e2e4 Bedford Congress

20th - 22nd September 2013

Park Inn, 2 St Marys' Street, Bedford, MK42 0AR

Section 1st Prize 2nd Prize 3rd Prize Grading Prizes Entry Fee Hotel Guest
FIDE Open £500 £200 £50 £50 each £35 Less £5
FIDE Under 2000 Under ECF 175 £500 £200 £50  £50 each £35 Less £5
Under 140 £500 £200 £50 £50 each £35 Less £5

(W)GMs and (W)IMs may play free of any entry fee.  (W)FMs may play for £15.

Players with a FIDE rating may play in the U2000 only if it is below 2000.  Players without a FIDE rating may play in the U2000 if their ECF is below 175.  Players with an ECF above 185 will not be allowed to play in the section irrespective of their FIDE rating.

Players may play in the Under 140 only if their ECF grade is below 140. 


In order to encourage participation of female players, who are a minority in chess, there is half price entry for all women and girls in this event (for entries received no later than Sunday 15th September 2013.

We have negotiated special rates with Park Inn Bedford for players wishing to stay at the venue if booked through e2e4 chess

  Cost per person
per night (b&b)
Single £39.50
Double £25.00
Twin £25.00


There is a £5 discount off of the entry fee for those players staying 2 nights at the venue if booked with e2e4 Chess.

A late entry fee of £5 will be payable on entries received later than Sunday 15th September 2013. 

Entries on the day will be accepted at the organiser's discretion, subject to a £10 additional fee.

All entry fees must be paid when an entry is submitted, otherwise the entry will not be accepted.

English players in the Open and U2000 must be Gold members of the ECF, or upgrade their Silver or Bronze membership to Gold.

All players in the U140 must be Silver ECF members or pay the £6 ECF pay to play fee.

No player may win more than one prize.

This event is only possible thanks to the support of the Park Inn Bedford  Hotel. If you are staying in Bedford, please stay at the venue if you want the event to continue!

We'll give you a £5 discount off your entry fee if you do!!

It's not practical for an event such as Bedford to have an Opening Ceremony with the drawing of lots for colours, but we do believe that all players should be able to see that the draw for colours is fair, transparent and random. For those of you who have played in one of our events before, you will know that we like to be inventive when it comes to doing this.

Colours for this event will be determined by the Europa League match between Tottenam Hotspur and Tromso on Thursday 19th September 2013.  If there are an odd number of goals in this match, the top seed in each section will be white in round 1.  If there are an even number of goals, or no goals, in the match, the top seed will be black in round 1.

Playing Schedule
Opening Ceremony 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


Pairings in all sections will be according to FIDE swiss pairing rules, using the Swiss Master computer program. 

Time Control

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

All games will be played using digital clocks.
Re-pairing may take place 30 minutes after the start of a round.


Grades & Ratings

FIDE Ratings from the September 2013 list will be used for the FIDE rated sections, whilst ECF grades published in the August 2013 list will be used for unrated players.

All sections will be FIDE rated and ECF graded.

Notwithstanding the fact that players may be re-paired 30 minutes after the start of the round the default time for all sections will be 1 hour from the scheduled start of the round.

Ungraded Players

Players without a FIDE rating, or ECF grade must give details of estimated playing strength, including any current or previously held grading or rating.

Venue and Directions

Located in the town centre across from the Ouse River, the Park Inn by Radisson Bedford Hotel offers a prime location near business parks, shops, restaurants and pubs. Guests can walk to the town’s market and college. This modern Bedford hotel boasts 120 stylish rooms, each equipped with coffee and tea provisions and Free Wireless High-speed Internet. Guests can enjoy casual dining at RBG Bar & Grill, on-site car parking and a free fitness centre.

 By Car:  

Exit M1 Junction 13

At junction 13, take the A421 exit to A507/Ampthill/Woburn/Bedford.   At the roundabout, take the 1st exit.  Turn right to merge onto A421.  Take the A6 ramp to A5141/Luton/Bedford/Elstow.  At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto A6.  At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Kingsway/A6.  Keep right at the fork.  Turn right onto Cauldwell St/A6.  Continue to follow Cauldwell St.  Turn left onto Cardington Rd .  Turn left onto Duck Mill Lane, Destination will be on the right.

By Train:  

Nearest Station : Bedford Railway station
Distance: 0.8 miles

By Air:  

Luton Airport is 30 miles from the hotel.

Special rates of just £25.0 B&B per person per night (based on 2 sharing) and £39.50 B&B (single) have been negotiated with Park Inn Bedford Hotel.   These rooms will be popular as always and players are therefore strongly advised to book early to avoid disappointment.

The easiest way to book a room include the details on your online entry form.  Alternatively you can email us telling us check in date / check out date / no of guests / room type or call the e2e4 chess reservation line on 0845 463 1514. 
There is a £5 discount off of the entry fee for those players staying at least 2 nights at the venue if booked through e2e4 Chess.


This event is only possible thanks to the support of the Park Inn Bedford Hotel.  If you are staying in Bedford, please stay at the venue if you want the event to continue. 

There is a £5 discount off of the entry fee if you do!

Tea, coffee, alcoholic and soft drinks, sandwiches, snacks etc will be available, as well as a fully licensed restaurant, within the tournament venue for the duration of the event.

Please note that only refreshments that have been purchased from the hotel may be consumed within the hotel buildings.


No smoking is allowed within the hotel buildings.

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