e2e4 London Gatwick International

18th - 22nd August 2012

Crowne Plaza, London-Gatwick Airport, Langley Drive, Crawley, RH11 7SX, England

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A series of 10 player all play alls open to all players as follows:-

The Masters will offer players the opportunity to play for an IM norm and is open to players rated 2050 or above, or those who have qualified via the Challengers.

Please note that we only have places left for titled players. Untitled players completing the entry form will be contacted in the event a place becomes available.

The Challengers is open to players rated over 1900, or graded above 150 ECF, or qualified from a previous Major.  Players will be placed in groups of approximately equal strength.  The winner of each challengers section will qualify for the next Masters event free of charge.

The Major is open to all players rated below 2000 (or graded below 165 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 will be placed in groups according to rating / grade so that all the players in a group are of a similar strength.   

In an all play all, all games are FIDE rated, even if unrated players take part (this is unique to all play alls).  Unrated players will obtain a full FIDE rating just by playing in this one event.* 

*By playing in this event, an unrated player will be assured of achieving a full FIDE rating as long as all the unrated players score at least a 1 point.  FIDE ratings now go down to 1201 so it is realistic for any player graded 60 ECF or above to obtain a FIDE rating.

All of these FIDE rated all play alls are set in the same great hotel as the London Diamond Jubilee Congress in June.


This event is only possible thanks to the support of the Crowne Plaza Gatwick 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.

In the week preceding the tournament, we will announce a sporting event whose outcome will determine colours at our congress!

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

As this is an all play all no byes are allowed.  Each player must play in every round.


Time Control

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 August 2012 FIDE list will be used for this event.  In the event that FIDE do do publish an August list, the July list will be used instead.  Unrated players will have a rating estimated from their ECF grade published in the January 2012 ECF list.

All sections will be FIDE rated and ECF graded.


The default time for all sections will be 1 hour from the scheduled start of the round.

Ungraded Players

Players without a grade in the January 2012 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 £50

FM's and WIM's and WFM's rated 2300 or over £50

FM's and WIM's and WFM's rated below 2300 £100

Other players rated 2200 or over £150

Other players rated 2050-2199 £200


Players rated over 2100 £30

Players rated 2000-2099 £50

Players rated 1900-1999 £75

Players without a FIDE rating £75


Players rated 1900-1999 £30

Players rated 1800-1899 £40

Players rated below 1800 £50

Players without a FIDE rating £60


All players may claim one or both of the following

Players born after 01/01/1996 or before 01/01/1947 may claim a £5 discount off of their entry fee.

Guests staying 4 nights or more at the Crowne Plaza Gatwick 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 – Crowne Plaza Gatwick

The venue is in a prime location.  Crawley town centre is within walking distance (less than 1 mile) and Gatwick Airport is a short drive away (3.5 miles) or there is a hotel shuttle bus to and from the airport.  Car parking is available at the hotel.  This is free of charge ot those staying in the hotel, or £10 per day if not.  There is also plenty of free on street parking within 5 minutes walk of the hotel.

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Take junction 7 from the M25 south onto the M23, following the signs to Brighton.  Exit the M23 at junciton 10 (A2011), following the signs for Crawley.  At the roundabout take the 3rd exit.  Go straight over the next roundabout (Hazelwick roundabout) - which is the 3rd exit.  The hotel is situated at the next roundabout (Tushmore Gyratory) - 3rd exit.  The entrance to the hotel is the first turning on your left.

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The railway station is linked directly to the South Terminal at Gatwick Airport.

Gatwick Express

Gatwick Express is the fastest rail link between the airport and central London. Non-stop trains run to and from London Victoria every 15 minutes and take 30 minutes (35 minutes on Sundays).

Tickets can be bought in the terminals, at the station, or onboard at no extra cost.

For details of prices, special offers and to book in advance, visit the Gatwick Express website or ring +44 (0)845 850 1530 (UK only).

Other rail services

The following services call at Gatwick Airport. You should buy tickets before boarding the train.

First Capital Connect

Trains run every 15 minutes to Brighton (via Mid Sussex) and to Bedford via East Croydon, London Bridge, St Pancras International and Luton. Services to King's Lynn, Peterborough and Cambridge leave from St Pancras International.
First Capital Connect website


Northbound trains run to London Victoria via East Croydon and Clapham Junction, and to London Bridge via East Croydon. Southbound services run to Brighton, Eastbourne, Portsmouth and Southampton.
Southern website

First Great Western

Services run to Redhill, Guilford and Reading. Money-saving Gatwick Flyaway fares are available.
First Great Western website

Useful links

National Rail Enquiries or call +44 (0)845 748 4950.
London Underground maps
Door-to-door planner
 - use Transport Direct's planner to find the best route.

A shuttle bus operates regularly between the hotel and the airport south terminals where the train station is located.  The service runs from 03.00am until 11.55pm.  Tickets can be bought at the hotel reception or on the bus.  The cost of a one way ticket is £3.20 per adult and £2.20 per child.  View the current timetable


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The venue is 3.5 miles from London Gatwick Airport.  A shuttle bus operates regularly between the hotel and the north and south terminals of the airport.  The service runs from 03.00am until 11.55pm.  Tickets can be bought at the hotel reception or on the bus.  The cost of a one way ticket is £3.20 per adult and £2.20 per child.  View the current timetable

Special rates of £33 B&B per person per night (based on 2 sharing ; double or twin) and £49 B&B (single) have been negotiated with Crowne Plaza Gatwick Hotel.

Club rooms are also available for those who want to treat themselves for an upgrade fee of £25 per night.

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.

This event is only possible thanks to the support of the Crowne Plaza Gatwick 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 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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