.00
Round 5 Sunday 15.00 - 19.00
Round 6 Monday 10.00 - 14.00
Round 7 Monday 15.00 - 19.00

Time Control

Open : All moves in 90 minutes plus 30 seconds per move increments from move 1

Other Sections : 40 moves in 100 minutes (1hr 40) then an additional 20 minutes to complete the game.

Re-pairing may take place 30 minutes after the start of a round.


Grades & Ratings

Ratings from the April 2009 FIDE list will be used for the Open, whilst grades published in the August 2008 ECF list will be used for the other sections.

The Open will be FIDE rated, whilst all sections including the Open will be ECF graded.

Ungraded Players

Players without a grade in the 2008 ECF list must give details of estimated playing strength, including any previously held grading, or current grading from another body.  Ungraded players may not win a grading prize and, with the exception of the Open may only win 50% of any other prize.  Unrated players in the Open may not win a rating prize (unless one is specifically added for unrated players).


In the Open, pairings will be according to FIDE rules.  In the graded sections, pairings will be in accordance with ECF rules.

As this event is to be played over 7 rounds there will be no acceleration of pairings.

Venue and Directions

De Veres Hotel, Latimer Place is close to Amersham and Chorleywood.  just 3 miles from M25 J18 and 1 mile from Chalfont & Latimer Train Station.  Sat Nav: Lat: 51.679081 Long: -0.552503

   By Car:  

Exit the M25 at Junction 18 take the A404 towards Amersham. After 2 miles turn right, signposted Latimer and Chenies. Proceed through Chenies Village and after 1 mile turn right at the crossroads, signposted Latimer. Turn left at the Village Green proceed up the hill. The entrance gates to Latimer Place are 50 yards on the left.

 By Train:   

Chalfont & Latimer station is five minutes by car from the hotel.  The station is on the Metropolitan tube line and BR’s Chiltern line connecting into London Marylebone.  Full train journey details and times can be found at the National Rail Enquiries website.  Taxis can be pre-booked from the station by calling hotel reception on (01494) 764422.  Anyone wishing to share a taxi should contact the tournament organisers on who will endeavour to put such players in touch with each other.

Directions By Air

By Air:  

The nearest airports are London Heathrow which is approx 19 miles (30km) away or 25 minutes by car and London Luton which is approx 24 miles (38km) and 35 minutes by car.  London Gatwick is some 50 miles (80km) away.

Special rates of £30 B&B per person per night (based on 2 sharing) and £44 B&B (single) have been negotiated with Latimer Place Hotel.  Book online or telephone 01494 545 500 and quote "Chess".  If you wish to share a room, but have no-one to share with, please email us at and we will try to put you in touch with similar individuals.

We strongly advise players to book their room early to avoid disappointment on this popular bank holiday weekend.


Tea, coffee, alcoholic and soft drinks, sandwiches, snacks etc will be available, as well as a fully licensed restaurant.


A bookstall will be operated by Gareth Ellis of Chessmaze International.        


No smoking is allowed within the hotel buildings. 



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