e2e4 Brighton International

16th - 20th February 2013

Puma Brighton Old Ship Hotel, Kings Road, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 1NR



The Masters is a 9 round swiss that will offer players the opportunity to play exclusively stronger players and achieve GM & IM norms.  The Masters is strictly open only to players rated 2050 or above (or graded over 180), titled players, and those who have qualified via a previous International Challengers section.  e2e4 will invite at least 3 GMs to play, with at least 1 extra GM for every 10 paying players to ensure that GM and IM norms are possible.

The Challengers is also a 9 round FIDE rated swiss open to untitled players rated over 1900, or graded above 150 ECF.  For every 10 players entered, we will offer a qualifying place for a future Masters event free of charge.

The Major is open to all players rated below 2000 (or graded below 170 ECF) who want to play 9 competitive FIDE rated games of chess in a friendly atmosphere with the opportunity to gain those all important rating points or obtain their first ever FIDE rating.

Players entered will be split into sections of approximately 16-20 players according to playing strength to ensure that everyone gets competitive games. 

English players must be Gold members of the ECF, or upgrade their Silver or Bronze membership to Gold, prior to playing.

FIDE ratings now go down to 1001 so it is realistic for any player graded 60 ECF or above to obtain a FIDE rating.

This event is only possible thanks to the support of the Puma Old Ship Hotel. If you are staying overnight, please stay at the venue if you want the event to continue!

We'll give you a £10 discount off your entry fee if you do!!

It's not practical for an event such as this 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 will be determined by the number of goals scored in the Real Madrid -v- Manchester United Champions League game being played at 19:45 on Wednesday 13 February.  If there are an even number of goals, the top seed in each section will play white in round 1.  If there are an odd number of goals, the top seed will be black in round 1.  Zero goals counts as an even number.

The game finished 1-1, so the top seed in each section is white in round 1.

Playing Schedule
Saturday 14.50 - 15.00 Opening Ceremony
Saturday 15.00 - 20.00 Round 1
Sunday 10.00 - 14.00 Round 2
Sunday 15.00 - 19.00 Round 3
Monday 10.00 - 14.00 Round 4
Monday 15.00 - 19.00 Round 5
Tuesday 10.00 - 14.00 Round 6
Tuesday 15.00 - 19.00 Round 7
Wednesday 10.00 - 14.00 Round 8
Wednesday 15.00 - 19.00 Round 9

Players make take up to three byes in any round apart from the last.

Time Control

Seniors : 40 moves in 90 minutes, then 30 minutes to complete the game, plus 30 second increments from move 1. 

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

All games will be played using digital clocks.

Grades & Ratings

Ratings from the February 2013 FIDE list will be used for this event.  Unrated players will have a rating estimated from their ECF grade published in the January 2013 ECF list.

All sections will be FIDE rated and ECF graded. 

In the Masters, players will be seeded by title, then rating.


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

Ungraded Players

Unrated players without a grade in the January 2013 ECF list must give details of estimated playing strength, including any previously held grading, or current grading from another body.

Entry Fees


GM's, IM's, WGM's and WIM's rated 2300 or over free of charge.

GM's, IM's, WGM's and WIM's rated below 2300 £30

FM's and WIM's and WFM's rated 2300 or over £30

FM's and WIM's and WFM's rated below 2300 £50

Other players rated 2200 or over £100

Other players rated 2100-2199 £150

Other players rated under 2100 £200


Players rated over 2100 £30

Players rated 2000-2099 £50

Players rated 1900-1999 £75

Players without a FIDE rating £75


Players with a FIDE rating £40

Players without a FIDE rating £50


Guests staying 4 nights or more at the Puma Old Ship Hotel (booked through e2e4 Chess) may claim a £10 discount off of their entry fee.

All entries are subject to a minimum entry fee of £30.

Venue and Directions

The venue is 500 yards from Brighton Pier and just ½ mile from Brighton railway station

From the M25 exit at Junction 7 onto the M23 South. Continue on the M23 onto the A23. Follow signs to Brighton and on reaching the town, follow signs for the sea front. After the Royal Pavilion (on your right), turn right at the seafront roundabout onto Kings Road (A259). You’ll find the hotel 600 yards on the right.

From the South West/Exeter. Follow the A30 to Honiton and join the A35 passing Dochester turning onto the A31. Take the A31 onto the M27 continuing onto the A27 to Brighton. Follow signs for the sea front turning right after the Royal Pavilion (on your right) onto Kings Road (A259). You’ll find the hotel 600 yards on the right.

Please be aware that parking in Brighton City Centre costs approx £20-£25 for 24 hours, and this includes The Old Ship Hotel. Free parking is available on the outskirts (particularly near Preston Park) from where busses to the sea front run regularly.

The Puma Old Ship Hotel is a little over ½ mile from Brighton railway station. The station is on a direct line connecting into London Victoria with journeys taking just over an hour. A direct train from Gatwick Airport takes just 35 minutes. Full train journey details and times can be found at the National Rail Enquiries website. Taxis can be hailed at Brighton station if required.

The Puma Old Ship Hotel is 30 miles (45km) from Garwick Airport. Travel to Brighton from Gatwick takes approx 45 minutes by car or 35 minutes by train.

Special rates of £31 B&B per person per night (based on 2 sharing) and £49 B&B (single) have been negotiated with Puma Old Ship Hotel. To book a room include the details on your online entry form or email us telling us check in date / check out date / no of guests / room type or call the e2e4 chess hotel reservation line on 0845 463 1514.

There is a £10 discount off of the entry fee for those players staying at least 4 nights at the venue but only if booked through e2e4 Chess.

This event is only possible thanks to the support of the Puma Old Ship Hotel.  If you are staying in Brighton, please stay at the venue if you want the event to continue. 

There is a £10 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.

Only refreshments purchased from the hotel may be consumed on hotel premises.


No smoking is allowed within the hotel buildings.



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