e2e4 Gatwick Congress

27th - 30th May 2016

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

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Premier : A 7 round FIDE rated open swiss for players of all strengths and nationalities.

U2050 : A 7 round FIDE rated swiss for players of any nationality rated below 2050 (180 ECF).

U1850 : A 7 round FIDE rated swiss for players of any nationality rated below 1850 (152 ECF).

U1650 : A 7 round FIDE rated swiss for players of any nationality rated below 1650 (125 ECF).


Section 1st Prize 2nd Prize 3rd Prize 4th Prize Grading Prizes Entry Fee Hotel Guest
FIDE Premier £500 £250 £100 £75 2050+
£75 each
£38 Less £6
FIDE U2050 £400 £200 £100  £50 1850+
£50 each
£35 Less £6
FIDE U1850 £400 £200 £100 £50 1650+
£50 each
£35 Less £6
FIDE U1650 £200 £100 £50 £25 1450+
£25 each
£22 Less £6

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

FIDE rated players may play in the U2050 or U1850 or U1650 if they are rated below 2050 or 1850 or 1650 respectively irrespective of ECF grade. Players without a FIDE rating may play in these sections provided they have an ECF grade below 180 or 152 or 125 respectively.

In order to encourage participation of female players, who are a minority in chess,
there is free entry for all women and girls in this event
(for entries received no later than Sunday 1st May 2016


We have negotiated special rates with Crowne Plaze Gatwick for players wishing to stay at the venue if booked through e2e4 chess

  Cost per person
per night (b&b)
Single £55.00
Double £36.00
Twin £36.00

There is a £6 discount off of the entry fee for those players staying 3 nights at the venue, booked with e2e4 Chess.

A late entry fee of £5 will be payable on entries received later than Sunday 22nd May 2016. 

Entries on the day will be accepted at the organiser's discretion, subject to a £5 additional fee.

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

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

No player may win more than one prize.

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

We'll give you a £6 discount off your entry fee if you do!!


It's not practical for an such as Gatwick 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 number of goals scored in the FA Women's Super League fixture on Wednesday 25th May 2016 between Liverpool Ladies and Manchester City Women.

If there are an even number of goals, or no goals, then the top seed in each section will play black in round 1.  If there are an odd number of goals, then the top seed will be white in round 1.

The game finished 0-0, so the top seed in each section will be black in round 1.


Playing Schedule

Opening Ceremony


18.50 - 19.00

Round 1


19.00 - 23.00

Round 2


10.00 - 14.00

Round 3


15.00 - 19.00

Round 4


10.00 - 14.00

Round 5


15.00 - 19.00

Round 6


10.00 - 14.00

Round 7


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 May 2016 list will be used for eligibility and pairing all sections, whilst ECF grades published in the January 2016 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 from the ECF or other body.


Venue and Directions

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).  Car parking is available at the hotel.  This is free of charge to those staying in the hotel, or £5 per day if not.  There is also plenty of free on street parking within 5 minutes walk of the hotel.

   By Car:  

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.

  By Train:   

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.


See full size imageBy Air:  

The venue is 3.5 miles from London Gatwick Airport. 

Special rates of £36 B&B per person per night (based on 2 sharing) and £55 B&B (single) have been negotiated with Crowne Plaza Gatwick Hotel.   Due to high demand for this quality hotel we have only been able to secure 35 rooms at these rates, which are sure to sell quickly.  Because of this high demand, the hotel require a minimum two night stay in order to get the chess rate.


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 reservation line on 0845 463 1514.
There is a £6 discount off of the entry fee for those players staying at least 3 nights at the venue if booked through e2e4 Chess.


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

There is a £6 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.

Discounted rates on lunch, dinner and drinks will be available for all chess players.


No smoking is allowed within the hotel buildings.




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